Happy Birthday, January Authors

Abigail Beal Abigail Beal

Hey! It’s January! What might surprise you is just how many terrific authors have been born in this month.

Sometimes we all hit that challenge of wondering – “What should I read next?” So we have the recommendation of choosing a January birthday author! We’ve selected quite a few here, so you’ll find books that you will enjoy.

Edgar Allan Poe (Jan 19th 1809) - Poe was a very well-known poet and fiction writer, whose tales were both spooky and mysterious.

Some of his stories that became quite popular include "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." He also wrote poetry, such as "The Raven" and "The Haunted Place."

While Edgar Allen Poe is likely an author you first learned about in school, he is certainly well worth a second look. If you like stories that give you that bit of a tingle up your spine, reading Poe is going to show you where many horror and thriller authors first get their inspiration from, because he has had people sleeping with one eye open for generations!

Oprah Winfrey (Jan 29th 1954) - Everyone is familiar with Oprah, someone who is recognized easily by just her first name. She got her start as a talk show host and today has a television network of her own, called OWN as well as a magazine, O Magazine. Oprah has helped many colleges and charities around the world through her philanthropic efforts.

Oprah has both authored and co-authored quite a number of books. She also had a book club on her talk show, called simply "Oprah's Book Club" which featured a variety of books from fiction, non-fiction as well as contemporary and classics.

In the winter of 2017, she published "The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations" which featured people she has interviewed on the Super Soul TV show on her OWN network. If you'd like insight into what has made Oprah become so, well, Oprah-like - then you might want to read "Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words."

Buzz Aldrin (Jan 20th 1930) - Buzz is a USA astronaut and one of the first 2 people to land on the moon on July 1969.

This is a fascinating man who is a trailblazer in his field. He is also the author of more than 8 books. Which include "Footsteps on the Moon", "Return to Earth" "Men from Earth", "The Return" and "Reaching for the Moon."

If space, science and STEM topics interest you, then you'll certainly want to check out Buzz's books!

J.D. Salinger (Jan 1st 1919) - Whether you are a teenager, a bit older or even a little younger, you probably know Salinger as the author of "The Catcher in the Rye."

Salinger was not only extraordinarily famous for writing the hugely popular "The Catcher in the Rye", but also for being an extremely private person. The only interview he did grant was for a local high school student who sought him out, for the school paper. But Salinger was quite bitter when the interview was then sold to larger media sources to be published and read by more than just a group of high school students. So he then became even more determined never to do an interview, with anyone.

Salinger did write several other books which his "Catcher" fans enjoyed, including "Franny and Zooey."

This is an author to pick up, if you want to experience the genuine emotions of what it is like to be a teenager - in a timeless and authentic way.

Shonda Rhimes (Jan 13th 1970) - Shonda is an author, TV producer and screenwriter. She has created ABC's best known TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, The Catch and How to Get Away with Murder.

In 2016 Shonda published her memoir "Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person." This book was inspired by a conversation she had with her older sister at Thanksgiving, who pointed out that Shonda "never said yes to anything." It was then that Shonda decided she was going to say "yes" to everything that came along for an entire year, even if it scared her a bit or was challenging.

During that year, Shonda lost 100lbs, she appeared on a talk show to discuss her popular ABC TV shows and she also met President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama.

If you are looking to make changes in your life, but don't quite know where to start, this is a great book to read. Shonda Rhimes is a very funny writer, so the book makes you laugh a lot.

Are you getting excited about reading January-born authors? There are many more to choose from. Here are just a few more to take a look at:

Edith Wharton (Jan 24th 1862)

Susan Sontag (Jan 16th 1933)

E. M. Forster (Jan 1 1879)

Isaac Asimov (Jan 2nd 1920)

J.R.R. Tolkien (Jan 3rd 1892)

Stephen Hawking (Jan 8th 1942)

Simone de Beauvoir (Jan 9th 1908)

A.A. Milne (Jan 18th 1882)

Jay McInerney (Jan 13th 1955)

Frank Conroy (Jan 15th 1936)

Anne Bronte (Jan 17th 1820)

E.L. Doctorow (Jan 6th 1931)

Virginia Woolf (Jan 25th 1882)

Norman Mailer (Jan 31st 1923)

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan 15th 1929)


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