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    9 Of My Favourite Shakespeare Quotes *

    shakespeare day 1.jpgHappy Shakespeare Day!

    When I was still in school, the thought of reading and studying Shakespeare frightened the life out of me. I mean, it still kinda does even after four years of an English literature degree (that is a scary sentence to write when I have my first exam of the semester tomorrow, which also happens to be my second last exam of my WHOLE ENTIRE DEGREE. Touchy subject ok).

    But, there is really no denying that the big man himself has written some pretty great words to live by. I haven’t read a whole lot of William Shakespeare, if I am being entirely honest with you all, but Shakespeare quotes are pretty much a staple in any book lover’s life. They are timeless.

    shakespeare day 2.jpgWhen Viking reached out and offered to send me a box of goodies to get creative to celebrate Shakespeare Day, this year marking 403 years since his death on 23rd April 1616, I instantly knew that I wanted to incorporate some of my favourite lines of his into the blog post.

    I have to say, it was one of the most exciting boxes I have ever received. I didn’t expect to get so much! It contained everything I would need to write my own love letter, right down to the stamps, as well as beautifully packaged tea and a gold frame for hanging prints. Now just to find someone to actually write a love letter to

    The colourful Staedtler pens have come in so handy for studying these past couple of weeks and highlighting important quotes in texts, and don’t even get me started on how giddy I was to discover that inside that black box was an actual fountain pen complete with a feather. Childhood dream come true. I can rest assure you that the quality of everything is fantastic, and I will definitely be looking to them in the future for all my stationery needs (and I have a lot of them).

    shakespeare day 4shakespeare day 5I tried my best to make something that looked sort of *almost* good but, quite clearly, there is a reason why I am not known for my artistic ability. That said, I had a ridiculous amount of fun procrastinating from my studying at the weekend putting this together and admiring my slightly shaky handiwork.

    Without further ado, here are some of my favourite Shakespeare quotes of all time.

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    “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” – As You Like It

    “Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” – Hamlet

    “What’s past is prologue” – The Tempest

    “It is not in the star’s to hold our destiny but in ourselves” – Julius Caesar

    “The course of true love never did run smooth” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” – Twelfth Night

    “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    “Brevity is the soul of wit.” – Hamlet

    “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” – Romeo and Juliet

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    A huge thank you to Viking (and Jennie) for this opportunity – this is the most fun I have had with a blog post in a long time!

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    How to write the perfect book review (by ignoring all the “rules”)

    photo-1527530527470-c55f85665e89.jpgSource: Unsplash

    I have seen quite a lot of blog posts recently detailing the “Seven Steps to Writing the Best Book Review Ever!!!” They tell you how to lay it all out and what should and shouldn’t be included, which sounds like a pretty good idea at first.

    But, the more of them I see and the more I think about it, they are really starting to get on my last nerve.

    Blogging is all about expressing yourself, right? So how can you do that when you have to abide by a specified set of rules?

    I don’t know how other people do it, but no extensive planning goes into any of my blog posts. I know roughly what I want to say, and so I sit down at my desk (or in my bed, more like) and start typing. Sometimes this means that it turns out as the biggest load of crap you would ever read in your life, but that is what editing as for. I am a big believer in just getting it all down and then sorting it after. I write all my essays and stories this way, and it has been working pretty well so far for me. I do a giant brain dump onto the page/screen, and then sort through it all to find what I was really trying to say in there. You don’t have to do it this way, of course, but this is the method that works for me.

    So how can I then work through a set of rules? That would be changing my writing process entirely.

    This is why I am here to tell you – in an equally unplanned ramble – that I don’t think there can or should be a step by step guide to writing a book review, or any kind of blog post. Sure, it might be helpful if you are starting out and need a helping hand. If using these guides works for you, then great! I don’t want to stop you or tell you you are wrong for doing so.

    What I am trying to say is that things like this feel to me like they are taking the creativity and spontaneity out of blogging, which is part and parcel of the fun. If I don’t want to list the five million places you can buy a book, then fine! If I want to say that I can’t decide whether or not I like a book, cool. If I do or don’t want to use some sort of star rating system, great.

    We all have our style of writing and our own process for getting our thoughts out there, which is why no two blogs are the same. It would be pretty boring if we were all regurgitating the same few things on every blog you clicked onto.

    I, for one, am going to continue abiding by own blog “rules” – and that is that there are none.

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