Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Boy George

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Boy George was a music staple of the 80's with huge hits with his band Culture Club. You know these songs: "Karma Chameleon", "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and so many more! George's autobiography, Take It Like a Man, was published in 2012. His first studio album in 20+ years was just released in October. Check out This is What I Do!

What is Boy George reading?

A few days ago he tweeted, "Off to bed with the Morrissey autobiography!"

This is one hot autobiography! Tyler Glenn from Neon Trees also tweeted that he was reading the autobiography of British musician, Morrisey after Gerard Way (formerly of My Chemical Romance) tweeted he needed to get it.

You can follow George on Twitter and Like him on Facebook.

Here's "King of Everything!"

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Eric Close

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Eric Close currently portrays the dashing bad boy mayor, Teddy Conrad, on Nashville. Close also starred in many other television series including Dark Skies, Now and Again, and Without a Trace.

What is Eric Close reading?

I asked Eric last week what he is reading, he tweeted, "reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand."

Blurb from Amazon.com:
This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.

According to his bio on abc.go.com, Eric enjoys reading historical fiction, too.

Thank you, Eric!

You can follow Eric on Twitter .

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ginnifer Goodwin

Many first noticed Ginnifer Goodwin's beauty and talent on HBO's Big Love. Her movies include "He's Just Not That Into You" and"Something Borrowed." She recently portrayed Jackie Kennedy in Killing Kennedy. You can watch Ginnifer shine as Snow White on Sunday nights as in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.

What books does Ginnifer Goodwin enjoy?

“I’m a Shakespeare whore,” Goodwin joked of her book collection on Elle.com.

When asked about her favorite childhood book on Twitter, she responded, "Good Night Moon? Anything by Madeleine L'Engle? Jane Eyre? ."

Ginnifer will be reading children's books again once her baby with costar Josh Dallas is born next year! Congrats to Snow White and Prince Charming!

You can follow Ginnifer on Twitter.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Willow Shields

Catching Fire is out this week!!! And I'm going to go see it. Willow Shields portrays Primrose Everdeen in the blockbuster films The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

What is Willow Shields reading?

On Friday Willow tweeted, "Paper Towns at the moment!! <3 seriously loving it already!!!!!"

This week Willow also shared on Instagram that she was reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Last month she tweeted that she read Allegiant by Veronica Roth and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

I love that she shares what she is reading to her fans!

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

Friday, November 15, 2013

Chris Pratt

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Funnyman Chris Pratt has made us giggle plenty on Parks and Recreation, but did you know he was also in Everwood, Moneyball, and Zero Dark Thirty? Pratt's newest film Delivery Man is in theaters November 22. Did you check out that fit bod for his upcoming blockbuster movie, Guardians of the Galaxy? 2014 will be a huge year for him as he also voices a role in The Lego Movie!

What books does Chris Pratt love?

According to a November 7, 2013 post at Us Weekly, Chris's favorite book as a kid was Where the Red Fern Grows. Most recently, he has been loving the Century trilogy by Ken Follett.

Funny, fit, and a Follett fan! Great picks, Chris!

You can follow Chris on Twitter.

Friday, November 8, 2013


P!NK is a singer, an acrobat, a powerhouse. I just saw her in concert this week, and I was in awe of her strength (body and vocals) and how happy she looked throughout the show. It wasn't just a concert, but an amazing Cirque de Soleil-ish event. P!nk has created hit song after hit song starting with "Most Girls" to her current hit, "Just Give Me A Reason."

What book does P!NK recommend?

Pink tweeted last week to Jillian Michaels, "@JillianMichaels: I need a book recommendation. Can't sleep. Any thoughts? And don't say 50 Shades of Grey #perverts” LEAN IN."

Book summary from amazon.com:

In Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Pink is an accomplished musician and performer, and it comes to no surprise that she recommends this book!

You can find out more about Pink at her website, and follow her on Twitter!

Enjoy one of my new fave songs from Pink and Fun., "Just Give Me A Reason." That's her husband, Carey Hart, that she's getting steamy with!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Keith Urban

Returning American Idol judge Keith Urban is a country super star. He has rocked 15 number one hits on the country charts from his nine studio albums. Popular songs span from 2000's "But for the Grace of God" to the latest hit "Little Bit of Everything." Urban's album, Fuse, just released last month, and already became a number one album. Keith is currently on tour in the U.S. Check for tour dates here.

What is Keith Urban reading?

