Happy New Year! I’m ready for 2013.
I am ready to read Shakespeare. For my Begin with the Bard plan, I hope to read two or three nonfiction/commentary books about the man, read two to four plays, and watch a few movie versions as well. I hope as I have as much fun as I did last year!
I am giving myself until the end of February to see how much I can get through. I’d love to have company! Please join me if you’d like.
Shakespeare on Toast by Ben Crystal. This is written for young adults who may feel intimidated by Shakespeare. I am reading a digital review copy via netgalley.
Shakespeare’s Common Prayers by Daniel Swift. I received this also as a digital review copy last year, but I did not have a chance to get to it. It is an examination of the impact of the Book of Common Prayer on Shakespeare’s writing. I am fascinated to learn about all the sources that may have impacted the Bard, so this should be interesting. It’s definitely a more scholarly and serious book than my other nonfiction choice above.
Any other nonfiction books you could recommend? Maybe something in between light and serious?
Plays and Movies
I believe I’d liked to focus on comedies this year. Last year I read the three Henry VI plays. It was a wonderful, but I’m hoping my reading this year is a bit more amusing. On my maybe list are the following works:
Love’s Labour’s Lost (1598) and the Kenneth Branagh movie (2000)
Comedy of Errors (1590s) and Big Business (with Bette Middler and Lily Tomlin, 1988)
A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (1590s), maybe just the 1999 movie
Twelfth Night (1601) and maybe a movie version as well (suggestion)
All’s Well the Ends Well (1604) and the BBC Shakespeare version (unless you can suggest a better one?)