In order to push myself this year I’ve vowed to increase my habit of reading dramatically this year. I’ve found that in the past number of years I’ve been consuming a lot of social media, blog articles and news websites. I’ve promised myself to start reading a lot more literature and finally complete a lot of the books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for some time now.

I’ve only read 2 out of 25 books that I intend to consume in 2021.

Currently reading

2021-01-10 - Permanent Record - Edward Snowden

Upcoming reads

I, Robot - Asimov

A Promised Land - Barack Obama

Completed

The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula LeGuin

A slow start to this book. I was expecting the hero of the book to be front and center, similar to the previous Wizard of Earthsea, however I was surprised for his entrance to quietly happen halfway through. It was quite strange to experience Ged as an outsider but an experience I enjoyed. The old bait and switch with Tenar becoming the true hero protagonist.

Alone, no one wins freedom.

It certainly a beautiful book with some really fantastic prose. I didn’t like it quite as much as the original epic but it’s a fine read nonetheless. It was great to read a fantasy book with a female lead and you can tell that Le Guinn truly cares for each of her main cast of characters. The depth of despair these characters experienced leaped off the page and this really brought through how strong both Ged and Tenar truly were as a whole.

My favourite passage was:

What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty. Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.

Finished: 2020-01-10 - 8 days


Rework

A great book for any small business owner, something that many executives in larger companies could possibly adopt. The advice by the founders is for founders, who want to keep their companies out of VC hands, small, lean and nimble.

I’ve already recommended this book to a number of people and I definitely plan to keep doing so. It took me two days to read this one.

Finished: 2020-01-02 - 2 days