Sunday, May 16, 2010


Bet you didn't know that...

  • Was captured by pirates and spent 5 years as their prisoner
  • Had a lifelong stutter

  • Shakespeare went prematurely bald, and this gave him a distinguished stage appearance; it is believed that he starred as the Ghost of Hamlet's Father in one particular performance of Hamlet
  • Shakespeare was said to "never blot a line," meaning that he rarely made revisions once he had something down on paper (Mozart did this, too)
  • His theater group was first known as the Chamberlain's Men, then it became known as the King's Men

Jane Austen

  • Austen liked Pride and Prejudice better than any of her other novels. Of the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, she said, "I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print." Very modest, obviously
  • When discussing the titular character Emma, Austen said she was a "heroine whom no one but myself will much like." Obviously, that has not proved true.
  • The Prince of Wales was such a fan of Austen's that he had her dedicate Emma to him.

Hans Christian Andersen
  • You can't pick your family. Hans' family history included crime, illiteracy, insanity, and alcoholism.
  • At age eleven, Andersen was sent to work at a tobacco factory. He promptly ran away to Copenhagen, but imparted a good quote to his mother before he left: "First one has to endure terrible adversity, then you become famous." Out of the mouths of babes, eh?
  • Hans was terribly afraid of death, and especially feared being buried alive. He had a note fastened to his bed that said "I AM NOT REALLY DEAD."
  • He was a nature-lover all his life, and he was known to hug trees. For real.

Edgar Allan Poe
  • When he was 27, Poe married his cousin, Virginia Clemm, age 13. Eww.
  • Poe wrote particularly nasty literary reviews, and used words like "sickening" and "worthless" to describe nearly every writer of the day. The only famous author not lambasted by Poe was Charles Dickens.

To be continued...

weekly summary, plus RIDDLE!

Books Read
Anxious Hearts (Tucker Shaw)
Eyes Like Stars (Lisa Mantchev)

Books Reviewed
The Hourglass Door (Lisa Mangum)
Anxious Hearts

My Posts
Teaser Tuesday: Anxious Hearts
Suggestion Box: Standalone / Dystopian
Cover Wars [10]: The Seven Kingdoms books
Through a Lense: Juju ((wow, Juju, you're really popular! That post in particular got a lot of feedback))
WIYW 3: Acadia

And summer is off with a bang! Are all the other college bloggers free at last? High school bloggers, are you almost there? Summer's calling!

In other news, no one answered the Book Riddle that I posted last week. Want another go at it?
I'll tweak it just a little to hopefully make it easier to figure out:

What do Cupid (from mythology), Percy Jackson, Edward Cullen, Jacob Black, Taran from the Chronicles of Prydain, Tamwyn from the Great Tree of Avalon, Tom Ward from The Wardstone Chronicles, Peeta from The Hunger Games, Razo from River Secrets, Bridei from The Bridei Chronicles, and Marius from Les Miserables have in common?

(think about Marius and Edward and Bridei - if you've read Juliet Marillier's Bridei Chronicles - in particular...)

- Jace is definitely a "no." So is Patch from Hush Hush, Damen from The Immortals, Dimitri from Vampire Academy

and I was afraid it would be too obvious!

Have a great week, everyone. Happy reading.
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