Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kelly Clarkson

As you probably know, Kelly Clarkson was the first winner of American Idol. Since then she has been one of the most successful Idol winners with two Grammy wins, three Mtv Video Music awards, and four American Music Awards. Her most popular songs include "Because of You" and "My Life Would Suck Without You." Kelly's fifth studio album, Stronger, was released in October of this year. Check out her newest video "Stronger - What Doesn't Kill You" here . Clarkson will continue her tour in January. See tour dates here.

What is Kelly reading?

Clarkson recently tweeted, "Just finished the last book of the Hunger Games .....so good."

I highly recommend this series as well, and if you are one of the few who hasn't read it, what are you waiting for? Read it before the first movie comes out on March 23!

You can find out more about Kelly at kellyclarkson.com and follow her on Twitter.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tom Bergeron

Tom Bergeron is always on your TV, whether it's hosting America's Funniest Home Videos or on Dancing with the Stars. Tom even guested on a Tosh.0 episode this year. He is one busy man and always quick with a witty comment!

In addition to his hosting responsibilities, Bergeron released a book in 2009 titled, I'm Hosting as Fast as I Can!: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood. He is married with two children.
I recently asked Tom what he is reading.

He tweeted, "Don't have a favorite book (other than the one I wrote, of course), but just read "The Affair" by Lee Child. A Reacher novel."

You can follow Tom on Twitter here.
Photo from mda.org.

Our family watches AFV all the time. Tom's comments are just as funny as the videos themselves. Watch for some holiday giggles.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan is one iconic rocker. Duff was bassist in the original Guns N' Roses lineup with such huge hits as "Sweet Child O' Mine," "November Rain," and "Welcome to the Jungle." Guns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

McKagan's band Velvet Revolver has released two hard rock albums and won a Grammy. Duff is rhythm guitarist and singer of another rock band, Loaded. Their most recent album, "The Taking," was released in April, and they just returned from a concert tour. I've seen Duff play live with both GnR and Velvet Revolver, and he's an amazing musician.

McKagan is also a writer. Since 2008, he has written a regular column for SeattleWeekly.com. Read his most recent post here. He also writes for espn.com. Duff released an autobiography in October titled It's So Easy: And Other Lies.

What is Duff McKagan reading?

Duff recently tweeted me that he is currently reading The Invisible Bridge.
He added that his favorite read this year is Lamb by Christopher Moore.

You can find out more about Duff's music at duff-loaded.com and velvetrevolver.com.

You can also follow him on Twitter.
Photo by Jeff White.

Check out Duff in Velvet Revolver's hit video, "Slither." Duff is the blonde bassist with the abs.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Britney Spears

Pop star Britney Spears turned 30 last week. Britney is the eighth top selling female artist in the world. Her seventh studio album Femme Fatale was released in March with hits like "Hold it Against Me." And of course everyone knows the song that propelled her to superstardom, "...Baby One More Time."

It's wonderful to see that Britney takes time to read.

What is Britney's book recommendation?
According to People.com, Britney is reading The Mastery of Love by spiritualist author Don Miguel Ruiz.

"It's basically an analysis of love and what it means to love," said Britney.

Read me baby one more time!

You can find out more about Britney at britneyspears.com.
Photo fromRomina060693 .

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon is the beautiful star of TNT's detective series Rizzoli and Isles which returned with new episodes this week. You may also remember her from Law and Order and Baywatch. She is also a model, and I clearly remember when she won a Seventeen modeling contest, because I subscribed to the magazine as a teen. Angie is the wife of former football player Jason Sehorn, and they have three daughters.

Harmon is also involved with Celebrity Cards for a Cause with the Bonnie Marcus Collection. A portion of the proceeds from her design benefit the Children's Institute.

I recently asked Angie about books.

Angie's favorite book is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. She is currently reading A Woman's Worth by Marianne Williamson.

See those cute girls in the Got Milk ad? I asked what their faves are, too. Angie answered, "My girls read Treasury of Virtues, & we just started The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane."

Angie is a sweetheart on Twitter. You can follow her here. Thanks for sharing, Angie!

Photos from celebrity-buzz.net and people.com.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mark Tremonti

Mark Tremonti is the renowned lead guitarist in two popular rock bands, Creed and Alter Bridge. Both bands have created number one songs including Creed's "Higher" and "With Arms Wide Open" which also won a Grammy award in 2001. Alter Bridge's "Isolation" recently topped the charts. Tremonti is incredible live, and plays amazing, memorable riffs. Alter Bridge's song "Blackbird" was named the greatest guitar solo of all time by Guitarist magazine. The man can shred!

