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Classic Awesomeness Mini Haul

Hey guys and gals! Since I am slowly trekking my way through The Picture of Dorian Gray right now, I’m posting a haul that isn’t anywhere near as big as usual. I’m picking some books up from the library this weekend, so library haul number…. 5? 6? is coming up soon as well. I’ve been reading so many good books lately, and there is no sign of the flow of cool books stopping! It has only been 3-ish months since I started this blog, but I can’t wait to continue making new friends on here and writing more about books! I appreciate all of my wonderful readers for views, comments, and following, and supporting my book obsession and other quirks. 🙂

This is the first of my summer reading books this year. When I saw that they wanted us to read the abridged version, I was angry! Abridged versions irritate me, but considering that the reason they want us to read the abridged is because of the length, it is different this time. I haven”t ever read this, but I’ve heard it is very good!

Also on my summer reading list. I am lucky enough to have an English teacher that shares a lot of book interests with me, and she recommended this one to me specifically! I’m taking her word on this, but I’m sure I’ll love it!

This is possibly the funniest Shakespeare play ever. I just had to pick up a copy! 🙂

Well, that is all! Sorry that was so small, I’ll hopefully have another post soon!

Happy Reading! 😀

Olivia

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7- Book that you can quote/recite

If you’ve read my blog for a while or have talked to me, you know that I love Shakespeare. I have competed for several years in Shakespeare Recitation Competitions. I just love it; I love all poetry but Shakespeare’s sonnets and speeches are my favorite! I even mutter it to get over my slight insomnia! Am I nerd? Possibly. Am I proud of it? Absolutely!

“Good night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,

that I shall say good night till it be morrow!”

Ahhh, I love this play!

How about you! What can you quote/recite? 🙂

Olivia

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Shakespeare Opens New Worlds

“Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night…”

– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I recently memorized a speech by Shakespeare and that was an excerpt from it. However, I think I owe you all a little explanation.

I often mention in comments and such that I am very busy.  That is quite true.  My full time job as a high school student takes up the majority of my day, and I definitely don’t waste what is left over.  When I was in middle school, I participated in a Shakespeare Recitation competition.  I enjoyed that very very much. In this competition you are required to memorize a sonnet and a speech from any Shakespeare play no less than 30 lines. Those who are in the top 5 of the district go and compete with other districts, all the way up to Nationals.  I lived and breathed Shakespeare for those 6 months that we practiced for the competition! I never actually made it to the finals, but those 3 years gave me so much more than just a fancy certificate with my name on it.

Sadly, my high school has yet to have a Shakespeare club and therefore does not compete in competitions.  This is horrible.  So many people are missing out on a great cultural experience!

So how do I fulfill my craving for the works of Shakespeare? Why I volunteer at my old middle school’s Shakespeare Recitation club of course! Every day, Monday through Thursday, at 2:15 when my school lets out I go over to my old middle school (luckily they are only within a block of each other, and within two blocks of my house) and help out for about an hour! My role there is basically a combination of supervisor/helper/tutor/stand-in-counselor-for-their-issues/give Shakespeare performance advice/make-sure-the-kids-don’t-eat-each-other-alive woman. I love this. It is very fulfilling, almost more so than being in the competition myself because I get to root for them ALL! This Shakespeare competition happens to be tomorrow, and I am taking a day off of school (and let it be known that I NEVER skip, I got permission from my school and everything) to go with them! If any of them are reading this, or anyone else across the country who happens to be part of this is reading I wish you GOOD LUCK! 😀

The reason I have said that Shakespeare opens new worlds is because through this volunteering experience, I have been able to see firsthand the amazing affect that it can have on kids. I have seen a bad kid turn into someone who cares about integrity and literature and all of a sudden is willing to commit themselves to a half-year long project. (which in all honesty is tough for good kids!) I have seen a young girl who has trouble at home find comfort in the timeless words and life lessons within his books.  I have seen kids’ grades, attendance, and behavior improve. An amazing friendship forms when people bond over love of a similar thing, Shakespeare included. As C. S. Lewis says, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What? You too! I thought I was the only one!” Good kids have had their eyes opened to the size of the world and how real it is, something that can only be described by something as magnificent as a book. For me, Shakespeare brought me a whole new respect for old English literature, and an appreciation ( which perhaps turned into something more like an obsession) for centuries old romance novels.

So, folks, have I convinced you yet?

Shakespeare opens eyes, it opens hearts, it opens minds, and it most definitely opens new worlds.

 

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

-William Shakespeare

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Top 5 books that bring out the crybaby in me!

This post is inspired by A Novel Place’s post “Top 5 Novels That Bring Out The Sap In Me” .  I decided to do the same thing, because I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but when it comes to books and movies, I cry VERY easily.  I cry during The Lion King when Mufasa dies….. so you get my point. 🙂 These 5 books that I chose might not be a tearjerker per se, but they make me cry every time.  They are in order from least to greatest.

5. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

– I know this one is slightly controversial, because there are probably as many people who hate these books as who love them, but I have to include this.  If Edward and Bella make you want to puke, I understand.  Skip to number 4.  Even though when I read this I knew that Edward would eventually come back to Bella, it still breaks my heart! I cry every time I read this, but my smile comes back at the end of the book and continues throughout the rest of the series!

4.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

– Ahhh, J.K. Rowling. I can’t wait for her new book to come out! I love love LOVE the Harry Potter books! This is my favorite of the whole series.  It does make me cry when Harry dies, it makes me so sad! I followed him throughout his school life, and then he died! Mostly what made me sad was how willing he was to die to save everyone! That is so noble! But I was very happy when good prevailed as always!

3.A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

-” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…..” The reason this book makes me cry is similar to why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows does.  The beauty of self sacrifice.  I loved the knitting in this book, and it has an interesting plot.  But there is that desperate feeling that you get somehow knowing that people will die in the end.  And the overwhelming poverty.  All of this combined makes me want to bawl my eyes out, and the end just puts me over the top.

2. Gone With the Wind by Margret Mitchell

– If you have read this book, you will know exactly why the end of this makes me sad.  If you haven’t, everything about love you thought you knew in this book is changed and then denied to you.  Scarlett O’Hara is on her 3rd husband, and she will never be able to marry the one she really loves.  Then something happens( I don’t want to spoil it) that makes her realize that she has always loved someone ELSE, who then decides he doesn’t want her anymore. Not to mention she just lost a child AND had a miscarraige. I cry and cry every time. There is no happy ending to this.

1.Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

– The most tragic and very best love story of all time.  You will cry when you read this book unless you have a heart made of stone.

“And when I shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars,and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night, and pay no worship to the garish sun.”

This is one of my favorite Shakespeare quotes ever. I love memorizing Shakespeare, I actually fall asleep by reading through the best speeches in my mind. Yeah. I’m a nerd sometimes. But Shakespeare ROCKS!

Thanks again for letting me borrow the idea, A Novel Place!

Feel free to pass this on! 🙂

Olivia

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