10 Reasons Why I Love The Great Gatsby

10 Reasons Why I Love The Great Gatsby

Hey there, and happy Monday! ❤ I’m praying that your new week will get off to a wonderful start. 🙂 I just finished reading my first book of 2018 this morning! That’s one down, about 51 left to go, haha. Reading one a week (or thereabouts) should be interesting! I’ll share a post about what I’ve been reading at some point, but for today, I’ll be talking about a classic book I absolutely love!

I’ve written a few posts like this so far, covering Hamlet and also The Hobbit. For this masterpiece spotlight (unofficial title, haha) I’m very happy to tell you all about my love for The Great Gatsby! If you enjoyed reading this novel as much as I did, you’ll certainly enjoy this post. xxx Happy reading!

10 Reasons Why I Love The Great Gatsby

I love how these pics turned out!

1. East Egg and West Egg. These are the fictional towns, which are a short distance apart, where the main characters live. The ones who don’t live in either of those areas, are always visiting these rich couples / individuals, whether they show up at their parties uninvited, or they come over for afternoon tea. I learned just recently that “egg” was a term used in the 1920’s to describe rich folk – very fitting for the settings of this novel.

2. Gatsby’s parties. As seen above, I mentioned that parties were held in these towns, and the main ones mentioned in the book were carried out at Jay Gatsby’s extravagant home. Everyone is dancing, eating, drinking, swimming, and having a jolly good time – they definitely sounded like fun! I love reading these segments, and watching them on movie renditions, as well. You can just picture the women in flappers and the men in their best suits, dancing and talking the night away.

3. All of the main characters. It’s so easy to enjoy a book when you can warm up to the main people the story’s about! The only one I didn’t particularly like (but she was alright) is Jordan Baker, the [sort of] love interest of Nick Carraway. Her character is aloof, and her presence in various scenes is unknown to me.

4. The relationships and intertwining friendships. These two characters are related, and those two are past lovers. That guy’s actually interested in that woman, not the one you think he should be, and that lady seems to be a friend of everyone …. Needless to say, there are so many connections, past and present, that everyone blends somewhat and the friendship circle is pretty complete. Oh, if only they could show love toward who deserved it … the characters would be happier.

5. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby’s extravagant homes. The descriptions F. Scott Fitzgerald gave are just fantastic! Gatsby’s is the perfect place for holding parties, a massive home to waste the hours away in, exploring its rooms and being treated to the endless delicacies. The Buchanans’ seems more like a summer home, which could be quite right, as they are just up the hill from a lake …

6. The juxtaposition of these two ways of life. The wealth in East Egg that has no source, and the extravagance in West Egg, just across the lake … as well as Nick’s shack, which is the next yard over from Gatsby’s mansion. Throughout the novel, one is constantly aware of the author bringing to light the minute differences of these towns, and of the people who reside in them.

7. The green light. Only a reader who loved this novel enough to remember details like this will understand. Can you picture Gatsby, standing at the end of his dock, hands slowly fidgeting in the pockets of his richly-textured pants as he zones out across the water? The only object his eyes have to focus on in the early morning fog is a faint green light, one that ebbs and flows amid the dense air, its pulse matching that of his own. The light he watches is a reminder to him of a love from the past, one which once was, one that he wishes could simply be again … (I should write Gatsby fanfiction, honestly)

let’s just pretend there’s a green light in the distance 😀

8. Gatsby’s yellow car. At first glance, to reader and character alike, it is a gorgeous, unique automobile … but what is obviously just a mode of transportation soon reveals itself to be the unsuspecting victim of a much different matter.

9. The use of language. The whimsy way in which the characters talk, as well as their bluntness and aloft state of being, is a perfect blend of fictional personalities and wonder.

10. The narrator. That would be Nick Carraway, another unsuspecting victim, who is unintentionally around for many important scenes in the lives of his neighbors and new friends.


Thank you sooo much for reading! ❤ I loved writing this, as this book is absolutely fantastic. Its imagery, plot, and characters are extremely likeable. I’d happily read this masterpiece over and over again!

Let me know in the comments below:

Do YOU love The Great Gatsby?

Happy Monday!

— Maggie

10 Reasons Why I Love Mrs. Doubtfire

10 Reasons Why I Love Mrs. Doubtfire

Hey there, and happy Thursday to you! ❤ I hope your week is going well. 🙂 Today’s post was such a fun one to write! Back in October of last year, I finally watched Mrs. Doubtfire all the way through for the first time, and it is now one of my favorite movies. I regret waiting so long to watch it!

Robin Williams did such a brilliant job with every role he took on in his acting career, even if the movies themselves were full of flaws. Mrs. Doubtfire is one such film, because there are many things I wish were different about it, but it’s still completely worth watching since he’s the main actor. Because this blog series is all about why I love certain books and movies, I won’t be touching on the cons of Mrs. Doubtfire – I will instead share with you 10 reasons why I love it!

