Favorite Books of 2016

Two-and-a-half years after starting this site, I figure it’s time I get my blogging act together and start a regular, end-of-the-year wrap-up series. I’m afraid I can’t provide you with a grand total of books I read in 2016, A) because I wasn’t keeping track and B) because whatever the final tally is, I’m sureContinue reading “Favorite Books of 2016”

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Autumn Book Haul

It’s that time of year again: our local library’s semi-annual book sale just passed and as usual, I came away with a huge stack of books. Here’s a quick list of them: do let me know if you’ve read any of them and what you thought! Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot –Continue reading “Autumn Book Haul”

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“A spirit of health or goblin damned”

The Hamlet read-along is still underway, and as expected, it’s given me plenty of opportunities to consider the play from different angles. Almost since the beginning of this read-along, one question in particular has nagged at me: is the ghost really who he says he is? On my first reading of Hamlet, I pretty muchContinue reading ““A spirit of health or goblin damned””

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4 Reasons Why You Should Read Hamlet (and Why Your Excuses Won’t Work)

You may remember that in my autumn TBR post, I mentioned aΒ Hamlet read-along that I planned to participate in. That began on the first of the month, but never fear! We’ve only gotten as far as Act 1, Scene 4, so it won’t be too hard to catch up. To be very blunt about it,Continue reading “4 Reasons Why You Should Read Hamlet (and Why Your Excuses Won’t Work)”

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“Why is Hamlet’s father also named ‘Hamlet’?”

About a week ago, my younger brother asked me quite earnestly why Hamlet and his father have the same name. When I read Hamlet, it never occurred to me that the double name could have any special significance: after all, it was common enough in the Middle Ages and afterward for sons to be namedContinue reading ““Why is Hamlet’s father also named ‘Hamlet’?””

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Library Sale, Part II

I love book hauls, especially ones where I come away with eleven books, all in admirable condition, for a combined total of $13.00. God bless the Jefferson Parish Public Library. On to the list! 1: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote               I quite nearly had a heart attackContinue reading “Library Sale, Part II”

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Review: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Year of First Publication: 1605 Year of Publication for This Edition: 1994 Number of Pages: 28 (double columned) Publisher: Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Drama, Comedy Subjects: Italy, Jews, Anti-Semitism, Persecution The Merchant of Venice tells the story of Antonio, a merchant whose friend asks to borrow a large sum of money so thatContinue reading “Review: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare”

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First Impressions: The Merchant of Venice

Yes, I’ve started yet another book. I had been missing Shakespeare ever since I finished Hamlet a few months ago, so I decided to add this play to my list. It’s an odd one, I know. It’s not terribly well-known like Hamlet or Macbeth and among those who do know it, it’s rather infamous. That’sContinue reading “First Impressions: The Merchant of Venice”

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