10 Reasons Why I Love Hamlet

10 Reasons Why I Love Hamlet

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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. 🙂
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

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Little Accomplishments – August 25th, 2017

Little Accomplishments – August 25th, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Hi guys! Welcome to this week’s Little Accomplishments!

I hope that you’re all doing well, and that your weekend has gotten off to a beautiful start! So, did you guys know that next Friday is September 1st??!! I truly cannot figure out where in the world 2017 is speeding off to! I mean, why is it in such a hurry? Haha!!

Whether your year has been a whirlwind or it couldn’t be dragging any slower, I hope that everyone’s last week of August is a great one. xx

Oh, and I wanted to add something that I noticed on my dashboard this morning – this post makes my 200th post on this blog!! 💖 thank you guys so much for coming along with me this far ☺️

Alright, let’s jump right in to this Little Accomplishments! And as always …

Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!

These past couple of weeks, I …

  • learned the major piano chords. (Yas!!!! For some reason, this took me quite a bit of time to look up online and figure out, but once the light bulb in my head lit up, I had them memorized within two days! I’m so happy! Minor chords, here I come.)

  • caught up on Spanish. (As always. It’s essential, important, and considerably time-consuming, lol!)

  • began learning Portuguese. (WHAT?! Cool, huh? I want to know the basics of Portuguese because 1) I’m interested in learning the differences between this language and Spanish, 2) I love learning new languages, and 3) I’d love to have a basic understanding of it in the event that I meet someone who speaks it! For now, I’m learning Brazilian Portuguese, but I’d be all for learning Portugal Portuguese at some point, too.)
  • got back into the swing of blogging. (After my blogging break, then battling strep throat, it took me longer than I would have wanted to catch up on all things blogging, but I’m finally feeling on top of everything again! I have lots of different post ideas, I’m caught up on blog reading, I’ve interviewed some bloggers, and I have met some lovely new people, too!)
  • watched Finding Dory. (It was soooo sweet, guys! Finding Nemo was the first movie I really ever loved – little 4-year-old me was obsessed with it! – and the kid in me really approves of how they handled this sequel so many years later. It’s funny, the animation’s great, and Dory was fantastic. I love her character!)
  • finished reading The Merchant of Venice. (Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. The love stories were great, but the main plot dragged and also made me kind of nervous. lol!)
  • got a new app to track water intake. (I stopped using Plant Nanny a while ago because it wouldn’t let me customize how much water I needed daily; they gave me a set, unattainable goal based on height and weight. :/ However, I found a new water tracking app that I’m enjoying using right now called, simply, Water Tracker!)
  • organized my Goodreads shelves. (I love having a place to see what books I’ve loved reading, as well as books I’m looking forward to reading someday! Everything had gotten a bit jumbled, so cleaning out and organizing the digital shelves on my Goodreads account was something I’ve been needing to do for a while.)

Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!
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Little Accomplishments – August 11th, 2017

Little Accomplishments – August 11th, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome to this week’s Little Accomplishments!

Why hello there, everyone! My goodness, how in the world is it Friday again? 😂 Does anyone have the answer? lol! 💚 Anyway I hope that you’re all doing well and are as excited as I am that the weekend has come back around for us to enjoy! 😀

I have been working on so many different things things recently. Those have mainly been music-, blog-, and organization-related, and as you all know I love those three things SO much, so life has been a blast!! After that bout of sickness my family and I went through, it has been a huge blessing to have an enjoyable week that was pretty much back to normal for us. Among the things I accomplished, I was able to do something I’ve never done before (it’s the second thing mentioned in the list below – check it out!), all of my 12th grade school subjects have been lots of fun and very educational (hush Maggie, your nerd is showing hahaha #homeschoolerforever), and … well, I’ll keep talking about how life has been for the rest of this post! I won’t continue to ramble on right here! 😂💜

Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!

This past week, I…

  • completed Spanish 5 on Memrise. (YAS! I’m always excited when I finish another level of these awesome language learning courses. Although I must say, I’m also sad because I’m getting ever closer to the end of these lessons! [By the way, I shared a picture of Spanish 6 below because I’m excited about learning that next.])

  • learned to play a song on the piano. (Guys. This is my most favorite accomplishment ever!! ❤ I looked up the piano chords to Jordan Feliz’s How Long [which has been my favorite song for months now] and, with the chords that I found, I was able to teach myself to play the tune and sing along with it, too! When I’m a bit more confident, I’d love to share a video playing it for you guys! That would be so cool!!)

  • went through my phone. (That means that I cleared off apps I’m not using, transferred all photos and videos … everything that monthly phone maintenance entails!)
  • tidied my room. (This includes dusting and cleaning my desk, dusting the piano keyboard [it needed it], and straightening everything on my bookshelf!)

  • went through the books on my bookshelf. (Special thanks to the pretty way I’ve arranged my books, this was hard to do, haha! But as shown in the picture of my room somewhere above, I found a way to make everything still pretty, even with some of the books missing. x I’m donating some, and others I’m keeping elsewhere because they’re more like reference books [baby names, tree reference guide, etc.].)
  • finished reading King John. (I mentioned this on my reading list post earlier this week, and I must say that I really enjoyed it! It’s definitely Shakespeare’s most underrated play. If you like reading Shakespeare, I’d recommend giving King John a try!)

  • began reading The Merchant of Venice. (Eh, not as gripping to me as King John was, but I’ll still read it. The characters are pretty cool – and funny, too!)

Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!

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Library Book Sale Haul!

Library Book Sale Haul!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Depending on where you live, I hope that your day has gotten off to an awesome start, or that your day is going great, or that you had an absolutely fantastic day! Take whichever one is right for you!

