The bedroom doors burst open, allowing a couple to come into view. The man, who was wearing a refined suit which glittered in the sun, fidgeted nervously with one of the doorknobs. He could not take his eyes off her.
Hey there, guys! I’m praying that your week has gotten off to a great start. 🙂 ❤ As some of you may have seen in another post, my main personal goal for this year is to simply read more. While I would love to apply this to my part in the blog community, as well (I could always read more blog posts, haha), this semi-resolution is a reminder for myself to read great literature. Whether that’s a work of fiction, a Shakespearean play, or a biography, I’m up to reading whatever I find at the library that interests me, granted that I make time out of my day for it.
In this post series, which may become a bi-weekly or monthly post that I share, I will be going over, put simply, what I have been recently reading! I have taken some lovely pictures of the books I’ve been enjoying, and I wanted to share them with you guys.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these books yourself! ❤ Now, let’s check them out. 🙂
What I’m Reading This Week
Just Finished: Toss The Bouquet
This is a lovely wedding short story collection I found while browsing my favorite library at the beginning of this month. It was by absolute chance that I came across it, as I was pushing Elizabeth around in the stroller so that my mom could browse freely without Elizabeth crying. The title happened to catch my eye as I breezed past it in my task of keeping the stroller moving constantly, haha, so I turned back around and grabbed it, reading the summary as I went.
I don’t like to describe books in full detail, because my joy as a reader has been dampened many times by a too-thorough review or back cover, lol. However, I will say that if you would enjoy reading about weddings, this is the short story collection for you! The first story has great characters, the second one has a great plot, and the third has great characters and a great plot. I highly recommend it!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Reading Now: The Virginian by Owen Wister
GUYS. I accidentally found this book while browsing a library I don’t usually go to, and on a whim, without even knowing what it was about except that it looks like a western, I decided to give it a chance. I doubt I have ever been more delighted in a book before!
There have certainly been great novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading in the past, but since I knew not a thing of its plot or characters going into it, everything is a lovely surprise in The Virginian, and man, the humor of the author/narrator is extraordinary. It is so many genres wrapped into one novel, but the running theme is still certainly western.
This book is to me, as one of my favorite librarians calls it, a “lost classic” – why I’ve never heard of this novel, which was written in 1903, is beyond me. It is too good to be lost among other great books!
Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Honorable Mention: Under God
by Michael Tait and Toby Mac
Haha, I call this an ‘honorable mention’ because I’ve read the first multiple chapters, but have yet to really get into it. I have a funny relationship with learning about history, because while I love discovering new information and insight into the ways of the past, I have a harder time getting into the wording and focus than other areas of literature. Still, this one is worth mentioning, and I will make my way through it if it takes me a month, because the focus of this American history book is on how our country was formed on godly principles. It’s unlike any other book I’ve read, and I LOVE it. If this sounds interesting to you, it’s written really well. I’m definitely enjoying it!
Current Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Bookshelf Read Of The Month:
Poirot and Me by David Suchet
One of the side goals I have for this year is to read at least one book that I own once a month. This would help me to make my way through new reads or re-reads I’ve been putting off for the longest time, and would also encourage me to donate books I don’t enjoy anymore, haha! While I wouldn’t consider myself a book collector, there are definitely titles I’ve kept on my shelf longer than others would deem necessary. Still, with this encouragement, I hope to have read every book that I own, because it’s rather pointless to have so many books in my room still unread. xD
As you saw in the picture, Poirot and Me is the book I’ve chosen for January. If I really don’t like it, I’ll pick another book to read, but I’ll give it another shot.
Thank you so much for reading! I enjoyed compiling these books, as reading has become a hobby of mine again over the past month, which is so wonderful. 🙂 If you’ve decided to read more this year, as well, you’ll have to let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments below!
Happy blogging – and reading!
Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’re having a fantastic day(: Today, I will be writing a post going over all the reasons why I absolutely LOVE Hamlet by William Shakespeare! I first read this play last year for school, and I was legitimately so sad when I finished it. I instantly wanted to read it all over again, haha! I won’t make this post too long, although I do think that it would be fun to also show all of you my collection of Hamlet copies at the end of the post, so stay tuned for that! For now, let’s jump right into the 10 reasons why I love Hamlet.
- The mood. Most people know that Hamlet is a tragedy, even if they haven’t read it, and I will confirm that; it most certainly is. However, there isn’t a feeling of impending doom throughout the whole of the play like one might think. The circumstances are rather dire, but it is so much more than that! I don’t enjoy reading or watching anything that’s frightening or spooky, so the fact that I love this play so much says something about it. lol
- Hamlet’s personality. His humor is surprisingly similar to my own. Haha! I wouldn’t say that I only connect with him in that way, as he’s also indecisive (like me) and loves feigning madness … alright I wouldn’t say I do the same, but I do like being silly and oftentimes stupid. Hamlet is the backbone of the play; if you don’t like him, it’s hard to enjoy the rest of the play. Because I like him so much, it makes it very easy for me to love Hamlet in its entirety.
