If you're anything like me, you find yourself voraciously reading comics about zombies and trying to defend your intellect … which is hard to do because you're reading comic books about zombies. Luckily, you don't actually have to read the books you've got on your shelves to appear wizened and worldly - folks just need to see them there and voila! You're cultured and intelligent! Better yet, many books get this wow factor and have pictures, if you decide to actually read them. Certain books work better for this than others, and I have a few here that will make you look bookish while still giving you the chance to say, "Oooh, pictures!" Click through for 7 books that fool people into thinking you're smart! -By Jenny LawsonRead More »from Use Your Noggin: 7 Books that Fool People into Thinking You're Smart
- Babble.com | Book Club – Tue, Apr 2, 2013 3:27 PM EDT
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published in June 1997, launching its author, J.K. Rowling, to worldwide success. As with many British authors before her, Rowling’s name and the characters she created will live on for generations. But Rowling is only one of a host of internationally acclaimed modern British authors. The last 15 years or so have seen many writers from the UK skyrocket to fame, and the well of award winning, best-selling and respected British novelists is in no danger of running dry.
After finding huge success with her Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling released a novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy,' in 2012. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)Around the time Rowling was making a name for herself in children’s literature, authors Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding were becoming household names as well. The authors of the Shopaholic and the Bridget Jones series, respectively, they heralded the start of a boom in female-centric British writing. Both women have had their wildly popular “chick-lit” novels turned into major motion pictures, giving other chick-lit specialists like the Irish author Cecilia Ahern a leg up.Read More »from Today’s Top British Authors Are Popular Worldwide
- Disney Baby | Book Club – Fri, Mar 1, 2013 3:54 PM EST
As a mom, I've come to realize how much of our day revolves around food. From talking about it and preparing it to eating it and cleaning it up afterward, food takes up a lot of our time. Luckily, we're a foodie family. Cooking and eating don't feel like daunting tasks. Instead, they are fun projects! Some of my most cherished memories revolve around certain dishes or special meals. If you want your kids to enjoy food, it's important to instill the value of food and good eating habits early on. Here are 10 great books that will turn your kids into foodies! - By Lacy Stroessner
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- Babble.com | Book Club – Wed, Feb 27, 2013 1:18 PM EST
The pen is mightier!
I already have the title of my memoir, which will no doubt be a best-selling phenomenon…when I write it (and recover from an addiction I have yet to acquire). I will share it with you if you PROMISE not to take it from me. Ok? It's going to be called, "Craftastrophe: How not to have a mental breakdown most of the time." Or something like that. I know, it's really, really good.I can't wait to read it. But in the meantime, I'd thought I'd share some memoirs, or if you prefer autobiographies, that have affected my life and inspired me. Most of them are funny, all of them are superbly written, and they all make me want to get up and shout, "HERE I AM WORLD! I'M A CRAFTASTROPHE!" So in no particular order I give you: 6 books by women that will inspire you to write your own memoir!
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
I was SO worried when Mindy launched The Mindy Project that it wouldn't be a success. I just felt like there was a lot of pressure on her! Poor thing. ThisRead More »from What a Girl Writes: 6 Inspiring Memoirs from My Favorite Ladies
- Disney Baby | Book Club – Wed, Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM EST
How to start a book club with your baby!I love my local library's storytime, but maybe you live far away from the library. Maybe the time of day doesn't fit you or your child's schedule. Maybe it's just too busy and loud and overwhelming for your child.Read More »from On the Same Page: 8 Tips for Starting a Mommy-and-Me Book Club
If so, you might enjoy starting your own baby book club.
Every few weeks, I'll share a new theme for a baby book club, complete with four to five books to read, a few wiggle songs/rhymes, a craft that little toddlers can complete with help, and a snack that goes along with the theme.
In the meantime, here are 10 tips for starting your own mommy-and-me book club:
1. PIck the right size for your group
Four to six babies (with their parents) is the ideal number in my mind. You have enough to make it feel like an event, but not so many that you can't sit around a table or that it's a madhouse.
