The Queen of Tuesday by Darin Strauss


 
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz indisputably changed the landscape of television with their megahit “I Love Lucy”. The first television show to be recorded before a live audience, this beloved show can still be introduced to new generations today as it continues on TV in syndication nearly 70 years from its original run. The Queen of Tuesday is a fictional read about this time in history with a storyline that combines Lucille’s professional and home life with Desi Arnaz with the author’s Grandfather’s suggested romance with the famous redhead.

There were several aspects of the book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The author has done a great job in his research of Lucille and recounts several episodes of the show which I was able to recall vividly. I also appreciated the romantic story between Lucille and Hold-on (Lucille’s nickname for the author’s Grandfather) although this was very little of the actual book. What I didn’t like about the book is that I felt at times that the writing was awkward.  I found the first chapters to be particularly challenging to read. Moreover, I really wasn’t that engaged to all the history of his Grandparent’s lives.

Overall, I found the book to be entertaining in several points but also difficult to read at times. I think this book tried to be too much with combining the author’s Grandparents lives, I Love Lucy history, and a romance between Lucille and Hold-on. The flow of the book was impacted as a result.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

26 comments:

  1. I Love Lucy was one of my favourite shows! I haven't watched it in so long. IT's a shame this book was difficult in placed but still sounds like an okay read. Great review!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  2. Aw I remember I Love Lucy! Seems like an interesting read. I like the way you review. I'm still very much at the stage of reviewing things by either saying I like or I don't like. No in between haha.

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  3. It's a shame this wasn't the most enjoyable, especially being so awkward in those first few chapters that are supposed to draw you in. At least it was well researched! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Sophie. I loved the history of I Love Lucy!

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  4. It can be so frustrating when it's difficult to read. I love a book that flows so well and its just like poetry

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  5. What an incredible show! I'll definitely watch this show over again!

    xoxo
    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

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    1. I’m lucky enough to live in an area that broadcasts the show regularly! I hope you are too!

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  6. Thanks for the honest review. The author can learn from constructive comments like this.

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  7. I love I LOVE LUCY! 💕 My sisters recently discovered Me TV and have been on a classic marathon all of quarantine. It's really nice since they are so young and had never even been exposed to these shows (my parents are native Spanish speakers). The book sounds really interesting, but I am a bit sad it was hard to understand. Thank you for sharing your review!

    Grislean | gemlesschosen.com

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    1. Yes I watch I Love Lucy on MeTV too! The show is timeless!

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  8. I've always wanted to watch I Love Lucy as it's referenced by other shows and film! Unfortunate the book isn't as well recieved!

    Becky | Uptown Oracle

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    1. Oh you must try and find it to watch! Thanks for your comment!

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  9. I’ve never heard of this show but the history of it sounds so interesting! It’s a shame the book was difficult to read 🙂

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    1. Thanks Alex! I’m sure you’d find an episode on YouTube. It’s on TV here in North America on weekends.

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  10. Thanks for the review, currently my reading is full haha, but definitely will add it to it :)

    COT | https://changeoftomorrow.com/

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  11. I need to check out the I Love Lucy show because I've literally heard about it my whole life, but never watched it!

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  12. I'd never heard of this before, a shame the book was an awkward read but I'm interested in giving the show a watch. Thanks for sharing

    Nicola | nicoladaletraining.com

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    1. You definitely should give the show a go! Have a great weekend!

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  13. I remembered watching I Love Lucy as a kid! It is great that there is a written adaptation of it. The Queen of Tuesday sounds like a pretty good book overall. Even more that the author spent time doing some research on the show. It is a bummer that there were some areas that were difficult to read. Glad you enjoyed it overall!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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  14. Thanks Nancy! Have a great weekend!

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