I recently asked Tremonti about books.

Mark told me that he is currently reading John Scalzi's Agent to the Stars.
Overview from barnesandnoble.comThe space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity’s first interstellar friendship. There’s just one problem: They’re hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish.
So getting humanity’s trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal.
Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He’s one of Hollywood’s hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it’s quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he’s going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster.
When I asked Mark about his favorite book, he answered, "It's a toss up between George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones and Gene Wolf's Book of the Short Sun.

Thanks, Mark for sharing some great recommendations!
Find out more about Mark's bands at alterbridge.com and creed.com.
You can follow Mark on Twitter and like him on his Facebook page.

Take a listen to one of Creed's number one hits, "My Sacrifice." When my son was 3, it was his turn to pick a song to sing with the group during sing along time in a Mom & Me class. Others chose "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" or "The Wheels on the Bus." My son sang this song by himself.

Photo from wikimediacommons.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Joshua Morrow

I started watching The Young and the Restless with my grandma when I was 11 years old. Back then, Nick Newman was just a twinkle in Victor Newman's eye. When Nicholas was rapidly changed into a teenager in 1994, Joshua Morrow took on the part and has played the handsome Newman heir ever since.

If you are unfamiliar with the long-running soap opera Y&R, here's a quick rundown of Nick's life on it. Who knew Wikipedia had a Nick Newman page? As on any long-running television show, Nick Newman has had his fair share of business ventures, jail time, rifts with his father - The Mustache, and of course romances and marriages. But what about the dimpled, cordial guy who plays Nick Newman?

Besides trading barbs with his TV siblings Victoria and Adam, Josh is a sports fanatic, Little League coach, husband, and father to three sons. He was also in the boy band 3Deep with fellow Y&R alum, Eddie Cibrian, in the 90's. Click here to see a video of a 3Deep song. (sorry, Josh) To redeem him, you can also click here to see Josh play Nick on the Emmy award winning CBS show.

I recently asked Morrow about books and what he likes to read to his three adorable boys.

Josh just finished The Swinger by Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck. The book is "fiction loosely based on Tiger Woods. Very entertaining and an easy read" according to Josh. Another book recently read was Unbroken which he describes as "unreal!"

Some favorite books that he likes to read to his boys include Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss, Go, Dog Go! by P.D. Eastman, How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen, and Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood. (Great picks!)

Joshua's favorite book ever is The Last Stand of Fox Company which is a true story of U.S. Marines in combat by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.

Thanks, Josh, for the awesome book recommendations!
Joshua is very active on Twitter where he frequently ribs his costar Michael Muhney who plays rival Adam on the show. Click to follow him on Twitter here.
Photo from @joshuamorrowYR.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Robert Englund

Happy Halloween! Do I have the perfect actor to feature today or what?

Robert Englund plays one of the most recognizable characters in horror movies. Yes, Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise. Englund has an extensive list of film and television roles spanning over thirty years. You can see him tonight in a guest-starring role in a spooky episode of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS. Despite his frightening character's persona, Robert is known to be a congenial, fan-friendly man.

What does Robert like to read?

Robert's wife, Nancy, was kind enough to ask Robert and emailed me with his favorites.
Robert's favorite recent books include Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad and Three Junes by Julia Glass. As a kid he loved Kidnapped and Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson and A European Education by Romain Gary.

You can find out more about Robert at robertenglund.com.
Photo from Wikimediacommons.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Johnny Depp

I first noticed the handsome Johnny Depp when I saw A Nightmare on Elm Street. Can you believe that movie is over 25 years old? Johnny, of course, became a major movie star after that. He has created such unique, memorable characters like Willy Wonka, Edward Scissorhands, and Captain Jack Sparrow. It seems he can play any type of role and own it. His latest film, The Rum Diary, premiered this month. The movie is based upon the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. Depp also played the lead in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which was also based on a Thompson novel.

According to a recent article in the Speakeasy section of the Wall Street Journal, Depp has been reading an eclectic list of books lately.

He is quoted as reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson and re-reading Ulysses by James Joyce. Johnny also mentioned he was reading poetry by Dylan Thomas. Find out more about the movie premiere and what else Johnny is reading in the Speakeasy article here.

