'Nanoremo' kept popping up all over social media and I had no idea what it was. I had previously taken part in Nanowrimo, which is the challenge to write a novel (minimum 50,000 words) in a month, but this was a new one to me. I've since found out that it's: National Novel Reading Month. Here are the rules, courtesy of John Wiswell's Bathroom Monologues:
1. Find a classic novel you've never read, preferably one you've been meaning to read for a long time.
2. "Classic" is up to your definition. If you feel Beloved is a Modern Classic, you read it.
3. Between February 1st and 28th, read the book.
4. Join in on Twitter, blogs and Facebook to discuss your journey through the classic.
Having read Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald at university, but never The Great Gatsby, that is the book I decided on. Written and set in 1920's America I'm hoping it will depict a bygone era with themes that are still relevant today. I'm also interested in the style of writing and whether that is any different nearly an entire century later.
Also in 2013 the latest film version is going to be released starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, which I'd like to see. Director Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge, Romeo+Juliette, Strictly Ballroom) also wrote the screenplay and he's bound to give the classic a modern twist.
I'll keep you posted.