Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts #2

Linking up with Christine from Bookishly Boisterous for this post. In her words, It allows book bloggers (or any blogger, for that matter) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise.


1. I haven’t read all week. I started Lauren Beukes’ Moxyland over the weekend (remember Zoo City, which I loved, and her latest, Shining Girls, which I haven’t read yet) and it is a fascinating approach to Sci-Fi. Anaesthesiology has been keeping me too busy to read this week.

2. And by busy I mean MY BRAIN HURTS. This discipline is so far removed from my comfort zone. It is nothing like other medical or surgical rotations. I have no idea how I am going to manage to do my “solo” cases next week.

3. How did Malala Yousafzai not win the Nobel Peace Prize? I don’t understand. The chemical watchdog was not even successful in its attempts. I have this nauseating thought that the committee thought her “too young”. Author Zakes Mda said it best:

4. The Boy’s mom bought Malala’s autobiography (I am Malala) and I’m so looking forward to reading it. Soon as I get through this rotation. Soon, soon. 

5. I have Impostor Syndrome. Yes, I’m self-diagnosing.

6. Summer is around the corner and I am so excited. I’m going to go home for the first time this year, and get home-cooked food, and see my family every day and go to library and… ah. I feel like packing already. But I can’t. Must… Study…

7. I think that everyone should have to sleep a compulsory amount of hours, calibrated to their physiological needs. Too little sleep is not conducive to world peace. I’m sure many wars started because a leader was feeling crabby from too little sleep. If we can dictate that anaesthetists and air traffic controllers must get enough sleep, then I think we should do it for everyone. Because, tired.

8. Thinking of signing up for NaNoWriMo again this year. I don’t think I wrote more than a chapter for it last year. Maybe this year I can do better.

9. Monday was my three year blogging anniversary. I don’t like my first post, but at least I can say they got a little better after that.

10. Went to an awesome restaurant with The Boy, his family and Little Sister on Sunday. Another family sat right across from us and I saw a little girl reading a Judy Blume book. I felt like we had an invisible bond (even though she wouldn’t have known that I was carrying a book in my handbag. I didn’t read at the table, of course. Getting older means people expect you to be sociable). Bookworms for life!

Little Sister and me, courtesy of The Boy
Little Sister and me, courtesy of The Boy


  1. TrishaDM says:

    Imposter Syndrome. I have that as well. It is a nasty thing.
    And yes, mandated sleep hours. Please.

    1. Finally, someone agrees with me! Medical people tend to pretend to be too hardcore to admit that they agree.

  2. Nancy Ackelson says:

    Hope you get much more sleep soon, yay for your summer!!!

  3. Two angels that rock walking talking… making moments on the fly, stopping to see. stopping to write, stopping to emote.

      1. I am a wordsmith…lol

  4. Do NaNoWriMo so we can commiserate together! I did it last year and made the word count but it was like pulling teeth the last week. I’m working on something else this year so I’m hoping it goes better…. And it’s always so funny to hear you talk about seasons- here in the US we’re in fall mode- I just bought a winter jacket (well, winter for Southern California).

    1. Okay, I shall! (I complain a lot, be warned.)
      Hah, yeah, it gets a little weird when people are in entirely different seasons. And we call Fall “Autumn” so there’s that too! My trip started in San Diego in January and I remember not being too chilly at all (which is awesome, because I’m not used to cold weather).

  5. KokkieH says:

    I suffered from Imposter Syndrome my entire five years as a teacher. At least you have training in what you do 😉

    I don’t pay attention to the Nobel peace prize anymore. It’s all politics nowadays. And really, as the Daily Maverick pointed out last week, it’s all just one big PR campaign for Alfred Nobel who didn’t want to go down in history as “The Merchant of Death”. At least the prize for literature went to someone deserving (I have never read any of her stories, but those who have assure me she deserves it).

    Reading Shining Girls now. It’s great so far. Not at all the type of thing I’m used to. Good luck for the last few weeks.

    1. Thank you! Beukes is entirely different to anything I’ve ever read too. Quite a roller coaster ride! Thanks for pointing out the Daily Maverick article. I’ll check it out. I haven’t read Alice Munro either, but I fully intend to!

  6. It makes me so happy to see my own kids reading Judy Blume – she truly is timeless and totally relevant today as she was when I was reading her for the first time (in the seventies – eek!)

    1. Heh, well I’ll definitely be buying all her books for my kids one day too!

  7. I decided not to sign up for NaNoWriMo this year as I’m still in the middle of editing a draft of another novel. So maybe I’ll turn November into an editing month or something xD Good luck if you do decide to participate next month! 🙂

    Belated happy blogoversary! 🙂

    1. Well wow, editing a draft is one step ahead, you should totally make it an editing month!
      Thank you 🙂

  8. Ned says:

    Haha bookworms for life indeed! I have been working as a student nurse with anaesthetists for the past few weeks and I am seriously taken aback by what they do so well done for venturing into that area it’s no easy task! Also I may read that Malala book thanks for the recommendation

    1. Thanks for stopping by – anaesthetists are rock stars!

  9. I am knee deep in editing my novel and doing residency interviews, wish I could do NaNoWriMo but cant. I am glad I found your blog,

    1. Good luck with the interviews!

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