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The Week in Review: 05.17.2019

May 17, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with Andrew Rannells when I started his memoir, TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH: A MEMOIR OF FUMBLING TOWARD ADULTHOOD but I had the audio and decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did!  Rannells is from Omaha, Nebraska and started acting in local dinner theater there as a youngster.  He loved it right away and decided he wanted to pursue it further.  He dreamed of going to NYU but, when he couldn’t get in, settled for Marymount Manhattan College, coming out to his parents the day before he left for college.  He shares the highs and lows of his education and career in his highly entertaining memoir and I just loved it.  This book has some language and sexuality so it may not be for everyone but I really enjoyed it and looked up some of Rannells work as I read it.  Rannells narrates the audio and does an outstanding job.  If you enjoy memoirs and/or theater, you’ll want to pick this book up!  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


SLEEP TIGHT, SLEEPY BEARS by Margaret Wise Brown is a sweet picture book about a big bear and a little bear who are sleepy.  The little bear does everything the big bear does as they go through their bedtime routine.  Little ones are sure to love the charming story and its predictability.  They’ll also love the adorable illustrations by Julie Clay.  This is a great story to read to little ones as they head off to bed because it’s a calm, pleasant story that’s sure to settle them down.  I think this book would make a great baby gift too.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK by Kathleen Glasgow is the story of Tiger Tolliver, a teenaged girl being raised by a single mother.  Tiger doesn’t know her dad and her mother is very protective of her.  The two have a big fight and, before Tiger sees her mother again, her mother dies.  Tiger is devastated and has no place to go so social services steps in and makes arrangements for her.  Deeply sad, confused, and hurt, Tiger has to figure out how to go forward and make a new life for herself.

Tiger is a great character and I rooted for her from the beginning to the end.  She and her mom didn’t have much but they were there for each other and made things work.  I thought this book was heartfelt and heartbreaking.  It packed a powerful punch emotionally.  I’m sure many young people will relate to Tiger and find some comfort reading about her.  I listened to the audio version of this terrific book and thought Jorjeana Marie’s narration was perfect.  Glasgow’s Author’s Note at the back is an important read too.  I recommend this book to teens on up.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I’m at the beach with my mother and sister for our week long Mother’s Day celebration.  Sadly, we head home tomorrow.
  • I averaged almost 7,850 Fitbit steps a day.


What’s going on in your corner of the world?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    May 17, 2019 6:11 am

    I think your annual Mother’s Day week at the beach is so special. Beautiful memories I’m sure.

    We haven’t been to a movie since Green Book, there’s been nothing I want to see.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. May 17, 2019 6:22 am

    I love Margaret Wise Brown! The book about Tiger sounds great too!

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    May 17, 2019 7:16 am

    How’s Furious Hours going? I was super excited about it, but it turned out to be so dense with so many background tangents that I didn’t make it very far.

  4. Beth F permalink
    May 17, 2019 7:26 am

    I’ve had How to Make Friends on my list — now that I see that Jorjeana Marie narrates, I think I need to make time to listen. Hope your beach trip was terrific.

  5. May 17, 2019 7:44 am

    Adding the Rannells memoir to my audible wish list. Sounds like one I’d like. I’m sure you’ve had a lovely week at the beach – so great that you all do that!

  6. May 17, 2019 9:51 am

    I’m sure you’re enjoying your time with family… traditions like that are the best! My sisters and mother usually do an overnight around her birthday in September.

  7. May 17, 2019 10:25 am

    I am curious about How to Make Friends in the Dark. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your weekend.

  8. May 17, 2019 11:30 am

    Books that deal with the foster system are so important; what happens to children when there is no family to take care of them? Unfortunately, it happens all too often. I’m glad this one is a good one.

  9. May 17, 2019 12:01 pm

    It has been a long week for me. Social media got blocked and I had no access to anything. Dire. It makes me feel very down too.
    Just got it back so now feeling ok.

  10. May 17, 2019 12:07 pm

    I love your idea of spending a week at the beach with your mother and sister for Mother’s Day. It sounds like a lovely celebration.

    The memoir sounds great. The subtitle is perfect, isn’t it?

  11. May 17, 2019 2:45 pm

    I think your yearly trip to the beach with your mom and sister is awesome! Enjoy your books.

  12. The Cue Card permalink
    May 17, 2019 3:12 pm

    I hope you’ve had a great week at the beach! I look forward to hearing what you think of Furious Hours. I have it but haven’t started it.

  13. May 17, 2019 3:51 pm

    How to Make Friends in the Dark sounds like a great, touching story. Have a terrific weekend, Kathy!

  14. May 17, 2019 4:27 pm

    Awww sleepy bears!

  15. May 17, 2019 4:57 pm

    I loved AR in Girls, so I’ll have to read his memoir – glad you enjoyed it so much. Hope you had a great week at the beach – sounds like fun 🙂

  16. May 17, 2019 8:28 pm

    How To Make Friends in the Dark looks so sad and exactly the type of book I liked reading as a teen 🙂

  17. May 18, 2019 4:30 pm

    I am betting that you had a wonderful week! Drive back safely!

  18. May 19, 2019 8:27 am

    Your week long Mother’s Day celebration sounds wonderful.How to Make Friends with the Dark sound like an interesting and emotional read. Enjoy your week!

  19. May 19, 2019 5:17 pm

    I’ve seen Andrewe Rannells in a few Broadway show, he’s terrific. I’m looking forward to reading his book.

  20. May 19, 2019 6:56 pm

    I hope your long mother’s day weekend was the best. Have a great week.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    June 10, 2019 4:05 pm

    I think I’m going to listen to Rannells’ memoir. It sounds fantastic and I’m a fan of his work. Was Kathleen Glasgow at our table at the SIBA event a few years back???

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