This week’s topic: It’s the end of the world…what books do you grab to preserve for future readers?
Whoa…This week’s topic is very interesting and a bit scary I must confess. I have to be honest, though, and say that with everything that’s happening in the world nowadays, sometimes I do think the Apocalypse is nigh…Hopefully that’s not the case, but what books I’d decide to save if the end of the world happened upon us?
Aubrey and Daniel’s vow to pursue their dangerous romance despite university regulations takes them down a path of secrecy and lies. With only six weeks left to the end of term, they’re under the constant watch of David Grant—Daniel’s “Dean of Students” father. If that weren’t enough to pressure them, Daniel’s checkered past also casts a shadow over the young lovers who continuously tempt fate until one wrong move leads to an inevitable disaster. Can they salvage a relationship when everything seems to be conspiring against them?
I love when a book that made my “Most Anticipated Books” for 2014, exceeds my expectations. I fell in love with Daniel and Aubrey, or Sailor and Poppet, last year in the first book, The Weight of Words. Better Deeds Than Words is the second book in the Words series.
This week, Michelle and I are sharing stories that are completely different. I thought we could do something out of the norm and post them together. They are both complete though. That should make some people happy. 🙂
Ah yes, The Bard of Avon. William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. I was 14 when I read my first Shakespeare play in school, Romeo and Juliet, and from that moment on, I was hooked. I admit that I had trouble with the language. There was a disconnect for me, until I watched the play come to life in the well known 1968 film version by Zeffirelli. All of a sudden, it clicked for me. I get why we sometimes are overwhelmed when reading Shakespeare though. Though the language is only one linguistic generation away from ours, its full of words we don’t even use anymore. As well as having to deal with poetic license, versification and archaisms, the grammar and spelling rules were still not established at that time in history. The dude has been credited by the Oxford dictionary with creating over 3000 new words. As quoted by Louis Marder, “Shakespeare was so facile in employing words that he was able to use over 7,000 of them—more than occur in the whole King James version of the Bible—only once and never again.”
Yeah. So if you are one of those who doesn’t “get” reading Shakespeare, don’t beat yourself up over it. There’s another way to enjoy Shakespeare, as I learned the first time round in high school. Now that the history lesson is over, let’s get to why I wrote this post. My favourite Shakespeare plays, which I not only love to read, but also on occasion have made the leap from the page to favourite film as well. Join me after the jump and find out which made the cut.
From the Publisher: Jennifer Lee Carrell’s highly acclaimed debut novel is a brilliant, breathlessly paced literary adventure. The action begins on the eve of the Globe’s production of Hamlet when Shakespeare scholar and theater director Kate Stanley’s eccentric mentor Rosalind Howard gives her a mysterious box, claiming to have made a groundbreaking discovery. Before she can reveal it to Kate, the Globe is burned to the ground and Roz is found dead…murdered precisely in the manner of Hamlet’s father.
Inside the box Kate finds the first piece in a Shakespearean puzzle, setting her on a deadly, high stakes treasure hunt. From London to Harvard to the American West, Kate races to evade a killer and solve a tantalizing string of clues hidden in the words of Shakespeare, which may unlock one of history’s greatest secrets.
Here’s what I thought…
The first thing I want to tell you is that I don’t normally review books like this one. Why? Well it’s just not the type of book I’ve been reading the last couple of years. Mostly I’ve been reading romance, erotica, paranormal, or a combination of the 3. The genre best suited for this book is mystery/historical fiction. I used to read a lot of both of those genres. What caught my eye and then my attention? The book’s cover art.
I’m usually loathe to compare books or writers but I think if you like Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code, or Lost Symbol this is a book you’d enjoy as well…
Question of the week: Doing something a bit different this week…I would like you all to turn to page 60 of your current read (Even novella’s should have at least 60 pages, true.) And share the third to last sentence on that page! Make sure to share the title and author as well. 🙂