The Circle by Dave Eggers

 

I really wanted to love this book. I loved 1984 when I read it in high-school & I love everything else I’ve read by Dave Eggers. It was still a great book. I definitely think it’s worth the buy, but it didn’t inspire any revolutionary thoughts on the advancement of technology or privacy security for me. There might be some spoilers in this review because I don’t know how to talk about my problems with the book without mentioning them, but nothing too specific.

Mae Holland just landed her dream job at The Circle, a Google/Apple/Amazon hybrid, but bigger & better. The first third of the book is pretty much a lot of description on how cool it is to work there. The fun ideas about what kind of technology is possible in a place like this. Then it becomes more & more intense in Mae’s spiral into the world of oversharing in social media. Continue reading

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Black Friday Book Haul!

I may have gone a bit overboard on bookoutlet. I swear they’re not paying me to say this, but they are amazing. But their prices are already so low, plus they took 30% off everything, plus you got a coupon for $5 via email!

This was also my first experience ever ordering from them, so I went down my TBR list on Goodreads & just added every title I found to my cart. The most I spent on a book in this entire haul was $4.19. Meanwhile most of these books were list priced at over $20.00 each. Major savings. The majority of them were also bought in hardcover.

Also, add me on Snapchat if you like unboxings because that’s pretty much what I use Snapchat for. It’s wholly dedicated to my bookish stuff, so I don’t post too many personal stories. Just lots of shelfies, quotes, coffee cups, & what not. The packages will probably start coming in next week, so follow me @ReinReads

In no particular order, my Black Friday book haul: Continue reading

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank you Jordan from I Will Never Own Enough Books for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! 🙂 

RULES

1. Link to the blogger who nominated you.

2. List seven random facts about you.

3. Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers, and notify them.

Facts:

  1. My favorite statue in Central Park is the one of Balto.
  2. Tomatoes are demon apples. I hate them.
  3. I memorize the first line of most of my favorite books.
  4. When I was little, my favorite color was brown because I felt bad that nobody liked it.
  5. I studied Art with a capital A for a year before switching majors.
  6. Also studied Environmental Science.
  7. I think rats are kind of cute looking.

My Nominees!

  1. Michelle from Book Adventures
  2. Sophie from Sophie’s Web
  3. Pluralistic Adventures
  4. Beaches & Books
  5. Hailey from haileyhugsbooks
  6. Heather from The Sassy Book Geek
  7. Lucía from Making Days Better

 

I still have a few more award posts to get through, but I’m going to separate them out over the next few days with some reviews.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Why bother reviewing books that have already become widely & critically acclaimed? Because there’s a generation of readers, my age & younger, who may not have heard of it.  A generation that really cares about reading. Also because everybody has their own opinion. While a whole faculty insists I should love Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, or masses of readers everywhere ask me how I could not love A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, I persist & continue to dislike them both pretty strongly. Also because there’s always complaints or at least reservations with any excellent book. It’s characters are too white & privileged. It’s author’s presence comes through a little too much at times. All valid points, but let’s just say this book is what it is: fucking good. It’s what most readers could only dream of writing. The actual sentence by sentence structure is so spotless. But I also review it because I can. Because I review basically everything I read. Continue reading

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

This book has been described as F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson, but it felt more Fitzgerald meets The Secret History maybe? Some combination of a Richard & a Henry/Francis hybrid leaks from two of the main characters.

It’s Fitzgeraldian in its sort of timeless style & charm, its propped up dream girl on a pedestal, & the muse-like creativity she inspires. It also gets kind of meta at times. You’re always aware of the story, never trusting the narrator fully. At one point there’s a story being told, inside another recapped story, in between the actual story itself, each with it’s own font to tell them apart. It reminded me of Fitzgerald’s varying chapter sections in This Side of Paradise where he goes from a play format to a poem to novelistic style. But Jansma’s approach is less a coming of age tale, & more a coming of a writer’s tale. At times fantastical, other times realistic in the sense that not all of the details matter, just the right ones do. Continue reading

Rereading Books | Collab with Slayer of YA

Recently Setierah & I decided to collaborate on some blog posts, I did a blog post on my most enjoyable read which will be up on her blog soon. Make sure to check out her blog! Recently, I’ve been rereading books I’ve already torn through several times before. I normally go for comfort reads when I reread, so I feel nostalgic & happy, but I tend to get stressed that I’m not reading newer books or books that require more to think about. But it’s perfect for when I’m in a slump & want to get back to reading regularly. I’ve been wondering which books other bloggers reread so I asked Setierah if she could write about her favorite! Here’s her post: Continue reading