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

10 Reasons Why I Love The Hobbit

10 Reasons Why I Love The Hobbit

Hey everybody! I hope you’re all doing well. (: I have a very fun post to share with you today! One of the books I was required to read for school a few years ago was The Hobbit, and I’m so happy that it was! It had its slow moments for me, but as a whole, it is an amazing adventure novel, masterfully-written, and has some of the most memorable characters of any book ever. If you’ve never read this book by J.R.R. Tolkien, I highly recommend that you do! Introduction aside, I am happy to share with you 10 reasons why I love The Hobbit.

1. The plot’s pace. I have noticed that adventure novels can be more drawn-out than they need to be at times, but The Hobbit had me hooked from the very beginning, all the way to the end! It has a strong, interesting plot, one that isn’t resolved until Bilbo returns home. (Hence the subtitle of the book, Or There And Back Again.)

2. The dwarves. If I’m remembering correctly, there are six sets of dwarf brothers, there’s one that isn’t related to any of them (or maybe there’s one set of three brothers?), and then there’s Thorin Oakenshield. Either way, haha, they are so much fun to read about, even when their similar names start blending together. (Except for Thorin, because he’s too cool to have a name like the rest of them.)

3. Hobbits. This especially refers to their eating habits and cozy little homes. I desperately want to visit The Shire, it’s unfortunate that it’s not a real place. Hobbits seem like the sweetest little people, and like I just mentioned, the fact that their favorite thing to do is eat and have tea time multiple times a day says to me I’d quite get along with Hobbits!

4. The descriptions. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best writers I’ve ever read, and I can understand why his literature is so deeply appreciated in the book community. The reader legitimately feels like they’re going on an adventure with Bilbo, too, and while I have yet to read any LOTR books, I’m sure they’re the same way. I love books that do a fantastic job of transporting the reader to right where the characters are, and Tolkien’s writing does that easily.

5. The focus. Some books will stray from the main point, whether because it was too weak to begin with, or they pick a sub-plot to cover even though it’s confusing to readers. In The Hobbit, however, you always know exactly where the characters are headed and what their mission is, even when encountered with trials and situations that at first seem unrelated. In the end, everything ties in together masterfully.

6. The various settings. As the traveling party of many dwarves, one Hobbit, and a wizard get closer to their goal, they visit, pass by, and see various mystical places. The way Tolkien describes each one is just amazing – you’d have to read it yourself to understand. He goes over the appearance and mood of every place, leaving the reader no space to wonder what something might have been like.

7. The sub-plots. They are relevant, intriguing, and I’d have to say that my favorite one is when Bilbo gets lost in a cave and meets Gollum. At first, the reader wonders if the poor Hobbit is going to be eaten by this strange creature, but that isn’t what happens at all, which is why I found that scene entertaining.

8. Gandalf. It took a good amount of will power to include this character near the bottom of my list. I didn’t want to come across as obsessed with this wizard, even though I totally am. haha I have a sketch I drew of him near the doorway in my room! Gandalf the Grey is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. I really can’t tell you why I love his personality and presence in The Hobbit so much, aside from the fact that I tend to appreciate magical characters, and he certainly is one.

9. The conclusion. Some stories struggle to have a good wrap-up scene and ending purpose, but this book definitely has one. As you can tell by the whole of this review-type post, I’m not wanting to give too much away for future readers, so I won’t go over exactly what the conclusion is; just know it’s a good one.

10. The included maps and illustrations. It depends on which copy and edition you pick up, but most have fantastic illustrations, and I think all of them have the literary maps, giving readers a great way to visualize where the travelling party is going. I appreciated having the ability to peruse them while reading because I was able to see where they’d just been, currently were, and were soon headed.


Thank you for reading! I love writing posts like this; it’s a fun, interactive way to talk about my favorite books (and hopefully movies sometime soon!). Have you read The Hobbit? It’s such a good book!

Let me know in the comments below:

Why do YOU love The Hobbit?

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