View the impressive list of movies that Johnny has appeared in here.
Photo from Pina90.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale is the British lead singer of alternative rock band, Bush. I've seen Gavin Rossdale live after his solo album came out and recently with Bush. Gavin is very energetic frontman and makes the women swoon while he's singing onstage. Some of Bush's biggest hits include "Machinehead" and "Comedown." Gavin also achieved success with his solo hit, "Love Remains the Same."

What is the last book that Gavin loved? He answered, Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton in the October 17, 2011 issue of People magazine.

He added, "I would have been a cook if I hadn't been a musician."
What? He's handsome, talented, AND he cooks? Gwen is one lucky gal!

I also recently asked Gavin what his fave book to read was and what he reads to his two young sons. He tweeted, "Paul Auster-Moon Palace- books every night for the boys."

Good to hear that rockers read to their children!
You can follow Gavin on Twitter and check out Bush's website.
Photo by me.

Bush's latest album was released last month. Here is "The Sound of Winter."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx is one of my all time favorite musicians. He is bassist and song writer for three awesome bands: Motley Crue, Sixx: A.M., and Brides of Destruction (who are no longer together). I've seen all three bands live, and they are amazing. My fave Crue songs? "Wild Side" and "Afraid." I also love Sixx: A.M.'s newest single, "This is Gonna Hurt."

Besides being a rock star, Nikki is also an author. He co-authored The Dirt with the four members of Motley Crue. It's shocking, entertaining, and interesting to see each band member's view of the same ole situations. Nikki also wrote The Heroin Diaries and most recently This is Gonna Hurt which also showcases his photography. Sixx:A.M. released a killer album of the same name to go along with the book. Nikki also has a clothing line with Kelly Gray called Royal Underground which I have a few cool items from. You can listen to his radio show, Sixx Sense, on select radio stations or online nightly. Yes, he is one busy man.

What is Nikki currently reading? Sixx tweeted yesterday that he is reading Guns 'n' Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan's autobiography It's So Easy: And Other Lies. Nikki went on to say that the book is "Well written, honest and extremely interesting....Nice to read a book by an artist who doesn't slag his ex band too."

Nikki is very active on Twitter and Facebook, follow him!
Oh, and looky here! Here's me and Nikki before a Crue concert!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch plays the hilarious Sue Sylvester on the popular tv show, Glee. This talented comedian, singer, and actress is featured in many movies including Julie and Julia, Role Models, and Best in Show. She was well received as the host of the Emmy's last month and won a Golden Globe for her role in Glee.

Jane recently released an autobiography titled Happy Accidents detailing her journey to fame. Jane revealed what she is reading in last week's Us Weekly column, "What's On My Nook."

Some of the books currently on Jane's Nook are Bossypants by Tina Fey and John Adams by David McCullough. To find out more of her book picks, check out the October 10, 2011 issue of Us Weekly.
Photo from Greg Hernandez .

You can follow Jane on Twitter.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan is the lead singer of alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins. The Smashing Pumpkins created such hits as "Today," "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "Perfect," and "Tarantula." This rock band formed in Chicago over 20 years ago and will release their next album titled "Oceania" in 2012. They just kicked off a new concert tour last week. Check here for concert dates.

Last week I asked Billy what he is currently reading during a Live Nation Q&A.
Billy answered that he is reading Valis by Philip K. Dick. Valis will be released to the public on October 18.
Corgan also mentioned that he is writing a book right now titled God Is Everywhere from Here to There when asked if he would ever release a book.

You can find out more about the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club here.
You can also follow Billy on Twitter.
Photo from zmemusic.com.
Here's my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song, "Disarm." (My second fave is their cover of "Landslide.")

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker's "Last Book I Loved" will come to no surprise to SATC Carrie Bradshaw fans. According to the September 19 issue of People magazine, this stylish actress loves Diane: A Signature Life by Diane von Furstenberg.

From barnesandnoble.com:
"Diane is the frank and compelling story of an extraordinary woman and her adventures in fashion, business, and life. 'Most fairy tales end with the girl marrying the prince. That's where mine began,' says Diane Von Furstenberg."

SJP's most recent movie, "I Don't Know How She Does It" came out last month. You can also explore her signature fragrances here.

Photo by David Shankbone.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Josh Wolf

Josh Wolf is funny. Very funny. You may have seen him at the round table on Chelsea Lately or on the now defunct series My Name is Earl. This comedian/actor is also a writer for sitcoms and for Chelsea Lately.

Wolf also contributed to Chelsea's latest book, Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me. I was able to see him on tour with Chelsea and her peeps in the spring. He was hilarious!

