Reading Rainbow Update

I mentioned a little while ago how I was going to try and read more.  It all started with my desire to reread the Harry Potter series and went from there.  (Reading Rainbow)

Lately I have been combining the goal of more reading with walking on the treadmill in the mornings to get in some daily miles for my 2,015 in 2015 challenge.

I feel like Belle reading on the treadmill.

I feel like Belle reading on the treadmill.

I have made it through 3 books thus far. Of course 12 hours on a plane helped!

A Jesuit Off-Broadway – While it does have a religious bent, and I will be honest I am not a super religious person, I was entirely amazed with this book.  It drew me in with its recount of the creation of the play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and what better way to look at religion than through a play.  I highly suggest this one for anyone who has every struggled with reconciling faith and art.  5 of 5

When Autumn Leaves – I can’t believe I finished this book.  The magic aspect of the fiction story appealed to me but I found it utterly underwhelming.  Despite the bad reviews I saw I forged ahead.  The most frustrating part: You are constantly introduced to characters you never meet again.  When I started thinking about it as short stories it got better.  2 of 5

My Horizontal Life – Whoa this one was so revealing about Chelsea Handler’s life.  Yet, I couldn’t put it down.  It was like a guilty pleasure and I finished it in the course of the plane ride back home.  Pure entertainment if you can handle some pretty crass situations. 3 of 5 


Today I went to the library and started Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and I am pretty sure I am gonna like it.

I’m lucky that my apartment building has a book exchange area downstairs so I can always pick up something that looks interesting for FREE.  It also means I have a place to easily get rid of the books so they don’t take over my bedroom; my Shakespeare plays have already claimed two bookshelves.

Soon I’m gonna need some book suggestions.  Head on over to Goodreads and share your favorite books with me.

Keep it in print & fierce!

-Little Red

What are you reading?  What’s your all time favorite book?


Shakespeare Saturday

Along with my short long run today (I was only scheduled for 3 miles) I returned to something I love: Shakespeare!  No really I love Shakespeare and as an actress I don’t think I have ever felt more comfortable with a text than his.  Abnormal – yes, true – yes.  There is just nothing like the moment when the text finally just “clicks” and you suddenly understand every motivation your character has.  Basically I’m convinced Shakespeare made the acting part easy.

I have been so lucky to get to play some pretty exciting and diverse roles:

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Across L to R: Kate (Taming of the Shrew), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), 3rd Witch (Macbeth), Miranda (The Tempest), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rosencrantz (Hamlet), Adriana (The Comedy of Errors), Clown (The Winter’s Tale), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

I have this life long goal of acting in every show Shakespeare wrote.  I’ve knocked a lot off the list, but there are many more to go.

But back to today.  Today a friend and I met up at Sweetgreen to have a healthy lunch and discuss revamping a project we have done in the past: Shakespeare in the Pub. 

Delicious Harvest Salad

Delicious Harvest Salad…

with a side of Shakespeare!

…with a side of Shakespeare!

It is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, readings of approximately hour long versions of Shakespeare staged in bars across the area.  Oh and the actors are in fact allowed to imbibe which makes it all the more exciting for the audience! We are ramping up to a thrilling year bigger and better than before starting with a variety of scenes, monologues, and sonnets based around love for Valentine’s Day.  We were determined to balance the sappy with the funny and even some pretty sad stuff so that all varieties of folks could enjoy the evening.

Needless it brought a lot of excitement back that I had been missing from acting.

Guess what I’ll be reading on the stationary bike tomorrow?

Keep it shaken & fierce! (ok so I’m not as witty as he was)

-Little Red

Shakespeare: love him or just something you slogged through in school? (I promise I don’t judge)  Who is your favorite author?

Reading Rainbow

The other day I finished re-reading one of my favorite book series: Harry Potter.  Call me a nerd, dork, whatever, it was one of the most fun things I have done in a while.

Truth is at the end of summer I decided I wanted to get back into reading.  I used to love curling up in a comfy chair or on the couch with a book and a cup of tea.  Then one rainy day in early fall it happened.  I had no other plans and let’s face it the weather basically dictated I boil some water, crack open a book, and start reading.  I wanted to choose something I knew would engage me so I wouldn’t just give up after a few days so I reached for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The next day I moved on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (Yes, I reread the first book in one afternoon). And while the rest of the books went a bit slower as life got busier, I kept plugging along and eventually found myself closing the cover of the seventh & final book for a second time.

The series is just so engaging and truly draws you into the vivid world J.K. Rowling created. And that gets at the heart of why I wanted to start reading again.  Books can transport you somewhere different the same way I believe live theatre can.  That’s part of the reason I work in theatre.

Of course there was a two pronged result to my new reading kick:

1) I picked up another book at the exchange my apartment building has and am now half way through The Fault in Our Stars. (I need recommendations for when I finish)

2)  I started thinking about Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and how much I want to visit. Or the studio tour they have in London!


Turns out Universal is having a Harry Potter Celebration Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015.  Although I won’t be heading down anytime too soon I do want to visit this at some point, and I haven’t been to Universal in …. possibly ever.

For now back to reading and researching.

Keep it imaginative & fierce!

-Little Red

What book would you reread?  Have you ever been to Wizarding World of Harry Potter?