Showing posts from September, 2013

The Wise (or not so wise) words of Hamlet

I am definitely a Shakespeare fan. And of all the plays Hamlet is my absolute favorite. I recently got to see a live production that was very well done and that got me to thinking about my love for the play and Shakespeare. One of the great things about it: it is so quotable! There are lines of wisdom, dramatic lines, hilarious lines, and then lines that are beautifully written. Or all of the above. So here be a post in honor of the great lines of Hamlet that are so applicable to situations in life (and even if they aren't it's still fun to quote them randomly and out of context). 

-“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;

Book Blogger Hop: Book Club

A weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Featuring questions from other book bloggers! This week's question:

Are you in a book club? How does your book club choose books? How far in advance do you choose?

I'm in a club, but it's a hybrid club that's part book club, part academic club, and part creative writing group. It is the Literature Club sponsored by my university's Literature department. We try to include all parts of the literature sphere from reading, writing, reviewing, and research. 

We do not do readings regularly, but when we have guest speakers come we try to get students to read their book, poems, short stories in advance. An example would be alumni Wiley Cash who is speaking next month. Our club bought copies of A Land More Kind Than Home for anyone interested. We will meet a week before he comes and discuss the book so we can be fully engaged. 

We will sometimes read and discuss poems and short stories as a group. A lot of times w…

Top Ten Tuesday: Film Adaptations!

Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which there is a top ten list for different literary topics!
This week (Sept. 10th): Top ten books you would like to see be made into movies (or TV shows)!
The Catcher in the Ryeby JD Sallinger: This is a tough one. Most of the novel is interior dialogue/ thoughts so it would be hard to transition this without obnoxious narration. Plus the casting of Holden Caulfield would have to be absolutely perfect for the movie to work. It would be hard to find someone able to be snarky and angsty and yet likable. The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgewick: Not many people have read this book, but it would make an excellent movie! Set in WWI, a girl can sometimes see if someone is going to die. No one believes her. She then sees her brothers death and runs to France to try to stop it. There is another psychic character named Jack that is awesome and the backdrop of the Battle of the Somme is haunting and exciting. The Poisonwood Bibleby Barbara Kingso…

Some Recent Reads

Here are some books I have read recently and what I thought!

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Wolfgang von Goethe: I recently read this for a lit. class and really enjoyed it. Well written (the translation was, my German is definitely not up to the task of reading the original) and full of human emotion it looks at how irrational we are and challenges the reader to look at the characters and question their actions and emotions as well as the reader's own. It reminded me of a quote by Oscar Wilde: “I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational.”
Serena by Ron Rash: One of the best contemporary novels I have read in a while! It helps that the book is set in the area I am from and currently reside, but even to those not from the North Carolina mountains it is still an amazing setting. The Great Depression era and the rural (and often inhospitable) setting set a dramatic backdrop. It is a …

Book Blogger Hop: How you got started

A Weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer! Sept. 6-12th:
What got you started as a blogger? Everyone has a story/reason, what's yours?
My answer is not very interesting. I simply wanted to be heard. I like sharing things I'm passionate about and blogging is the vest way to get it out there. A also like the community aspect of it and getting to hear great stuff from like-minded people!

Book Blogger Hop #3: Missing Pages

A weekly book blogger meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!

Have you ever ended up reading a book with its last or last few pages missing? What book was it? And how did you managed to get to the end?

I am glad someone has asked this, because this has been haunting me for years! I read the novel Ebola by William T. Close. It was exciting, based on true events, and very intense. I neared the end and was horrified to see that the last fifty or so pages had been misprinted, it was the first chapter! So I was abruptly cut off before the resolution. Because I had ordered it almost 6 months earlier (it took me a while yo get around to reading it) Amazon wouldn't let me return it. Because it is an older book (my edition was 1995) there are no digital copies that I could find. 

So, I could try ordering the book again, maybe trying to find a different edition. I was just frustrated initially and didn't want to pay for another book. So, if by chance anyone else knows of thi…