GUEST POST: Highlighting Shakespearen Women

I’m very happy to have this guest post today — I just wish I’d set the schedule correctly. I love a nicely designed (and informative) infographic, and this definitely fits that. When I was asked if I’d be interested in posting this, I jumped on it. It’s a great way to commemorate the Bard’s birth.

Shakespearean Ladies' NamesApril not only marks the start of warmer temperatures and a new pile of spring reads, it is also the month of the birth of legendary playwright, William Shakespeare. The writer was born on April 23, 1564, and to celebrate, we’re highlighting some of his most strong-willed female heroines. Invaluable created a neat visual [N.B.: the image is much nicer if you follow the link than it does on the left there] that showcases a handful of Shakespeare’s most influential female characters, and explains just how each of them was given their memorable names. From Ophelia to Juliet herself, browse through these wonderful female characters and relive some of the most electrifying plays written by the celebrated, William Shakespeare in honor of his birth.

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Saturday Miscellany — 4/20/19

An unexpectedly long (good) day — after a very unexpectedly long and full week results in this being posted when it’s no longer Saturday…eh. Best I can do…

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

    • No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne — the second in The Tales of Pell a funny, funny fantasy novel with a lot of heart and other stuff. I’m tired, that’s as good as you’re going to get from me…if you want moreread my full post about it.
    • Going Dark by Neil Lancaster — an undercover cop infiltrates a Serbian mob. Written by a former covert specialist Detective Sergeant — looks so good. It’s currently waiting patiently for me on my Kindle.
    • Differently Morphous by Yahtzee Croshaw — an offbeat-looking fantasy novel about the hunt for a magical serial killer.

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Ciidagale Raad, KayCKay and BookaholicBrittany
    for following the blog this week.

    Saturday Miscellany — 4/13/19

    Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Occidentally Orthodox (who may not like a lot of what I post, but I hope he comments) and whovinawrites for following the blog this week.

    D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read)

    Today is the 103rd anniversary of Beverly Cleary’s birth, and drawing inspiration from Ramona Quimby some years ago, a group of people started commemorating her birth with a focus on families reading together. Which is just a cool idea. There’s a pretty good website with details and activities here.

    I don’t really know if I can get my family to come together and read as a family anymore — but I can at least encourage them all to do it on their own. But for those of you who have younger kids (or more compliant teenagers), take a half-hour today and read together.

    If you’re like me, or single, or just not into spending time with your family — it’s still a decent way to spend 30 minutes.

    Just Drop Everything And Read

    Awkward Moments in Book Blogging

    This weekend I received a request to review an indie published book from the author. His name rang a bell, so I assumed I knew him from twitter or had read him before.

    Yup. I had read him before. The same book, actually, two years ago. Clearly, record-keeping isn’t his strong suit. But, that’s no big deal. I figured I’d hit him with the URL to my original post, say something jokey in response, and call it a day.

    But, I hated the book — gave it 1 1/2 stars. My post on it was sketchy, because to really get into what I thought of the book, I said, “it’d just be mean.”

    So, yeah, I think this’ll be one of those emails I forget to reply to…

    Saturday Miscellany — 4/6/19

    Seriously, if Real Life would just shut up for a minute and let me focus on my blog/prep for my blog, it’d be nice. And I’m not talking about huge, important things like — my kid had life saving surgery, or I was distracted by the tragic events unfolding in [insert important sounding city], or whatever. It’s just been busy and I find myself very tired lately. I really look forward to compiling these weekly posts, and the last few have just seemed . . . empty?

    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me — I do like what we have for this week by way of the odds ‘n ends about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

      This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

    • Postgraduate by Ian Shane — Recovering from a divorce, a former college DJ reconnects with his roots and maybe finds a path forward. I gushed about it yesterday.
    • You Die Next by Stephanie Marland — To be honest, I groaned when this showed up on my Kindle Thursday because I’d just finalized my reading schedule for the rest of the month and we feeling pretty good about life. I have no idea when I can fit it in, but I really want it to be now. Anyway, this follow up to last year’s My Little Eye is gonna be great.

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Madam Mim, Sonam Tsering and indianeskitchen for following the blog this week.

    March 2019 Report

    20 Books, 6258 pages (finished — a few were started earlier, and I’ve never done that page count before, and now I feel tired), an average of 3.8ish (my indecision on a couple of titles is stopping me from having a hard number — but I have to write my way to a conclusion on those). Overall, a decent month here. I hit a couple of hot streaks — there’s a few books here that will be in contention when I do the Best of 2019 lists, but man, there’s a couple I wish I hadn’t read. You take the good, you take the bad, and now you have the same song stuck in my head that I do.

    So, here’s what happened here in March.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    My Lovely Wife Slow Horses And Drink I Did
    3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
    Killing State Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Audiobook) Rogue Superheroes
    4 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
    Who Killed the Fonz? No Country for Old Gnomes Mama's Gone
    4 1/2 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 2 Stars
    The First World Problems of Jason Van Otterloo Crossline Lingering
    3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
    Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles A Local Habitation Postgraduate
    3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
    or
    5 Stars
    Fletch’s Fortune (Audiobook) The Fourth Courier Water Week
    4 1/2 Stars Still Deciding 3 Stars
    Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 2: Anthropology The Prayers of Jesus: Listening to and Learning from Our Savior      
    5 Stars 4 Stars      

    Still Reading:

    Rediscovering the Holy Spirit            

    Ratings

    I really don’t like being this flaky.

    5 Stars 2-3 2 1/2 Stars 0-1
    4 1/2 Stars 4-5 2 Stars 1
    4 Stars 3 1 1/2 Stars 0
    3.5 Stars 5 1 Star 0
    3 Stars 3-4
                                                 Average = 3.8ish

    Reviews Posted:

    TBR Pile/Mound/Heap:

    Physical Books: 5 Added, 1 Read, 29 Remaining
    E-Books: 1 Added, 0 Read, 20 Remaining
    Audiobooks: 4 Added, 2 Read, 6 Remaining

    Book Challenge Progress:

    2019 Library Love Challenge

    2019 Library Love Challenge

    1. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
    2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale (Narrator)
    3. Who Killed the Fonz? by James Boice
    4. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix (Illustrations)

    While I Was Reading 2019 Challenge

  • Didn’t have time to do anything here. (again . . . but things are planned)
  • LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    #LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    1. And Drink I Did: One Man’s Story of Growing Through Recovery by Jay Keefe
    2. Killing State by Judith O’Reilly
    3. Rogue Superheroes by Matt Cowper
    4. Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski
    5. The First World Problems of Jason Van Otterloo by James Bailey
    6. Lingering by Melissa Simonson (link forthcoming)
    7. Postgraduate by Ian Shane (link forthcoming)
    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

    1. Killing State by Judith O’Reilly
    2. Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski
    3. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
    4. Who Killed the Fonz? by James Boice
    5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
    6. Fletch’s Fortune by Gregory McDonald, Dan John Miller (link forthcoming)
    7. The Fourth Courier by Timothy Jay Smith (link forthcoming)
    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    1. No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    1. Reformed Dogmatics: Anthropology by Geerhardus Vos, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (Translator) (link forthcoming)

    How was your month?