Thursday, January 29, 2015

John Cooper


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Photo from @johnlcooper




John Cooper is the lead singer and bassist for the popular Christian rock group, Skillet. Skillet is a Grammy-nominated band originally from Tennessee. Skillet's eight studio albums span from their debut in 1996 to Rise in 2013. Skillet's hits include "Whispers in the Dark," "Hero," "Awake and Alive," and "Sick of It." You can check them out on  their Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular. Check out dates here.








What are John Cooper's fave and current reads?


I asked John just that on Twitter.


 His response, "...my no. 1 favorite book is "Frankenstein" by Mary shelley. My current read is "allegiant" from divergent series."




Love those diverse picks! Thanks so much, John!




You can find out more about Skillet at skillet.com and follow John on Twitter.




Now listen to this!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nikki Sixx


(photo by me)





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.  Motley Crue toured the US for the final time in 2014 and will tour Europe this year. I was able to see them two nights in a row in November. I can't believe I will never see them live again!! 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  before (and will be again!).



What is Nikki Sixx reading?


He recently posted on Instagram, "A new year, a new book" with a photo of the cover of An Invisible Thread: The true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny.


This uplifting book is a best seller by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.


Here's the Sixx: A.M. video for "Stars!"


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Colin Jost



Yes, you've watched him on Saturday nights. Colin Jost is the head writer for Saturday Night Live and coanchor for SNL's Weekend Update. You can also occasionally catch him on tour as a stand-up comic.
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What is Colin Jost reading?


I asked Colin just that on Twitter and he replied, "hi! Currently reading Amy Poehler's new book Just finished the new Murakami which I loved. Also "Lunches with Orson" -- great."
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Thanks, Colin! Find out more about Colin at www.colinjost.com and follow him on Twitter.
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If this comedy bit doesn't make you laugh, then you jost don't have a sense of humor.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One Direction

Photo courtesy of Columbia

Yes, One Direction. Of course you know One Direction as Harry, Liam, Louis, Niall, and Zayn. Their hit songs include "Best Song Ever," "What Makes You Beautiful," and "Story of My Life."

But more importantly,

What are One Direction's favorite books?

Scholastic asked the band that question for their Read Every Day campaign. Some of their answers include The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, and David Beckham's Soccer Skills by David Beckham himself.

You can check out what other books they chose at sugarscape.com .

Here's one of their tunes. Girls. Stop the screaming!

Friday, August 22, 2014

James Franco



Selfie-lover James Franco is charming and talented. He first gained popularity in TV's General Hospital and  Freaks and Geeks. He acquired many nominations and awards for his amazing performances in TNT's James Dean and the movie 127 Hours. Other Franco movies include Spider-man, City by the Sea, Oz the Great and Powerful, and the hilarious This Is The End. James received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year, and he will be presenting his latest film, The Sound and the Fury, at the Venice Film Festival.

What is James Franco's new favorite book?

Yesterday he tweeted and posted on Instagram, "My new Favorite book: The Long Home by William Gay. Check out the piece on VICE: http://www.vice.com/read/i-love-william-gays-the-long-home-851."

From Amazon.com blurb: Set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s, 'The Long Home' will bring to mind once again the greatest Southern novelists and will haunt the reader with its sense of solitude , longing, and the deliverance that is always just out of reach.

You can like James on Facebook and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.  You also may want to check out his ice bucket challenge video!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Chris Bauer

Photo from @realchrisbauer
 
HBO's True Blood is one of my all time favorite series, and Chris Bauer is a huge reason. Bauer plays Sheriff Andy Bellefleur on True Blood, and he just cracks me up. You also may have seen Chris in television shows such as Unforgettable, The Wire, and Third Watch. Also catch him on WE TV's The Divide. Bauer's movies include 8MM, The Devil's Advocate, and Snow White: A Tale of Terror.


What is Chris Bauer reading?

I asked Chris what his favorite and current reads were. Chris answered on Twitter, "current read 'war of art' by steven pressfield @SPressfield  favorite book: 'crime and punishment' #readmoreeveryday."

Thank you, Chris, for promoting literacy with me!

You can follow Chris on Twitter and like his Facebook fan page!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rob Thomas

Photo from @thisisrobthomas
 
Rob Thomas is a solo artist and the lead singer and songwriter of Matchbox Twenty. Thomas also earned three Grammy awards for his song with Carlos Santana, "Smooth." Matchbox Twenty has many hits including "Push," "3 AM" and "How Far We've Come." Thomas's solo hits include "Lonely No More" and "Someday." The Matchbox Twenty Collection was recently released on ITunes.

Rob and his wife, Marisol, created the Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps needy people in and around big cities of America.

What is Rob Thomas reading?

Rob recently tweeted, "This is what I'm reading now for those asking. "













THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman. Who doesn't love Gaiman? Thanks for sharing, Rob!

You can find more about Rob at www.robthomasmusic.com and follow him on Twitter.

Here's a classic hit from Matchbox Twenty.