Gatsby Follows this Friday!

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowFollow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. And today's question is:
School is out! What is your favorite Summer Reading book?

I wish school was out, I still have exams I am revising for, which is severely limiting me branching out into my favourite books. I have really loved reading Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books such as 'The Shadow of the Wind' and 'The Angel's Game'. I think I will try to get 'The Prisoner of Heaven' before I leave for France, because France is where I love to read his books, despite him being Spanish.

I also like to try new books in the summer, so I think I might work on getting my Classics list down a bit. 'Watership Down' is waiting for me, as is 'The Book of Laughter and Forgetting' by Milan Kundera.

For Book Beginnings by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 by Freda's Voice, I'm using 'The Great Gatsby' by Fitzgerald. I sort of want to start reading it now because of the movie and because I've always wanted to, but exams are killing me.

'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’
I think that's quite good advice to remember because, especially if you've grown up in Europe like me, there are certain advantages you've simply had since birth.

'The familiar expression held no more familiarity than the hand which reassuringly brushed my shoulder.'
I like this line even though it is very short. When parents give you a smile saying everything's alright and you can just see them freak out internally.

So, let's close this off with an idea. I have already bothered some of you with this (SORRY)! 

I'm helping out a friend, Thomas Sailer, author of 'Confessions of a Harry Potter Fan', by trying to organise a blog tour for his book from the 22nd of July to the 5th of August. I am still looking for people from the 28th of July to the 4th. If you'd like to help, tell me so in your comments or email me at

So, what were your answers for this week's question? 


  1. Those are new to me! Summer usually means the best releases from my fave authors so I look forward to those!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  2. We're fast approaching winter in Australia...the perfect weather for curling up with a good book, a hot drink and slippers!
    I re-read the Gatsby a couple of months ago - I'd forgotten just how much I loved it. Your quotes take me back to a happy place :-)

    1. P.S. I'm not familiar with a blog tour. What is it? How does it work?

    2. No worries :) A blog tour is basically when every day a different blog post a guestpost or review for a book for, for example, two weeks. That's what I'm trying to set up for 'Confessions of a Harry Potter Fan'! If you have any other questions, you can email me as well! :)

  3. I really want to pick up more classic, too! I hope manage to knock some of your tbr.

    - New follower!

  4. My book group read The Great Gatsby together a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It does have a great beginning! Words for each of us to keep in mind. The new movie looks drastically different than the Robert Redford version. I am looking forward to seeing it. Have a great weekend!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  5. I want to see the new release of The Great Gatsby....but I should read the book. I'm a little stunned that I haven't read it yet!


  6. The Great Gatsby is very topical right now - I'm planning to re-read it soon.

    Thanks for the invite to the blog tour - sorry I can't help out.

  7. The Shadow of the Wind is on my shelf and I haven't read it yet, now I really want to. Maybe this summer?...

    I have to re-read Gatsby, I haven't read it since high school and I remember 75% of the book and I remember enjoying it but I should refresh my memory.

    I am following you via Bloglovin'.

  8. never heard of those but sounds cool. happy weekend :)


  9. I can't wait to see the film!!! LOVE Gatsby!

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me. I'm following you back. I have a book of the author you mentioned lying on my tbr pile haha.

  11. I read Gatsby many years ago, but now I think it's time for a reread. Love the opening!

  12. Loved Watership Down! New follower via GFC and BlogLovin'.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  13. I've been meaning to re-read GG. Thanks for the reminder.

    And thanks for including your post on Book Beginnings!

    Rose City Reader

  14. just read it. don't know what to think -- i think i wanted to like it more. :(

  15. Thanks for the follow, am following back! I love the Great Gatsby!

  16. have not read this book yet.. but want to before i see the movie..
    my summer read - have a whole list of books on my TBR, on my eReader..

  17. I barely read classics. I don't know why but I just can't get into them as well as I get into other novels but it's nice that you like them. I'm a new follower and I hope you can check out my blog as well.
    My Blog: Music Plus Books
    Thank you!

  18. I have a copy of that one! But haven't had a chance to read it. Followed you through Bloglovin.

    P.S. Sending you e-mail in awhile. :)


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