2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge [Sign-Up!]

Posted 1 December, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 14 Comments


2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

William Shakespeare is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, playright in the English speaking world. You’ve probably encountered his works one time or another, either in high school English or from a movie adaptation, a quote or a scene used in a novel or a reference made in a song. Maybe you’ve been meaning to check out his other works or maybe you’d like to re-visit a play of his you’ve enjoyed when you were in school. Well, this reading challenge is all about William Shakespeare’s works.

Here’s the brief rundown on the challenge:

  • This reading challenge runs from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014
  • You can join at any time
  • Any of William Shakespeare’s works are acceptable–his plays and his sonnets–so long as it is a text. No movie or television adaptations or theatre performances (unless you read the text first and then watched an adaptation…that’s okay) πŸ˜‰
  • Linking your reviews to the Linky Widget THIS POST is optional but strongly recommended just so that we can share titles and thoughts with other bloggers and get to know each other in the process πŸ™‚

Levels (sorry, not feeling very creative coming up with these levels, lol; I’m pretty laxed about this):

  • 1 – 4 plays — Occasional theatre-goer
  • 5 – 9 plays — Frequent theatre-goer
  • 10 – 12 plays — Regular theatre-goer

For a full list of Shakespeare’s works, please refer to this page or this page.

Interested in joining me for this reading challenge this year? Feel free to sign up in the linky widget below and post your reviews to THIS POST (which will remain open until 31 December 2014):

Please note: If, for whatever reason, the following widget refuses to allow your link through and the url you are inputting is too long, try using a shortlink (e.g. bit.ly) and try again.

Please spread the word (through Facebook, Twitter, etc.)–the more, the merrier! If you have any questions (or if the widget is acting up–this is the first time I’m using Simply Linked so *fingers crossed*), please feel free to drop me a comment in this post or email me. Have fun and I look forward to seeing what everyone’s reading next year πŸ™‚

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14 Responses to “2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge [Sign-Up!]”

  1. Hallo, Hallo Lianne! πŸ™‚

    This is a super-stellar day for me! I saw you were going to host Mr. Shakespeare in 2014, but what you might not have known is that I *voted!* for this RC!!! I wanted to participate in the worst of ways because I already dusted off my lovely little blue box of the portable Complete Shakespearian collection!! Eek! I received it for my birthday half an age ago, but I was determined to start to read Shakespeare in full in 2014 because I’m joining (tCC) The Classics Club in *January!* πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Between reading the Bard & working on my *70 Authors Challenge*, I knew I would be in good company throughout the whole year!!!

    Eek! I saw your tweet, I jumped over, I glossed over the details, I submitted my blog & name, I tweeted my reply & your page, and here I am!! Eek!! I am wayy beyond excited!! You see, I was the only girl in h.s. who loved Shakespeare!!!!

    oooh boy!!!

    • Glad you’re on board for next year’s challenge! πŸ™‚ Sounds like you’ve got an awesome year ahead in reading/reading challenges!

      Your portable Shakespeare sounds awesome; I have a copy of his completed works but I have to be careful with it because it’s a very old edition (I may need to pick up a cheap copy of some of these plays for easy portability if needed).

      You may have mentioned this in an early letter but that’s awesome that you love Shakespeare. I mentioned it in my other post but much as I enjoy his works, I can’t believe I haven’t gotten through at least half of them or something…Definitely a chance to re-dress this issue next year πŸ˜‰

  2. Thanks for hosting this challenge, Lianne. One year I made it through about 5 of the Bard’s plays and I am looking forward to reading more through this challenge. I think I may try to concentrate on history, this time.

    Best of luck to everyone! Happy reading!

    • You’re welcome, thanks for participating! Awesome that you’re focusing on one genre of Shakespeare’s works; I’m hoping to at least read one or two πŸ™‚

  3. This sounds awesome! I’ve been meaning to read more of Shakespeare for agesssssss. I’ve got a set of his plays, and this will give me a good incentive πŸ™‚ I think I’ll be going for 1-4!

    I’ll set up the appropriate widgets, challenge posts, praises and links in due course πŸ˜€

    Excited to be involved πŸ™‚

    Kirsty @ BeMoreBook

    • tbh it’s the main reason why I put this challenge together, I realised I haven’t read as many plays as I thought I have, lol. Thanks for participating! Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the plays you’ve selected for this πŸ™‚

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