38 Facts about Shakespeare’s 38 Plays and More Critical Linking


Any actress tackling the smart-talking Rosalind in As You Like It is faced with learning 685 lines, making it Shakespeare’s longest female role and a bigger part than the likes of Prospero (656 lines), Romeo (617 lines), and Falstaff in Henry IV: Part 1 (602 lines). Nevertheless, Shakespeare’s roles are still weighted towards the men: Antony (839 lines) is a much larger role than Cleopatra (678 lines); Macbeth (715) has almost three times more lines than his wife (259); and Hamlet, the longest role of all, is more than twice as long as Rosalind (1506 lines).

At one time I made it a goal to read all of Shakespeare’s plays, but alas, I only got about half way through. These factoids about the plays make me want to reconsider that goal.


Like Charlie finding his golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, a child finding the right book to read opens the door to hours of joy and wonderment…and sometimes Everlasting Gobstoppers! We all have our favorites—the books we read over and over again until the pages were falling out—but which books should be on every kid’s shelves? We ran the numbers on millions of titles to find the top 100 children’s books according to Goodreads members!

The methodology is a little weird, but it’s an interesting look at popular children’s books nonetheless.


Andrew Luck enjoys reading books a lot more than reading NFL defenses.

Now the Indianapolis Colts quarterback wants fans to join his club, although this one doesn’t play in the AFC South.

Luck announced Monday he was starting an online book club that will include live question-and-answer sessions on social media with readers.

This is really cool, and including adults and younger readers is brilliant. Even the website for Luck’s club is pretty slick.


Toronto book stores haven’t all packed up shop just yet. On the contrary, a survey of the city’s book scene reveals that bricks and mortar shops are still plentiful despite the near-constant doom and gloom we hear related to online sales. In fact, the local book shops that have been the most resilient in the face of competition are independent outfits with a specific focus.

These are the top book stores in Toronto by type.

I’ve been to a number of these bookstores in Toronto, but it looks like I’m adding a bunch more to visit next time I’m in town.

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