I am so excited about today’s post. I loved writing it, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you guys! This past weekend, my family and I went to the library, but when we got there, we found out that they were having a book sale! They only have a few a year, and I haven’t been to one in a long time, so I enjoyed browsing their selection. I ended up walking out with six different books, which I will be sharing with you today in my very first book haul!! ❤

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Library Sale Book Haul

Book #1: Bible Trivia by J. Stephen Lang.

What It Is: An awesome book full of 4,000+ Bible trivia questions and answers!

Why I Bought It: My family and I love doing quizzes like this, and the fact that this is all Bible-based trivia questions is epic! As well as the great selection of questions, I love the formatting of the book; the questions are on one page, and the answers to all of them are listed and numbered on the other side of the same page.

Price: Amazon’s listing ~ $10.78 ~ and what I paid ~ $1!

Book #2: Webster’s New Pocket Spanish Dictionary.

What It Is: A tiny pocket Spanish dictionary, with a Spanish-to-English index, a list of Spanish abbreviations, and an English-to-Spanish index!

Why I Bought It: I’m fairly certain I’ll appreciate having one with me in Guatemala. Regardless, I love the size, formatting, cover, and this one is in like-new condition! I couldn’t pass it up.

Price: Amazon’s listing ~ $5.09 ~ and what I paid ~ 50¢!

Book #3: The Princetta by Anne-Laure Bondoux

What It Is: An adventurous YA novel I’ve never heard of before, but was intrigued by the synopsis.

Why I Bought It: I’m currently challenging myself to read 26 new books in 2017 with A-to-Z titles. That means that first, I read a book that started with “A,” then another new book that started with “B,” and so on. Right now, I’m reading a novel that starts with a “D,” and at some point, I will get to the letter “P,” and this is the book I’d like to read for that letter!

Price: Amazon listing ~ $2.99 currently! ~ and what I paid ~ 50¢!

Book #4: Living With Passion & Purpose by Elizabeth George.

What It Is: A study of the book of Luke!

Why I Bought It: I’ve read a few other books by Elizabeth George, and I absolutely loooove her writing! I briefly read the summary but didn’t need to look into it too much since all her books are fantastic.

Price: Amazon’s listing ~ $9.62 ~ and what I paid ~ 50¢!

Book #5: The Island of Heavenly Daze by Lori Copeland.

What It Is: A Christian story about a pastor’s struggles to stay in a very heavenly town.

Why I Bought It: I read the synopsis on Goodreads maybe a month ago, and I knew I just had to read it! The best part is, it’s the first in a series – or trilogy? Saga? I’m too lazy to go look, haha – so I snatched it up the moment I saw it, and bought it without even looking through it (which I always do for minutes before buying any book!).

Price: Amazon listing ~ $6.83 ~ and what I paid ~ $1!

Book #6: Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

What It Is: A copy of the unabridged play, described on the back as being for “foreign language teaching.” The foreword and stuff like that at the beginning are in Chinese.

Why I Bought It: Ah well, I kind of collect copies of Hamlet. I don’t plan on letting this collection get out of hand, but I do love having different editions and versions, especially the professors’ forewords and take on it (except for when it’s in Chinese, of course hahahah). This is my sixth copy of the play. I know that the cover is absolutely horrid (Kenneth Branaugh is still awesome, though, lol!), but I fell in love with this edition, anyway.

Price: I couldn’t find an Amazon listing. But I paid 50¢!

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Thanks for reading, everyone! I really enjoyed writing this ❤ Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these books!

What have YOU been reading recently?

–Maggie

Blogging Challenge – Day 10: Favorite Books

Blogging Challenge – Day 10: Favorite Books

This is probably THE hardest thing you could ever ask of an avid reader – to pick their favorite books!

That’s like picking a favorite child. Or trying to decide which puppy is cuter. Or which iced latte tastes better.

It cannot be done!

But for the sake of this prompt – this lovely blogging challenge that I’ve gotten myself mixed up in – I will go ahead and choose a few from my hoard of favorites to satisfy the prompt, as well as my readers. Because I certainly love many books, but it is a pain to pick a only a few!

(Just kidding. I love talking about my favorite books.)

You can read about what this challenge is here. And make sure to check out Cheila’s and Angela’s posts for today, too – we’re all doing the challenge together!

Favorite Books

  • ‘Anything but Typical’ by Nora Raleigh Baskin. This one is always at the top of my favorites list! It is quite melancholy, but for some reason, I love the main character and how his story is written. I’ve read it multiple times, yet I always manage to forget the ending. It’s very strange! Although, that might be because I wish his ‘happily ever after’ was happier. Who knows.

  • ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare. This is the play that got me into reading Shakespeare. I cannot rave about Hamlet enough! It makes me laugh, cry, grin, and scream (in my head, at least). I own six different editions of it. (Yep.) The cast members are fantastic, the Prince’s wit is phenomenal, the plot is gripping, the setting is eerie and fascinating … it may be a tragedy, but I have never loved a story as much as I love this one. If you have never had the pleasure of enjoying Hamlet, please please please go to your library today and get yourself a copy!!!

  • The Holy Bible. It wasn’t the first to come to mind as I don’t consider it to be a book, exactly; it is my survival guide. I turn to it every day for wisdom and encouragement; I go to it to hear from the Lord, and to pray over the verses that I find there. If I had to pick only one book to read for the rest of my life, it would be this One.

  • ‘Return to Me’ by Lynn Austin. It’s over 600 pages long, but Austin had me hooked from the beginning! It’s a story based on the true events of the prophet Zachariah. If you would like to read more about him (I knew nothing about him until reading this book!), I highly recommend Return to Me – it doesn’t feel like a fictional retelling at all. Lynn Austin did a phenomenal job. 🙂

So, how about you?

What are YOUR favorite books?

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

— Maggie