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2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Posted 30 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments


2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

And here we are, at the end of another year, and thus at the end of one of the three reading challenges I participated in this year. Just a recap about the reading challenge I hosted: the idea was to read William Shakespeare’s original plays and/or sonnets. The master list containing details about the challenge can be found in this post and the master list of reviews over here.

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

So what did I read? 🙂

So, having read all of my these plays this year, what was my favourite? Julius Caesar, though Othello comes close in all of the feels it evoked. What was my least favourite? The Taming of the Shrew for WTF reasons, but Cymbeline comes close for boredom factors.

And that’s a wrap! 🙂

Have you read any of these plays? If so, what did you think of them? If you participated in this reading challenge, what was your favourite work by Shakespeare that you read?

Review: The Winter’s Tale

Posted 3 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Winter’s Tale
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

The jealous King of Sicily becomes convinced that his wife is carrying the child of his best friend. Imprisoned and put on trial, the Queen collapses when the King refuses to accept the divine confirmation of her innocence. The child is abandoned to die on the coast of Bohemia. But when she is found and raised by a shepherd, it seems redemption may be possible.

And here I am, at the last title that I’ve listed to read for this year’s William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in. The title seemed fitting as we enter the winter season soon enough 😉

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Review: King Lear

Posted 10 September, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

King Lear
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

An ageing king makes a capricious decision to divide his realm among his three daughters according to the love they express for him. When the youngest daughter refuses to take part in this charade, she is banished, leaving the king dependent on her manipulative and untrustworthy sisters. In the scheming and recriminations that follow, not only does the king’s own sanity crumble, but the stability of the realm itself is also threatened.

King Lear is another one of those infamous Shakespearean plays that I have heard so much about, know pretty much what happens, but never studied it in school (I think I mentioned somewhere that at my high school, they opted to teach two comedies and two tragedies over the course of four years?). So I’m happy that I’m getting around to reading this play for myself 🙂

This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

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Review: Cymbeline

Posted 20 August, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Cymbeline
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

The King of Britain, enraged by his daughter’s disobedience in marrying against his wishes, banishes his new son-in-law. Having fled to Rome, the exiled husband makes a foolish wager with a villain he encounters there gambling on the fidelity of his abandoned wife.

Combining courtly menace and horror, comedy and melodrama, Cymbeline is a moving depiction of two young lovers driven apart by deceit and self-doubt.

Moving along with my Shakespeare reading this year is Cymbeline. Perhaps not as familiar as Shakespeare’s other historical titles, I believe I was compelled to pick up this title having listened to Loreena McKennit’s song “Cymbeline” (listen here).

This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

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Review: Othello

Posted 15 August, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Othello
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

A popular soldier and newly married man, Othello seems to be in an enviable position. And yet, when his supposed friend sows doubts in his mind about his wife’s fidelity, he is gradually consumed by suspicion. In this powerful tragedy, innocence is corrupted and trust is eroded as every relationship is drawn into a tangled web of jealousies.

Another classic tragedy by Shakespeare that I often heard about but never studied at any point in school. I knew the vague details about what it was about but yeah, never ventured to read it for myself until now. Contains some spoilers ahead along with, err, some strong language (sorry, too many feels while reading this)

This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

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