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On a personal note…

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Today the world is commemorating the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death. So I’m taking this truly unique opportunity to celebrate his lasting legacy by letting you guys in on a few secrets facts about me.

I love reading Shakespeare

In senior year at school I used to love the fact that we had to read Shakespeare in English class. Although a lot of people find it incredible annoying I found it really easy to memorize entire passages from the plays. And I can still recite most of them. I’m a huge fan of the tragedies. And Macbeth is probably my favourite. To take it even further, I think this joke is incredibly funny (yes, I’m a nerd):

Shakespeare walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Hey. Get out of here! You’re bard!”

So have you read Shakespeare? Do you have a favourite play? Or is it just not for you?

Incidentally today also is World Book Day. Another slight obsession of mine…

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My living-room is full of books

I was talking to a colleague at work the other day and we were surprised to find a fellow booklover which seems to have become rare in our generation. Don’t get me wrong – I love technology and I’d be lost without Wikipedia – but I would never dream of giving my books away or throwing them out. I think they are just such an integral part of who we are. Plus, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting in a library surrounded by books…

So, I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend so far! I promise to be back with a new outfit post soon. Let me end with the words of the bard:

Tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5)

Trinity College library books

Trinity College Library, Dublin

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19 Comments

  1. Ashon

    Great Post, enjoy reading it! I used to read lots of novels and plays and Shakespeare was certainly one of my favorites, though I get busy with my works and hardly read now.. sigh :(
    Macbeth was such a riveting story, but Hamlet & Julius Caesar are nothing less magnificent.

    Kisses Ashon
    http://ashonfashionary.com/

  2. Mikéla

    I LOVE Shakespeare. I don’t know why some people hate it so much. The comedies are hilarious and none of the books are really that hard too read!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Francesca

    Yes, I have read him and quite a LOT too, in high school in New York. At that time I wasn’t so impressed but now that I’m older I love his plays. Just two nights ago we watched Othello here on Italian TV, with Kenneth Branagh as the bad guy. What a shame, he’s too cute to play a mean person. Kenneth is my favorite actor, I love his Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing with his ex-wife Emma Thompson. Have a nice Sunday, happy to meet you.

  4. Tania

    I love reading too but I never get the chance anymore x

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  5. Amy

    He was definitely so inspirational!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Sarah

    I love reading so much and I also love Shakespeare :)
    xx
    Sarah

  7. Denise

    It’s so refreshing to know that you love Shakespeare, as I do too! I like tragedies, but I confess, I love comedies and Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favorites! I love books and also have a lot at home, and as I said, it’s so good to know that you like it, since I know some bloggers that simply only read fashion magazines and blogs and despise the ones who like culture. It’s fine, I respect every opinion, as I am sure you do too! So nice to read your post! Hope you have a nice Sunday!
    DenisesPlanet.com

  8. Madamecherie

    Toller Post! Ich könnte auch nicht ohne Bücher leben, ich habe Germanistik studiert und liebe diese ganzen alten Dramen auch total. Im Moment lese ich Goethes Werther und ich könnte ständig irgendwas markieren :-D

    Kennst du von BBC den Trailer, wo Benedict Cumberbatch aus Shakespeares “As you like it” vorträgt? Hach ich könnte ihm dabei stundenlang zuhören <3
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtEUySDDg-I

    LG Nina <3
    http://www.madamecherie.de

  9. ivana split

    What a lovely post! I didn’t know that you were a fellow Shakespeare’s lover. I hold a MA degree in English language and literature so as you may imagine I’ve read my fair share of Shakespeare…and I absolutely love him! I really enjoyed that course at the University that was reserved only for him. We had such fun debating his plays, I do miss those days. Macbeth is my favourite tragedy of his, there was a period in my life when I would read it before bed almost every night. I must have read it a hundred times! Macbeth was always a special play for me. A relative of mine who is quite a famous actress in my homeland used to play lady Macbeth and I was so mesmarized by her image on the poster ( I’ll never forget how utterly beautiful she looked) that I was really upset when my parents wouldn’t let me see her perform (which made sense because I was something like 10 at the time so I probably wouldn’t have understood it anyway).

    Don’t worry, there are still a lot of bookworms and book lovers in the world. If you google book reviews or you search for them on youtube, you’ll be surprised at how many of us are out there and how many people still genuinely enjoy reading. I used to have a goodreads profile but I lost it when my old yahoo account was hacked a few years back. I’m thinking about opening it again because I miss talking with people about books. I do have a blog dedicated to reading and books reviews and I plan to work on it more in the future.

  10. Laura Mitbrodt

    This is such a great post, I love the photos too
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  11. Prudence

    I studied Shakespeare’s in high school and while the books are not easy to read, I always enjoy the plots!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  12. Nina

    I always loved books, there is nothing that can replace them.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

  13. Hun

    Great post! Thanks a lot for sharing! I love shakespeare ;)
    xoxo

    http://www.myinfinitystyle.com/

  14. Gemma

    Lovely post, I love reading too just have very little time to enjoy it these days. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  15. Rena

    I have to admit I read Shakespeare rarely … but I’m impressed you love what he wrote so much! And I like it you dedicate him this post on the 400th year of his death.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  16. Paola Lauretano

    I love reading and I also love Shakespeare!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  17. andy

    Lovely!!!

  18. Anna Mour

    Amazing post..impressive!

  19. Margot

    I am impressed. I don’t many young people reading Shakespeare :) , I don’t know many older people doing sobie, either. Books :) my love, too. Cheers Margot

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