If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
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Thinking about the tee shirt you sleep in.

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Hermione’s Secrets en We Heart It.

READING IS DREAMING WITH YOUR EYES OPEN.
—Unknown.  (via 3-947mls)
I often hear people say that they read to escape reality, but I believe that what they’re really doing is reading to find reason for hope, to find strength. While a bad book leaves readers with a sense of hopelessness and despair, a good novel, through stories of values realized, of wrongs righted, can bring to readers a connection to the wonder of life. A good novel shows how life can and ought to be lived. It not only entertains but energizes and uplifts readers.
—Terry Goodkind (via bookporn)

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BOOK OF THE DAY:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Chances are that if you are over the age of eighteen, you have read, The Great Gastby. It is hard to ignore a classic with the perfect element of historical essence. Set in the 1920s, Long Island, New York, Fitzgerald depicts the transformation of the American dream from the focus of individualism and the pursuit of happiness into indulgence and corrupted dreams.

Jay Gatsby, the main character is a walking, talking billboard of the American illusion. He is charismatic, wealthy, a war veteran, and most importantly he is in love. He is in love with Daisy Buchanan, who represents old aristrocracy and the shallowness achieved in the 1920’s American society. Although Gatsby’s wealth is founded on criminal activities, his heart is pure. His devotion and love for Daisy are what leads him to his death. Daisy is the representation of women in Fitzgerald’s eyes. She is beautiful, alluring, wealthy, but also dangerous. Without a doubt, every character and place is a signifier supporting the broken dreams of the Jazz Age.

The novel gives us a look into Fitzgerald’s psyche and real life. Nick Carraway, the narrator and glue of the story, is the ghost of Fitzgerald’s mind. Like Nick, Fitzgerald’s popularity introduced him into a new seductive lifestyle and his conflicting feelings on the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby is worth revisiting or picking up for the first time; it is one of the most popular novels, which brings life to the dichotomy between beauty and danger in human nature. 

Find excerpts from The Great Gatsby here. Get the novel here!

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