I know who Kelly Corrigan is. I’ve avoided her other books because I knew they were sad. I though this one was going to be different, more self-help ish. It’s not. If you don’t like sad books, do not read this. Tell Me More is about 12 phrases we should learn to say more such as, tell me more, yes, no, I don’t know and I was wrong. When talking about these phrases she weaves in stories about her own life when she had to use them. For example, when she yelled at her daughter for not flushing the toilet after her dog ate her poop. Yes, really. Turns out it was her other daughter’s fault and she had to say I was wrong. That story was funny. Most of the other stories, not so much. This woman has been surrounded by cancer. Who hasn’t seen cancer these days, you ask. I agree. But Kelly, she had cancer herself, her best friend died from a horrific cancer that she had for years, and her father died from cancer while she had her own cancer. I can’t. It’s too much. It’s the same reason I don’t watch the news. I find sadness to be debilitating. I will cry in my bed for hours over these people that I’ve never met. And then my husband will look at me like I’m insane, and I probably am. Although I enjoyed this book a lot, I will now forever steer clear of Kelly Corrigan no matter what I think the book is about.
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection (they call them stories in the subtitle but I’m ok with categorizing them as essays)
Now if you don’t live in Massachusetts the Boston Marathon might not be a big deal to you. In fact, it’s not really a big deal to me either. I get the day off work because barely anyone can make it to work with all the road closures. I’ve never gone to watch it before, but yesterday I just happened to catch it right when the winners were crossing the finish line. And let me tell you, an American woman won for the first time since 1985. Isn’t that amazing?? There were so many books coming out the past few months for kids about women runners in the marathon so I thought I’d share some of those now.
You Should Meet : Roberta Gibb (a ready-to-read level 3 title). There are so many other great You Should Meet titles also, so check those out if you like this one. Roberta, or Bobbi, Gibb was the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon. There’s also two picture book titles that came out the same month about her as well. Girl Running and The Girl Who Ran.
There’s also this one. Admittedly, not about a woman.
Dream Big is the story of Dave McGillivray, the Boston Marathon race director. This is his story about becoming an athlete when you are small and everyone around you is big.
Honestly. Harry Potter has been out for 20 years? How is this possible? I love these books. People always say, oh well you probably love them because you read them when you were a kid. Which is true, sort of. I was in my mid teens actually. I started reading them when the first movie came out, which was about the time the fourth book was released (2001 ish). And the fourth book is my favorite, by the way. Anyway, Brian Selznick, of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck and the Marvels was asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary covers. He’s known for his black and white pencil drawings so I wasn’t super surprised by how they look. They are typical Selznick. But also beautiful. When you lay them all out the make a mural type illustration. Which is cool.
But I also like the paperback copies that when put together make a picture of Hogwarts on the spines. Since this is usually how they’ll be displayed (spine out) on a shelf I find that to be more practical than the way Selznick did it which is an image that’s put together when the covers facing up. But hey, it’s still cool.
Related post. Harry Potter is scary. Some kids aren’t ready. Don’t force them if you think they’re too young. They have all their lives to read them.
More Lit Chat!
What is the funniest book you’ve ever read? Did you truly LOL? Have you ever read a book that made you cry? Was it the book or your life?
These books made me lose it. I found them to be hysterical. I do know some people who did not like Eligible. They are typically those people who love Pride & Prejudice and didn’t like seeing it tainted in this way. I liked P&P, but I can’t say I’m a die hard or anything so I thought this re-telling was great. American Housewife is a short story collection and they were all spectacular and so funny. Super Southern. If you’ve lived in the South you’ll love them. Yes, I did truly LOL in both. I listened to Eligible and I remember being in my car crying / laughter so much I couldn’t see the road. It was the best.
Most of my cry books are cliché. Although I guess Eligible made me cry but not in the way I think the question means. Me Before You made me cry, you’ll know why if you’ve read it. A Little Life made me cry but it also made me very angry. Lastly, the Winter Street series by Elin Hildebrand. I love that family so much. They make me emotional. And Christmas. I love Christmas. That series is probably the only one that applies to the ‘was it your life’ question. Because Christmas books / movies / songs (anything really) make me cry. I love Christmas.
I just finished reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. I tried reading it ages ago and stopped. No idea why. Here is the premise. Myfanwy (like Tiffany with an M – don’t ask how I feel about that) wakes up in a field surrounded by dead people wearing latex gloves. It’s raining, and while she’s freaking out, she puts her hands in her pockets to warm up and finds a letter with the number 1 on it. In the letter, she tells herself that she lost her memory and she needs to either run or become her old self. Spoiler alert (not really, it happens in the first 20 pages) she chooses to become her old self who it turns out is a secret agent for England against fantasy villains (i.e. vampires, people with special powers, etc). There are 30+ other letters written to herself and to give her back story on her life. Through most of it she’s just trying to survive and figure out who killed her the first time. I liked it a lot. I did. But the ending was kind of drawn out. There is apparently a book two, but I probably won’t read it because this one wrapped up fairly nicely.
Side note, I was explaining to my husband what it was about and he said, “Oh it sounds like The Long Kiss Goodnight.” Which we watched last night. And it is nothing like that.
More Lit Chat! This is one I never would have thought of.
Would you ever write a book? Why? What would your pen name be?
I can answer these questions very quickly and definitely. I would never write a book. Ever. I am not creative enough. In fact, I wanted to be an editor before I landed on librarian but the way up to that position is typically starting as a journalist. And unless I was a sports journalist, where what I was meant to write was happening exactly, I would have failed. So no. No books. But, my pen name would be Jenny Rose. It kind of sounds like a romance author. Maybe I could be creative enough for romances…