Friday, 31 July 2015


In The Bizarre Baby Name Book, author K. A. Shaw helps you avoid baby-naming disasters. Brutally honest and absolutely comedic, she provides a guiding light for choosing a great name for your child. She wrote The Bizarre Baby Name Book to help you choose wisely.

Title: The Bizarre Baby Name Book
Author: K.A. Shaw
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Release Date: 7th July 2015

BLURB from Goodreads
Are you an expectant mother uncertain of what to name your new baby?

Unable to make a choice after reading thousands of names?

Hate the name your spouse or parents insist you must name your child?

The Bizarre Baby Name Book will help you keep your child from a lifetime of pain. After all, great parenting starts before a child is born.

Crazy baby names are the latest craze. Celebrities are leading the fad. But as your mother always warned, just because your friends want to jump off the bridge…

Goodreads Link


I fancied a fairly light and maybe humorous read and from the description this book sounded like it would fit the bill. I also wanted a short read for a change, which I think this one will be. 

I was asked to review this book by the author. I agreed and was supplied with an e-book copy free in exchange for an honest review.
The cover is a shade of pink and has the title of the book on a name plate style banner. Above the banner and title is what I would describe as a cute little ladybird baby, with it's arms open wide kind of welcoming the reader to the book. Would the cover make me pick up this book in a book store? I think it would if I was specifically looking for a baby name book perhaps for a friend or family member. Would I go on to buy it? I'm not totally sure I guess it would depend on who the person was the book was intended for. As an inexpensive funny read gift? possibly.
I imagined the book would have a list of names and perhaps feature the children of celebrities that have more unusual names within it. So what was it like, well to begin with I think I should say that I sort of found it to be aimed more at an American audience, with the names listed. To be honest the book was a really short read, that mostly consisted of lists of names, mostly girls names. Yes there was also some of the names listed with their meanings to which were interesting. There was the don't use two names to make a new one for your child examples too.
I don't know what else to say about the book, it did have a list of names in it, but it wasn't what I thought it would be. I expected a lot more names with their meanings. The book was okay perhaps I had overly high expectations. I think the book could have been even better.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes it was an okay read, in fact I read it in just one reading session.  Would I recommend the book? Hmm, that's a difficult one. As I wouldn't recommend it as a serious book buy for real ideas to call your child. However I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to purchase a funny gift for a friend who is pregnant and needs a laugh/cheering up. Would I read other baby names books? I have read other baby name books, more serious one's with list upon list of names their origins and their meanings as well as alternatives and adaptations. 
Would I read another book by this author? I would check out the individual book blurb to decide if I wanted to read and review a book by this author.



What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?
K. Alex, Born in Iowa City, IA and Las Vegas, NV

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I have been writing since I was a kid. I don't think I every articulated that I wanted to be a writer, I just am. I started writing in a diary then poetry. I wrote my first novel the summer after I dropped out from college, but I will not ever let anyone read it. I've freelanced for all types of writing gigs. In 2010, I began songwriting.

When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
I didn't consider myself a writer until I began songwriting.

Do you work another job as well as your writing work?

What can we expect from you in the future?
A few more little books of sarcasm and humor. Eventually, I write a novel people will want to read.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I have been writing since I was a kid, maybe 8, 9 or 10. I used toe in love with reading so it came naturally to want to write my own stories. I think I felt I could improve on some of things I read and I've always had something to say - I'm a talker.

What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? What format is it?(ebook, hardback or paperback)
Paperback: Gods of Color by C. H. Baum
It is not my normal genre but my friend is an owner of a bookstore suggested that I read it. I do enjoy reading outside of my norm but I find myself critiquing him quite a bit. It's an easy read and interesting story.

Do you think ebooks will ever totally replace printed books?
Hell no. Not for me. I pride myself on showing off how many books I've read. "I have many leather bound books. My home smells of rich mahogany leather" -Ron Burgundy

Do you have a favourite genre of book?
I love autobiographies about historical women and fiction written in first person of a woman's experience of conquering obstacles.

If you could invite three favourite writers to dinner, who would you invite and enjoy chatting with?
Eric Jerome Dickey - I actually just invited him to dinner and hope he shows. I would also invite Mindy Kaling and J.K. Rowling.

Where can readers follow you?
Goodreads author page:
Amazon: I won't know it until July 7
Pinterest: kalexshaw/

This Or That  

Which do you prefer? . . .

Paperback or E-book? 

Read a book once/Re read books more than once? 

Books or Movies? 

Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance? 
Dramatic Romance

Library or New books from a bookstore? 
New books

Morning or Evening? 

Early Nights or Late Nights? 
Late Nights

Shower or Bath? 

Optimist or Pessimist? 

Coffee ot Tea? 

Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter? 

Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate? 
Dark chocolate

Mild Cheeses, Medium Cheeses or Strong Cheeses? 
Strong cheeses

Flat Heeled Shoes, Medium Heeled Shoes or High Heeled Shoes? 
High Heeled Shoes

Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes or Green Eyes? 
Brown Eyes

Long Hair or Short Hair? 
Long Hair

Bitten Nails, Natural Nails, or Nail Enhancements (ie false nails)? 
Natural nails

Wine, Beer, Soft Drink? 

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