I decided to pick a cup of tea for the featured image because he swears by his tea-making skills in the movie, haha. Happy reading! 🙂

1. His many voice impressions. I am a lover of realistic vocal impersonations myself, and have become quite good at it over the years. I relate to Robin Williams on such a deep level when he puts his voice actor skills to work, haha! (That’s his job at the beginning of this movie.) He finds any reason to take on different personalities and vocal ranges with his voice, and Mrs. Doubtfire encourages this skill. It’s impossible for me not to laugh when he makes quips while doing this, as it greatly adds to his humor.

2. The opening scene. We’re introduced to his character (named Daniel) shortly before his job as a voice actor draws to a temporary close, as he wasn’t getting along with the people who were giving him his lines. After bickering with the director, he takes off his headphones, giving the man with wire-rim glasses a woeful look as Daniel makes one last statement (in character, of course), then grabs his coat and makes a grand exit. Thus begins the movie!

3. The transformation. In the process of finding the identity for Mrs. Doubtfire, he and his brother (the makeup artist) experiment with various costumes, types of costume makeup, and crazy wigs, as well. I’m sure the movie wouldn’t have been half as successful as it was had he gone with any of the other ensembles he tried out, as they were quite horrible to look at, haha! (Those fake eyelashes were a killer.)

4. All of the “nanny” scenes. Watching him clean their apartment, make the kids do their homework instead of watch TV, and concoct cooking disasters in their kitchen is hilarious to watch! Especially when he’s happy that his wife and kids are happy, because then he’s dancing while vacuuming and things like that, haha, all while dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire.

5. Mrs. Doubtfire’s voice. This should really be at the top of the list, but I thought this would be the best place to put it on the list. lol I can’t get over how much I love the voice he made for this character! One may think this goes along with my first point, but it really doesn’t.

6. The emotions he and his children expressed. The viewer is easily able to believe that Daniel didn’t see this coming, and that news of their parents’ divorce really affected the children. It’s sad to watch, but they did a wonderful job of making it real.

7. The background song choices. “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” and “Walk Like A Man” are beyond perfect for the soundtrack of this movie. hahaha it’s too good!

8. The conversations he had with his wife. The fact that movie viewers know it’s Daniel, paired with him talking to his wife who thinks he’s an old woman … the actors did a great job with these scenes! I love when she slowly starts recognizing that Mrs. Doubtfire looks like someone she knows, and then Daniel quickly turns away and changes the subject. lol

9. When he switches back and forth between personalities. There’s a scene where a woman comes over to his apartment to see how he’s keeping up with it, and she arrives at the doorstep just as he’s unlocking the door to let himself in … dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire. Quickly claiming to be the much-older sister of himself, he welcomes the woman inside and pulls a quick-change in the next room. To keep up the facade, he talks to himself, flawlessly switching between his own voice and Mrs. Doubtfire’s.

10. The revelation scene at the end. It all happened at his wife’s favorite restaurant … watching him attempt to evenly split the evening between an important work appointment and his wife’s birthday dinner quickly turns into a hilarious disaster. If for no other reason, the movie is worth watching just for this twenty-minute scene!!


Thank you so much for reading! I love getting to talk about my favorite books and movies, so this post was a joy to write. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

Do YOU love Mrs. Doubtfire?

— Maggie

Red Apple Barn – Ellijay, Georgia | Travel Series 3

Red Apple Barn – Ellijay, Georgia | Travel Series 3

Hi guys! I hope that you’re doing well. 🙂 For today’s post, I decided to share a third addition to my travel series here on Dreaming of Guatemala! On October 1st, I got to go to an apple orchard with my family in northern Georgia, and we had such a great time. I took lots of pictures (many of which I’ve shared today) – I’m so glad we got to go this year. ❤ Let’s get right into this post!


My family and I drove up to Ellijay, GA around lunchtime on the first Sunday of October. We stopped at a local Dunkin Donuts restaurant instead of breaking at a traditional rest stop, as there wasn’t one in the area. My parents gave me and Joshua money to buy ourselves a treat, and I got a sour cream donut and caramel iced coffee.

A short while later, we pulled into Red Apple Barn’s parking lot. We arrived about ten minutes before they opened, and the line leading over to the table where you pay was already pretty long. I hopped out of the car to save my family a place in line, then everyone else went and found a parking place.

Before I got to the end of the line, my mom came and joined me to pay. We bought a 3/4-peck bag to fill with apples once we went to the orchards. (The entrance and parking is a short distance away from where the actual apples are grown.) I stopped to take a few pictures before we got on the tractor ride, and my favorite one is of a bin of pumpkins (below).

The festive vibes are real, haha!!

There were two tractors going when we got over to the loading/unloading area. The one that looked like an authentic hayride was loaded first (just before we got there), and the other one, which had the same wooden seat trailer but no hay, was where we got to sit. *sighs* Haha I was hoping we’d get to ride on the first one, but I didn’t mind too much!

The ride up to the orchards is one of my favorite parts of the whole experience.

