I wasn’t planning on joining any more reading challenges for the year, but things rarely go according to plan. Besides, it’s rather difficult passing up a “reason” to read more by Shakespeare. It’s been long enough I can’t even recall the last time I did, though I did watch A Midsummer’s Night Dream a couple weeks ago. The challenge runs from September 1st until the bard’s birthday on April 26th. Andrea‘s guidelines are this: read 6 of any Shakespeare’s works or any book inspired by his plays or watch any movie from or inspired by a Shakespeare play.
For my starting list I’m thinking about King Lear, the Tempest, and some sonnets. Also because it’s been quoted to a lot by my friends, I’d like to read Tom Stoppard’s comedy about Hamlet’s friends, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Most likely the others will be chosen on a whim when the challenge is underway, and of course, this list could change at any time.
How now, fair viewers? What’s your favorite or least favorite piece by Shakespeare? Do you even like the Bard’s work?
On a more futuristic note, I came away from WorldCon with a list of recommended or mentioned and seemingly interesting reading from professionals and fans in the sci-fi community. I’m considering starting a sci-fi reading challenge because of this, maybe include fantasy since there’s a lot of overlap. Maybe I’ll finally get to Asimov and Tolkien, who I can’t believe I still haven’t read. The challenge would most likely be about a year, ending next August. I’m thinking 8 books simply because on its side 8 is infinity. Anyone interested?