- The depth of the Prince’s soliloquies. They are SO deep, guys!! He ponders life, and death (as you all know when he said ‘to be, or not to be’), and the best course of action to take … they can often drag on, though, but over time, I have come to appreciate them and their meaning more. Also, ‘soliloquy’ is just about the fanciest word in my vocabulary haha
- The main cast. After reading a few other plays when I first began reading Shakespeare, where the casts of all of them were quite large and very easy to mix up, I appreciated the simplicity of Hamlet’s cast. It isn’t as if there are only five characters, or something, but they are easy enough to distinguish (and none of their names sound similar, so that’s helpful, too – have you read The Comedy of Errors?) to the point where I know who is who in this one. Bonus points to all of the main characters, protagonist and antagonist alike, for being masterfully-created, extremely likeable, and hilarious, too!
- The setting. When I first read the play, I loved picturing them walking around Elsinore Castle, from the battlements, to the halls, to the private quarters. Watching Kenneth Branagh’s movie on Hamlet (1996) helped me to further envision such an extravagant castle. (Also, casting Billy Crystal as one of the gravediggers in the castle cemetery really brought that to life for me, haha ❤ ) Depending on how the reader (or viewer) interprets the castle, it can either be spooky, or simply in a dark mood; it just depends on how you look at it. 🙂
- Its ability to be funny and tragic. The reader is laughing over the bantering of Hamlet in his friends in one scene, then fearing the welfare of a character in the next. It’s a roller coaster of polar-opposite emotions, and I absolutely love how Shakespeare handled the combination.
- Yorick. You know, the skull Hamlet finds when one of the gravediggers (picture Billy Crystal) is emptying (quite cheerfully) a mass grave. I don’t know exactly why Shakespeare included this part of the scene, whatever it’s supposed to mean symbolically, but I still love it because it gives me a reason to treat any skull I see (Halloween decor, or anything else meant to be spooky) as an old friend. I’ll say with passion, “Alas, poor Yorick!” and cradle the little skull in my palm. It always makes me family crack up, and gives me a good kick, too.
- The length of the play. Because Hamlet is the Bard’s longest play, we get a really good chance to learn about the prince, his friends, and his family. His other plays are a good bit shorter, so we end up knowing much less about the story and its characters. I’m all about getting to read as much as I can about any set of characters I love, which is why trilogies, sagas, and series are such a blast!
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Come on, if for no other reason, their names are ridiculously fun to say! They were a nice addition to the cast, although who they are personally, aside from being school friends of Hamlet, is quite aloof. Their end is tragic (sorry if I ruined that bit for anyone; it is quite well-known), but very fitting for how the play went down, too.
- The ending. I was legitimately out of breath the first time I read it. Everything happened SO quickly, and I really hadn’t seen a bit of it coming. Despite the loss that had occurred in Elsinore by ‘Exeunt,’ I was very pleased with the ending as a whole. (Especially with Fortinbras being played by Rufus Sewell in Branagh’s production.) ❤
Thanks so much for reading! This post was so much fun to write; I loved going over my favorite things about Hamlet! How about you?
Have YOU read Hamlet?
I would love to talk about it with you in the comments below!
thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx
What have you accomplished this week?
I finally got myself to work on one of these posts throughout the week, hahahah! Welcome back to this Friday’s Little Accomplishments, everyone!
My family and I have slowly been getting back to normal, which I’m so thankful for. We visited different libraries, spent some time outside (which my sinuses didn’t appreciate, haha), and ran different errands around the city, just like we usually do. 🙂 I hope and pray that your past week has been enjoyable, too!
Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!
This past week, I…
- reached 300 followers! (Oh my goodness, guys! I can’t thank you enough ❤ )
- got caught up on upcoming blog posts. (I end up waiting to complete posts until practically the day before I publish them, instead of having them ready days in advance! So, I prepared a little better this week: I’ve interviewed different people, baked some new treats, and browsed Pixabay for pictures I need in multiple posts.)
- bought a watch. (I’ve been wanting one for a while. And this one was only $3!)
- finished my Algebra II course. (Wooohooooo! Math + letters = not fun. HAHA)
- checked out a lot of awesome books from the library. (From some kids’ novels for school (children’s literature), to some books that I’ve been wanting/needing to read for a while, our trip to the library on Monday was very productive! I’ve been reading more this past week than I have in a long time. [By the way, the one on the left is not a library book; it’s a devotional book from a friend. I just keep it beside my bed for easy access in the mornings!])
- finished reading Anne of Green Gables. (I picked it up for a reading challenge I’ll be doing on my blog soon, and before I knew it … I was halfway through the book! I found all of the characters likeable within the first few chapters, and I just had to find out what happened next! [And, as you probably saw in the library haul pic above, I’m on my way to read the whole Anne series. lol])
- dusted my desk and organized the drawers. (I usually have to do this bi-weekly – dust and stuff pile up fast!!)
- further caught up on my Spanish. (Practically every week, I’ll fall behind a bit on memorizing words on Memrise [hah], then I’ll do my best to catch up again. However, I did just reach 500 memorized words on Spanish 3, which is pretty awesome!)
Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!