With Flowers in Your Hair

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A day in the life captured on Porta 160.

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Reading List

I got a few new books (four!) a couple of weeks ago. It has been a while since I have felt the inclination to read for pleasure, as my day from 7:50AM to 11PM is filled with reading pages upon pages of information for medical school. However, I have started 2 of the books and am absolutely loving them. I finish up with school work sometime around 10:30-11PM and then read a few pages in bed to wind down. Hayden has usually fallen asleep (long before) and crawls into bed and (again) falls asleep, sometimes while I read aloud. The peace and quiet and ability to slow down is a nice respite from my day.

I first book I am currently reading is Paul Kalanithi’s memoir ‘When Breath Becomes Air’. He was a young Stanford neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer, and this was the book that came from that experience. He had written a few essay¬†[here and here, and an op-ed by his wife, here] that I had read, so I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book. It does not disappoint. More on that when I finish it.

The other I am reading is much more light hearted. ‘This Won’t Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood’. Highly recommended for any female physicians (or physicians-in-training like me). I find myself laughing at the stories she tells because I feel like I have been in those exact same shoes.

The other two books I have in my arsenal are Complications by Atul Gawande (again, medicine-related) and For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.

What have you been reading lately that you just can’t put down?