Book Giveaway – Mistress Shakespeare

It’s time to announce my next book giveaway! This week, I’m going to give away an ARC of Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper [review].

This was an incredibly enjoyable book that really shouldn’t be missed. To enter: comment on this post telling me what your favorite Shakespeare play is. If you haven’t read/seen a Shakespeare play/movie, then tell me why the Bard holds no interest for you! (In the interest of full disclosure, my favorite play is a tie between Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.)

Second entry: Blog about the contest and link back here. Make sure to put the link in the comments!

Third entry: Stumble a review on this blog that you like, and let me know which review you Stumbled! Don’t know what Stumbling is? Check out this post.

Fourth entry: Vote for this blog at I’ve noticed my rating has been stagnant for a really long time.

Unfortunately, this contest is open to the US and Canada only since there isn’t really an economical way to ship worldwide. Entries are due by Sunday, Feb. 22 at 11:59 PM. I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

That’s about it – good luck all!


  1. I’d love to read this book, if I do not win it I will buy it.
    Having done all my studies in German and French and chose mathematics rather than Latin I was not exposed to Shakespeare. I did read “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet”
    Thanks for the give away

  2. Please enter me! I’ve been wanting this one!

    My favorite play is A Midsummer’s Night Dream. A playhouse came to my highschool and performed this. It was fantastic and I still think about it to this day!

  3. Count me in. It’s been so long since I’ve read any Shakespeare – I read it in high school and I graduated in 1975, before you were born – but I remember really enjoying Macbeth a lot. I stumbled The Book of Unholy Mischief. milou2ster(at)

  4. I am not too much into shakespeare.. but I have to pick a favorite, I would surely pick one of the lighter ones – A midsummer night’s dream, twelfth night, As you like it, etc.
    do enter me for the giveaway!

  5. My favorite Shakespearean play is definitely “Romeo & Juliet” — I read it twice in high school and twice in college, and each time I discovered something new. I performed in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in high shchool (I was a lowly fairy!) and enjoyed it, so that would probably have to be my second favorite. I love the history plays too, though — like “Richard II.” And “Henry VI, Part I” — Hotspur is one of my favorite characters!

    Okay, I like Shakespare šŸ™‚ I was able to visit the Globe Theatre in London a few years ago and felt like I was having a heart attack! So exciting! šŸ™‚ I would be thrilled to win this book. Thank you!

    Megan — writing.meg [at]

  6. Enter me please. I loved your review on this one. Thanks.

  7. My favorite Shakespeare play is Hamlet. And I would love to read Mistress Shakespeare so please enter me. Thanks!

  8. My favorite play is As You Like It for sure. I love it.

  9. I would love to read this book because I love all things Shakespeare, but if you are going to make me choose it is Hamlet because he vacillates between decisions and half commits to things until he finally pushes over the edge and takes the plunge.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. I’ve voted for your blog on I also found my own blog there and I had no idea that it was there. Never seen this site before.

  11. Merchant of Venice is my fave. Talk about your clever lawyers – Portia takes the cake, then and now!

  12. I adore Shakespeare and Shakespeare related books! My favorite play is probably Much Ado About Nothing (the Kenneth Branagh movie is fantastic), but I enjoy most of them.

  13. No need to enter me, S. I’m just dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book.

  14. I’d love to read this.

  15. My favorite Shakespeare play is hands-down Othello. Mostly because I just love how evil Iago (whose name always inevitably reminds me of the annoying but endearing parrot from the Disney movie Aladdin) is, hehe. I guess I’m a sucker for thorough villains.

    I’ve posted about this contest in my sidebar on my blog here.


    stephxsu at gmail dot com

  16. The book sounds wonderful! My fave would probably be A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

    wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

  17. I want this book so bad! My favorite is A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    I blogged about your giveaway here:

    I voted for your blog.

    I Stumbled your review for The Book of Unholy Mischief.

  18. I’m going to hide in a corner while saying I don’t really like Shakespeare. Despite being a former English major, I never really “got it”. It also kinda bugs me that he copied most of the ideas for his plays, so he wasn’t really creative, he just knew how to write well. Um. So, I never took a Shakespeare class in college and thus never really studied them enough to have a favorite.

