Songs For Every Book

Songs For Every Book: Ophelia From Hamlet


 
HAMLET: I did love you once.
OPHELIA: Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.
HAMLET: You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot
so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of
it: I loved you not.
OPHELIA: I was the more deceived.

O, help him, you sweet heavens!
–Act III, scene i

 

1965 by Zella Day

“Can we go back to the world we had?
With a love so sweet it makes me sad
Can we go back to the world we had?
It’s the world we’ve been dreaming of.”

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Top 8 Things From Books That I Wish Were Real

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1) Being able to hire a hero (J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit)

2) Perpetual tea time (Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland)

3) Amateur sleuths choosing you as their companion (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes)

4) Mysterious strangers who have only one name (Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights) Continue reading “Top 8 Things From Books That I Wish Were Real”

Songs For Every Book

Songs for Every Book: Romeo and Juliet


JULIET: “Shall I speak ill of             him that is my husband?
Ah, poor my lord, what tongue         shall smooth thy name,
When I, thy three-hours wife,           have mangled it?
But, wherefore, villain, didst             thou kill my cousin? …             Wash they his wounds with            tears: mine shall be spent,
When theirs are dry, for                     Romeo’s banishment.”                                  –Act III, scene ii
Devil’s Backbone
“Oh Lord, Oh Lord, what have I        done?
I’ve fallen in love with a man             on the run
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, I’m begging         you please
Don’t take that sinner from me
Oh, don’t take that sinner from          me…”
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A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Choose Your Own Adventures

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Do you ever find yourself screaming at a character not to open that door?

If no, go to a)                                      If yes, go to b)

a) Or mentally imploring them to give that guy a chance?

If no, go to b)                                      If yes, go to c)

b) …Hmm, I guess just go to e) if you want (look for the aligned center)

c) Then Choose Your Own Adventure Books are right up your alley! They let you, the reader, choose what happens next in the story from a given set of options. Continue reading “A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Choose Your Own Adventures”

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Detective Stories…Without Detectives (My Top 6)

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The “A Tale of Two Cities” and “A Glimpse of the World With Detectives” blog posts from “Confessions of a Readaholic” have caused me to think lately about what a detective story really is (and since my posts lately been pretty much dominated by the Anna Karenina Classical Music Stories series, I thought I’d take a quick break to talk about something different).

Sure, we generally think of them as containing, well, a detective, and solving a mysterious crime. But I’m starting to think that other stories are like “detective” stories, too.

After all, when you read a book you’re always solving a mystery in a sense. You gradually discover who the characters are, what will happen to them, and/or how Continue reading “Detective Stories…Without Detectives (My Top 6)”