So when I heard The Great Gatsby was going to be a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, I decided I had to read the book before seeing it. I didn't read it in high school, and having seen the trailer during Christmas, I thought I had plenty of time to read the book. Of course, time ended up disappearing on me and here I am, finishing the book about a week after the movie's been out.
As soon as I started reading The Great Gatsby, I knew it was going to be a bit of a struggle; this book is not written for me. But I persevered, and managed to finish it. I could tell right from the beginning of the book that it was building to something, so that helped me persevere.
The Great Gatsby is the story of one summer in New York. Nick Carraway moves next door to Jay Gatsby, an incredibly wealthy but mysterious man who throws outrageous parties. As the summer unfolds, Nick slowly realizes just what it is that Gatsby is after.
I gave The Great Gatsby 2/5 stars on Goodreads because like I said, this book really wasn't for me. I had a hard time wanting to read it (I only did because it was short and so I could go see the movie, which I'm hoping I'll like better). It was an alright story but I much would have preferred reading something else.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.