♣ 1 week ago | 1267 notes | wenchingwithshakespeare | whittynovels

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♣ 1 week ago

King Richard III (William Shakespeare)

Short description, taken from Wikipedia:
Richard III is a historical play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1592. It depicts the Machiavellianrise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England.[1] The play is grouped among the histories in the First Folio and is most often classified as such. Occasionally, however, as in the quarto edition, it is termed a tragedy. Richard III concludes Shakespeare’s first tetralogy (also containing Henry VI parts 1–3).

Review by Sarah

★★★☆☆

(3 out of 5 stars)

I picked up King Richard III because I went to see the play Richard III with my boyfriend this september and we thought it might be good to read the book beforehand because neither of us speaks English as their first language.
Well, I did enjoy reading it, but it was hard to get through at times. Partly that was of course due to the shakespearan English which was at times hard to read and understand, but all in all that went rather well for me.
I liked the characters, even though I often got confused about who was who while reading, and I liked the story even though it was of course sort of predictable.

All in all, I thought it was an alright book, I did like reading it but I did get a bit bored, too, at times - this might also be due to me just not being very good at acting out plays in my head, though, because the actual play was absolutely amazing and not in the least boring, even though they used exactly the same text that was written in the book.
So, I’m not sure wether I would recommend reading King Richard III if you’re not generally into reading plays, but definitely go see it, if you can find out any could playhouse near you playing it.

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♣ 1 week ago | 138 notes | tilly-and-her-books | lisareads

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June 2014 bookhaul.

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Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

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Short description, taken from Goodreads:
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Without Wren, Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words … And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Review by Sarah

★★★★☆
(4 out of 5 stars)

I have been thinking about getting Fangirl for a while now, since the whole book-blogging community here on tumblr seems to be absolutely crazy about it, and when I found thie beautiful UK special edition in a London bookstore last week, I literally had no other choice than picking it up.
It took me a bit at first to really get into the book, but I think that’s mostly because after walking around in London all day long I was just too tired to read much in the evenings during my vacation - I only managed to read about 100 pages during these ten days, but I almost finished the whole book on the train ride back home afterwards, that’s how gripping it was when I had the time and energy to actually read it. I really clicked with Cath, after a while, and Rainbow Rowell made me feel absolutely everything she felt with her.
I obviously liked the whole fandom aspect of the book - I’m not as deep into fandoms anymore as I was one or two years ago, and I never really wrote, finished and published any fanfiction of my own, but  I could really feel Cath in this aspect. I don’t think anyone who hasn’t experienced the fandom-phenomenon could ever really fully understand what it means and how it feels like, and Rowell captured that perfectly. I also liked the pieces of Cath’s fanfiction and of Simon Snow that we get to read throughout the book, even though I was a bit confused by them in the beginning because they would take me out of my reading flow a bit. The main thing that struck me about her snippets of fanfiction was how real they felt. They really read like actual fanfiction you could read somewhere, with all its flaws, because Cath was obviously doing a lot of things that are really fun to write but sometimes annoying to read - making up new characters or totally ooc-ing them, making up new, tragic backstories or inventing new places, all that sort of stuff - but they are the kind of fic that you still keep reading because it’s sort of entertaining and just good, and maybe it even happens that you just accept one of the things they made up as canon. Just like that. It’s really sort of amazing that Rowell managed this so well, and it totally makes me want to read both the Simon Snow books and Cath’s fanfiction to them.
The romance was… well, a bit predictable I guess, but I still liked it. It obviously wasn’t the perfect, mind-blowing, heart-shattering oh-my-god-they’re-so-perfect-which-each-other-why-don’t-they-see-kind of romance, but that’s what also made it sort of real. It just felt like something that could really happen which is absolutely great. Rowell manages this realism really well in any aspect, actually. I think her characters were the absolute major strength of this book, because they’re all so unique and… well, just real, as I said. They all had strengths and weeknesses and a lot of other traits that were neither strength nor weakness, and sometimes they were a tiny, tiny bit over the top but all in all I think I might never be able to read any characters in any book the same way again, not after how I’ve seen her sculpturing hers. 
Fangirl left me aching for a sequel, even though the story is definitely finished at the end of the book. I just really, really want to know what happens to all the characters. I might - ha! - have to check out some fanfiction. (No, seriously, if anyone knows of any fanfiction to Fangirl that is actually good and continues the story in a good way and does not have major character deaths because I hate those, please let me know. Seriously.)

In short, I loved this book. I will most definitely read it again, and I will make sure to pick up Eleanor & Park aswell, because I think I fell in love not only with Fangirl, but also with its author.

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♣ 1 week ago | 684 notes | tilly-and-her-books | insidethebookreader

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Circle of books!

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John Green box set

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