Poetry: To be, or not to be by William Shakespeare

Stephen Fry, in a particularly wonderful and brave post, quoted Hamlet on his blog; I feel it should be shared. To be, or not to be To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep ………

Currently Reading, an Extract: The Sandcastle Girls

“Elizabeth uses a match to light the oil lamp, a beautiful clay globe with a cork with a wick. It is painted the deep blue of an artist’s sky, dotted with white stars and one perfect sickle moon. She pulls aside the curtain to her room and starts down the hallway, pausing briefly to notice the way the shadow of her nightgown resembles wings against the wall at the top of the stairs.” The Sandcastle Girls by ………

Guest Post: Characters That Grow Up and Change With You

I was at the cusp of age twelve when I read the first book in Ann Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Of course, I fell in love with the book (and still love it now). The friendship of Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby were ones that I held dear to my heart. I was in awe of Bridget’s fearlessness, equal parts frustrated and understanding with Lena’s timidity, related a little too much ………

Miniature Musings: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

“Hello and welcome to Carrie’s voice mail. Due to recent electroconvulsive therapy, please pay close attention to the following options. Leave your name, number, and a brief history as to how Carrie knows you, and she’ll get back to you if this jogs what’s left of her memory. Thank you for calling and have a great day.” Fisher is candid, sarcastic and wonderfully honest – she is open about her illness and this honesty is ………