Reading Lately Vol. I
Reading Lately Vol. I
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One of my goals over the past few months has been to get back to reading for fun. Studying during the pre-clinical years of medical school made it difficult to want to use my free time to read more, and I fell out of what was previously one of my favorite hobbies. In November, I joined a book club and my spark for reading reignited! Today I’m sharing my reviews of the books I’ve been reading lately, and I hope this continues as a series on the blog!
This murder mystery was our book club pick for November, and we went to see the movie together as well. I’ve never read any Agatha Christie mysteries, and her writing style surprised me. I tend to think of murder mysteries as gripping and action-packed, but Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot solves mysteries by sitting and thinking. The story unfolds through a series of interviews with the train passengers and resolves after Poirot mulls over the evidence and presents the solution. While I prefer more eventful mysteries, I enjoyed trying to figure out “whodunit” as I read this book. I would recommend it!
I found the Magicians series after reading an article about books for the Harry Potter lover. With such excellent reviews, I thought this book might enchant me just as Harry Potter had. The Magicians, however, seeks to be intentionally disenchanting, showing the dark side of a wizarding school and Fillory (an enchanted world like Narnia). This series makes magic school seem worse than med school. Magic has consequences, and it will not solve your problems. I did not enjoy the first book at all. Quentin, the main character, is incredibly self-absorbed and mopey, and his friends are not much better. The peak of the book, the magicians finally arriving at Fillory, seemed rushed after chapters and chapters about their magical education which do not really end up contributing that much to the arc of the series. I continued reading the rest of the series though because I can’t leave a story unfinished. I enjoyed most of the second book and all of the third book as Quentin matured and stopped whining all the time. The ending was satisfying, but it was a rough ride getting there. I’m not sure that I would recommend this series unless you like twisted fairytale/fantasy plots.
This book was a guilty pleasure read for me during Christmastime. I essentially wanted the equivalent of a Hallmark movie in a book, and this book was exactly that. The Hygge Holiday stars a Danish traveler who stops in a quaint English town and finds a job running a toy shop while the owner is on vacation. She is at odds with the owner’s son who wishes to sell the shop, and she fights to save it through convincing the corporate-type son to slow down, enjoy the small things, and embrace hygge, the Danish art of cozy. It’s a fun, quick read for winter time!
One of my classmates recommended Second Suns to me last fall after finding out that I’m interested in ophthalmology. Second Suns tells the story of Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, two ophthalmologists who founded the Himalayan Cataract Project with the goal of eliminating preventable blindness in the Himalayan region. Ruit grew up in Nepal, a place where blindness is prevalent and extremely dangerous for people living in the mountains. He eventually becomes acquainted with Tabin, a hyperactive American surgeon who loves mountain climbing. They are an unlikely duo, but their collaboration has cured thousands of people of blindness. Reading this book has reaffirmed over and over again for me what an incredible privilege it is to preserve and restore sight. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in global medicine and/or ophthalmology!
Next up on my list: The Night Circus for February’s book club! What are you reading? I’m always looking for suggestions. Let me know in the comments!
P.S. Check out my last set of book reviews here!