Keith tweeted last week, "I just picked up this book two days ago-and can't put it down- you love words ??? -KU."

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth

Interesting pick!
You can find out more about Keith at www.keithurban.net/ and follow him on Twitter.

Friday, October 4, 2013

John Taylor

John Taylor is the bassist of pop supergroup, Duran Duran. Duran Duran's first album was released in 1981 featuring hits "Planet Earth" and "Girls on Film." The band's 13th studio album, "All You Need Is Now," was released in 2010. Even though I'm a rocker, I have loved Duran Duran since I was 12.

John's autobiography, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran, was recently released in paperback. I own a signed copy of the hardcover!

What is John Taylor reading?

When asked what his favorite autobiography was and what he is currently reading, John tweeted,
"The Bob Dylan Memoir is one I've enjoyed the most, currently Reading Far From The Tree ^ JT."

You can follow John on Twitter, and find out more about Duran Duran at

I was able to attend a signing event with John Taylor last year!

Enjoy a song from their latest album.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Emmy Rossum

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The beautiful Emmy Rossum currently stars as Fiona in Showtime's Shameless. She has been featured in many films including Mystic River, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Phantom of the Opera. Emmy played Ridley in the Beautiful Creatures movie, which was based on the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl YA novel. When asked how she got inside the character she replied, "I read every single book!!" Emmy is also a talented singer and just released her second album titled, Sentimental Journey.

What are Emmy Rossum's favorite books?

When asked about her favorite books on Twitter yesterday Emmy responded, "I collect 1st edition Roald Dahls. Just got Kiss Kiss for my bday."

You can follow Emmy on Twitter and like her Facebook page. You can visit her site www.emmyrossum.com, too!

Listen to this girl sing!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Billy Idol

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Billy Idol sings many hits that everyone and their brother have sung along to like "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding," and "Mony, Mony." Idol has been nominated for three Grammy awards. He's won an Mtv VMA as well for "Cradle of Love." Billy Idol has released seven studio albums, the most recent being a Christmas album for those of you who like to rock your holidays like me!
Billy continues to tour and still sounds amazing!

What is Billy Idol reading?

Billy tweeted this last week, "For my own edification I'm reading My Lunches With Orson Wells:Conversations with Henry Jaglom & Orson Welles by Peter Biskind."

Then the next day he tweeted, "Now reading Andrew Loog Oldham's book 'Stoned' about his youth & life in the '50's & '60's & his gradual involvement in music & arts." He added, "This book is a who's Who of Sixties London!"

Cool! Thanks, Billy!

Visit Billy's website at http://billyidol.net/ and follow him on Twitter.

Billy is featured in my upcoming picture book ROCKABET: CLASSIC EDITION which releases next month. Here's a sneak peek: I is for Billy Idol! (Illustration by Kelli Ann Little.)

Take a listen to one of his first big hits, "Dancing With Myself."

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kip Winger

Kip Winger is best known as the lead singer of the multi-platinum selling rock band, Winger. Can you believe that Winger's debut album was released 25 years ago this month? This album included hits like "Seventeen" and "Headed for a Heartbreak." Kip actually started his career as bassist in Alice Cooper's band before Winger was formed. Kip has also recorded several solo albums including one classical album.  Kip is very involved with  Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Winger recently stated that a new Winger album, their sixth, is expected soon (which I will purchase of course). Kip occasionally tours with the Alan Parsons Live Project as lead singer, as a solo acoustic act, and with Winger.

What is Kip Winger reading?

I asked Kip last weekend what he likes to read. It will come as no surprise after reading his background that he reads music theory books. He is currently reading The Music of Bela Bartok by Elliot Antokoletz.  

Thank you, Kip!
You can follow Kip on Twitter, Like his Facebook page and visit him at http://www.kipwinger.com/.

Here's a photo of Kip and me in college and a photo from last weekend! His acoustic set was amazing!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ian Harding

Ian Harding plays handsome professor Ezra Fitz on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. Ian has won three Teen Choice Awards for his role. The fourth season of Pretty Little Liars is currently airing on Tuesdays on ABC Family. The show is based on the best selling book series by Sara Shepard.

What is Ian Harding reading?

According to the July 22, 2013 issue of Us Weekly, Ian said, "I read quite a bit. Right now I'm on an Alan Alda memoir."

He not only plays a well read English professor, but he is well read in real life, too! The memoir by Alan Alda is titled Never Have Your Dog Stuffed And Other Things I've Learned.  Ian's father, Stephen Harding, wrote The Last Battle, a true story of the last battle of World War II in Europe. Ian  mentioned on Twitter that you can Like his dad's book on Facebook here.

