In Such Good Company and other books lately

From a selection of young adult books to Carol Burnett's new memoir, In Such Good Company, here's what I've been reading lately.

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is a comedy genius, so getting a glimpse behind the scenes of her Emmy-Award winning series,  The Carol Burnett Show, is a treat. Battling studio sexism, Carol stood her ground and created a memorable variety show that featured unforgettable sketches like “Went With the Wind”. In her new book, In Such Good Company, Carol spotlights the incredible people who helped her create her show. From her discovery of Vicki Lawrence to the work of designer Bob Mackie, Carol shares her favorite memories of her show and illustrates how good television can only be achieved through team work. If you’re looking for a celebrity memoir that will make you smile, you’ll enjoy this book.

In Such Good Company was sent to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

I couldn’t resist this novel described as a “one-of-a-kind YA fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride“. Filled with pop culture references, this romantic comedy flips history on its head and retells the story of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-Day Queen of England, with fantastic creatures, political intrigue, and a completely different ending. I devoured this book and highly recommend.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I’ve seen this book described as the YA version of All the Light We Cannot See. While this book is set in WWII and does not shy away from tragedy, the comparison stops there. Deftly maneuvering multiple POVs, Salt to the Sea follows a group of children and what leads them to the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff, the maritime disaster that was 6 times deadlier than Titanic. The story is well told, but it’s one of those books you need to be in the right mood to read.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

This is the first in a series and introduces teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson – Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson. When a student at their boarding school is murdered, Charlotte and Jamie fall under suspicion and seek to solve the crime and clear their names. Despite the fanciful cover, I found this book unexpectedly dark as characters deal with drug abuse, rape, and bullying. Nothing is graphic, but I wouldn’t call this a light read. I’m intrigued to see how this series will progress.

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33 comments

    1. I like looking for recommendations on YouTube and reading book blogs. Modern Mrs. Darcy has some great recommendations!

  1. OMG I grew up with Carol Burnett, I love her, I have to check out this book! Those gloves are adorable. Have a great week Ashley.
    xoxo
    Mary

  2. I always love to see what you’re reading 🙂 A Study in Charlotte sounds interesting, though it def appears to veer on the darker side. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. Ohmygosh! First I’m hearing of A Study in Charlotte! I’m adding this to my TBR list for sure.
    And yay for Carol’s book. I’m a big fan of hers! I think she and Lucille Ball are such great comedians:)