I recently asked Josh what he was currently reading. Josh tweeted that he is reading Slash's autobiography (aptly titled Slash). I also asked him if he puts his books down his pants before reading them. His answer was no. And unless you watch Chelsea Lately, you are going to really wonder why I asked that!

You can follow Josh on Twitter.
Photo from @joshwolfcomedy.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach has one of the most powerful voices in rock 'n' roll. Bach is the original lead singer of Skid Row. Skid Row's hits include "18 and Life" and "I Remember You." I played their two first CDs over and over and over in the early 90's. This Rolling Stone cover was on the front of my bedroom door in my sorority house.

Sebastian Bach is still creating new kick butt music. His newest album dropped on Tuesday. Sebastian has also performed on Broadway, and you may also remember him from his time on Gilmore Girls. In a recent interview Bach mentioned that he will also be in the upcoming movie, Rock of Ages. Though I would prefer him in the title role instead of Tom Cruise!

I recently asked Bach about his favorite books. He tweeted,

"Favorite book ever is keith richards 'life'. Also like henry miller 'tropic of cancer' its like porn without the pictures."
Photo by me.

Now that is some eclectic taste in books! Check out Bach's newest single, "Kicking and Screaming" below!

Find out more about Sebastian at sebastianbach.com and follow him on Twitter.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Matthew Scott Montgomery

You're not going to believe this, but Disney channel's own Matthew Scott Montgomery recently told me about some of his favorite reads. Matthew Scott stars on Disney's hilarious sketch show So Random. This Disney program is like SNL for teens and preteens (and I laugh along with my kids to the skits). On the hit show, he plays such crazy characters like Angus, Rufus, and Billy.

What does Matthew Scott Montgomery like to read?

Montgomery loves anything by R. L. Stine.
He also enjoyed Hush Hush by Becca Fitzgerald and Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton.
Books he's loved recently include Happyface by Stephen Emond and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan.

His favorite book of all time? The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine.

Thanks, Matthew Scott. Go Positive Ayttitude on reading!
Find out more about Matthew Scott at matthewscottmontgomery.com.
Photo from @irobotyoujane.

Watch MSM in action as Angus looking his beast.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

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. Their newest album released in May and has already produced hits like "Lies of the Beautiful People" and my favorite from the album, "This is Gonna Hurt." I was able to see them live on their only tour so far for Cruefest. I hope they tour again.

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

I recently asked James what he is reading. He replied, "Right now I'm reading Keith Richards Life." He continued, "For some reason I read WAY more books on my ipad than I ever did with the actual hard cover books."

You can find out more about James at jamesmichael.net.
Photo from @james_a_michael

Take a listen to their latest single.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mike Malinin

Today we have an awesome Q&A with Mike Malinin. Mike is the drummer of not one, but two bands: Goo Goo Dolls and Forty Marshas. The Goo Goo Dolls exploded in the 90's with hits like "Name" and "Iris." Click HERE to see the lyric video of their latest song from the Transformers 3 soundtrack.

Thanks to Suzanne Casamento, Mike kindly agreed to fill us in on what he's reading and more.

1. How many books do you read on an average tour?

I'm not sure how many books I read on a average tour. It depends on the content and the length. I mean, I read "War and Peace" while on tour. I also read shorter novels. And a lot of history books. So I guess the best answer is, I read a lot.

2. Do you read paper books or use an e-reader? (If an e-reader, which kind?)

Both. I have a Kindle, and it's loaded. But I still love buying books. I'm the guy who kept buying records long after CDs became the standard. So I'm slow to accept change. The Kindle is awfully convenient for traveling, but I like having the hard copies if it's something I want to keep.
3. Do you read rock biographies? Have the Goo Goo Dolls ever considered penning one?

I recently read Keith Richards' book. And I've read a few other rock bios in the past, but I don't really read that many of them. I haven't heard of anybody who plans on writing a Goo Goo Dolls bio. I doubt one of us ever would.

4. What is your all time favorite book and/or what are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading a couple of books. "America Aflame" by David Goldfield and "Gilgamesh" by Joan London. The Goldfield book is a history book about the Civil War that really gives amazing insight into some of the causes and mindsets of Americans before, during, and immediately after the war. So far it's amazing. It touches on many of the questions I always had about the war. So if that's your thing, I highly recommend it.

The other book is a novel by an Australian writer about an Australian woman who travels to Armenia on the eve of the Second World War. There are obviously many references to "The Epic of Gilgamesh", hence the title of the book. It was published about ten years ago. I think I just bought it on a whim. She's a great writer. Very vivid.

