Happy Birthday to Shakespeare!

The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. National Portrait Gallery, London.

Shakespeare is estimated to have been born on April 23, 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. He died a the age of 52. He wrote fourty plays, including some that are incomplete and two that were lost. There are also eleven that are sometimes attributed to him. Some of his most well known include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear. (Information gathered from Wikipedia.) It's amazing the influence he has had and continues to have!

There are a bunch of books that are retellings or based off of Shakespeare's works. I put together a shelf on Goodreads with those that were listed there. I know there are quite a few that aren't included. The shelf doesn't include books that only have titles that play off of Shakespeare (as in the actual story isn't Shakespearean) or those in genres outside of YA. I will just have to add to it over time. Here are a few of those included on the shelf (click on the picture to take you to Goodreads):


Some of these are on my tbr, but I've only read the Wondrous Strange series, which I loved, and I'm currently reading the Twisted Lit series. Have you read any of these? Are you a fan of Shakespeare?

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