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Ego Is The Enemy


Just another book post today. I feel like I’ve done a few of these recently, I guess I’ve been getting through quite a few in a fairly short period of time.

It always gets to around this time in the year and I feel like I’ve not read many books but then I start looking back and realise that I’ve actually finished a pretty respectable amount, enough that I’m happy with it at least.


This year has seen a lot more non-fiction get mixed into the usual rotation of sci-fi and fantasy novels and the most recent book I finished was one such non-fiction title.

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday has been sat in my library for over a year now, I picked it up as it came highly recommended by a lot of sources as a good book to read after The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.

I started it at the time but didn’t click with it and was more in the mood to read some nonsense about people fighting in space or something probably. I always intended to go back to it and I finally got round to it last week as I was looking for a fairly short read.

It is good…. but I still didn’t really love it. It absolutely didn’t have the same effect on me as either of Mark Manson’s books, although I don’t think it was particularly going for the same thing. I would say the main reason it gets grouped together is because of the casual and approachable style of writing, not the content itself.


Ego Is The Enemy has a lot of interesting things to say and good points to make, but I didn’t feel like I learnt a whole lot from reading it. I felt the book was more geared toward someone more business or entrepreneurial than I currently am, so I can’t wholly critique it as many other people may read it and get everything they need from it.

There was nothing in the book that I would disagree with, just a lot of points that I didn’t find particularly relevant. I’m still glad I read it though.


I’ve moved on to a new book now, well, I say new but it’s actually about fifty years old, which is crazy considering how (pop)culturally relevant it still seems to be. Dune has always been one of those titles I for whatever reason just missed out on. I never read the book, saw the movie or mini series or played the board game. I know it is still revered as a masterwork, so I’ve decided to finally fill the gap in my knowledge.

I also like being a smug book reader when a new film I’m interested is coming out and with Denis Villeneuve directing a ridiculously good cast I was already excited, at least when it comes out in 2020 I’ll have a solid basis for comparison.



Hmm…. Adaptations…. Thats a good lead in to tomorrows post. Come back then to see what I’m talking about!


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