Friday, April 4, 2014

Nathan Fillion

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Nathan Fillion is Richard Castle. I also love when he stops by The Soup on E!  Nathan starred as Captain Malcolm Rivers in cult hits Firefly and Serenity. You can catch Fillion on Castle on Mondays on ABC and in syndication on TNT.

Nathan cofounded Kids Need to Read to "improve the lives of disadvantaged children by providing inspiring book collections and engaging literacy programs to underfunded schools, libraries, and organizations across the United States." You can donate to Kids Need to Read here.

What was Nathan Fillion reading?

Yesterday Nathan answered just that and tweeted, "What is the last book you read?” Re-read Ex-Patriots. Sequel to Ex-Heroes. Zombies. Super heroes."

Cool pick. You can watch Nathan on Castle on Mondays on ABC and in syndication on TNT.

I love his commitment to reading! You can follow Fillion on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Carrie Preston

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Yes, you've seen Carrie Preston. She portrays the spunky Arlene Fowler on one of my favorite shows, True Blood on HBO. She won an Emmy for “Guest Actress In A Drama” in 2013 for her recurring role as Elsbeth on The Good Wife. Carrie also plays Grace on Person of Interest playing the girlfriend of her real life husband, Michael Emerson.

What is Carrie Preston reading?

I asked Carrie just that on Twitter recently. She answered, "@kellypolark: What's your fav book/current read?”I'm reading by & loving it &loved the Goldfinch by ."

Thanks so much, Carrie!

You can find out more about Carrie at and follow her on Twitter.

Here's a little fun from True Blood.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gerard Way

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Gerard Way is one creative individual. Gerard was the lead singer of rock group My Chemical Romance for 12 years until they disbanded last year.  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," "Famous Last Words"(my favorite), and "Sing." My Chemical Romance's Greatest Hits album will be released in a few weeks. Check out the Greatest Hits trailer featuring the song "Fake Your Death" here.

Gerard Way is also an author. He has written a comic novel series titled The Umbrella Academy. He is featured with Joss Whedon in MySpace Dark Horse Presents collections. Way also co-wrote a comic book miniseries, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, that was released last year.

What is Gerard Way reading?

On Sunday he tweeted, "Finished Dune.So now I'm either going to read the rest of the series right away or hit some other sci fi classics first."

Yesterday Way tweeted, "More than halfway through Dune Messiah, Muad'Dib has mad haters."
And then, "To anyone reading Dune,I hope you are enjoying it as much as I did.After Messiah I may check out a different Sci Fi classic before 'Children."

Just this afternoon, Gerard tweeted, "So I just finished Dune Messiah. Great ending, off to 'Children."
And check out this photo he posted of his sci-fi books on Instagram!

Pretty cool picks, G.

You can follow Gerard on Twitter where he frequently shares his musings and art.

Now blast this to the back row.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison is on your TV. The beautiful actress from Illinois currently portrays Emma on ABC's Once Upon a Time. Before that, she played Ted's love interest and rival in How I Met Your Mother and as Allison on House. Jennifer also played Winona Kirk in Star Trek in 2009. New episodes of Once Upon a Time start again on Sunday March 9.

What is Jennifer Morrison's favorite book?

According to the December 12, 2011 issue of Us Weekly, Jennifer's favorite book is a tie between THE GREAT GATSBY and EAST OF EDEN.  Also according to Us Weekly, Jennifer's costar Ginnifer Goodwin gifted Jennifer the complete works of Grimm's Fairy Tales five years before they starred together in Once Upon a Time!

Jennifer's "Book of the Week" on her Facebook page in mid-February was SUSAN SONTAG: THE COMPLETE ROLLING STONE INTERVIEW written by Jonathan Cott.

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Scott Ian

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Scott Ian is most commonly known as guitarist for metal band Anthrax. Ian has also shredded in The Damned Things, Stormtroopers of Death, and Pearl (with his wife, Pearl Aday). Scott was the host of the Rock Show on VH1 and in various VH1 specials. Ian is currently on a "Speaking Words" tour where he tells entertaining stories of his rock life. Check tour dates here.

Yesterday Scott kindly participated in a Reddit AMA for his "Speaking Words" tour of America. I asked him what his favorite book or current read was.

What is Scott Ian reading?

Scott answered, "Currently reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. Hard to pick a favorite all time book."

Thank you, Scott!! You rock! Read the rest of the Reddit here.

Check out Scott's website, and follow Scott on Twitter.

Here's a classic Anthrax song!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Al Yankovic

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Weird Al has entertained us for over thirty years with his clever parodies and books. Some favorites include "Eat It," "Smells Like Nirvana," and "Perform This Way." Yankovic also pens original material on his many albums. He is an author of two children's books: When I Grow Up and My New Teacher and Me. Yes, I've seen him in concert, and yes, I even own one of  his books!

What is Al Yankovic reading?

Al tweeted this week, "Really enjoying @bjnovak’s book “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.” The stories are just okay, but the OTHER stories are amazing!"

You can check out Al's website, and follow him on Twitter.

Enjoy one of my faves.

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Flea is the bassist and cofounder of the popular rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Chili Peppers' popularity has spanned thirty years, and they have won six Grammy awards. Their many hits include "Give It Away," "Scar Tissue," and "Snow (Hey, Oh.)" RHCP recently played an amazing set with Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl which led to a controversy about their guitars being unplugged during the performance. Read Flea's very eloquently written message about that here.

What is Flea reading?

A few days ago Flea tweeted, "finished 'eleven rings' by @PhilJackson11 and it got me inspired and full hope!"

Blurb from
Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship—six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know the legendary stars on those teams, or think we do. What Eleven Rings shows us, however, is that when it comes to the most important lessons, we don’t know very much at all. This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

Excellent recommendation -sounds like an inspiring read!

You can follow Flea on Twitter and like him on Facebook.

Enjoy a rockin' song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers!