The Sunday Post & Saving Hamlet

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Last Week’s Read-Replica by Lauren Oliver

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Goodreads Review here!

This Week’s Read-Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

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This is such a fun book.  When I read the summary and it mentioned Shakespeare, I thought “oh no this is going to be boring or too difficult to follow.”  I am not a Shakespearean expert but the author definitely is! She does such a great job explaining through the story’s characters and plot the many different theories of what the play and character Hamlet is about.  Emma is 16 and loves theater.  Her high school is putting on Hamlet and she is one of the stage managers.  Things get stressful when Emma’s best friend, Lulu, is cast as Ophelia instead of Hamlet and Josh, the jock, is cast as Hamlet.  One night after rehearsal, Emma is alone on the stage trying to de-stress and accidentally falls through the trap door.  When she gets up, she finds that she is not under the stage at her high school but under the stage of the Globe Theater in Elizabethan England.  Emma at first thinks this is some sort of hallucination or dream but soon realizes that it is not.  She has actually traveled back in time and is watching the dress rehearsals of Hamlet.  Emma meets Shakespeare himself and other characters who teach her valuable lessons about love, life, and friendship.  Emma makes several trips back and forth through time during the course of the book.  The thing I LIKED most about the time travel aspect was that it wasn’t complicated.  Sometimes time travel plots are ridiculous and take over the story.  This one did not.  The thing I LOVED most was that I actually learned about the play Hamlet.  I, like many of you I am sure, was required to read it in high school.  I don’t remember it much and it made very little sense to me. I would really like to see the play now that I know more about it.  Saving Hamlet, was a fun read that will make you a Shakespeare fan by the end.

 

Currently Reading-Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

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DNF-Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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I just couldn’t get into this one.  It was dull and hard to read.  I was very bummed about this and feel like a failure for not liking a classic.  Maybe I will rent the movie instead (gasp!)

 

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4 thoughts on “The Sunday Post & Saving Hamlet

  1. Greg Hill says:

    Ooh Replica! I spoke a little too soon on my blog, when I was writing my post I thought I’d be done with it but I’m still in it. Just been busy. I’ll be glad to see your review. We’ll have to compare notes. 🙂 And Frankenstein I don’t think I’d like either. Some of those horror classics are just boring, if you ask me. but then I’m not the most patient classics reader. I read dracula and it was okay but didn’t blow me away.

    Anywho hope you’re having a good weekend!

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  2. La La in the Library says:

    It sounds like Saving Hamlet would be great for students to read before they read the play. I haven’t attempted Frankenstein yet. Ha ha. Don’t rent the old movie because it isn’t much like the book at all . I will have to Google and figure out the movie I watched that was close. I was going to request Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip To Infinity, but I saw a couple of scathing reviews for it and changed my mind. I am curious what you will think about it. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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