Related: 6 award-winning books to share at your next baby book club
2. You're NOT providing free babysitting
Make sure parents understand that they need to stay and be involved
by Ben Kassoy, Glamour
Friday was the 25th anniversary of Andy Warhol's death. Of the artist's numerous philosophical tidbits, I've always been fascinated by one quote in particular: "Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets," he said.
My initial reaction was, why would I rather watch or read about sex than do it myself? Then again, consider the results when I jogged my memory and queried some friends for some of the steamiest onscreen hookups. Among them:
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Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost. Leonard DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain. Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter in Fight Club. Naomi Watts and Laura Harring in Mulholland Drive. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray in Dirty Dancing. Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in Desperado. Meg Ryan in anything. And all the others you're recalling at the moment.
On the page, theRead More »from Why is Sex so Much Better in Movies and Books?
Dowton Abbey BooksTonight is the Season 3 finale of Downton Abbey. Now, if you're anything like me (obsessed), you've already watched every episode on Amazon (I blame Tom the socialist chauffeur), and you're already sad that you have to wait another year before Season 4. Ho hum. That's what I get for having no patience. I take solace in my books though, and recently checked out a Victorian England murder mystery just to recapture a bit of that world. Really, though, I'm enthralled with stories from any era-Georgian to WWII-that dig into the upstairs vs. downstairs culture and the manners and mores. They don't have to be English either-hey, Americans had their Gilded Age. I've put together a list of a few of my favorite Downton-reminiscent novels. Hopefully they'll get us through until Carson next rings the dressing gong. (Seriously, do the Crawleys not know when to get dressed without it?)
The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Mysteries, by Anne PerryThere are 27 books in this series about an upstairs girl Read More »from Love Downton Abbey? Read These Books
Break Into ScreenwritingYou love movies. You're passionate about storytelling. You saw Magic Mike not for Channing Tatum but for its interesting take on that age-old tale of man pursuing his dreams against ever-mounting odds. If this sounds like you, then you may want to consider becoming a screenwriter (if you haven't already). As a matter of fact, you might already have a couple of great scripts rolling around in your head, just waiting to be put to paper. But how do you get started? The professional world of screenwriting can be pretty tough, and there's no tried-and-true path to success. But the good news is that there are many, many ways to break into the film world. Here are just a few to get you started.
Take Some ClassesScreenplays-at least Hollywood screenplays-have a particular format and structure that people in the industry expect to see, and it's important that you're aware of these expectations. The best way to learn is to take a screenwriting course, which you can often find at local Read More »from How to Break into Screenwriting
- Disney Baby | Book Club – Tue, Feb 19, 2013 5:42 PM EST
Imagining baby names is so much fun, whether you're about to be a first-time parent, are pregnant with your fifth kid, or are just planning for way down the road. In fact, for me, it's way more fun to think about baby names now that I'm no longer feeling immense stress about being just weeks from having a baby and still not having a name. Now I can go back to thinking about names in the abstract, without any pressure! And when I saw that the Diamond Edition of the Peter Pan movie was being released this month, I couldn't help thinking about all the great names that could be inspired by that book and movie. Here are some of my favorites, both traditional and a little more unique! --By Janssen Bradshaw
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I love to read, and my book club brings me joy. But not all book clubs work. Are you stuck in a book club with no traction? Would you like to start your own? You don't have to be a great reader or have a Master's degree in English to start a book club. Starting one is a great way to get yourself to read more and enjoy what you're reading more by discussing it with others. A monthly book club is a nice way to get together with friends you'd like to see more often. Plus, it will demonstrate to your kids that reading is a lifelong joy. So if it's been a while since you read anything with more words than The Cat in the Hat, you might want to dig into something meatier. Here are 7 tips you can use to make sure your book club will be a success! - By Kacy Faulconer
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