You can follow Ian on Twitter.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tony Palermo

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Tony Palermo is the drummer of my favorite band, Papa Roach. Papa Roach exploded in 2000 with their first major-label release, the triple-platinum album Infest. "Last Resort" became a number one single on the Alternative Rock chart. 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 released their 7th studio album The Connection last year that includes "Still Swingin'" and "Where Did the Angels Go."

Check out Papa Roach on the Carnival of Madness tour. I've seen 100+ bands live, and they are the most energetic, amazing live band I've ever seen. I'll see them for the 10th time next month!

What is Tony Palermo reading?

Tony recently tweeted, "Currently reading Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls. It's a very slow read though."

I also asked Tony what his favorite book was.

His answer: The Dirt by Motley Crue.

Indeed a crazy, entertaining read!

Thanks, Tony! You can find out more about Papa Roach at www.paparoach.com and follow Tony on Twitter.

Here's me and the band. :)

Check out Papa Roach's latest single, "Leader of the Broken Hearts."

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nikki Sixx

Photo from @nikkisixx

Nikki Sixx is a musician, photographer, author, and radio show host. He's the bassist and songwriter of two successful bands that I love - Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M.  Nikki's radio show Sixx Sense can be heard nationwide.  He's also authored three books - The Dirt, The Heroin Diaries, and This Is Gonna Hurt.  He's even been featured here twice before (and will be again!).

What book does Nikki Sixx recommend?

Last week Nikki tweeted, "Greatest book ever for ignoring the critics inside and outside your head.It also gives you tools to remove the crazy makers from your life. I have talked about this book for years to friends, on Sixx Sense and I am always giving this book away as a gift.If your a creative soul I suggest this and doing the morning pages daily it recommends.#ArtistsWay #PassingItOn #Creativity."

With the tweet, Sixx posted a photo on Instagram of The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Creativity by Julia Cameron.

You can follow Nikki Sixx on Twitter. He occasionally shares what he is reading!
You can also Like his page on Facebook.

Well, looky here! :)

Listen to one of my fave songs from Sixx: A.M.'s last album.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Joe Manganiello

True Blood's season premiere was Sunday night, and I couldn't be happier. Joe Manganiello is back playing my favorite werewolf, Alcide.

Yesterday Joe tweeted, "Check out my @amoebamusic "What's in my bag!" to get a slice of what I read, watch, look at, and listen to at home!"

What book is Joe Manganiello excited to read?

According to the Amoeba Music video "What's in my bag?", Joe picked up Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction by Marc Canter. In the video, Joe said, "They were my Beatles, my Rolling Stones of my generation."

This rocker approves.

Find out more about Joe's picks at amoeba.com. You can follow Joe on Twitter.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ken Jeong

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Ken Jeong may play goofy, crazy characters like Senor Chang on Community (a show I love!) and Mr. Chow on the three Hangover movies, but he's an accomplished comedic actor and a licensed physician in California. In fact, his film debut was playing a doctor in Knocked Up. You can catch Jeong in theaters now as the hilarious Mr. Chow in the recently released movie Hangover Part III and as Johnny Wu in Michael Bay's Pain and Gain.

What is Ken Jeong's favorite book?

In the June 3, 2013 issue of Us Weekly, Ken says, "My favorite basketball player is Michael Jordan and my top book is Phil Jackson's Sacred Hoops."

Great pick!

You can follow Ken on Twitter.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Josh Bowman

The season finale of ABC's popular drama Revenge is this Sunday, and Josh Bowman is one reason so many people watch this show. English actor Bowman was in the British Series Holby City. He currently plays Daniel Grayson on Revenge.

What is Josh Bowman's favorite poem?

According to the March 11, 2013 issue of Us Weekly, Josh's favorite poem is Rudyard Kipling's "If." Also in the same article Josh states that "The book The Art of Racing in the Rain made me cry like a baby."


Book Description of The Art of Racing in the Rain from Amazon.com:
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jenny McCarthy

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Best selling author and Playmate Jenny McCarthy has a new show on VH1. After being one of the most popular Playboy Playmates, Jenny hosted Singled Out on MTV and later got her own NBC show titled Jenny. McCarthy has guest starred on several TV show and movies. Jenny hosted last summer's Love in the Wild, and she currently hosts The Jenny McCarthy Show on Friday nights on VH1. Jenny penned eight books including last year's Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic. Jenny shares her humor on blogs for http://splash.suntimes.com/.

