Author Spotlight, Insipration, Reading Challenge, Reading Tips

Back to Basics: How to Read Shakespeare

Today is Shakespeare's birthday, so to celebrate I thought I'd share another post in my Back to Basics series. Last time our focus was on reading and understanding poetry, and today we're taking things one step farther by focusing on the man, the myth, the legend: William Shakespeare. Today's post starts with some overall tips… Continue reading Back to Basics: How to Read Shakespeare

2018 Books, Reading Challenge

12 Months of Books: April Suggestions

Of all the themes we've been reading together for this year's Reading Challenge, so far I've been most excited about planning April's--poems and plays. April is national poetry month, and it's also the birth month of William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright in English literature. That's why I selected this theme for our 2018 reading journey!… Continue reading 12 Months of Books: April Suggestions

2017 Books, Book Reviews

Romeo and Juliet…Again

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! ūüôā¬† When I started this post, I tried to count up the number of times I‚Äôve read Romeo and Juliet--I read it… Continue reading Romeo and Juliet…Again

Life and Style, Quick Links

Midweek Miscellanea 

It's hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, Summer will be here!¬†The last few months of school are always ridiculously busy, so I've been feeling like the blog has been a little neglected. So in the spirit of spicing things up, here's a random collection of things that I'm reading/loving. Currently Reading:… Continue reading Midweek Miscellanea¬†

2016 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews

Three Plays for Bowl Season 

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¬†

2016 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews, Uncategorized

The Year of Lear by James Shapiro 

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¬†

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

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