The ‘Spring has Sprung’ Book Tag

Happy May Day!  (Is that today or tomorrow? Either way- hope you have a good one). Since even the weather seems to agree it’s spring today (it’s been a bit erratic lately) I think it’s the perfect time to do this tag! Thank you so much to The Bookish Underdog for tagging me to do it! I really enjoy her blog- so you should check it out!

In keeping with my (a bit obsessive) Shakespeare theme of late, I thought it would be fun (for me, if no one else :p ) to answer this all with just Shakespeare plays.

THE RULES:

  • Answer the questions for the tag
  • Nominate whoever you want
  • Post the image of this tag
  • Have fun! (My favourite rule!)

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  1. Flowers: Look on your bookshelves. What is the most beautiful book both inside and out?

Well I do have a lot of editions of Shakespeare- but I like my RSC version best 🙂

rsc book

  1. Grass: What is a book that you find that others like way more than you do?

I mentioned this in my Shakespeare Awards– my least favourite is The Tempest– but very few people agree with me on that. I get it, I get it, the language is great- it’s just the plot and the concept that I don’t like at all.

  1. Rain: What’s a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down?

That’s a hard one because even when Shakespeare is happy and comic, there’s always an edge to it. I think Twelfth Night is a lot of fun (unless you stop and think about Malvolio’s treatment in the play)

Twelfth Night – Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance

  1. Dew: What’s a book that made you feel alive?

Macbeth is one of the most exciting of Shakespeare’s work and it can really get the heart pumping

  1. Storms: What’s a book that you found unpredictable?

Well I think Shakespeare can be a little predictable, because the plots are so famous, so it’s a bit of a tough one to answer. For a play that’s unpredictable in a good way, I’d say Romeo and Juliet, because it’s designed as a comedy and then it gets flipped on its head. I’d say Measure for Measure is pretty unpredictable because the plot and the genre is a bit all over the place. It’s just plain weird.

romeo and juliet

  1. Rainbow: What was a book that you struggled with, only to be happy that you read it in the end?

Well, King Lear is hard to get through because it’s so heavy.

  1. Chilly Weather: What’s a book that you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy?

Firstly- isn’t that sounding familiar to residents of the UK right now! I mean it was literally *snowing* the other day- AT THE END OF APRIL?!? (yes this is the second time in this post I’ve mentioned the weather- I’m a Brit- complaining about the climate is what we do best). As for my answer, I couldn’t finish (don’t hate me) was Henry IV part 2. I know it’s a really popular one, but I really wasn’t enjoying it. But the version I was watching is available on IPlayer again, so I’m trying to remedy this now!

The Hollow Crown

  1. Warm Weather: What’s a book that you loved and wanted more of?

Well I would have liked it if Shakespeare had finished all his Histories- I would have liked more of that collection

  1. Green: What’s a book that you haven’t read yet, but really want to?

I still haven’t read/watched Much Ado About Nothing yet, but I have a copy of Kenneth Branagh’s version and I’ve heard it’s wonderful, so I’m really looking forward to it

much ado

  1. Pink: What’s a book in which you felt a strong connection to the characters?

This is a super weird one to answer because I don’t always find Shakespearean characters that relatable (I mean, you’d probably be worried if I said I identified with Iago or Macbeth or Richard III!) So I’m going to flip the question on its head and say the one that makes me feel the most conflicted is The Merchant of Venice– everyone in it is horrible and not at all relatable- and yet it has one of the most empathetic speeches for a villain known to man (Hath not a Jew eyes…)

  1. Purple: What’s a book that when you read it, you feel safe?

Does anyone ever feel that safe reading Shakespeare? It can be pretty unsettling and thought provoking, but rarely safe. I will tentatively go with Othello because I like the predictability of it and how Iago is written as a villain- he’s probably the least sympathetic villains ever written but he’s somewhat perfect because he’s straight up evil and one of the easiest villains to understand (in my opinion- many scholars will disagree with me on this- but I say that because the ability of envy to inspire hatred and spiral out of control is very common human phenomenon)

iago othello

  1. Orange: What book do you feel is intelligently written?

All of them! Okay, okay, that’s cheating- I’m going to go with Hamlet– I think that’s one of the more impressive ones, one of the most successful and one of the deepest in terms of meaning. In terms of Shakespeare’s other writing, an honorary mention goes out to My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun because in my opinion it’s the perfect example of a sonnet in that it sets up an idea only to flip it on its head in the last couplet- genius!

  1. Yellow: What book puts a smile on your face?

That’s hard because as I’ve said, I don’t think Shakespeare’s plays are ever that simple. And I also have a gap in knowledge of the comedies. So I’m going to tentatively go with Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hope you all enjoyed that! Do you all agree with my choices? Disagree? Let me know in the comments!

I TAG:

Codie

Kat

My Tiny Obsessions

Aneta

Zezee

Embuhlee

Sublime reads

The Book Llama

Rebecca @ Books and Messy Buns 

Bitches with books

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34 thoughts on “The ‘Spring has Sprung’ Book Tag

  1. Donna says:

    You make me want to give Shakespeare another try. I haven’t touched one of his works since I had to study A Midsummer Night’s Dream in high school! I did watch Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate, it was awesome.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh well (as you might be able to tell by my posts lately) I’m a bit biased in favour of the bard! You really should give it a go- the most accessible way of exploring his work is surprisingly easy- just watch good versions on film! 😀 I haven’t seen that one- I should really give it a go too- because I love tennant- and I loved his version of hamlet (it’s probably my favourite version)

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  2. Rachael says:

    In love that you decided to focus on Shakespeare’s plays for this tag! I agree with you about Iago. He is unapologetically evil and I think that’s his strength as a character. I’m always conflicted about best written because for me it tends to be a three-way tie between Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth. I’m conflicted about The Merchant of Venice. I didn’t want anyone to win but there were some clever moments and that speech!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Thank you!! Yeah definitely- he’s one of the most exciting characters to watch cos he’s just so dastardly! Ahh I know right- it is so hard to choose- all three of those are perfect plays! Exactly, I’m conflicted too. I do like the Al Pacino version- but I hate the play a little. Everyone in it is terrible.

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  3. Zezee says:

    Lol I love that this is all about Shakespeare’s plays. Was fun to read and reminded me that I’m supposed to read at least 3 of his plays this year and I’ve yet to start.
    Thanks for the tag!

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  4. Matthew Wright says:

    I got put off Shakespeare big time at high school – my English teacher was an assassin of interest in literature.so it took me years to realise just how marvellous his work is, and on so many levels. If only somebody had told me, back then, that among other things he was tweaking the noses of the establishment – the Elizabethan police state, for instance.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh it’s good you got back into it! It’s very easy to be put off by a bad teacher :/ It’s one of those things that’s easy to butcher on stage as well. One of the worst courses I did at uni was the Shakespeare one because it was taught so badly- thank goodness I was already devoted to it! yes- that is one of the brilliant things about Shakespeare- there are so many different ways to enjoy it- the historical intrigue, the sheer drama of the plays, the unbelievably realistic characters (which happens to be my greatest passion- I adore the characters in Shakespeare more than anything). Thanks for commenting!

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  5. amermelstein says:

    This post is so great–and you absolutely need to read/watch Much Ado About Nothing as soon as you can get around to it. It is my absolute favorite. It’s so incredibly witty and the bad guys get their comeuppance. Beatrice is my hero.

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