What is Jenny McCarthy reading?

She tweeted yesterday, "Great book recommendation! I read half of it last night. So informative. Its Sherri Sheperd's new book Plan D ."

According to the April 15, 2013 issue of Us Weekly, Jenny carries I Need Your Love - Is That True? by Byron Katie with her. She says, "I've read it 150 times. It's the relationship bible."

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Carly Rae Jepsen

"Call Me Maybe" shot Carly Rae Jepsen to pop stardom, but Canadians knew her from her third place finish in Canadian Idol. She also earned two gold singles and two Juno music award nominations in her home country before making it big. Just a few days ago she took home three trophies at Sunday's Juno Awards, including Album of the Year for Kiss. Other hits off Carly Rae's Kiss album include "Good Time" with Owl City and "This Kiss."
Check out her summer tour dates here.

What is Carly Rae Jepsen reading?

According to the April 29, 2013 issue of Us Weekly, Carly Rae always has a good book with her. She says, "I'm now reading Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Wild - I totally recommend it."

The memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, "powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her." (summary from Barnes and Noble)

You can find out more about Jepsen at www.carlyraemusic.com and follow her on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jennifer Garner

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Today is the lovely Jennifer Garner's 41st birthday. We loved her kicking butt in on TV as Sydney in Alias and in movies as Elektra in Daredevil and Elektra. Jennifer has won Golden Globe and SAG awards for her role in Alias. Garner has appeared in many movies including Juno, Valentine's Day, and the heartwarming The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Jennifer will next appear in The Dallas Buyer's Club with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. She has three children with actor, Ben Affleck.

What is Jennifer Garner reading with her children?

According to the most recent issue of People magazine, Jennifer is reading Mrs. Biddlebox by Linda Smith and Marla Frazee and A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket with her girls. Jennifer tells People, "My daughter (Violet) is so into the series. She talks about the Baudelaire kids like they're part of the family..."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Corey Taylor

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," and  "Absolute Zero." Stone Sour's newest album titled House of Gold and Bones Part 2 was released today! Corey was recently featured on Dave Grohl's Sound City album and documentary.

Corey's first book titled Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good was published last year.  Corey also has been writing House of Gold and Bones comic books for Dark Horse comics. Check out the trailer for one here.

What is Corey Taylor reading?

Corey tweeted Friday, "Picked up 'Dancing on the Grave of a Son of a Bitch' by Diane Wakoski today. If you like poetry, I URGE you to read it. Amazing."

April is National Poetry Month, too, so thank you, Corey, for a great book recommendation.

You can find out more about Corey at http://thecoreytaylor.com/, and follow him on Twitter.

My son and I met Corey at Rockstar Uproar festival a few years ago.

Check out a Stone Sour and Slipknot video.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kelly Ripa

Many of you watch the vibrant Kelly Ripa daily on Live with Kelly and Michael (and previously on Live with Regis and Kelly). She also played Faith Fairfield on the ABC series Hope and Faith. She started her acting career as Hayley on All My Children. Kelly was named one of the Most Powerful People in Media by The Hollywood Reporter last year.

What is Kelly Ripa reading?

Kelly recently tweeted that she read The Sunshine When She's Gone by Thea Goodman on vacation last week.

Book Description from Amazon.com:
"A fresh, funny, and wisely observed debut novel about marriage—about the love, longing and ambivalence exposed when a husband takes the baby on a highly unusual outing."

You can find out more about Kelly at www.livekellyandmichael.com/, and follow her on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Gerard Way

Gerard Way has been the lead singer of rock group My Chemical Romance for 12 years...until this past weekend. Much to the sadness of their many fans (including me), My Chemical Romance announced they were breaking up. My Chemical Romance has produced many hit songs from four studio albums including "I'm Not Okay," "The Ghost of You," "Welcome to the Black Parade," "NaNaNaNaNaNa," and "Sing." My Chemical Romance also recently released two songs each month for five months from what they called the Conventional Weapons sessions. 

Gerard Way is also an author. He has written a comic novel series titled The Umbrella Academy. He is also featured with Joss Whedon in MySpace Dark Horse Presents collections.

What is Gerard Way reading to his daughter?

Gerard tweeted a few days ago, "We've had Chu's Day for 2 weeks and Bandit asks for it every night! Thank you, sir. ."

Chu's Day is the newest picture book written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Adam Rex.

