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Simply Shakespeare #50 – Shakes Books I Am Desperate To Read In 2020!

Today for Simply Shakespeare, I am talking about some Shakes books that have been on my TBR for far too long…
Shakespeare On Toast by Ben Crystal
Published: 2016 by Icon Books
Genre: Non-Fiction
Retelling/Focus On: N/A (Non-Fiction)

I have wanted to read this since I went to the Shakespeare Conference at the uni of York. As fun as retellings are, it;s also great to widen my knowledge of Shakes and I think this one sounds really interesting, The blurb makes it sound like it’s going to give me fresh new info around his plays…bring it on!

Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard


If We Were Villains by M.L Rio 
Published: 2017 by Flat Iron Books
Genre: Adult Mystery/\Thriller
Retelling/Focus On: Various

This just sounds SO good and I can’t believe it’s taking me so long to pick it up. I always hear great reviews, I need to just get on it tbh, especially cos it focuses on a drama school too!

If We Were Villains


Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Published: 2017 by Henry & Holt
Genre: Young Adult Contemprary
Retelling/Focus On: Midsummer Night’s Dream

This focuses on a school production of MSND and it just sounds so cute and fab. A few bookish influences have sung its praises so I am deffo intrigued!

Foolish Hearts


Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Published: 2018 by Penguin Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Retelling/Focus On: Romeo & Juliet

This author duo have a few Shakes books, this is their first. This focuses on a High School production of R&J. IT sounds quite a bit like my WIP too so I’m deffo excited to see what happens.

Always Never Yours

Trouble Fires Burn (Netherfeld #3) by Amber Elby
Published: 2019 by Verdopolis Press
Genre: Young Adult Fantsasy
Retelling/Focus On: Various

I have has this on my TBR for absolute MONTHS. I have an issue with finishing series but it’s about time I get this done, to be honest.

Trouble Fires Burn

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What should I get to first?!

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