Tag: Retelling-a-Thon

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Posted August 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

If I’m being completely honest, Vinegar Girl was a bit of a bust for me.  I blame most of it on the source material – writing a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew is no small feat.  Our climate called for a twist – we want Kate to be a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man to escape and make her happy, and well, let’s just say I didn’t expect the ending?  And I know I should have liked it on some level, but I felt a bit let down. Anne Tyler focused a lot of getting Kate’s personality […]

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Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Posted August 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

This was a book I was either bound to love or hate.  It’s like a new movie with a lot of big name actors.  It’ll either be wonderful or absolute ridiculousness riding on the power of its stars.  Speak Easy, Speak Love has a lot of elements I like – it’s set in the 1920s and it’s based on Much Ado About Nothing.  That’s my favorite Shakespeare play – a great comedy and light romance with a lot of wit instead of the usual foolishness.  Add the glitz and glamour of a ’20s speakeasy, and there are a lot of promises. For […]

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To Succeed, Or Not to Succeed?  That is the Question. (Retelling-a-Thon Wrap Up!)

To Succeed, Or Not to Succeed? That is the Question. (Retelling-a-Thon Wrap Up!)

Posted August 20, 2019 in Readthons & Reading Challenges // 0 Comments

So as you guys know, I announced a little more than a week ago that I would be participating in this year’s Retelling-a-Thon… specifically Shakespeare Week!  Retelling-a-Thon is actually a pretty small little readathon.  It’s hosted by Frayed Books, and this week was hosted by Harker over at The Hermit Librarian, so a big heaping thanks to the both of them for this fun little readathon! For Shakespeare week, I committed to reading seven books in my original announcement post.  To review, these were: Foul is Fair by Hannah Chapin Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard Tandem by […]

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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Posted August 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Hag-Seed has a few different things I like, right off the bat. It’s a retelling. It’s an uncommon retelling – Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It’s a theatre book. It’s a revenge book. It’s a Margaret Atwood book. So without even going into the book itself, this was bound to be a winner for me.  None of these aspects promise a pure five-star review, but they do promise I won’t be bored.  And honestly?  I enjoyed Hag-Seed, as a whole. I think that Margaret Atwood captured the feel of The Tempest so well.  There are roundabouts and trickery and malevolent revenge.  For those familiar with the […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Posted August 18, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

It’s been a really long time – almost a decade – since I’ve tried to decipher the hidden meanings behind a play.  But I’m going to try!  I’m pretty sure that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is about … death.  I suppose that shouldn’t be a revelation, since it’s in the title, but man I struggled with this one? Honestly, this play just made me feel stupid.  I feel like there must have been some exciting and deep conversation to be had about this play.  Maybe it’s the sort of thing that’s a bit lost in translation?  Maybe it’s better with group […]

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