WWW Wednesday: I Fail Book Blogging…

Because I’m still reading the same damn books. But we’ll do this anyway. I don’t have anything else to do. This is a tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Still reading Christmas Shopaholic. This is the book that might get me back on youtube. Just saying…this is a trip…I love how obnoxious and flawed the main character is. I’m also just really a sucker for Christmas books and movies. My husband hates watching tv with me during month of December. That man has seen way too many Christmas rom-coms. But you know what? I have watched Star Wars and a fuck-ton of Superhero movies and I’m well-acquainted with gaming youtube. None of that is interesting to me, so we’re even πŸ˜‰

And I’m still reading The Great Hunt.

I fail book blogging. I read too slowly. I don’t do wrap-ups. When was the last time I blogged a book review? But I’ve introduced a lot of regular people to incel shit…..I understand if you all need to kick me out of the book blogging community. I’d respect that decision.

Okay, I do actually have an answer for question 2.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Second Shepherds’ Play and The York Play of the Crucifixion

I’m back to researching for my medieval books. For those of you who don’t know, I write time-travel fantasy in a medieval setting. I’m currently focused on wrapping up my wattpad book Desire and Destruction, which takes place in the year 1122.

I started reading about the Mystery plays, thinking maybe I could work it into that book. It turns out I can’t, because they weren’t super widespread until the 13 and 1400s (although they probably existed in some form during the 1100s).

Mystery Plays were religious plays endorsed by the church and each was performed by a different “mystery.” Back then, a “mystery” meant a guild.

The church gifted each guild with a play and they did it in the most hilarious way possible. The Shipmaker’s guild got….are you ready for it….Noah’s Ark! *ba-dum-bum!*

The Butcher’s guild? The Crucifixion

The Baker’s Guild? The Last Supper

The image of medieval clergy yucking it up over how clever this is might be my new favorite thing.

I read two of these original mystery plays this past week and they were both pretty interesting. I preferred The York Crucifixion Play, but The Second Shepherd’s Play was interesting in it’s way too. There’s definitely a very sit-com-esque brand of humor there. This dude shows up pretending to be a forgeiner, so he can gain the shepherd’s trust and steal their sheep. Except, both shepherds know the dude. He’s a known troublemaker and they’re both just like, “Bruh, we know it’s you. What the hell?” Not roll-on-the-floor funny, but kind of humorous.

What Will I read Next?

I still need to finish Le Morte d’Arthur, a medieval manuscript originally written sometime in the 1200s, but translated (from French) by the knight Sir Thomas Malory in the 1400s. It’s a collection of tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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And of course, I need to eventually move on to book three in the Wheel of Time series.

Will I actually be reading new books by next Wednesday?

Probably not. I fail book blogging.

2 Comments

  1. I read Mort d’Arthur for a medieval lit class about 20 years ago and I loved it. Recently I pulled it out because I remembered that some of those Arthurian tales feature the wandering hero coming across a land that has been laid waste by a plague, and someone has to fill a basin with blood to undo it. I thought it would be cool to post a quote from that.
    But as it turns out, the Middle English spelling is so wacky that I couldn’t just skim through Mort d’Arthur to find the place I was looking for. I would have to read through it carefully, probably out loud.
    Like you, I doubt I’ll get to it soon.

    I’ve heard that in one particular passion play, almost every year the actor who played Judas ended up committing suicide. I think it was in Germany somewhere. You ever heard of that?

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    1. Yeah, I’m struggling with it a lot to be honest. The stories ramble quite a bit and don’t always have a coherent plot structure.
      I was able to find a translated version in modern english. I know middle english during that period was starting to really resemble modern english, but I still can’t do it lol
      If I happen to find that story, I’ll let you know where it is in the book.

      I haven’t heard of that. that sounds like a very creepy urban legend!

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