Quote of the Day – April 23, 2018

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Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Poem of the Week: Sonnet 20 by William Shakespeare

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A Woman’s Face With Nature’s Own Hand Painted  

by William Shakespeare

A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted
Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion;
A woman’s gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change as is false women’s fashion;
An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;
A man in hue, all hues in his controlling,
Which steals men’s eyes and women’s souls amazeth.
And for a woman wert thou first created,
Till nature as she wrought thee fell a-doting,
And by addition me of thee defeated
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.
      But since she pricked thee out for women’s pleasure,
      Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.

Quote of the Day – April 23, 2017

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Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Quote of the Day – April 22, 2017

Earth Day

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

-William Shakespeare

We Book Lovers Will Be Losers If the NEA and NEH Goes

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As book lovers we pride ourselves in all the organizations and events that help support our favorite pastime. However, there are people who still don’t think that these proposed budget cuts will not affect them. These organizations support amazing programs and provide great resources that most people don’t have the opportunity to experience. Still not convinced? Courtesy of BookRiot, take a look at all the great book-related programs we  risk losing if organizations like the NEA and the NEH disappear.

 

National Book Festival – An public annual literary event, sponsored by the NEA and IMLS (Institute of Museums and Library Services), that brings book-lovers and authors together for different activities ranging from author talks to book signings.

 

NEA Big Read – A national program that provides grants that fund community-based organizations which encourages reading and participation in diverse populations. Books like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez are examples of great works that were chosen for the program.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Read The Most From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From”

116541. Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries Series /The Mediator Series / Avalon High /Boy Series/ Heather Wells Series / Queen of Babble Series / Romance Novels (published under the name Patricia Cabot) / She Went All The Way (published under the name Meggin Cabot)

Jane_Austen_coloured_version2. Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility / Emma / Mansfield Park / Northanger Abbey / Persuasion / Sanditon (Uncompleted Novel) / Lady Susan / All her Juvenilia

1600333. Karen White

The Sound of Glass / The Color of Light / Learning to Breathe / After the Rain / Pieces of the Heart / Falling Home

4. Emily Giffin

Something Borrowed / Something Blue / Baby Proof / Love The One You’re With / Heart of the Matter / Where We Belong / The One & Only

5. J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series

6. Ann M. Martin

The Babysitter Club Series / Babysitter Little Sister Series

7. Caroline B. Cooney

Janie Johnson Series / Losing Christina Series / Time Travelers Quartet Series / Wanted!

8. Franscine Pascal

Sweet Valley High Series / Sweet Valley University Series

 

9. Mildred Write Benson and other ghostwriters a.k.a Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew Series / Nancy Drew Notebooks Series

Shakespeare.jpg10. William Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet / Macbeth / Othello / Twelfth Night / Hamlet / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Henry IV Part 1 / The Sonnets / The Tempest

Do our lists match up? What authors have you read the most books from?

Shakespeare or Not Shakespeare? That is the Question

William Shakespeare is the man of many faces. No, I mean literally. There are disputes on what he really looked like. Just take a look at the portraits below:

But botanist and historian Mark Griffiths  claims that he has finally discovered the “true face of Shakespeare” in an engraving in a book called The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes by John Gerard in 1598. Here is the engraving:

The face, thought to be that of William Shakespeare.
Via The Guardian

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