The Circle – Bookclub Ep. 1

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Hello everybody, how’re you doing? I’ve been enjoying the sun and preparing for my trip to Scotland, I’m so excited!

I thought I’d try something different for today’s post. I don’t know about you, but I still love reading real books and whenever I go on holiday, the first thing I pack are the books I want to bring. And when I’ve read a good or controversial or confusing book, I make all my friends read it as well so I can discuss it. So I thought, why not do that on the blog? Maybe some of you have already read the book  or maybe some of you will read it during the summer and then we can talk about it here. I’m hoping to make this into a re-occurring feature, so please tell me if you’d want to read that and any book suggestions you might have.

So when I was looking for books to take on holiday, I found The Circle by Dave Eggers and I just couldn’t wait another two weeks to read it, so I started immediately. And I actually loved it!

Are you one of those people that always complain how the book was SO MUCH BETTER than the movie? Because I definitely am, shame on me… I’ve been trying to get better, but I guess reading was my first love so it always feels more personal to me to get to know characters on a page instead of a screen. And eventhough I’m excited for the movie with Emma Watson *fangirl squeel*, I wanted to read the book first.

Now I’m usually quite a fast reader, but lately I haven’t been able to concentrate very well, so it takes me quite a long time to finish a book. But with this one, I found it really hard to put it down.

I’ll try not to give away too much, but here are a few impressions of the book: You constantly feel like you know what is going to happen, but there is still so much suspense. And I love it when you don’t really sympathise with the characters, because it makes it much more realistic if people aren’t perfect.

Plus, I just love any dystopian story. I started reading World War 2 novels when I was 12 years old and by the time I was about 15, I had found books like 1984 and Brave New World and absolutely devoured them. The Circle actually reminded me of Brave New World quite a lot, but it’s much more modern. The society described in The Circle feels scarily close to the one we already live in and it seems quite possible that this will be our reality in 50 years. So if you like a critical sci-fi mystery, this is the book for you!

I’m really curious how they adapted this into a movie and which characters and plot lines will make it into the movie.

What do you think? Did you like it? Which character fascinated you the most? What did you think about the ending? Did the book remind you of anything? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading if you decide to decide to check out the book and as always lots of love, H.

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