    Would still love to read this book though! Please enter me. I just wrote a tiny little review for you on as well.

  19. I’m a fan of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.

  20. What’s my favorite Shakespeare play. I’m not really sure. I’ve read a few and seen a few movies based on them. Maybe A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Othello. Thanks for entering me.

  21. Stumbled your review of Book of Unholy Mischief – cause you convinced me to move it closer to the top of my to-be-read stack!

  22. Thanks for teh giveaway! I am going to say that Romeo and Juliet is my favorite play. Unoriginal answer I know. But it’s because I am torn between Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. LOVE THEM.

  23. I haven’t read much Shakespeare, but I recently saw Merchant of Venice and really enjoyed it! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Somehow I didnt know about this book… I need to read it! I loved Hamlet and have always wondered about Ophelia’s story. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

  25. Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are wonderful plays!! šŸ™‚ Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

  26. Merchant of Venice šŸ™‚

  27. MacBeth is my favorite so far. I haven’t read them all yet though, I’m working my way through.
    tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com I also blogged this at

  28. I love me some Twelfth Night. Although I might just be saying that because it’s the last one I saw…

  29. Well.. I think I know Romeo and Juliet best so I will pick it. the ending is not so good.. but I love all the scenes in it…. šŸ™‚ I hope I win this book.

  30. My favorite Shakespeare play is Macbeth, though I have several that I really like.

  31. I linked you on my book blog, near the top of the sidebar!

  32. Oh I would love to read this book…my favorite play would be a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  33. Hmm, that’s a tough one. I really enjoyed Macbeth – the witches, the prophecies, not being of a woman born… it was just so clever!

    On the other hand, I also immensely enjoyed Romeo and Juliet (such a tragic love story!).

    Anyway, I’d love to be entered,


  34. I would love to read this.


    I really loved MacBeth!

  35. I also blogged about your contest here.

  36. I LOVE Hamlet — thanks for the great giveaway!

  37. I was so disappointed not to get an ARC of this book. I’d love to read it!

    I’d have to say that my favorite Shakespeare play is As You Like It. Several years ago, my Shakespeare professor had us perform different scenes from different plays, and my group and I performed the scene where Celia’s father expels Rosalind, and so Rosalind and Celia take off into the forest to find Rosalind’s father. It was one of my favorite in-class memories of college.

  38. My favorite Shakespeare plays are Hamlet, King Lear and Othello. Even today I can still quote some lines from those three plays.


  39. I blogged about this contest on my LJ:


  40. I have read quite a few for school, but my favorite is the very first one I read, Romeo and Juliet!


  41. MY fave is Hamlet and it strick’s me odd that we are talking about our favorite Shake. plays and stories now, for when I read it and wanted to talk about it, was oh so long ago!!!
    Thanks so much,
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  42. A Midsummer nights dream is my favorite

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  43. If you forced me to pick one, I’d have to say that I like A Midsummer Night’s Dream best. It was my very first brush with Shakespeare, and it blew me out of the water. I knew I needed to see and/or read everything he’d written. Romeo & Juliet is probably a close second. I feel like such a cliche, saying that, but it really is a great play. I also love Hamlet something fierce.

    On the flip side, I just can’t like King Lear – and I’ve tried really, really hard. I also disliked King John.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    — Memory
    xicanti AT

  44. MY favorite work with The Bard is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I just saw a performance of it in an outdoor theater last summer. It was a perfect picnic opportunity.

    I would love the opportunity to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. I would love to win this book! I have read most of Shakespeare’s play’s but if I had to pick a favorite it would be Measure for Measure. As for plays I’ve seen performed I loved Twelfth Night.


  46. Please enter me! My favorite play is currently Hamlet, although it changes every few years…



  47. History & Romance…what could be better!!!
    I’d love to win….thanks for the giveaway.

  48. My favorite Shakespeare play is Hamlet. And I would love to read Mistress Shakespeare so please enter me. Thanks!


  49. Somehow I managed to escape reading a whole lot of Shakespeare or maybe I just don’t remember much of them. I think I’ve read Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet. My fav was Romeo and Juliet.

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