The Circle

I’m excited that I am still posting about vacation reads – it takes me right back to my quiet week on the lake!

I have been excited about the preview of The Circle for a while because I love Emma Watson (who doesn’t?), but refuse to see the movie until I have read the book. This was my second book by Dave Eggers, and I really enjoyed it. I can see how it’s great material to inspire a movie.

The Circle is about a young woman named Mae who starts working for a large tech company who is working on all kinds of projects. The company has a lot of young people working for them and has a huge social media focus. They work to connect people and make the world more transparent.

The deeper Mae becomes involved in the company, the more she changes her lifestyle and the faster she volunteers to open her life up to others in the company and around the world.

This book introduces political concerns, privacy issues, and asks if social media should have limits. It was wonderful to read while I was unplugged for the week, and made me think about the information I put out on the internet, and how companies use it.

Did you see the movie? How did it compare to the book? No spoilers, please!




A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers is amazing. I really enjoyed A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It was funny, despite being tragic. Eggers is able to take his reflections on some very difficult circumstances and find the joy of life within them.

When Eggers was in his early 20s both of his parents died in a short period of time. Eggers and his adult brother and sister are left with the responsibility of caring for their 8-year-old brother. Eggers takes guardianship of his youngest brother, and they move to California. The situation is a literal mess at times (have you ever seen the apartment or dorm room of a young man in his 20s? I have, and certainly wish I could wash off that experience), but they figure it out as they go along.

Eggers’ writing style is very unique, starting from the prologue. He often goes into these rants about how he imagines things to happen before he talks about how they actually happened. I loved this. It was great to get inside his brain for a bit. I am guilty of jumping to the worse case scenario and playing conversations or situations out in my head before they happen, and they are always wrong. Eggers has similar thoughts, and it was great to read.

Overall, I recommend this book! It will keep you on your toes. It makes sense for this to be on the books-to-read-in-your-20s list. It’s really about continuing to live your life no matter what is thrown at you. While his life is overwhelming and painful, Eggers keeps on living, and by the end, years have passed, and he has lived them well. Happy reading!