Although famous authors, such as Dean Koontz, Stephen King, James Patterson and Robert Ludlum are frequently mentioned when discussing bestsellers, there have also been plenty of women who have made their mark on literature. In fact, few men can come close to the acclaim achieved by Agatha Christie, while work by other women such as Barbara Cartland and Danielle Steel are equally impressive. However, there are also other women who have written classic books that don’t always achieve the recognition that they deserve. So, here are five classic books written by women that belong in your library.
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, but there have also been times when authors tried to pass off fiction as real events. Just like Hollywood has been known to take a lot of liberties with the line “based on a true story” there have been numerous books that turned out to be more fiction than fact. Here are just a few examples of non-fiction books that turned out to be fiction, usually after already becoming wildly popular or bestsellers.
Books can be very entertaining, but not all of them are as meaningful or memorable. Even books that are very enjoyable when you read them can fade from memory when you finish them and move on to the next one. However, some authors have such a way with words that they can create characters or stories that stay with you long after you have turned the final page. Whether you still feel a tinge of sadness over the death of a character or are left wistfully wondering what happened after the story ended, these books all have a special spark. Here are just five books that have a habit of impacting readers on a deeper level.
A lot of attention is often given to famous celebrities who are also philanthropists, but they are by no means the only ones doing good in the world. Quite a few bestselling authors are also putting the money that they have earned through their books to good use. Here are just a few authors who are helping to make the world a better place through their generous donations.
For as long as there has been books, there has been a need for bookmarks in order to keep track of where you stopped reading. While there are dedicated bookmarks that are created for this job, many people simply reach for whatever is close at hand.
While it is wrong to judge a book by its cover, sometimes the art can be so bad that it dissuades readers from giving the book a chance. However, the opposite is also true and there are a few books with covers that immediately catches the eye and piques your curiosity. This is why there are also numerous classic books that have had their cover images updated to be more appealing to modern audiences. While there are too many great covers for any type of definitive list, here are a just few of our favorite book covers for classic and new novels.
Many authors spend months, or even years, keeping themselves cooped up while they complete their books. However, there are also a few authors who ended up locked away due to other reasons. For some, it was due to political reasons or even due to the subject matter of their books, while others were incarcerated for actual crimes. Some authors even found their calling as writers while they were locked up. Here are just a few famous authors who ended up spending time behind bars.
Throughout the ages there have been books that pushed the boundaries of what is tasteful or acceptable. In many cases these books were censored or even outright banned. While it is no surprise that books with harmful or racial content fell foul of the censors, sometimes the reasons for banning are downright puzzling. Here are just six books that ended up being banned for really silly reasons.
Spell-checkers are luxuries that not all authors had access to in the past, which resulted in instances such as the so called “Wicked Bible” which was released in 1631 with one of the commandments misprinted as “thou shalt commit adultery.” Sometimes, even a spell-checker isn’t enough to save authors and publishers from the embarrassment that can arise from other mistakes.
If you still have a fondness for physical books and a love for frequenting the library, you might struggle to find the following five books available. This is because they have been listed amongst the most popular fiction books of 2016 by public libraries in the USA. So, if you have missed out on any of these and always find an empty spot on the library shelf where they should have been when you go there your only option might be to grab a digital copy instead.
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