February Book List

So, I’m two days out from boarding my flight to London…I cannot believe it! I expect that it’ll feel surreal until I’ve touched down at London Heathrow and can meet my sister at the airport bar and order myself a pint.

The flight itself may not pass so easily, however. I’m flying Virgin Atlantic, which I’ve heard is one of the best airlines for transatlantic flights, but I do tend to get pretty anxious in small spaces. Oh, and the flight is 10 hours and 15 minutes!

Needless to say, I’ll have to keep myself pretty occupied, and that doesn’t just mean indulging in the complimentary spirits (though I wouldn’t refuse if offered.) I have my playlist ready to go, but the only thing I love more than music and corn dogs is a good book. Here’s what I’m (re)reading this month.

  1. The Circle – Dave Eggers
    So, I am about halfway through this one and I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN. A lot of people say that about a lot of books, but it’s been a while since I’ve come across a piece of work that keeps me guessing and wanting more. Every time I think I know what’s going to happen next, I’m sent in a totally different direction. This novel is the future, quite literally. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the technologies described in the book have already been brought to life by the minds at Apple and Google.

    The novel’s protagonist, Mae Holland, lands a job at The Circle, a corporation that has replaced and improved all of today’s existing social media outlets and internet apps. She has the job that billions of people around the world want, and feels lucky to enjoy the seemingly endless perks of working on the campus, but begins to question whether such ease in life is all it’s cracked up to be – and whether the ever-increasing transparency of the digital age has any end.

    If you love dystopian fiction (and I do), this novel provides great relief from the overplayed end-of-the-world scenarios, battle royale rip-offs and instead offers what seems to be a look into the future – I’m willing to bet less than 10 years from now. (Fun fact: the novel is being turned into a movie starring Emma Watson, John Boyega and Tom Hanks. The Circle hits theaters on Apr. 28!)

  2. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
    This novel was originally published in the 1980s, and I first read it during my freshman year of high school. It tells the story of a future America in which women are property of the state. Offred, the novel’s protagonist is a handmaid, and her sole job is to produce offspring for her masters.

    I’ve chosen to reread this book not only because I love the genre, but because of its relevance to today’s politics. After all, if a group of upper-class white guys can sign away women’s rights to reproductive health and defund Planned Parenthood, who’s to say that the land of Gilead is so far away in the future?

    (Fun fact: “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere as a series on Hulu Apr. 26!)

  3. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
    Before I realized that this novel, too, is getting a screen adaptation on HBO, I picked up a copy at Target and read through the first few pages before realizing I had to have it, then proceeded to go home and order a cheaper copy on Amazon. The novel opens with a typical (boring) day in the life of a mother and housewife. I’ve been told that this mystery unravels bit by bit, has something to do with an elementary school, catty moms and an actual cat as a narrator. Sign me up!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books! What do you think? I’m always open to new book suggestions, so please send them my way!