Book Haul: Summer Reads

Welp, I found myself at the bookstore again. I swear I was on my way to the gym. I must have experienced an extreme gravitational pull and blacked out; I have no other explanation.

Anyhow, I bought four books:

  1. The Identicals – Elin Hilderbrand
  2. The Girls – Emma Cline
  3. Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
  4. The Circle – Dave Eggers

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When I saw this book on the shelf, I snatched it faster than the last bacon wrapped scallop at a dinner party. I picked up this haul days ago and the novel isn’t supposed to be released until June 13th- SCORE!!

Elin Hilderbrand is my go-to author for summer reads. I visit Nantucket almost every summer and, no exaggeration, it’s my favorite place on earth. The cobble stone streets, the historic houses, the lighthouses, the Jeeps… I love it all. Hilderbrand’s novels bring me back to Nantucket, you can feel how much she adores the island. She always delivers an addicting page-turner.

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The book has been all over the ‘best sellers’ shelves for the past year; I decided to give it a shot. If you’ve read it, let me know what you think! I’ll put the Goodreads description below for anyone who is interested.

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

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Sweetbitter has been high on my TBR list since it was published last year. For starters, there’s a broken wine glass on the cover *interest piqued* Also, the title pretty much sums up my mood at all times.

In the summertime, I waitress at a seasonal, outdoor restaurant. It’s actually a pretty fun gig.  Sweetbitter is about a twenty-two year old girl who moves to New York City in hopes of becoming someone. She finds a job as A WAITRESS! *interest piqued again* The story is about the ups and downs (mostly the downs) of her life as a waitress at a swanky restaurant. Of course, there’s a cute bartender and veteran waitress to help her through it all. I’m definitely looking forward to this read.

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Last on the list is The Circle by Dave Eggers. Yet again, a book that’s been on my TBR list far too long. This book is not a “beach read”; if you’re familiar with Eggers, you know that he writes about real, raw topics. I probably would have put off reading this book even longer, but I noticed that they’re turning it into a movie soon. I’ll insert the Amazon description below:

When Mae Holland 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. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—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. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

 

Happy Reading!

Samantha

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