...even if you’re reading this at any other time of the year when you just managed to scrape out a whole day (or two) to read, then it wouldn’t hurt to keep this list in mind…
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaku and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami
“The themes of finding closure for unresolved personal negativities really resonated with me.” – Nate
The Space Between – Brenna Yovanoff
“This is a book about being deeply flawed, and how even as you’re trying to be better, it’s honest to let those things stay a part of you.” – Kali
The Last Unicorn – Peter Beagle
“It Reminds me that there’s magic in the world even if you can’t see it.” – Becky
The Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
“I enjoyed it.” – Richard
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
“This is one of Hemingway’s most compelling books due to the religious themes and the focus on minority groups, at a time when prejudice in America was prevalent.” – Kyle
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“A good narrative that gives a view into the minds of the characters.” – Lexi
Gone – Michael Grant
“It’s very entertaining and has a mystery you want to solve.” – Heather
Ties of Shooting Stars – Keigo Higashino
“The mystery keeps you guessing, and the build-up for the plot twist has a great payoff.” – Derek
The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke
“I found it really empowering as a child, with these kids taking care of themselves and fighting for good.” – Amy
The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
“I like Greek mythology, and the book’s funny, witty humor.” – Tim
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Happy anniversary to The Great Gatsby! Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this seminal work was published on this day (April 10th) in 1925, at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald’s novel takes place in the fictional towns of West and East Egg in Long Island, centering around the mysterious billionaire Jay Gatsby as told from the point of view of character Nick Carraway. The novel’s themes harshly critique the decadence of the American lifestyle, deconstructing idealism, social upheaval, hedonism, and resistance to change to reveal Gatsby’s story to be more tragic than aspirational, a cautionary tale about the American Dream itself. Masterfully written, the novel is considered a classic today for its themes, intimate portrait of the characters, and flowing prose.
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But the American dream was as elusive for Fitzergald as it is for Gatsby: initially, the author’s master work looked like more of a mistake. The book sold poorly upon its release and received mix to negative reviews. Fitzgerald himself died young in 1940, sadly believing that his book was a failure. Of course, the story wasn’t over, even if Fitzgerald’s was. The Great Gatsby received a resurgence in popularity during World War II and today is considered a contender for the Great American Novel. Doubtless you’ve read it in high school, and hopefully, you liked it.
Gatsby has been adapted several times, its most famous ones being two big screen movies in 1974 and 2013. The former starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow while the latter starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. Although both received mixed reviews, the latter was a massive box office success. Cheers to that!
Happy birthday, The Great Gatsby. We’ll send you off with an appropriate GIF…
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