You weave in and out of this path that leads through forest, then out into open field, then back to the forest again. You go down hills and up hills, curving around the mountainside until you reach the rolling hills of apple country.

Aside from the thick dust that billows up behind the wheels of the roaring tractor, I had a blast on the ride, and the view is simply fantastic.

There’s our tractor driver. This was our first time meeting him – he wasn’t there on our earlier visits – and he was really nice!

It was shortly after I took the picture above that the orchards came into view on the right side of the path.

The three times that we’ve gone to this orchard, I get this huge grin on my face the moment I spot the first apple tree. There’s something about it that I absolutely love. Maybe it’s the experience of harvesting food and eating it off the plant the way God first intended for us to eat. Maybe it’s being out in nature in the beautiful mountains of northern Georgia. Maybe it’s a bit of both. ❤

The tractor driver parked at the top and unlatched the back of the trailer so we could all get off. After we listened to a short list of instructions an orchard-hand (don’t know what he’s officially called, so I’m calling him that haha) has to give all visitors, we were off.

I’m silly [sometimes]. lol!
I balanced finding the best apple trees with taking photos of the beauty around us.

The best apples I spotted were absolute beauties on one side, then completely decaying on the other, lol. You have to be careful not to pry your fingers into rotten apples when inspecting all sides of the fruit! After experiences like that, I knew to delicately take one into the tips of my fingers, then swivel it to see if it was good all over, instead of trusting that it was a nice one.

Golden delicious apples have always been a favorite of my family, and I must say that they are quite delicious. (Maybe that’s why they’re called that haha) We were happy with the selection they had this year, as we had come too late in the season other times we went. Plus, stores have been running out of this kind of apple, and we’re still not sure why. After months without them, we were happy to pick some ourselves! (Although they didn’t end up having the best flavor compared to the other apple varieties we tried.)

I don’t remember what kind of apple is pictured above. I don’t even think we brought any home. Either way, the photo turned out nice. 🙂

The featured image, which I’ll share again with you below, is of someone else’s apple basket on a bench in the middle of the orchard. lol my mom thought it was funny when she saw me taking pictures of it, as it wasn’t even our apples, but I couldn’t help it; it was so picturesque!

At the edge of the fields on the back left side, there was a short row of wildflowers growing alongside a part of the forest. They were quite pretty, and I got a nice picture of the little white ones below. x

It wasn’t too long after that that we finished up on that side of the fields; we headed back up to the beginning to see what the red delicious apples tasted like. On the trek back (it wasn’t too far, but still quite strenuous, what with all the hills), a moth, once again, let me get very close to it so it could have its picture taken. lol

I love the design on its wings! I think I’ve always been fascinated by butterflies and moths 🙂 The intricate details and colors of their wing display always amaze me.

As you can see, Samuel wore a cute plaid shirt of his on this trip. I love how he looks in it! He enjoyed walking through the orchard, although he didn’t do much apple-picking, as Joshua was the one who was able to reach all the good ones.

The red delicious apples ended up being our favorite! They had the best flavor, and we found enough great ones to fill up our 1/2-peck bag. Life is good.

This was the first year that they had horses and mules out in this fenced-off area near the place where everyone gets on and off the tractor rides. I thought that was cool, but the experience became 10x better when I heard one of the workers tell a visitor that anyone can feed them apples – what!! At the end of our apple-picking adventure, us kids grabbed a small handful of golden delicious apples and fed them. The one below was the only one I fed; she kept getting pushed aside by another, hungrier horse and I felt bad for her.

I was sooo scared of getting my finger chopped off by their strong jaws, but I pushed the fear aside and carefully fed them anyway, lol!

Behind the area where they keep the horses and mules was a quaint red barn. It might be the one that gave the place its name, but there’s also a red barn up at the front where they sell apple desserts, so I can’t be too sure. Samuel enjoyed exploring this one up in the orchard, and I got a nice picture of it.

I think this one is used for special events, as there was very little inside, aside from a few unidentifiable props and wooden planks, as well as a moveable archway that said “wedding.” I’d never thought of holding a wedding in an apple orchard, but now I love the idea!

Once the boys were done feeding the animals, we got back on the tractor ride and headed back down through the forests and over the hills. I didn’t take any pictures on the way down, as it was the same view we had going up only flipped backward (haha), but I do have one more to share … aren’t the clouds up in Ellijay gorgeous?

Back down near the parking lot, there’s a field of flowers and pumpkins. Just like I have the other years we’ve gone, I happily went over there to snap some pictures of the flowers. Only one of those turned out nicely (oh well, haha), and I also got close enough to a monarch butterfly to get a good picture, as well!

This was the second time in my life that I’ve seen one of these butterflies up close, so I was very happy to be able to photograph it!

The last picture I have to share with you guys was one I took later in the afternoon on the drive back home; as the sun set in the sky, a tiny, horizontal rainbow appeared in the clouds. It was so cute!

Thank you so much for reading, guys!! I had a great day at the apple orchard with my family. I’m so glad we got to go this year!

Happy fall to all of you!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx