Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Somewhat OK Gatsby...

The Great Gatsby is the one book that I personally wanted to dive into, and I did just that. The story at first doesn't really entice you. Then you get mid way through and get upon this quote that just makes the reader question everything well mostly just what the real definition of love is and that what it could be. This quote is the all so famous, “I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity." said by your truly own  Jay Gatsby. He says this with what people would call the regrettable sentence. The one thing you always question...It's that feeling of did I truly love that person just to find out that you did not. It was simply a sense of pity for them or the feel of caring about the problems. Getting 3/4's through the entire book you get the feeling he is just in love with himself and this is what just solidifies that idea of egotistical humbleness mixed with true emptiness in this quote. The complexity of the book is nothing. It's easy. There is one thing though, I never got a real depth of character with Gatsby. He was just simple and is that man you think of when rich comes up into your mind. The nature of his character is not anything deep except that he is incapable of love and only cares about his parties that cause fake happiness.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


People always wonder if you can ever have a perfect world, the so called utopia...But what if it had to come down to give away your emotions and the way you want to live your life. The Giver, written by an inspiration of mine, Lois Lowry, was made to question. From the first chapter, you get the sense of the truly powerful speaker who gives the commands and no real choices are allowed to be made by anyone. Reflecting with "It's the choosing that is important isn't it?"(79). was to provoke a questioning tone to people. Does it truly matter to be able to make your choice no matter if it is right or wrong. I think that in the giver it is truly about being able to make your own decision, it is our human way to be able to do so. Nothing should be more important even if it can stop the creation or stability of a perfect world. That one quote is what is makes the book in the sense of questioning your reality.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Day One Life

This is my Average Urban Read...

  My full official name is Jacob Ryan Shaffer, and this is my blog. I don't quite like the blog idea but it is about getting your thoughts out there and that is what i'm truly about. Being born kind of late in the year is really just the burden of August babies. Since I am so young I think that my writing style is just a tad bit immature so enjoy reading the intrinsic life of the Shaffer. "Sophomore year is almost up thank the almighty" is what I have to say just to get out of my oh so comfy bed . Brand new school for me since I just had to move from South Carolina...(aka the south). Reading was not the most popular thing when it came to my lifestyle, I usually had to juggle school and sports for the longest time that I could remember. Now that I have the handcuffs of English Literature on...I kind of have too. My personal suggestions on books would have to be the old time classic, Green eggs and ham, by that guy that made all of our childhoods, Dr. Seuss. I know exactly what you're saying "it's for kids". I mean yea, but it just tells people to always be up for new things and never turn down the opportunity.
   Goals set for me are pretty high in my personal view. I want to at least get through the most tragic and heartbreaking story, Twilight, which is obviously a joke. No, but to be quite frank with you I prefer the stories that get you involved into the plot. For example, The Great Gatsby, it's an American must read about a millionaire who throws extravagant parties just for a girls attention. This is what I am into. A book that will fit into my personal window of about thirty minutes a day reading time. Probably twenty pages every two days. It is whatever will not bore me half to death and make me go cross eyed while trying to take all of the "big" words in. These are my goals short,simple,and sweet.