My apologies in advance for the length of this post! I started writing my thoughts and just couldn't stop. On the bright side, I've included pictures to break up that dreaded text wall! 🙂 When I started this post, I tried to count up the number of times I’ve read Romeo and Juliet--I read it… Continue reading Romeo and Juliet…Again
Well, it is with great joy that I announce that I've finished my fifty books for 2016! And since this weekend is such a huge football weekend, I thought I'd combine two of my favorite things: Shakespeare and College Football. I'll admit, it's an unlikely pairing. Three of my last books of the year were… Continue reading Three Plays for Bowl Season
We are about a week away from Halloween, so I thought I'd share with you some great classic books that fit all of the requirements for a good October read. I'm not much of a scary movie person, but every now and then it's nice to curl up with a suspenseful read. In case you're… Continue reading Nine Classic Stories for Halloween
It's been a while since I've been able to write a new book review, so today I'm excited to share The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro. In case you haven't been reading the blog long, I'm a bit of a Shakespeare-a-holic, just to warn you. I've written a bit about why I… Continue reading The Year of Lear by James Shapiro
In the heat of the summer, there's nothing better than settling into a cool movie theatre seat with popcorn and a drink. One of my new favorite things is to go see theatre broadcasts at the movie theatre. I saw one last fall--Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet--so I was excited to see that Kenneth Branagh was releasing… Continue reading Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet
If you click over to Google today, you'll see that their logo commemorates William Shakespeare, who was born (according to our best guess) on April 23, 1564, and died on April 23, 1616. Today marks the 400th anniversary of his death, and if you're like me, that's cause for celebration. But why? To modern readers,… Continue reading Why Shakespeare?
Uptight British butler takes road trip, realizes he hasn't always made good decisions. Sounds thrilling, right? Normally I wouldn't have ever picked a book based on that description, but The Remains of the Day was really interesting. Mr. Stevens, the main character, is a fiercely loyal, dedicated butler. He constantly questions what it means to… Continue reading The Remains of the Day
Other titles I considered for this post: Henry V: How many Henrys does it take to rule England? Henry V: I'm really only here for Tom Hiddleston. I am very glad to say that I have finished reading through "The Henriad," one of Shakespeare's two historical tetralogies. I decided to read the plays in the order… Continue reading Henry V: The Last King of 2015
If you ever need proof that history repeats itself, read Henry IV, Part II. Just like Henry IV, Part I, this play focuses on King Henry IV, his son Hal, and Hal's less than perfect friends. In Part 2, however, Shakespeare plays on the reader's expectations. He knows we are all waiting for Hal's reformation, waiting for Hal to "banish plump Jack, and banish all the world." He knows we are waiting, and he makes us wait. And wait. And then wait some more.
Confession time: About fifteen minutes into this film I had to go get my copy of the play and follow along. I could hardly understand what anyone was saying, and it was difficult to understand the plot. There are a lot of people in these plays, and none of them go by their real names! If… Continue reading The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I