I decided to reread The Great Gatsby next, and I’ve only recently discovered I’ve been forever misspelling Gatsby as GATESBY. My mistake. This was a weird one. When I read it two years ago, I didn’t read a masterpiece a lot of people said it was. I just read a book, and one that was so painfully riddled with problems, and it seems wrong to label it a masterpiece when it just isn’t. Throughout that book I had no idea what the characters were talking about, and there was little motivation for me to care. When every single one of them is so awful, why the hell should I care what they have to say, do or not do? I get they can’t all be likeable, that’s fine, but all of them? I still don’t really know who Gatsby is. Also, it’s a small book, but it took an age to get anywhere. Either I’m missing the point, or the book really isn’t that great. I don’t know, either way, it’s a 5/10, an average book. The best parts are the descriptions of nighttime New York, and little else. Then I read Foxglove Summer which is the worst book I’ve read this year so far. Gatsby was a reread, so I can’t count it. Foxglove Summer left so many questions unanswered and its story was so far beyond the magic I come to expect from the series. Bloody heartbroken.
Looking back on February, I see a forgettable reading month. OK, Revival and Midnight Express were great, but I’m just so annoyed with Foxglove Summer and surprised with the praise that Great Gatsby’s received since launch. Disagree all you want, but that book wasn’t worth reading again. Books that I believe are worth the hype are ones like The Humans, The Fault in our Stars, The Road and Brave New World. Not Gatsby. Everybody seems to coo over both Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye, but I didn’t like either. And yeah, I know that proves nothing, and just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean everybody else is wrong, but I’m just wondering what the hell does everybody else see in both books? If I read Catcher when I was a teen, then maybe I would have loved it. But I read it when I was about 21 or 22. And I hated it. Whatever, that’s fine. The world would suck if we all liked the same things.
Songs of the Week:
- 'A Love Worth Keeping' by Frank Turner
- 'I Am Disappeared' by Frank Turner
- 'Wessex Boy' by Frank Turner
- 'Rage and Red' by Anaal Nathrakh
- 'The One Thing Needful' by Frank Turner
- 'Midnight City' by M83
- 'Planes' by T.C.C ft. Nick Reeves
- 'Mine' by Phoebe Ryan/Illenium Remix
- 'So Wrong' by Illenium
- 'Eternity' by Skrux