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Book Buzz: Reference Books on Subjects You Enjoy

Book Buzz: Reference Books on Subjects You Enjoy

In college, one of my favorite parts of the library was the reference book section. Not the dictionaries or the “R” volume of the encyclopedia, but the reference books that were filled with tons of knowledge about one specific subject.

One that I read all the time was on the legend of King Arthur. It went into detail about the names of the Knights of the Round Table, the legend of the sword in the stone, and the romance between Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. Anything you wanted to know about King Arthur was there in that one book.  For a fantasy-minded reader, it was great.

DK Publishing has recently come out with a number of good reference books on a variety of subjects—all chock-full of illustrations. There is really something for everyone.  Here are three books that we especially liked:

Natural History
Natural History is a 648-page book that is filled with large pictures and quick facts on just about everything on earth. Consider it a paper museum you can own.  From minerals and plants to insects and mammals,  everything is accounted for.  And if it does seem like a print museum, that’s because it really is!  This book was overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and contains over 6,000 species, showing what makes earth unique among the planets. This book is great for everyone.  From fun browsing to a late night report on the platypus, it’ll get you through.


DC Comics Year By Year
DC Comics Year By Year is a 352-page book that chronicles 75 years of one of the current comic book powerhouses of today, DC Comics.  In 1935, under the name of National Allied Publishing, DC began publishing Fun: The Big Comic Magazine, and within the first five years, they had introduced both Superman and Batman, two of the most well known superheroes. The book moves through the years by pointing out different pivotal moments in the storylines of the heroes we know so well. The book ends in the beginning of 2010 and talks about current storylines that are unfolding today. This book is great for superhero-lovers and future comic artists.


Disney Princess Encyclopedia
And if you have a princess-wannabe in your household, Disney Princess Encyclopedia is a 128-page book that contains all the stories about all the Disney Princesses, from Snow White to Tiana.  Not only do you learn facts about all nine Disney Princesses, but you also learn facts about their friends and enemies as well.  You can also learn more about the houses that they live in and the spells that were cast on them.  This book is great for princess-lovers.

You can find these and other awesome reference books at

About The Author: M. Scott Anderson lives in Jackson and will be spending his time reading about DC Comics.

About The Author

M Scott Anderson

M. Scott Anderson grew up in Hattiesburg and now currently lives in Jackson. He went to college at USM and got a degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. He has always loved to be a storyteller. Friends from childhood would tell him of stories he would say he’s writing that included them in it. He enjoys comic books and superheroes and loves having friends over to play both table top games and video games.

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