I like reading at least a couple books at once. One novel and one history book usually works well for me.

Favorite books? Hmmm. "Galapagos" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr is pretty important to me. More recently, I was blown away by "2666" by Roberto Bolano. Another classic favorite that I share with a lot of people is "100 Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

5. What is your favorite song to perform live?

It depends. Usually ones that we don't play too often. I really liked playing "Falling Down" on the most recent tour. And I always like playing "Iris."

Thank you so much, Mike, for stopping by and promoting great literature! I love that you read "War and Peace" once while touring. I imagine not many musicians can claim that! I'm looking forward to seeing Goo Goo Dolls live next month!

You can find out more about Mike and his bands at their websites.

You can follow Mike here, too!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Joe Manganiello

You know I love me some True Blood, so I'm excited to share with you my favorite werewolf's fave read.

6'5" Joe Manganiello plays Alcide on the hit HBO show. The True Blood season finale was last night, and it was crazy awesome as usual. It's going to be a long wait til the next season in June!

According to the September 5 issue of Us Weekly, Joe listed that his favorite book is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand in the magazine's article "25 Things You Don't Know About Me."

Brawn AND brains. Sexay.

You can follow Manganiello on Twitter HERE. Click HERE to read a recent interview from The Huffington Post. In this interview, the classically trained actor discusses his upcoming movies including his next role as a male stripper in a Steven Soderbergh film, Magic Mike.
Photo from Ronald Woan.

I also recently asked Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood) on formspring.me what she is currently reading. Her answer? "My scripts. Thank you!"
I'm sure Hollywood is throwing all kinds of scripts at this talented Oscar award winning actress.

Looks like this Truebie will be cracking out the next Charlaine Harris book to get my fix til next summer.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

John Taylor

John Taylor is the bassist for the popular British band Duran Duran. I had their posters on my bedroom wall in junior high. This was one of them. Photobucket

I've seen Duran Duran live many times and will continue to go see them on tour. Yes, this rocker girl is a Duranie.

Sixth grade me was screaming when John told me what he is currently reading. "I recently got turned on to The Slap," JT tweeted me. The Slap is by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas.

From Barnes & Noble:
"Winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap is a riveting page-turner and a powerful, haunting rumination on contemporary middle-class family life. When a man slaps a child who is not his own at a neighborhood barbecue, the act triggers a series of repercussions in the lives of the people who witness the event-causing them to reassess their values, expectations, and desires."
Duran Duran will be starting their U.S. tour with Neon Trees in just a few weeks. You can find out more about the band at duranduran.com.

Photo from Luz A Villa.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tyler Glenn

"Whoa -ohhhh. I want some more. Whoa - ohhh. What are you waiting for?"

Tyler Glenn is the lead singer of the band Neon Trees. Click here to see their music video for the hit song, "Animal." I've seen Neon Trees in concert a few times, and Tyler is one vibrant, energetic frontman!

I recently asked Tyler what he likes to read. Tyler tweeted me, "i read biographies...chelsea handler, tina fey, steven tyler, keith richards...all fascinating reads."

I have read Chelsea Handler's books;they are too funny! And Tina Fey's Bossypants is on my To Be Read pile, too. Here's a pic of me, Tyler, and Neon Trees bandmate, Brandon!Photobucket
Find out more about Neon Trees at their website.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Leah Remini

I loved her sass on The King of Queens, and she told it like it is on The Talk. Unfortunately, I just read that she is not coming back to The Talk. Quite shocking!

Leah tweeted me last week that she is currently reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. (And to clarify, this was before the official news of her not coming back to the show.)

You can find out more about Leah at her website, leahremini.com.

Thank you to Jon Arntson for my cool new banner! :)

Photo from @leahremini.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kate Middleton

She's not only royalty, but she's an avid reader, too!

According to the recent issue of Us Weekly, the Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted reading When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman and the new release The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. See more of her picks in the September 5 issue of Us Weekly.

Photo from Nick Warner.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Thank you for stopping by my new blog! I will be compiling and posting book recommendations of celebrities once or twice a week. If you have a fave celeb or musician that you'd love to know what he or she is reading, let me know in the comments! I'll try and get the book recommendation for you.

To start us off, here's a great link of 20 Celebrities with Stunning Libraries. The libraries are indeed beautiful. Of course Oprah is one of the celebrities listed, but Keith Richards' library is highlighted, too!

Please spread the word that READING ROCKS!