“No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters” by Ursula Le Guin

No Time to Spare is Le Guin’s book of essays, the majority of which appeared as posts on her blog between 2010 and 2012. Despite the informality of being a blog post, the essays all carry much significance as Le Guin weighs in on a variety of topics – her cat, old age, economics, social issues, etc. There isn’t much on writing or the creative process, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this book isn’t for you.

I had difficulty writing about this one. For some books, it would be better if I did a shorter review post, like some of those posts I see where folks bunch together reviews of books. I do that sometimes, at the end of the month, but I don’t count them as my actually reviews because they don’t include all that I thought of what I read. (Not that my reviews always include all my thoughts on the books, but they come close.)

I had difficulty with this one because though I was engaged in Le Guin’s essays as I read, they didn’t affect me much; so when done, it was easy to forget much of what was said. So basically, not much stuck with me after completing the book and now when I think on it, I draw a blank. The only thing that pops up is that I recall admiring the way Le Guin writes and wishing I could write half as well as her. Also, the essays about Pard, her cat, made me want a pet feline too.

Overall: ★★★☆☆ 1/2

Interesting and great while I read it, but not memorable in retrospect.

Buy | Borrow | Bypass

I think it is worth a read, especially if you are a fan of Le Guin’s.

P.S.: I’ll have to reread this one someday. I just can’t believe that I’m blanking on it.

11 thoughts on ““No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters” by Ursula Le Guin

    1. Nope, not the place to start at all. I’ve only read her Earthsea books, which are good, so I recommend them, especially the first one – Wizard of Earthsea.


  1. I’m a fan of Ursula Le Guin but not sure I’ll rush for this one. It’s a shame nothing stuck with you and you didn’t get anything out of it. Great review as usual, though.


  2. For a second there i got excited about this book, but your review on it makes a lot of sense. It sounds like a money spinner; just cobbling together her blog posts for a book. Shame 😦


    1. Well, it could be that but it was a good read and I liked it while I read it, but I just can’t remember much about it now. It’s one I’d like to read again.


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