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Shakespearean Retellings

Apr 13, 2022

#RogersReads Reading Challenge 2022 

Sign up for this year’s reading challenge now and log at least one book by the end of March for the chance to win a monthly prize! Visit the ReadSquared website to create an account and begin fulfilling the reading challenge missions. This challenge is intended for patrons aged 18 and over, but we do have Reading Challenges available for younger patrons. Stay tuned to our social media pages and this blog for tips to help complete these challenges and tag us with #RogersReads so we can see how you are doing!

If any of these books catch your eye, click the image, and it will take you to our card catalog where you can reserve the item for pickup!

Read a book featuring a Shakespearean retelling.

Alas, poor reader! Art thou struggling to fulfill thine present quest? That Bard of old hath many fine tales, and forsooth these new-fangled tale-spinners hath stolen his musings to create their own.

Romeo and Juliet

“What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.”

Themes: People fall in love even though their families hate each other.

   Kiss CarloThese violent delightsJuliet's nurse : a novel

The Tempest

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

Themes: It’s all a dream; a dream about revenge.

Hag-seed : The Tempest retoldMiranda and CalibanBright ruined things

Much Ado About Nothing

“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”

Themes: People fall in love but pretend like they are not.

 Much ado about youUnder a dancing starBeatrice and Benedick


“Why, then, ’tis none to you, for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

Theme: People can’t decide how to face their family drama; doesn’t go well.

 Nutshell : a novelSaving HamletHamnet

Twelfth Night

“If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting the appetite may sicken, and so die.”

Themes: Long-lost twins confuse their various love interests.

 MislaidThe English wifeThe last true poets of the sea

The Merchant of Venice

“It is a wise father who knows his own child.”

Themes: That “pound of flesh” revenge is a high price for both parties to pay.

 The bronzed beastsThe turquoise ringThe serpent of Venice : a novel

We are looking forward to a year full of challenging new reads with you!

Happy reading!

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