Week 17: Read The Great Gatsby

This week’s edition of 52 New Things:


Read “The Great Gatsby”



This may seem like an odd item in my 52 things list – but there is a story.  The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is on many English class reading lists in grade 12 in Ontario (Grade 13 though for me – I had five years of high school). Actually, one of the English classes at my school has just started reading the novel for their class. For me, the book was introduced in Grade 13 regular English class. I had three English classes in my final year of school: Regular standard ol’English, English Literature and Writer’s Craft. Both English and English Lit were first thing in the morning with the same teacher. Since I went to a non-semestered high school, I had English every single morning – and you can bet I read many books during my final year. Although I enjoyed most of the books that were offered, a select few were books I would not choose for my own personal reading nor did I really have any interest in reading them for class. Heart of Darkness was one of those books – that novel was painful to read. The Great Gatsby was another. I just couldn’t get into the book at all. So most days while we were reading the book as a class, I zoned out. Sometimes I zoned out so much that the teacher would call me out on it and make me read. Most reading selections were followed by writing a report of some kind. So I wrote an essay on The Great Gatsby without reading the book.

The kicker?

I wrote “The Great Gatspy” instead of Gatsby – The.Entire.Time.

While going through my files a couple of years ago, I did find the essay. However, since we were purging the house to make room for Mr. Max, I did end up chucking it in the recycle bin – I did take a look for it this morning to see if I could find it – but it appears to be gone. Too bad! Actually, come to think of it – it is quite impressive that I wrote a paper (and didn’t receive a failing grade) considering that google and wikipedia did not exist at the time (I see students all the time looking up plot points on wikipedia).

Anyways – so I decided to read (re-read??) the book for this week’s task. Good timing, as the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio is to be released on May 10th.


So my thoughts? I’m not going to go into details about the plot – as this isn’t a book report. But I will say that even 12 years later, this book is still not something I would pick up at read on my own. I do have a greater appreciation of the writing, but I did struggle to read the book. Since my type of books revolve around Harry Potter, medical novels and books about blogging – a traditional piece of English literature isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Not because of the plot line or the characters – but mostly because it was challenging to read. I am looking forward to the movie as the previews have been really good – the costumes and sets look amazing! But – since ‘reading time’ happens before bedtime, I prefer lighter reads. Sure, some of you may not find the book challenging, but I spend most of my days talking in simple English, so big words confuse me.

Now because of time constraints – I have a bit more of the book to read, but I will be finishing it up this week. Not like I don’t know what happens though 🙂

Next week’s challenge: Eatin’ Gluten Free!  I will be not partaking in eating food involving Gluten from Monday-Sunday – YAY! The most challenging aspect of this week’s task will be breakfast!

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  1. Brittany

    How funny about your typo with the title!! I found myself zoning out a lot in classes when we would read things like this too, and have been guilty of writing papers without reading the material!! I do want to see this movie though, it looks so good!

  2. Cecilia @ MommiesRun

    I can’t stop laughing about you misspelling the title. Classic. You know, I can’t even remember any more if I had to read the Great Gatsby. Maybe one day I’ll pick it up!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      I live to make the people laugh 😉

  3. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    I’ve been debating re-reading the Great Gatsby because the movie is coming out so soon, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I have re-read “The Catcher in the Rye” (my favorite book) and I’m going to re-read “To Kill a Mockingbird” next. I remember being forced to read through “Lord of the Flies” and hating it. I don’t think I’d ever want to pick up that book and read it again.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Love love love Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird…..lord of the flies, no no no

  4. Emily

    I just started re-reading “Gatsby” today! I too haven’t given it a thought since high school. My Embarrassing Moments in Scholastic Gatsby Curriculum submittall is when we had to reenact a scene from the book, and it was the one where the one chick runs over the other chick with the car. I don’t remember the book or the scene, but I remember I was was laughing so hard during the presentation that I couldn’t say my lines and almost peed myself.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Lol! Thankfully I did not have to act anything out!

  5. Jade

    I loved reading great gatsby!! I also really want to watch the movie.

  6. Nicole

    I haven’t read that book and I don’t think I want to! I might watch the movie though.

    Ohhh looking forward to your Gluten-free post. I think that’s something we are going to work towards as a family since none of us feel good after eating gluten. Maybe we will do gluten-reduced though.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      yeah, there are other books I would rather read. I graduated high school so that means no hard books (right?!?!)


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