Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Joel McHale






Joel McHale is one of my all-time favorite funny people. He first had me laughing on the TV clip show, The Soup, on E! until they abruptly canceled it last year and broke my heart. The Soup ran from  July 1, 2004 until December 18, 2015, and I saw almost every episode. Joel also starred as Jeff Winger on NBC/Yahoo's Community for six seasons. You may also have seen him on TV in the X-Files reboot and Sons of Anarchy. McHale has also been featured in many movies including Ted, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and Deliver Us From Evil. Joel is currently starring as Jack Gordon in CBS's new sitcom, The Great Indoors.

Joel McHale can now add author to his resume as his memoir/how-to book, Thanks for the Money, recently dropped! (Yes, I have a signed copy.) Say hey to him on his book tour!

What are some of Joel's favorite books?
 
 
Joel was featured in the November 14, 2016 issue of Us Weekly in the "What I'm Reading" section.
Joel listed five books including Andre Agassi's Open and The Blade Itself  by Joe Abercrombie. Check out his other picks at usweekly.com!
 
What are Joel's children reading?
 
Joel was asked this at the Naperville Anderson's Bookshop presentation last weekend. Joel answered that his boys enjoy the Percy Jackson series, the Captain Underpants books, and watching Clarence and The Adventures of Gumball when their dad doesn't want to read. ;)
 
Oh, just me and Joel.
 
You can follow Joel on Twitter and check out his website http://joelmchale.com/

And watch his silly book trailer here!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Corey Taylor

Photo from @CoreyTaylorRock
 

Corey Taylor is an amazing talent. Taylor is the lead singer and lyricist of Slipknot and Stone Sour - two multi-platinum rock bands. Both Stone Sour and Slipknot have been nominated for several Grammy awards. Slipknot won a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy in 2006 for "Before I Forget." Other hit tunes by Slipknot include "Psychosocial" and "Snuff." Some of Stone Sour's popular songs are "Bother," "Say You'll Haunt Me," "Absolute Zero and "Tired."  Corey also lends his killer vocals to other bands. He guested on Dave Grohl's Sound City album and documentary (love the song "From Can to Can't"). And most recently is featured on Korn's newest single,"A Different World."

Corey is the author of three best selling books: Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven, and You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left. Taylor also occasionally acts. You may have caught him in a Doctor Who episode and the last Sharknado!


What is Corey Taylor reading?

I asked Corey just that on Twitter. His response, "I'm re-reading 'The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes'!"

Gotta love that he's a rocker, writer, and a reader!

You can find out more about Corey at http://www.thecoreytaylor.com/ and follow him on Twitter where he frequently interacts with his fans.

Check out "Tired" from Stone Sour.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jake Weary

Photo from @jakeweary Twitter



My go-to summer show was Animal Kingdom on TNT. It's a crazy cool show starring an amazing cast that includes Jake Weary as Cody brother, Deran. I first saw Jake as Kevin on Nickelodeon's silly Fred: The Movie (plus the two Fred sequels) and the Fred TV series. Weary also played Luke on As the World Turns and Vince on NBC's Chicago Fire among other television roles. You can still check out this crazy surfing crime family on Animal Kingdom on demand. Don't miss it as it will be back next year!

What is Jake Weary reading?

Jake recently tweeted, "Love this book. An addicting story with a cast of remarkably interesting characters. ."



The Heavenly Table: A Novel is written by  Donald Ray Pollock.
William J. Cobb of Dallas Morning News describes it as: "Like a hybrid masterwork of Quentin Tarantino and Flannery O'Connor, Donald Ray Pollock's second novel, The Heavenly Table, is a comic Southern Gothic romp, hell-bent on making the reader squirm and laugh, often at the same time...The literary feast the novel offers becomes its own heavenly table..."



You can follow Jake on Twitter and on Instagram!

Check out his new single, "Heartless," on ITunes and Spotify!



