Book Reviews FIRE

[Book Thoughts] Playing with Fire

I devoured this book. This book being Playing with Fire by Scott Rieckens, in case the image didn’t give it away.

Mainly because I had felt recently that my own FIRE was dwindling. And I needed something to rekindle that passion. It’s amazing how much distraction there is around you that it’s so easy to just go….. squirrel!

But I had heard of this book in the murmurs of the FIRE world, so I figured I better read it. And now that I have done so, here are my thoughts in no particular order.

  • The writing is easy to read. It’s easy to fly through the book as the language is casual and reads like Scott is having a conversation with you. For those who are time poor, this is a huge plus.
  • The easy-to-read writing has one down side: I don’t feel like I actually learnt that much. No new jargon, no revolutionary theories, no ah-ha moments.
  • I really enjoyed the ‘Ten things that make you happy” exercise. Except when we did it in my household, our 10 things did include things that required money. Namely Performing Art!! Our love for culture, theatre, musicals, fringe shows is one of the things that keep us alive and lively. Darnit.
  • It does share the key principles of FIRE and the struggle Scott and Taylor had sticking to it. So if you feel that you are at the beginning of your FIRE journey, or need a refresher, this book does a pretty good job at spelling them out.
  • The book was definitely relatable. Not wanting to give up the inflated lifestyle? Yes, I hear you sister. But in the end, like Taylor and Scott, I have come to realised that some compromise must be made.
  • Will this book change your world? No, not really. But it’s great bedtime reading that will leave you feeling happy and smug that you too are on your FIRE journey, and possibly even reignite those FIRE engines!

Have you read the book? Or perhaps watched the documentary? Would love to hear your thoughts if you have!

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