To Be Or Not To Be – as told by Google Translate

I’ve seen this sort of thing around in a lot of contexts, so I’m not too sure who to give credit to…Anyway, what I’ve done is pop Hamlet’s famous soliloquy (well, half of it) through a series of translations a la Google (English – Portuguese – Dutch – Punjabi – Turkish – Maltese – English, if you were wondering), and I thought I’d share the outcome with you all. Enjoy!

To be, or to unless he has: this issue:

Mind and have a good pain

Slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Taken up arms against a sea of problems,

And the end of the conflict? To die: to sleep;

No more; the door a row sleeping to that end say

Pain us and a thousand natural shocks

The body of a child of the owner, ’tis the last

Pellegrini wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: maybe dream: months, we have God

Death to sleep what dreams may come

We off this mortal coil ADALIA,

Should give us pause respecting

This is a very long-term destruction

Time of birth and the joy was despised.

A butchery, or art? You decide.

If you want to read the original, check out Act 3 Scene 1. Also, I have no idea what ‘ADALIA’ is.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

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Month in Books: January 2015

It’s my first monthly wrap-up this year! Yey!

Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie – 5 stars I’ve had a little Agatha Christies spree, and am loving these stories about Hercule Poirot. I think this little moustached Belgian is my favourite detective ever – I love that he’s calculating and crazily intelligent, but still very much in tune with his compassionate and human side. This story is – surprise, surprise – set in Egypt, and I loved being transported into the close world of a planned holiday. It’s the perfect (if that’s the right word?) setting for a murder mystery.

The Horse and His Boy – C.S. Lewis – 5 stars My favourite book from my favourite series! I’m sure most of you are familiar with the children’s fantasy work of genius that is the Chronicles of Narnia, so just take this as a recommendation to get re-reading. I wrote a post about my love for this book here!

Hamlet – William Shakespeare – 4 stars I had to read this for my Literature course, and while I did enjoy it, it’s not my favourite Shakespeare play. An over-quoted and somewhat depressing historical tale, Hamlet is a hugely ambiguous and thought-provoking work of literature that we could probably all argue about until the end of time.

P.S. I Love You – Cecelia Ahern – 4 stars I’d heard so much about this book! I started watching the movie, but didn’t get very far – thankfully I liked the book a lot more! It’s cute and surprising, teary and really heart-warming. I’m glad I found the time to read this!

The Thief of Always – Clive Barker – 2 stars I don’t know why I picked this up. The cover’s ugly and the premise isn’t exactly inspiring, so I guess it was more of a procrastination read. It was okay – just very obscure and kind of emotionally detached.

Losing It All – Marsha Cornelius – 4 stars Find my review here! An adult fiction novel dealing with family, poverty, homelessness, and – as cheesey as it may sound – redemption. I loved this story so much!

The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion – 4 stars I reviewed this here! The sequel to ‘The Rosie Project’, this book is a strong continuation of a sweet and slightly awkward story. I had mixed feelings about it, but the ending was lovely.

Murder in the Mews – Agatha Christie – 3 stars Another Poirot novel! This is a particularly clever mystery, so I’m not quite sure why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the other Poirot books I read. Maybe it was the lack of exotic location?

The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis – 5 stars After having a fantastic time re-reading The Horse and His Boy, I just needed more Narnia! The first book in the series, The Magician’s Nephew is just fantastic and you should all read it.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman – 5 stars I’d heard so many good things about this book, and about Gayle Forman, so I was a little worried about over-hype. The book was pretty much what I expected, but I did enjoy it and it did get me emotionally involved. I really don’t think it needs the sequel though!

You Are Special – Max Lucado – 5 stars This is one of my childhood reads! It’s a beautifully illustrated allegorical children’s story, about individual worth and how the opinions of others are pretty inconsequential. It’s a great book for people of all ages, and I loved re-living the experience.

That’s all for this month! What were your favourite reads for January? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Month in Books: March 2014

Here’s March’s wrap-up! (I’m slowly getting up to date with these posts…SLOWLY)

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 3 stars This is a short story in which Mr Holmes solves crimes and rights wrongs. I usually really love Sherlock Holmes stories, but I felt like this one was very predictable. It’s short though, so worth it!

Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare – 5 stars The inspiration for ‘She’s the Man’, this brilliant play is genuinely funny and rich and lovely. One of my favourite Shakespeare plays.

Heart to Heart – Ali Martin & Liza Hoeksma – 4 stars Non-fiction talking about the health of the metaphorical heart. It was hard to rate this, because the content and graphology were definite 5 star material, while the writing itself was…not. Worth a read though!

