TTT: Should I Read More?

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I have a reading idiosyncrazy idiosyncrasy. When some readers really enjoy a book, they tend to devour everything by that author. Me? I STAY AWAY. It hasn’t always been like this – the reason I have read tons of Jodi Picoult and Karen Kingsbury. I think it started in university when I realised I don’t have time to read everything I want to read. So now, when I have read a book that I absolutely adored, I actually willfully stay away from reading another work by the same author. I think partially it is because I don’t want to ruin my experience, but also partially because I want to read as many different voices as possible, and not restrict myself.

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So although today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten authors I’ve only read one book from but NEED to read more”, I’m asking: SHOULD I read more of these authors?

1. Zeina AbirachedI Remember Beirut

I wrote a mini-review for this graphic novel here. I really enjoyed reading it, especially as it was the first book I ever read set in Lebanon. She has another graphic novel, also about her childhood in the war, so I am a bit wary of reading the same author and the same setting. The other option would be for me to read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, which is also a graphic novel that sounds similar but not the same, and set in Iran.

2. Benjamin Alire SaenzAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Okay, lets be frank: Ari and Dante don’t exactly have hectic adventures. If you think about it, the plot is kind of boring. And yet I couldn’t stop reading this book. Saenz writes absolutely beautifully, so even though I’m not thaaaat interested in reading about a teen in rehab, I have a feeling Saenz probably wrote so beautifully about it in Last Night I Sang to the Monster.

3. Mindy McGinnisNot a Drop to Drink

I kind of expected to find this book a little lame and full of tropes, but I liked it. Apart from the whole romance things, which I did not “feel”, it was good! But now there’s In a Handful of Dust, which is a sequel but not a sequel (huh?) and I want to read more about Lucy… I think! But what if it’s just the same story rehashed?

4. Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

I waited for the hype to die down well and proper before reading this and I loved it. My brother, at the same time, read I am the Messenger, which he loved. He says it’s quite funny and awesome. It sounds verrrry different from The Book Thief though. Which is not a problem but… will I like it?

5. Jennifer DonnellyRevolution

I really enjoyed the way Revolution weaved together history and music. I’m interested in A Northern Light which seems to have more recent history (1900s) and writing/words. It sounds pretty awesome too.

6. Elizabeth WeinCode Name Verity

I REALLY want to read Rose Under Fire but I keep avoiding it! CNV really kind of broke my heart and I don’t know if I can take more of its awesomeness. Am I weird? I’m weird aren’t I.

7. George OrwellAnimal Farm

People say a writer writes the same story over and over. I thought Animal Farm was decent, but isn’t 1984 kind of similar? I’m kind of over reading things because I feel compelled to…

8. David LevitanEvery Day

I tried reading Two Boys Kissing, which sounded awesome, but I couldn’t get into it. Something about the tone. But there’s a whole bunch of other Levithan books that sound so cute and awesome.

9. Rainbow RowellEleanor & Park

Okay, this one is definitely a fear of being let down! I really enjoyed E&P but quite specifically because of the characters. Fangirl and Landline just don’t sound appealing to me, to be honest… Attachments, maybe?

10. Gayle FormanJust One Day

SERIOUS HYPE MONSTER. I don’t think I would have read it if not for the fact that I won it, and then it was pretty awesome. Do I want to find out what happens in Just One Year, though? I’m not sure. I’m not all that interested in D*ckwad’s excuses, y’know? And then Forman has some other books that are apparently awesome, but still: HYPE MONSTER!

As you can probably tell, I really do want to read more of these authors, I just need a bit of a push.

So, push me already! :)

 

Three Things You Can’t Do With A Broken Middle Finger

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1. Write neat patient notes (my OT-sister says that means my pencil grip isn’t great. But it is functional. When I have a functioning hand.)

2. Draw blood on a neonate (because of the crab-grip required. Those little premies can be quite powerful when you bring a needle their way.)

3. Carry a heavy textbook with one hand. Then try to catch it. Ouch.

One thing you can (still) do with a broken middle finger: tell people where to get off.

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When College Kinda Sucks

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Before I left high school, I compiled a book with letters and notes from friends and teachers. I still own this book, and it has served its job in reminiscing and inspiration many times. But one thing that still guts me a little is that so many messages from teachers proclaim, “You are going to LOVE university!” and well… it just wasn’t as awesome as they promised it would be.

Of course, I don’t BLAME them. How were they to know?

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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts #7

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Linking up with Christine from Bookishly Boisterous for this post (hiiiii! I’ve missed y’all!).

1. I think I’m joining the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril bookish/bloggy event this year. I’ve been considering it for three years and not doing it because I’m a big wuss and also we don’t really go big on Halloween here but… sometimes I like a bit of a thrill. So I think I’ll do Peril the Second, meaning I need to read two books fitting the theme. I want to read The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma and then I need one other suggestion. I’m thinking something YA and not tooooo scary. Suggestions?

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1 September: Seven Years Later

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As I grow older, I learn that there will always be more dates to remember. I am good with dates, but these are the dark kind. The ones I wish did not exist. I know that one day there will be so many that I cannot remember them all, and that many people will be collectively memorialised on Christmas and New Years’ days.

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I’m an early-adopter and this is a rant

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There’s a story I tell hopefuls wishing to run for student government. Near the end of 2011 I was elected as chairperson of my med school’s student government. I had made big promises  during my campaign and so the first thing I did was (try to) get a meeting with the CEO of our training hospital. Of course, I was told by the gatekeeper’s that a puny little med student can’t just get a meeting with the big important man so instead I had to meet with a faculty member and tell her why I wanted to meet with the CEO and she would decide if I was worthy.  (RED TAPE! WOO-HOO!)

One of my big points was safety of students in hospital. I said we wanted radical changes made that would ensure better safety for students at all hours of the day. I thought it laughable that such a massive hospital in a dangerous part of the city had so few safety measures. But this was not deemed important enough. More insultingly, the faculty member did not accept it as a valid point at all. The response, and I quote this verbatim (I still have the minutes of that awful meeting) was, “We have never had any complaints about this, so we will not be putting such measures in place.” Continue reading

The Travelbug’s Medicine Bag

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This post brought to you by wanderlust, a current severe bout of flu-slash-strep-throat-slash-gastro picked up in the Paeds ward (I washed my hands all the time I swear), and a day of reminiscing over Semester at Sea photos. I would say I packed pretty well for my four-month-long around-the-world voyage (and my previous trips abroad too), but there were some things I wished I had packed – or not packed. Here’s my list of medical stuff to consider.

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