What are we reading?

January 26, 2021

We love reading at Colab, and we want to share that love with you. We thought we would share what we’ve been reading with you, and we would love to hear what you’ve been reading too!

The Plague (Penguin Modern Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Camus, Albert, Judt,  Professor Tony, Buss, Robin: 9780141185132: Books

Jack: I’m studying theology at the moment, which means there is a lot to read, but I’ve been making time for reading for pleasure too! My first book is The Plague (La Peste) by Albert Camus. It’ll be no surprise that the sales of this book went up 300% at the start of 2020, and by March the book was out of stock almost everywhere. We managed to find two copies at a bookshop in Ironbridge, and have loved reading the book. Camus is one of my favourites (I also read The Myth of Sisyphus last year – a must-read for those interested in Camus Absurdism), and I can see why he won a Nobel Prize. Rebi and I have been reading it together, and absolutely loving it, though at times creeped out a little by its illumination of our own pandemic.

SIMPLIFYING COACHING: How to Have More Transformational Conversations by  Doing Less: Amazon.co.uk: Pedrick: 9780335249077: Books

Rebi: I love a book that teaches me something and having been trained a lot by Claire Pedrick, it’s great that she’s combined her theory and philosophy of coaching into a book. Simplifying Coaching succinctly describes all that Claire has learnt and developed over the years. The book is organised into easy to read chapters and small sections which allow for a great ‘dip-in-and-out’ approach to learning. If you’re in role which involves you conversing with people… which is a lot of us… I can highly recommend adding this book to your shelf.

Jack: I’ve also been trying to expand my reading repertoire. I’m currently (very slowly) reading How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy. Honestly, I’ve never read anything like this before. But it’s been really interesting. I’m not entirely sure I would recommend it to everyone, but if you have an interest in design it’s definitely a good and helpful read.

Where the Crawdads Sing: Amazon.co.uk: Delia Owens: 9781472154668: Books

Rebi: 2020 was the year of delving back into fiction again, and it was great! Following a friend’s recommendation I read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens over the summer and it was a joy! I enjoy starting a book that you know someone else has recommended, and it didn’t disappoint. A beautifully written story filled with characters that intrigue, an ending which keeps you reading to the final pages as well as a narrative that has you asking questions about history and culture beyond finishing the book. Would highly recommend!

Everything Is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We're Doing Here:  Amazon.co.uk: 9781250620569: Books

Jack: The next book that I would recommend is Rob Bell’s Everything is Spiritual. For those that watched the series of talks with the same title you’ll hear a lot of similar thoughts, but what is different about this book is how deeply Rob shares about his life, his experiences, and his… well… wonder. I think that’s the right word. In most of his writing Rob invites the reader into ‘wondering’, and through the stories in this book I felt swept up by it. There is so much honesty, so much real, that I felt so comforted by it. It’s also not often I cry whilst reading a book, but I felt every word. Definitely one to read if you are yet to.

Have you read any of these? Are you planning on reading any this year? Let us know on Instagram or Facebook what you’ve been reading, we would love to hear from you!

Jack & Rebi Hedger

Jack & Rebi Hedger


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