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Macbeth | William Shakespeare
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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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"Doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love"

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Love Lies Bleeding | Edmund Crispin
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Liked this a lot. Murder mysteries in schools are my jam. And this is a really good example of one. Old fashioned but good.

CarolynM I love Gervase Fen. 17h
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I loved this, a book filled to the brim with research that reads as seamlessly as a novel. Reading the bibliographical notes at the back made me truly appreciate just how Shapiro incorporated all of his knowledge. Focusing on 1606 in which Shakespeare pulled off the incredible feat of writing three dense, complex plays--King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra--Shapiro paints a vivid picture of the social & political landscape at the time.

Butterfinger Looks very interesting. 1d
Bookwormjillk I started this audiobook a few years ago but didn‘t finish. I have to get back to it. 1d
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1d
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Billypar Glad you liked it! I never realized that the Gunpowder Plot occurred while Shakespeare was alive and writing plays, let alone that it might have been an influence on Macbeth. It made me think about his much of my (limited) knowledge of historical events is completely decontextualized from what else was going on at the same time. 1d
batsy @Butterfinger Yes, so fascinating 👍🏽 1d
batsy @Bookwormjillk I hope you have better luck with it on the second round 🙂 1d
batsy @TrishB Thank you! 1d
batsy @Billypar Yes, I was pretty amazed to learn about that & his connections to certain people who supported the plot. Another thing was reading stuff like how he wrote the roles of the King & the Fool for King Lear with his two actors in mind; while reading the plays I'm always thinking about the text in isolation, but of course there would have been material considerations that are beyond a modern audience's understanding/knowledge. So interesting! 1d
Billypar I forgot about that: it's just like when writer-directors write a film role for a specific actor they've worked with on other films. From our perspective they seem like these timeless archetypal roles, but it's great that Shapiro lets us peak behind the curtain on those details of their origins. 1d
Graywacke Wow...fascinated by your review and the comments here. Guy Fawkes even. (my anniversary happens to be Nov 5 ☺️) 1d
UwannaPublishme Great review! 1d
batsy @Graywacke Oh, interesting! 😁 I think it's a book you'll enjoy. There's some interesting context about King Lear that I wanted to post to share with @GingerAntics @merelybookish & the #ShakespeareReadAlong crew, but he writes in such a seamless, blended way that's hard to isolate certain pull quotes without feeling like I'm giving only half of the picture. 10h
batsy @UwannaPublishme Thank you 🙂 10h
Graywacke @batsy Sometimes quotes don‘t work easily. You have a patient audience if you want to work out more explanation. 🙂 5h
merelybookish First of all, congrats on actually getting to the book. 😄 I thought it might land on the TBR pile! It sounds fascinating. TBH, I don't think I've ever known he wrote those 3 plays in one year. Also knowing the Fool, in particular, was written for a specific actor is intriguing since he is such an odd character. 🤔 Always interesting to see how culture shapes the writing of a text. I tend to be better at how culture shapes our reading of it. 3h
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare | William Shakespeare
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It was a lovely coincidence to see this article shortly after I decided to re-read Shakespeare in 2020. I just put the schedule in my paper planner and electronic calendar. If you want to do #Shakespeare2020 the link will take you to information and the reading schedule.

AmandaL Thank you for the link! I just printed out the schedule. 1d
DarcysMom @AmandaL I like the schedule - it seems really doable. 24h
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Twelfth Night | William Shakespeare
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Ian Doescher (of Shakespeare's Star Wars fame) helped develop a plan to read all of Shakespeare in 2020. It's mostly chronological but some of the plays align with the calendar (Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night, Julius Caear in mid-March, etc).
Info: https://shakespeareandbeyond.folger.edu/2019/12/06/shakespeare-2020-project-read...
Schedule: https://iandoescher.com/shakespeare/schedule/

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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚⭐️ 3d
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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This book deserved better from me. I was determined to read it in 2019 and time was getting short so I went in. When my head is in the right place a dystopian story can rank among my favorite reads. I liked the concept of the Georgian Flu, the location, and the writing but didn‘t connect with the characters. I hope to revisit later.

TheHeartlandBookFairy Please do revisit it! I read it a year ago when it was our NEA Big Read book. I didn't expect to love it, I'd only hoped to like it and in the end it made it into my top five (out of more than 130 books) for the year! 3d
marleed @TheHeartlandBookFairy Oh thanks, I will. I almost chose pick as I was posting this because I just know I didn‘t give myself the space to sink into the characters. I really liked the premise. Even today with all our concerns with what devisive politics could do to our future - there is always the possibility of a pandemic! (edited) 3d
TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed, exactly! What was Erie was that I finished the book while flying back home from vacation. We ended up being stuck on the tarmac for almost an hour and I was at the part of the book that was taking place in the abandoned airport. When I arrived home, I had no internet and it took about 24 hours for the cable company to figure it out. And the whole time this was all going on I could only think about the book and what happened lol 😂 3d
marleed @TheHeartlandBookFairy HaHa. And that‘s when you raced to the nearest drug store for your flu shot! 2d
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The Wednesday Wars | Gary D. Schmidt

“Whatever it means to be a friend, taking a black eye for someone has to be in it.”