Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In Like a Lamb

Happy March, everybody. At my house the daffodils are peeking up through the soggy leaves and my children are telling me that 40 degrees is plenty warm enough for going coatless. I think we're all eager for spring.

This is my first post here-- I'm Jamie, mother to five, wife to one. I have some ideas to throw out for our March book.

First idea: one of my plans for 2011 is to finish the works of Shakespeare, and I wondered if you all might be interested in a Shakespeare play. One suggestion is The Winter's Tale, which is all about persecution and betrayal and persevering when your husband goes crazy. (Not that anyone here needs advice on crazy husbands.) Also on my list for the year is Henry VIII, which might spark some fun discussion.

No pressure whatsoever to join in the crazy Shakespeare project, though. Further ideas: I'd also be interested in reading Diary of a Country Priest, or a Wendell Berry novel, perhaps A Place on Earth.

Tell me what you think, please. Can we aim to settle on something by this weekend?


Enbrethiliel said...


Oh, I'm all about joining other people's crazy projects! =P My vote is for The Winter's Tale. Shakespeare was fond of the innocent-woman-accused-of-adultery trope, wasn't he?

Emily J. said...

This is a tough choice. On the one hand, I love Wendell Berry, and would happily go back to one of his books, which don't take long to read. On the other hand, it has been a long long time since I have read Diary of Country Priest, which would be good Lenten reading. On the third hand that I need, I like the discipline of reading Shakespeare as an assignment of sorts with you ladies. There's always something good to talk about in Shakespeare. Soooo, I'm not much help at making decisions.

mrsdarwin said...

I've never read any Wendell Berry, but then I've not read Diary of a Country Priest either (though it's sitting on my shelf), but then I've also not read A Winter's Tale. Choices, choices...

I might go with Shakespeare, just because I like a bit of drama now and then.

Glad to see you here, Jamie!

BettyDuffy said...

I vote Shakespeare! Because it's better with company.

I'm taking a class at Butler U right now with a girl who writes the shakespeare in a year blog. http://www.shakespeareinayear.com/

I know you linked to one such blog project, but I'm not sure it was this one.