Reading all of William Shakespeare’s plays has been something I’ve wanted to do since high school. And in those ten years, I’ve read a total of ten out of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven plays. Not great progress.
Recently, I realized that if I read one play a month, it will take me a little over two years to read them all. I think one play a month is reasonable, since they are fairly short. And I’m hoping there will be months in which I will read more than that.
So, starting next month, I will be reading one of Shakespeare’s plays every month until I have finished them all. Ambitious? Maybe. But I’ve started to realize that if I don’t read the books I really want to read, or accomplish the reading goals I really want to accomplish, now, I might never get the chance. So it’s happening, I’m making myself do it, and it’ll be great. Right?
To keep track of my challenge, I created a Shakespeare Reading Challenge page. I think it’ll make it much easier for me to see all the plays I still need to read, and figure out what to read next. And you will all be able to follow along with me as I read. Go check out the page, and see which plays I’ve already read!
I’m sure this challenge exists somewhere online (there’s no way I’m the first person to do this), but right now, I’m just doing it on my own. And it’s kind of nice to be doing a challenge without all the pressure. However, if you would like to join me, feel free to do so! If you’d like to buddy read any of the plays I have left, I am totally open to do that – Shakespeare is always more fun with a friend.
The first play I will be reading (in August) is: The Tempest. I have an ARC of a Tempest retelling that comes out in October, and I would really like to read the original play first.
And while I will be reading all of the plays, I am completely open to suggestions as to what I should read next. Do you have a favorite play? Is there anything I absolutely need to read sooner rather than later? And is there an amazing play you think I should save for last? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. I don’t think I will be doing reviews on the plays, since it’s so hard to review plays, let alone Shakespeare’s masterpieces, but let me know if you might be interested in mini reviews every few months or so.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I am excited about jumping into more Shakespeare, and I’m looking forward to doing it with you.
Thanks for reading!