A Shakespearean August

Image of Shakespeare museum bust

I am participating in the All the World’s a Page read-a-thon. (All the World’s a “Page” hahaha!) I heard about this Shakespeare-themed August read-a-thon through one of my favorite YouTubers, Olivia-Savannah. (Her link and others below.) Seriously, Olivia-Savannah is brilliant (she speaks and reads THREE languages), and she’s much wiser beyond her twenty-something years. Her book reviews are insightful and entertaining.

I’ve chosen to do four of the fun prompts:

THE FOOL WITH ALL THE WISDOM. Take a chance on a book you’re unsure about.
For this prompt I chose The Weight of Their Souls by Deby Fredericks. I’ve never been a sword-and-sorcery reader, but I’m going to take a chance on this fantasy book!

BAND OF BROTHERS. Read a book with multiple points of view or an ensemble cast.
For this prompt I chose The Faulkes Chronicle by David Huddle. It’s a literary novel told in plural first person by eighteen children, “we this” and “we that.”

EVEN INSTALOVE SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL WHEN YOU WRITE IT, WILL. Read a book with pretty writing.
For this prompt I chose The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. I am following cyber-buddy Eileen’s blog that discusses Man Booker Prize winners, and this book won in 1997. When Eileen quoted from the book, the passage was so aroma-evocative that I could smell the scene through the pixels on my computer!

DEFINITELY NOT SET IN ENGLAND, I PROMISE. Read a book set in a country you don’t live in.
For this prompt I chose Miracle Girl by Sisovethu Ndubela. It’s set in New Brighton, South Africa. This is ultimately a feel-good book recommended by another cyber-buddy, Iseult.

Fabulous links:

Olivia-Savannah’s YouTube announcement of the All the World’s a Page read-a-thon.

Eileen’s review of The God of Small Things.

Iseult’s review of Miracle Girl.

Whether you are reading Shakespeare or Harlequin (or Ross Jeffery, you brave soul, you), enjoy your August reading!

Feature image by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash.

69 thoughts on “A Shakespearean August

  1. Hi Priscilla, this certainly sounds like a great reading challenge. I would join you but I’ve already committed August to poetry books and have about 10 to read as well as a few other committed reads. I look forward to reading your reviews of these books, especially the South African one.

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    1. I think reading poetry is a lovely way to spend your bookish time in August. Miracle Girl sounds interesting. The author was a young Xhosa girl orphaned at age thirteen. Couldn’t have been easy! Thanks for commenting, Robbie!

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