Here's one of my favorite MCR songs, "Famous Last Words."
You can follow Gerard on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek's acting career started in Mexico where she starred in the telenova, "Teresa." In the 1990's, movies like Desperado, Wild, Wild West and Fools Rush In helped her breakthrough to stardom in the U.S. The beautiful actress received an Academy Award in 2002 for her starring role in Frida. In 2007 Salma was nominated for an Emmy for guest-starring in "Ugly Betty." Her most recent films include Grown Ups and Puss in Boots.

What is Salma Hayek reading?

According to the March 11, 2013 issue of Us Weekly, Salma states in the "What's In My Bag" feature, "I'm reading the memoir An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff. I enjoy stories that celebrate human connection."

The full title of the book is An Invisible Thread:The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Anthony Field

If you have children, you surely recognize Anthony Field as the blue Wiggle of the popular Australian children's music group the Wiggles that aired on Disney channel for many years and currently airs on other television channels. My children loved the show, and I was even front row at a Wiggles concert with my daughter in 2006. The Wiggles have sold more than 30 million DVDs and CDs worldwide. After 21 years, the Wiggles continue to tour, but now with a new group of four, including Anthony,  Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie, and Simon Pryce.

The four original members of the Wiggles had the honor of being appointed Members in the Order of Australia for their service to the arts in Australia and for their contributions to charities in 2010.  Anthony hosts the Australian reality television series RSPCA Animal Rescue as well.

Field also penned an autobiography detailing how he overcame depression, illness and chronic pain to get his life back. "How I Got My Wiggle Back" was released in 2012.

What is Anthony Field's book recommendation?

I recently asked Anthony about his favorite book.

Anthony tweeted, "My fave book is a spiritual book,"The Broken Body" by Jean Vanier. It helps this broken man cope!. A reflective read!"

He added, "I take that book everywhere with me, read a few paragraphs here and there, beautiful."

Thank you, Anthony!
You can find more about Anthony at his website http://anthonyfield.com/, and  follow Anthony on Twitter !

Enjoy a Wiggles song!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blake Michael

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Blake Michael currently stars in the Disney channel show, Dog With a Blog, which was recently renewed for a second season. He starred as Charlie in Disney's 2011 made for TV movie "Lemonade Mouth" which was adapted from the YA book of the same name. He also portrayed a young Alcide in HBO's True Blood last season. Blake DJ's as DJ Blaze.

What is Blake Michael reading?

I asked him last week, and Blake tweeted, "reading the misfits by james howe. good lil quick read."

Thanks, Blake!

And here's a peek of his Kindle!

You can find out more about Blake at http://www.blakemichael.com/ and follow Blake on Twitter.

Enjoy Blake's own Harlem Shake video!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Josh Todd

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Josh Todd is the lead singer of hard rock band Buckcherry. Buckcherry is known for their hit songs "Lit Up," "Crazy Bi@#$," "Sorry," and their latest single, "Gluttony."  Buckcherry just released their sixth album, Confessions, today. I already purchased it! Josh tweeted this about the album, "Confesssions is a very personal record for me (like all BC records). I thought it was time to let our fans in to a deeper side of things."

Josh has appeared in movies such as "The Banger Sisters," "The Salton Sea" and "The New Guy." His TV guest appearances include The Shield and Bones. Buckcherry is currently touring with Kid Rock. Check here for tour dates. Todd is such an amazing frontman; you need to check them out live!

Josh is also an avid reader, and I recently asked him what he is currently reading.

What is Josh Todd reading?

Josh tweeted, "Finished Spillover now reading The Racketeer, Grisham."

 He also tweeted last week regarding Spillover, "Almost done with Spillover what I've learned: don't f@#* with bats, monkeys, or birds. HIV started in 1908 and H5N1 possible next pandemic."

Thanks, Josh!

You can follow Josh on Twitter and find out more about Buckcherry at www.buckcherry.com.

Check out their latest and very catchy song, "Gluttony."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is today's It Girl. Lena is the star and creator of HBO's hit series, Girls. Dunham appeared as Cat in This is 40, and she also wrote, directed, and starred in the 2010 movie Tiny Furniture. She even won two Golden Globes this year: one for her role as Hannah in Girls and one for Girls for Best TV comedy or musical series. Multitalented Lena has a book deal with Random House for an upcoming essay collection.

What is Lena Dunham reading?

