Bit of a short wrap up this month as I spent the month in a bit of a slump! However, I’ve got my reading mojo back, in time for YALC at the end of July. This month I read 2 plays, 1 poetry collection and a non fiction all about creativity.
This is one of my absolute favourite Shakespeare plays. I reread this in anticipation of Russell T. Davies’ adaptation for the BBC which aired on Bank Holiday Monday (which I will review very soon!). I really liked revisiting this play. It’s so funny and I think a very good starting point if you are new to Shakespeare. I also popped on over to yayeahyeah and did a guest post all about why you should read A Midsummer Night’s Dream! http://www.yayeahyeah.com/2016/06/classics-hayley-culverhouse-on.html – The BBC adaptation is still available on iPlayer too!
Big Magic was my first foray into Elizabeth Gilbert’s work and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! It’s a very personal book about creativity, inspiration and making time for that. I did a whole post about the book HERE if you would like to find out more!
I’ve been really intrigued in this poetry collection for months, just from the title. After reading the blurb, I imagined I was about to read a poetry collection that looked celebrity culture, the internet, putting on a persona. And yet, that’s not what I got from this collection. Ultimately, I’m not entirely sure what I got from this collection. It felt a bit all over the shop. I’ll admit I did enjoy that this poetry collection wasn’t your typical collection in terms of poetic techniques. But the collection just felt bland and messy, overall.
Romeo & Juliet is the second Shakespeare play I revisited this month! This was in anticipation of the play in the West End directed by Kenneth Branagh starring Richard Madden & Lily James. This is a production I adored and will also be reviewing later this month. Like Midsummer’s, I think Romeo & Juliet is also a good starting point if you are new to Shakespeare. It’s a classic story. But I also think it’s one that works better on stage than it does on page. I gave the book 3 stars but I really loved the production I saw. All up to interpretation but I’m glad I got to revisit it.
Like I mentioned earlier, a short one this month! Was a very mixed month but plenty more posts coming this month!
Until next time,