The Circle By Dave Eggers | Book Review

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“We are not meant to know everything, Mae. Did you ever think that perhaps our minds are delicately calibrated between the known and the unknown? That our souls need the mysteries of night and the clarity of day? Young people are creating ever-present daylight, and I think it will burn us all alive. There will be no time to reflect, to sleep.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing well. So, I bought a bunch of new books as a birthday gift to myself, and I haven’t had the time to read them all except one book, because I’ve been away for two weeks. Anyways, today I’m going to talk about The Circle, because I was eyeing this book for a while, and when I started it, it made me think a lot about the world of social media nowadays. Without further ado, let’s review this book!

This book follows the story of Mae Holland, who gets the opportunity to work in The Circle,  which is the most advanced internet company. When Mae explores the campus, she feels that this place is where she meant to be. As days go by, Mae becomes consumed by her work and she rarely sees her family or friends anymore. Later on, she starts to question The Circle’s morals, goals, and whether it would change people’s lives to better or worse.

Let me start by saying that this book annoyed me so much. The premise is thought provoking yet disturbing  at the same time. So, The Circle’s goal is to be as transparent as possible. They want to install cameras everywhere, and they want to make it mandatory. Because they strongly believe that if each person is monitored, and if people have access to observe each other all the time, then they would behave better and reconsider their actions. The idea is crazy, and I honestly can’t imagine living like that, because I’d literally lose my mind.  Let’s talk about the writing style. It was easy to follow, but sometimes I felt like I was reading an article that’s filled with so many statistics and numbers, which made me lose interest a bit, but I kept reading because I desperately wanted to know how the book would end. But before I talk about how I feel about the end, I want to talk about the characters. Mae is the main character in the book. She is so self absorbed, and selfish. All she thinks about is herself and how being transparent to everyone will make her a better person, but that turned her into the worse version of herself. Engaging herself in The Circle’s programs was consuming her life, and she rarely had enough hours of sleep. And the fact that people could see her, made her change her food choices, and suppress her feelings, because she didn’t want anyone to think she is unhealthy or weak. And I hate how she forced her Ex boyfriend Mercer to engage more in the  Zing Program. He is the only reasonable character that I really like in this book. Despite his efforts to convince Mae that she’s wasting her life for the sake of this company and forgetting the people she truly loves, she didn’t change her mind at all. Even her parents have no role in the book whatsoever, and that’s why I hate most of the characters, because they have no depth to their personalities. Especially Mae, I just don’t know where she stands, or what does she really want to do with her life. When it comes to the end of the book, she could’ve changed how things are supposed to be, but she chose not to. Like how selfish can she get? The end was disappointing, but I kind of saw it coming. To wrap up my review, the idea of The Circle is intriguing, but I feel like the execution didn’t do it justice. And the characters were flat to me, but this book surely gives you a lot to think about, and it makes you think about the power and effect of social media, and how some people are glued to the internet  24\7 hours believing they’re living their lives, but they’re totally not. This book made me feel terrified of the world of social media. I just wanted to stay away from the internet for a while. Regardless, this book carries a lot of important lessons, and I think everyone should read it.

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With Malice By Eileen Cook | Book Review

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Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing great. To be honest, I haven’t read that much in June, because life has just been crazy busy. But I managed to read With Malice, which was so addicting and intense. Once I started it, I just couldn’t put the book down and sleep. It really exceeded my expectations. So, let’s review this book!

Simon and Jill have been friends since forever. Jill is shy, smart, and really wants to study law in college when she graduates from high school. On the other hand, Simon likes to party too much sometimes, and she doesn’t care about her education at all. So, when Jill and Simon go on a road trip to Italy with their school, their friendship starts to fall apart. One day, Jill and Simon fight about a boy they met there, then a couple of weeks later, Jill wakes up and finds herself in the hospital. Not knowing why she is there, or what happened at all. The truth is that there was an accident and Simon was dead, but Jill was in a coma and she woke up with no memory of the previous six weeks. However, as soon as she wakes up, the investigations begin, because everyone believes that Jill killed Simon out of jealousy.

This book reminds me a lot of The Girl On The Train. The plot is kind of similar, but in a different way. It’s also twisted, because while you’re reading you keep asking yourself who’s right and who’s wrong, and you begin suspecting Jill and then someone else. This book kept me guessing. I knew something was weird about Simon, I just didn’t feel comfortable about her character and how she treated Jill. Also, everyone thinks that Jill is spoiled and has it all, because her father is rich. But, in reality, she doesn’t. Which I think lots of people can relate to that. Everything not always what it seems, and sometimes people misjudge you. I liked her mother, but her father was really irritable. This book also shows a difference between a toxic friendship and a healthy one. Simon forced Jill to do things she didn’t feel comfortable about, just like she was her follower and she’s got to obey her. But, when Jill met Anna in the hospital, she felt it was easy to open up to her and tell her about so many things. I also like how Jill is a feminist and she has a blog about important feminism issues, which is really impressive. At the end of my review, I would totally recommend it if you want to read a fast paced thriller book.

The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold | Book Review

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“Inside the snow globe on my father’s desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, “Don’t worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He’s trapped in a perfect world.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you had an amazing Eid and ate lots of chocolate. Today I’m going to review one of my favorite mystery books that made me fall in love with books that have the same genre. I read this book long time ago, like maybe five years. And I reread it last year, then I remembered that I haven’t ever reviewed this book which is honestly weird, because I love reviewing books that I really like. So, let’s review this book!

On a cold winter evening, A fourteen year old girl named Susie Salmon was walking back home from school feeling happy, because she had a good day. But, when a piece of paper fell out of her bag and went flying because of the wind, she went after it. Then a man in front of her caught the paper. He invited her to his house, to see the thing he built up, but she refused and said that it was getting really late. The man kept persuading her until she agreed to go with him. Unfortunately, she didn’t know that she was going with a murderer to his own house. Despite her efforts to escape from his basement, she was raped and killed by him that night. Even though she is dead now, she can watch her family and friends from the afterlife, and make them feel her presence. However, she struggles between avenging her killer, and letting go of what happened and looking forward.

This book was creepy and scary, and it actually gave me goosebumps in a bad way. The details of Susie’s murder were really descriptive and awful. It was just heartbreaking to read that part of how she was murdered. But the writing style was gripping to the point where it was hard to put the book down. Now let’s talk about the characters. Mr. Harvey was giving me the creeps. He was pretending to be nice, but he was actually a heartless man. And his obsession with building too many wooden doll houses wasn’t normal. Susie’s family was having a difficult and painful time accepting her death, especially her father. He was suspecting every man to be the murderer of his daughter, and honestly who can blame him? Even Susie’s sister Lindsey was feeling uncomfortable every time she saw Mr. Harvey’s green house. It’s like she felt he was hiding something. And then when it comes to Susie, at first, she couldn’t accept that she is dead and away from her family, but then her rage makes her father do something out of anger. So she decides to let go and move on, so she could live peacefully in her own world. That was such a great growth in her character. This book isn’t just about seeking vengeance for Susie’s murderer. It’s about how each one of her family was coping in their own way, and how they stopped searching for her murderer, because they realized that finding him won’t change the fact that she is dead. Karma is real, and Mr. Harvey will finally get what he deserves. At the end of my book review, I really recommend this book if you’re into fantasy and mystery books. There’s also a movie adaptation, but it doesn’t include specific parts of the book. Regardless, it was great. So, before you watch the movie, don’t forget to read the book first. So you can get a better understanding of the story, and all the characters.