According to the February 8, 2013 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Lena is currently reading the Wendy Wasserstein biography by Julie Salamon titled, Wendy and the Lost Boys. In the article, Lena said, "She was one of the first adult writers I ever read. I was obsessed with [her play] The Heidi Chronicles."

What is Lena's all time favorite?
 Lena shares with Entertainment Weekly, "I love Lolita. I read it for the first time in fourth grade, because I was told that it had sexy parts...It has this incredible ability to flip the tables and remind you that characters are complex and humans are troubled."

You can follow Dunham on Twitter.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor is an actor, writer and director. You most likely know him as Ted Mosby from the funny CBS series "How I Met Your Mother" (one of my favorite shows!). Josh has also written and directed two films: happythankyoumoreplease and most recently, Liberal Arts.

What book does Josh Radnor recommend?

Josh recently tweeted, "You don’t have to be a youthful young person to enjoy my friend ’s funny/sad/great book “33 Minutes.” I’m not and I did."

Book Description from Amazon.com:
"Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked in exactly thirty-three minutes. He knows this because yesterday his former best friend Morgan Sturtz told him, to his face and with three witnesses nearby, “I am totally going to kick your butt tomorrow at recess.” All that’s standing between Sam and this unfortunate butt-kicking is the last few minutes of social studies and his lunch period. But how did Sam and Morgan end up here? How did this happen just a few months after TAMADE (The Absolutely Most Amazing Day Ever), when they became the greatest Alien Wars video game team in the history of great Alien Wars teams? And once the clock ticks down, will Morgan actually act on his threat? Told with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and achingly real emotional truth, 33 Minutes shows how even the best of friendships can change forever."

Thanks, Josh!  You can follow Josh on Twitter.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ryan Gosling

Hey, girl. Of course you know who Ryan Gosling is. He's the romantic guy from The Notebook. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Half Nelson. And we love it when he's paired with Emma Stone. Did you know he was a musician, too? He toured with his band Dead Man's Bones in 2009.

What is Ryan Gosling's favorite book from childhood?

According to a January 2013 issue of People magazine, Ryan's favorite book as a child was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

One of my favorites, too!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Matt Anderson

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Matt Anderson is a professional volleyball player and a member of the USA National Team. Matt competed in the 2012 London Olympics for the USA Men's Volleyball team (which was my favorite sport to watch this summer.) Matt was named USA Volleyball Male Indoor Player of the Year in 2012 and was the youngest player and leading scorer on the Men’s National Team. He was also World League Silver Medalist in 2012. The 6'10 Anderson played volleyball at Penn State as an All-American outside hitter. He is currently playing volleyball for the Russian club team Zenit Kazan.

What is Matt Anderson reading?

Matt tweeted back, "I'm currently reading Open by Andre Agassi, I recommend it along with Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach."

Thank you, Matt! I'm always happy to see athletes reading.

 photo mattanderson2_zps4b63a505.jpgYou can find out more about Matt at his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter.

Photos from Matt's Facebook page and Twitter account.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Brian Haner


Brian Haner is known by many names: Guitar Guy (from The Jeff Dunham Show), Papa Gates (he is the father of the lead guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold), and Brian Haner, Sr. And a man of many talents. Haner recently released his fourth solo music comedy album titled Alone.  Brian is also featured on "Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas" special.

Not only is Haner a talented musician and comedian, but he's an author too. He has written two books: Carney Man and Ginny Reb.

What is Brian Haner reading?

Brian recently tweeted me, " Fav - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Reading Fault in Our Stars."    

Excellent choices, Git Guy! Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is by John Berendt and of course, John Green wrote Fault in Our Stars.

You can find out more about Haner at http://site.brianhaner.com/ and follow him on Twitter.

Brian's got some crazy inappropriately funny videos. Here's one of the tamer ones. :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Scott Baio


Of course we know and love Scott Baio from Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, and Charles In Charge. Scott also starred in the VH1 reality shows Scott Baio Is 45...and Single and  Scott Baio Is 46...and Pregnant. Did you know that he is currently starring in Nickelodeon's new series See Dad Run? Baio plays David Hobbs, a former TV star that becomes a stay at home dad when his wife returns to work.

Scott Baio and his wife, Renee, founded the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation to help babies born with metabolic disorders.

What is Scott Baio reading?

Scott tweeted last week with this photo, "What book are you reading? Here's mine. A gift from my step-daughter." (Why Fish Fart and Other Useless or Gross Information About the World)

Photobucket Love a sense of humor! You can follow Scott on Twitter.