Cinder – Marissa Meyer – 3 stars This YA sci-fi fairytale retelling is clever and exciting, but didn’t quite live up to my high expectations.

The Life of Timon of Athens – William Shakespeare- 2 stars More Shakespeare, I know. After Twelfth Night, I was really disappointed by this one; I didn’t really connect with the plot or characters. The writing is as beautiful as always, but this play just wasn’t for me.

Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – 5 stars This dystopian depicts a future where literature is completely absent. The lovely writing and winning characters made this my favourite book of the month…I didn’t write a post for it though!

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? – David Platt – 5 stars I feel like the title is self-explanatory. This book is short, free and very practical.

A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String – Joanne Harris – 3 stars This is a collection of short stories. Most of these are sweet and lovely, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of her other work.

Paroles – Jacques Prevert – 4 stars An anthology of French surrealist poetry. If you’re not a francophone this is maybe not for you, but do check out some of the musical adaptations!

Champion – Marie Lu – 4 stars The final instalment of YA dystopian trilogy ‘Legend’ is completely heart-breaking. Don’t read it if you’re emotionally unstable. Great story, though.

And that’s it! I didn’t exactly write any reviews for this month – oops!

If you’ve read/would like to read any of these titles, let me know! And as always, I’m open to recommendations.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Month in Books: February 2014

Here’s my reading wrap-up for February!

  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens – 4 stars This classic follows the story of a little orphan boy struggling to survive in nineteenth century England. A social comment that still holds moral relevance today.
  • Macbeth – William Shakespeare – 5 stars One of Shakespeare’s more famous plays, I kind of want to describe this as 11th century Scotland’s version of Game of Thrones. It gets messy, but the writing’s beautiful so read it anyway.
  • Breakfast with the Nikolides – Rumer Godden – 3 stars In which a family move to India and have to learn to adjust to the vastly different location…with varying degrees of success. I reviewed this here.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekkyl and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson – 5 stars This is a creepy inner battle between good and evil…a fantastic read dealing with moral issues in the form of what could be described as a horror novel.
  • Vicious – V.E. Schwab – 4 stars This is a classic super-hero novel turned on its head. Profoundly twisted and beautifully complex characters flail in the spaces between clear-cut good and evil.
  • The Grace Awakening – Charles R Swindoll – 5 stars A non-fiction work urging Christians to abandon legalism and live with the freedom that grace allows. It’s heavy stuff, but worth a read!
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce – 3 stars An elderly gentleman hears of an old friend’s cancer and determines to cross England on foot in order to reach her and – hopefully – elongate her life.
  • I Am the Messenger – Markus Zusak – 5 stars Zusak’s lesser-known novel is no less stunning than ‘The Book Thief’; nineteen-year-old Ed is led by an unknown person’s somewhat shady messages to…well, help people. It sounds less than exciting but it was my favourite book of the month, and I HIGHLY recommend it!
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – 5 stars This is another gorgeous classic that you’re probably aware of: a childhood experience of the racism-torn States during the 30’s.
  • Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton – 5 stars Dinosaurs! In this YA Science Fiction, blood found in amber-bound mosquitoes allows the cloning of dinosaurs on a modern South American island. Obviously, this can’t end well. A really exciting book that will also make you think.
  • Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi – 4 stars The third book in YA Dystopian series ‘Shatter Me’. My favourite book of the trilogy, this book broke the stereotype of disappointing series ends and blew me away with the character and relational developments. Great stuff!

February was a great month for me (especially in the area of classics). Were you inspired to pick up any of these titles? If you’ve read any I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

Delirium and Poetry

I recently finished reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver! What really stood out to me was that I LOVED all the poetry referenced throughout, so for all my fellow poetry-lovers, I’ve collected the title, author and my favourite extract of each literary reference. Even if you haven’t read Delirium, I highly recommend checking these out; I think Lauren Oliver has fantastic taste in poetry!

Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare Awkward moment when your first poem isn’t a poem. Shut up. It’s Shakespeare, I couldn’t leave it out.

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

Sonnet 18 – William Shakespeare This is the ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ one. Over-quoted, but a gorgeous poem all the same.

“So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

Sonnet 43 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning Starts ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.’ You’ve probably heard of it, but read it again because it’s lovely.

“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight”

i carry your heart with me – E. E. Cummings The lack of capital letters can take a while to get used to, but the WORDS! I love this poem.

“here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart”
I hope you enjoyed these poems!
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.
~Dani