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So, here’s the thing. Back in the day, like when I was a silly fifteen-year-old girl, I was kind of obsessed with Shakespeare. We read Romeo & Juliet in my high school English class, and I thought it was just so amazing, so I asked my mom to buy me The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. And she did. (Thanks, mom.) Sure, I read a couple more of his plays, but then the book sat on a dusty shelf for years. Then it moved across the country with me, where it sat in a dusty box for years. I finally pulled it out again when my reading challenge stated I needed to read “something published over 100 years ago” and “a play.” Two of Shakespeare’s plays. How difficult could that be? I was so obsessed in high school!

It took weeks.

Weeks to read two plays.

I am so embarrassed, but I could not bring myself to care about either of the plays I read.

The worse of the two, I think, was The Taming of the Shrew. Now, everybody knows this story. It’s what 10 Things I Hate About You is based off of! Everybody loves cute, sweet Bianca, but she can’t get married until her evil older sister, Katharina, finds a husband. The thing is, Kate doesn’t seem to want a husband. But she’s married off anyway, to a man who basically starves her into submission, and then paraded around as a prime example of a good wife.

In addition to that, there were just way too many characters for me to keep track of – Lucentio and Petruchio and Gremio and Grumio and WHY do all these characters have similar-sounding names?

I didn’t want to assign any star ratings to Shakespeare, but for completeness I needed to.

Maybe there’s a joke somewhere in here that I missed, but I didn’t find this one entertaining at all.

Final rating: ★★☆☆☆

For my 2015 reading challenge, I crossed off #23: a book written more than 100 years ago.

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