Like most bookworms, I encounter upon a previous read from time to time and recall how fantastic it was. Unfortunately, these books sometimes don’t get the love that they deserve. New books are great and classics even more so, but what about the books that we were talking about in recent years? They haven’t gone away! Every now and again I am going to bang out a Throw Back Thursday Mini-Review to give these books a timely shot in the arm! First up, I would like to introduce Dave Eggers’ The Circle

Fast, thrilling, compulsively addictive – The Circle is Dave Eggers’ timely novel about our obsession with the internet.

Synopsis: ‘When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can’t believe her great fortune to work for them – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public …’

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This was the book that empowered me to finally quit facebook!

This is the book that convinced me to permanently delete my facebook account once and for all. It also inspired me to go through mild kayaking obsession for about a year! For these reasons alone, you should read this book!

I still vividly remember reading this book today. I got it as part of a book club deal with a national newspaper so I came into it expecting very little. What initially attracted me to the book was the interesting cover that had a circular hole in the middle to highlight a silver circle below.

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I loved this book mainly because it was easy to read and very relevant to the times that we live in. Back then, the truth behind privacy laws online was only emerging so I can only imagine what it would be like reading this book now in an age of SnapChat, Whatsapp and Instagram. None of these would have existed in the mainstream when I read this first.

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The story follows Mae who accepts an internship with The Circle. This company claims to run all your internet activity in one easy, safe and visible place. It is one of the world’s most powerful and influential companies. This company is very loosely based on many real life companies in the world today. The fun workplace vibe and yoga lifestyle references seems to be a dig towards Google, then there would be the huge product launches reminiscent of Steve Jobs’ at Apple.

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Steve Jobs’ product launches have become the stuff of legend.

This book will definitely change how you look at and interact with the internet. It is scary how much of our privacy that we willingly give up today and this book captures that perfectly. In you examine the last decade, we have increasingly introduced an alarming amount of screen time into our lives and you have to begin to wonder at what cost? This book asks all the right questions through its simple use of narrative and is basically one not to be missed. Especially with the upcoming movie starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks…