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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Shakespeare Reading Challenge

The Shakespeare Reading Challenge is hosted by Elena at it's own website. The challenge last from Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011.

This challenge that I stumbled upon is just perfect! In the past week I had made a list of all of the Shakespeare plays that I wanted to read on audio in the near future and this gives me the perfect reason to try and get to a few of them. I am going to sign on at the Puck level just because I have signed up for so many challenges this year and I want to try and actually meet my goals. I won't be posting reviews of them on my blog - maybe a few sentences will be posted on my Goodreads account, so be sure to check there if you are interested.

The Levels:

1. Puck: Read 4 plays over the year, 1 of which may be replaced by a performance
2. Desdemona: Read 6 plays, 2 of which may be replaced by a performance
3. Henry V: Read 12 plays, 3 of which may be replaced by a performance

The Rules:

1. All plays must be read between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Anything begun before that cannot be included.
2. Audio versions are also acceptable but all plays must be unabridged.
3. You don't need to list your plays ahead of time but you may, if you'd like.
4. Review pages for each month will be created but are optional.

I will list as I go:
1. Hamlet
2. The Tempest

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  1. Hi Heather,

    Welcome to the challenge! I hope enjoy your plays!

  2. I have the complete works of Shakespeare here at home. Again, something I want to read, plan to read, should read, but haven't. If I would stop getting new books, I might make it through some of my old ones. I might have to consider this challenge.

  3. Elena - thanks! I hope so too.

    Librarypat - I always had a hard time enjoying Shakespeare when taught in school - probably something to do with the way they taught it. But I have always loved seeing them performed. Before I even saw this challenge I had told myself i was going to try and read some of them this year. I actally finished Hamlet on audiobook last week and really enjoyed it. I bought Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber based on someone's recommendation - it is like a critique of the plays and full of lots of info - I'm reading the Hamlet chapter now to help solidify the play in my head more.


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