Okay so this super embarrassing thing happened to me in engineering today. My professor loves to call people out when she feels they are exceptional. But let’s start the story at yesterday at 3:45 PM. That’s when I remember that we have a review day in engineering tomorrow and I need to send in questions because who knows if other people did, and she won’t have a review day if nobody sends in any questions. So I go to work at 4 and while I am at work I try to figure out which problems would be best to ask her at first glance. So basically without trying any of the problems, I just looked at the pictures, and if the picture was hard I’d be like “Yup. Here’s a good one.” Anyways, jump to this morning. I pick up the review packet and I see that every single question I had asked was on there. And I had asked like 6 of them. That’s a lot to cover in an hour. And then on the board I see a note my prof wrote with my name on it. And I’m like “Oh shit. Please. Don’t.” And then she starts class by saying “Of my two classes, Quinn here was the only one who sent any in questions.” And the whole class looks at me and I want to curl up in a ball and die of mortification. But she continues “So I wanted to get you a box of chocolates but the gas station does not have any and that is the only thing open at 6 AM. But I did get you some chocolate.” Then she proceeds to hand me the contents of the photo. I’ll have to return the pin that she told me to wear during class. I did not. I hid it under my folder. I hate having attention drawn to me in the middle of class. And then whenever she was going to start going through another problem, she said “Here’s another problem The Boss sent in.” As soon as I left class I told my friend “Bye. I’m going to go crawl into a hole and die now.”
To start our first week, our three founding members decided to settle for one of America’s most famous and praised novels, The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, in honor of the movie adaptation being released in most world-wide countries this week.
It’s also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means—and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. “Her voice is full of money,” Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel’s more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy’s patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.
(source: Goodreads.com summary)
If you don’t own a copy of The Great Gatsby, here are a few useful links:
- order it on BookDepository.co.uk [paperback] | Amazon.com [Kindle]
- read it online
- download it online
If you do not want to be part of the book discussions on our Goodreads group, we are offering you an alternative possibility: you can either be part of Readiton in all its actions and debates on the several platforms, or you can very well just read the books alongside us. It’s a good way to challenge yourself to read more, if you don’t have time/don’t usually read a lot!
The second book week, that will last from March 20 to June 2, will be centred around popular Young Adult author and vlogger John Green. You have up until Wednesday 15th to vote for which of his five pre-selected works you’d like to read (voting starts on Monday).
Happy week, fellow readers!