Tag: Books: 2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge


Review: Henry IV (Part 1)

Posted 16 May, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Henry IV (Part 1)
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: Ebook; my copy

Henry IV sits on a usurped throne, his conscience and his nobles in revolt, while his son Hal is immersed in a self-indulgent life of revelry with the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy.

As I mentioned some time ago, I recently got my hands on The Hollow Crown, the BBC adaptation of Shakespeare’s The War of Roses plays. I never read the plays but I couldn’t help watching the adaptations before reading the plays themselves xD This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

Read More

Review: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Posted 23 April, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Shakespeare’s Sonnets
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

William Shakespeare’s sonnets are a beautiful expression of a range of human emotions – from love to grief, anger, jealousy and lust. Including the instantly recognisable ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ as well as a range of other equally moving works, this compilation brings together the complete collection of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

April is National Poetry month and I thought this was a good time to read Shakespeare’s sonnets in its entirety 🙂 This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

Read More

Review: Julius Caesar

Posted 13 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Julius Caesar
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: Ebook; my copy

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings—“Beware the ides of March”—and of moving public oratory—“Friends, Romans, countrymen!” Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.

I was reading another blogger’s post when she mentioned the Ides of March. It occurred to me then that this was the perfect time to read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (not nerdy at all xP). This book is part of the William Shakespeare Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

Read More

Review: The Taming of the Shrew

Posted 6 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Taming of the Shrew
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: Ebook; my copy

Renowned as Shakespeare’s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua.

Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca’s formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed. Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine -against her will- and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare’s most enjoyable works.

Continuing along with the Shakespeare challenge! I decided on this play as my next read because I remember reading how 10 Things I Hate About You was loosely based off this play (and I enjoyed that movie enough years ago) 😉

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

Read More

Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Posted 17 February, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 10 Comments

Much Ado About Nothing
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: Ebook; my copy

Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceit threatens to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple, Beatrice and Benedick, steals the scene as the two are finally tricked into admitting their love for each other in Shakespeare’s superb comedy of manners.

Continuing along in my journey this year to read more of Shakespeare’s works, I’ve decided to read this title next. Given that February is the month of Valentine’s Day, it seemed fiting. Plus, it’s a comedy, which is always fun, and I’ve heard good things about this play.

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

Read More