Shakespeare Mini Reviews (16-20)

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but that doesn’t mean I stopped reading Shakespeare plays every month. I actually have five plays to review today, but I combined three of them because they’re different parts of the same tetralogy.

Here are the most recent Shakespeare plays I read:

Henry VI, Parts I, II, & III

These were all solid three-star reads for me. They were my final histories, but they weren’t my favorites. I’ve come to the conclusion that I enjoy the standalone histories a bit more. I thought these were just okay. This story wasn’t quite as engaging as some of the other histories (like Richard III). Not bad, but if you’re only going to read a few of Shakespeare’s plays, these would not be at the top of my list.

Measure for Measure

This one was interesting, but, again, not a favorite. I think I’ve gotten to the point where a lot of Shakespeare’s comedies feel pretty similar. This reminded me quite a bit of Twelfth Night (which I liked a lot more), with a good helping of The Canterbury Tales tossed in. It felt like the kind of raunchy comedy that would get a lot of laughs in the 1500s.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Unfortunately, I enjoyed this one even less. This felt even more like a mash-up of a few other comedies, all of which seemed more interesting. This was written on short notice for a court celebration, and I think it showed. Don’t get me wrong, I still like Shakespeare where I can get it, and I do think this would be entertaining to see performed, but it felt less developed than most of the other comedies I’ve read so far.

That’s it for this round! Unfortunately, I didn’t love any of these, but I’m glad I crossed them off my list. I only have eight plays left, so I think I’m going to divide them into two Shakespeare Mini Review posts.

I’m saving As You Like It for last, because I have a feeling it’s going to be my favorite of the ones I have left, but I am taking suggestions for what to read next! Check out my list to see which plays I still need to read, and let me know which one I should read next!

10 thoughts on “Shakespeare Mini Reviews (16-20)

    1. No problem! I actually looked into it right after you mentioned it earlier. It looks really interesting! I haven’t had a chance to start it yet, but I’m literally keeping a tab open on my computer so I don’t forget. I need a good new show. Thanks!


  1. I’ve only read A Midsummer Night’s Dream out of all of Shakespeare’s plays, but it’s really interesting to read what his other books are all about! If I may make a suggestion, I’d like to see what you think of As You Like It!

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    1. Thanks! Midsummer is one of my favorites! I’m actually trying to save As You Like It for last, because I think it’s going to be my favorite of the ones I have left and I need something good to look forward to. But I’ll definitely be reading it in the next few months, becasue my goal is to finish everything by the end of May.

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    1. I don’t think it’s my list favorite overall, but it’s close. And probably my least favorite comedy. (I wish I’d been better about saving the good ones for the end…)


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