I’ve bugged you through other outlets to join the Big Library Read and download “Shakespeare Saved My Life”, by Lara Bates. The download is free and immediately, from the website biglibraryread.com by March 31st.
Here I am, harassing you again.
You must read this book.
Opening line: “Oh, man, this is my favorite freakin’ quote!”
While I love to read — love to read — I have not dallied with Shakespeare. Too flowery, too pregnant with bluster, too…something…I thought I’d be better off using my time on the hundreds of other books stacked three piles deep throughout the house.
Along came the Big Read, and I joined the crowd, because I wanted to be able to converse with the masses at month’s end. I don’t like to not know what’s up.
The book started with dialogue immediately, which I loved. Not description, not back story, but boom, I’m immersed in a conversation, an interesting one, and I was hooked.
Then Bates quotes Dave Matthews and my heart swelled with love for this lady author I had not heard of before. Plus, she quoted from my favorite song, #41, so I knew she was my kind of people and doggone it, whatever she had to say, I wanted to read it.
Then I was captivated by Mr. Newton.
Read. This. Book.
It will start conversations, about prison, about education, about prisoners, about humanity, and too, about Shakespeare, but mostly all the other stuff.
And Mr. Newton makes me want to read Shakespeare. I loved his inimitable summaries, his smiley faces, his brilliant mind.
Please. Read this book.
Think about what you read, talk about it, and not just at the end of the month when other readers are discussing it. Talk to everyone, anyone.
Mull it over.
It’s long lasting and wonderful.
You’ll want to read Shakespeare, too.