Mar
27
2012

Very Pinteresting Bookalicious Fun

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Very Pinteresting Bookalicious Fun

If you're using Pinterest—and I really mean the word using—you know how addictive this social media sharing tool can be. It starts out as an innocent hobby but it can quickly turn into a full blown obsession to PIN EVERYTHING YOU LIKE and hard to quit habit! Seriously though, it can get that bad once you start following other pinners' pinning activities and start "liking" and "repinning" their stuff all over your boards.

I have to admit that some of my activity is pure gratuitous escapism that tends to cut into my reading time, gah!

For example, I have boards called "Me Want!" and "Me Likey!" devoted to this sort of stuff. Aside from those boards I have more "loftier" collections related to my other obsession with literature. I have "Worth Reading," "For The Love of Books," and "Words To Live By"—plus I contribute to the YMC Books board. Pinterest is a great way to share book recommendations with the added bonus of visuals and I include other images related to my obsession with books, bookcases, bookmarks, and all things bookish in nature. For instance, did you know you can carve out a book to make a hidden box, build shelves out of books or make jewelry out of book text? Who knew?! So what do you collect on Pinterest? Do you like to pin crafty things, recommend eco-friendly finds, or share yummy recipes? Please share your pinning habits in the comments below. You are welcome to follow me BookaliciousYummy Mummy Club YMCbuzz and check out the list of YMC Bloggers. Since you're planning to head over to Pinterest after reading this blog post I can recommend you follow YMC Wall Candy Blogger Sarah Gunn. Sarah has a great selection of boards and shares gorgeous images and crafts from her blog posts like bookcase makeovers.

Oh wait, before we both head off to check on the latest pinning activity, I should mention that Pinterest sent out emails over the weekend announcing a few changes to their policy. It's a good idea to read it and make sure you're following proper pinteretiquette!

Cheers,

Wanda Lynne Young

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Keep Calm and Blog On poster image credit: http://ligia-fiedler.blogspot.ca

Mar
14
2012

Web of Angels

By Lilian Nattel

Web of Angels

Sometimes one's true identity can be a bit of a mystery. Sharon is a housewife in her forties with a family...but who is she really? Sharon has secrets and psychological trauma. How does she cope with her memories? She alters her reality. Sharon has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) aka Mulitiple Personality Disorder.

In Web of Angels, Lilian Nattel introduces a contemporary character with a mental disorder. Sharon is dealing with demons from her past, and as if she doesn't have enough on her plate, she discovers even more dark family secrets. The character is multifaceted and layered, but not in an overly dramatized Sybil or Tara way. Web of Angels is a psychological thriller that delivers a new take on living and coping with DID. The novel touches on taboo topics and family drama but gives it a real world perspective. Kudos to the author for putting in so much time and research into the topic of Dissociative Identity Disorder and giving it a human touch through Sharon's story. You can read from the novel by visiting the Random House of Canada Web of Angels excerpt.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lilian Nattel is the bestselling Canadian author of The Singing Fire and The River Midnight. You can find out more about Lilian Nattel and her books by visiting her website www.LilianNattel.com. You can follow @LilianNattel on Twitter and find Lilian Nattel on Facebook and GoodReads.

YUMMY MUMMY BOOK CLUB
The Yummy Mummy Book Club #YMBC will be reading Web of Angels and discussing the novel with our special guest Lilian Nattel on April 18th! To join the chat follow @LilianNattel, host @YMCbookalicious and the hashtag #WebofAngels on Twitter. 

BOOKALICIOUS BOOK GRAB GIVEAWAY
Random House of Canada
has copies of Web of Angels to give to 2 lucky Bookalicious readers. To enter leave a comment sharing why you would like to read Web of Angels. Click on the "click here to spill it!" bubble below to get started. For more great books visit RandomHouseCanada.ca, follow them on Twitter: @RandomHouseCA @BookLounge @McClellandBooks and find Random House of Canada on Facebook.

Yummy Rules and Regulations
You must be a Yummy Mummy Club member to win. Click to sign up! It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until March 30, 2012. Contest open to Canadian residents. Winners will be picked using www.random.org. Please mark the email wanda@yummymummyclub.ca as a "safe sender" when you enter a Bookalicious giveaway and respond within 1 week to claim your prize! For more details on upcoming book news sign up for the Bookalicious Newsletter!

Relish reading,
Wanda Lynne Young
Mar
10
2012

Oprah, Dr. Seuss and Mr. Morris Lessmore

Video Fun with Books

Oprah, Dr. Seuss and Mr. Morris Lessmore

Over the past few weeks there's been some creative videos that have been floating around the television screen and the social media scene. In case you missed out on all the fun, I'm sharing them here so get ready to laugh and be transported by books!

First up is the Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Academy Awards video. In this skit the irrepressible Jimmy pitches his idea for a new Own Network show to Oprah called The Oprah's Book Club Fight Club. The title alone makes me laugh but when you watch the video clip I'm sure you will agree it's insanely funny. Special thanks to Leslie Huges @PunchMediadotca for tweeting this video to my attention. I still can't believe Oprah's mean right hook!

If you watched the Academy Awards show you might have noticed the Best Animated Short Film win by The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The video is charming and definetly Oscar worthy. The film was developed into an interactive narrative experience in the form of an app for children and parents to enjoy. You can check out the website www.morrislessmore.com and download the app for apple products. I have to give credit to Wendy @AppHipMom for mentioning the book app to me during the #YMCOscars twitter party! You and your kiddies can view the entire video below. 

I think we all hold a special spot in our childhood memoires when it comes to Dr. Seuss and his quirky books. On March 2nd we celebrated Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday with the opening of the movie The Lorax. To pay homage to Seuss and his fantastical books Random House of Canada created a special Seuss reading of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by authors Ami McKay (The Birth House, The Virgin Cure), Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus) and Kevin O'Leary (Cold Hard Truth). Marvelous mention goes out to Cassandra Sadek @literalicious for putting all the authors up to it!

Last but not least is the YouTube video The Joy Of Books. This video is a combination of whimsy and fantasy where books come alive after a book store closes for the night. I can't believe or image the amount of work and patience it would take to make this video. See all the creativity and detail for yourself and special shoutout to Eric Novak @MMPerspectives & @Enviro_Dad for bringing this video to my attention!

I hope you enjoyed these videos as much as I did. Please share any great book related links in the comments below!

Relish reading,

Wanda Lynne Young

Oprah Book Club Fight Club image from ABC video clip.