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jerry Horton


Photo by me! Blurry because he's always moving! ;)

Jerry Horton is lead guitarist of my very favorite rock band, Papa Roach. Papa Roach's 2000 album Infest became multiplatinum with its popular hit "Last Resort." The band was nominated for a Grammy in 2001 for Best New Artist. Other Papa Roach hits through the years include "Getting Away With Murder," "Forever," "To Be Loved," "Lifeline," and "Kick in the Teeth." Papa Roach's latest album, F.E.A.R., has included such hits as "Face Everything and Rise" and "Gravity."
Papa Roach is THE best band to see in concert! I've seen them live 13 times, and they always kill it onstage with their energy and awesome songs.

Not only does Jerry shred on the guitar, but he loves cars as well. Check out his auto website at http://drivekulture.com/.

What is Jerry Horton reading?

I asked Jerry just that on Twitter. His response: "going back to the classics. Great Expectation."


Of course Great Expectations is the classic novel by Charles Dickens. Gotta love a rocker who reads!


You can follow Jerry on Twitter and visit www.paparoach.com for more information on this amazing band.
Me and my fave rockers.

Listen up, turn it up and rock it out. Here's "Gravity."


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

KeKe Palmer



Singer/actress KeKe Palmer currently stars in one of my favorite TV shows, Fox's Scream Queens. This multitalented actress broke through in the movie, Akeelah and the Bee, and then in Madea's Family Reunion. KeKe also starred in Nickelodeon's True Jackson, VP. Tonight find out who the Red Devil is in the season finale of Scream Queens! I can't wait! I'm also excited to see her on Grease Live in January!

What book does KeKe Palmer have in her bag?


According to Us Weekly's What's In My Bag?, among her makeup, Chicago Cubs hat, and Kindle, KeKe has a A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson in her 3.1 Phillip Lim satchel.

From Library Journal:
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles  is based on the author's experiences as a teacher and lecturer on the self-study guide A Course in Miracles (Foundation for Inner Peace, 1975), the students of which attribute its authorship to Jesus Christ. Using humorous personal narrative, Williamson explains how applying love to all difficulties, as advised by "The Course," can aid in healing.

You can follow KeKe on Twitter and like her on Facebook!


Check out her newest video!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jenna Dewan Tatum

Photo from @jennaldewan Twitter


Yes, she's gorgeous and talented and married to the equally gorgeous and talented Channing Tatum. Jenna Dewan Tatum is a dancer and actress best known for her movie Step Up and her TV roles in American Horror Story: Asylum and Lifetime's Witches of East End. She has also been featured in many music videos from Janet Jackson to Christina Aguilera. You can see her next in the upcoming TV series, Supergirl.



She and her husband, Channing, have a 2 year old little girl named Everly.

What is Jenna Dewan Tatum's daughter's favorite book right now?

According to the October 19, 2015 issue of Us Weekly, Everly's favorite book is Tina Tumbles by Danielle Soucy Mills. Jenna says, "She does cartwheels, and we go to baby gymnastics class. I got her to wear a leotard because Tina wears one!"

Too cute!

You can follow Jenna on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

Watch her dance on a September episode of So You Think You Can Dance!

Monday, June 15, 2015

James Michael



James Michael is the melodic voice of the band Sixx: A.M. Sixx: A.M.'s hit song "Life is Beautiful" topped the rock charts in 2007 on their debut album. Two albums later, Sixx: A.M. is still creating rockin' hits like "Lies of the Beautiful People"  and "Stars." They just finished their first headlining tour which I was able to catch this past spring. James is an amazing frontman and had performed with a giant smile the majority of the concert. You can tell that band has so much fun together!

Besides fronting this killer rock band, Michael is also a producer and songwriter. He's worked with Papa Roach, Kelly Clarkson, Halestorm, Motley Crue, Meat Loaf, and many more artists.

What is James Michael reading?

James posted this photo of his latest read on Instagram:

 
James is reading BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. This memoir  chronicles Cahalan's struggle to recapture her identity after finding herself strapped into a bed in a hospital one fateful day.

You can follow James on Twitter, like him on Facebook and visit http://sixxammusic.com.

Enjoy "Stars" by Sixx: A.M.!