Books, Reading and Challenges

Although it wasn’t the original plan for this blog, it has become a way for me to foster my love of reading and connect with other book-lovers.

Click the following buttons to be relayed to different aspects of my bookish affairs.


  1. Knot Telling says:

    I want you to be happy, so “hi”. 🙂

    My blog wasn’t meant to be about books and reading, either, but oops! and I know have a book reviews page as part of it.

    We are readers, and as someone once said, “Wherever you go, there you are!”

    1. Ah, thank you! I’m glad I’m not the only non-book-blogger book blogger 😛
      LOVE that quote. So apt!

  2. Knot Telling says:

    Poop! I NOW have. Sheesh.

  3. BookerTalk says:

    Hi :). Came across your blog by following a long chain of links about book bloggers from countries other than USA. I’m running a series on my blog at the moment about literature from countries we don’t get to hear much about. Am wondering if you might be interested?? It’s called A view from here – so far I’ve covered Canada, Phillipines and Sr iLanka. Denmark and France are next in line but I don’t have anyone from South Africa. The blog is If you’re interested, would you drop me an email to heenandavies at yahoo dot co dot uk? Or you can leave a comment on the blog. hope to hear from you

    1. Hey there, I’d be absolutely thrilled to participate! It sounds like an excellent project.

      1. BookerTalk says:

        Wonderful – do you have an email address i could send the questions to or would you prefer I sent them as a comment on your blog?

      2. I am sending you an email right this moment – please let me know if you receive it!

  4. zursha18 says:

    Hey! I lovveeee to read too, BUT can’t seem to find the do you manage to find time as a med student to read books besides Physio, Patho., and Internal Med.?? I’m currently studying for my USMLE:(

    1. Hey hey. It’s a fine balance, and one I often overstep on the bookish side. Honestly there isn’t a good answer. I expect to be reading less this year, being my final year. Sometimes you have to know when to put the book down. But I find that it is possible to make a little time for reading, mostly… Good luck!

      1. zursha18 says:

        Thank you so much!

  5. May I send you a digital copy of my novel, Reluctant Intern, to review if you want? Sounds like it might be the time for you to read it.

    1. Hi, that sounds good! I will send you an email shortly.

  6. Bill Yancey says:

    Sorry you didn’t like Reluctant Intern. Have had much better ratings from the physicians who have read it, and most everyone else, too. What did you not like about it, other than my teasing of psychiatrists and the obvious male chauvinism I was trying to point out? It was much worse in the 70s than now, as was the racism, and the physicians’ good-old-boy network. Hope those are less intense in SA.

    1. I’m still working on my review, and trying to figure out my own feelings too. The rating might change as well (most of my ratings do). It was very REAL, though, which gave me a lot of feelings. I think the racism is less intense in SA now, but the male chauvenism is still pretty prevalent. Will send you my review when I have it more polished. Oh, and I really did appreciate the opportunity to read your book!

  7. serend1p1ty says:

    Such a random question – but the Goodreads widget on your left pane, does it actually work? I tried putting a widget on my own page, but apparently there’s an issue with WordPress/JavaScript/Goodreads, just curious [:

    1. barefootmegz says:

      It works! But it doesn’t update automatically so I have to update it every once in a while. I see I still have last year’s widget up – so I’ll update it now, then you’ll see 🙂
      (The other GR widgets don’t work on WordPress apparently, but this one seems to).

  8. Your blog brings back memories. It’s been 25 years since I finished my residency in general surgery. I’ve also written some books about medicine you might enjoy, particularly “Night Clinic.” If you are interested can send you a copy. Check it out at

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Hi, and thanks so much for stopping by! Always love meeting fellow docs, and especially doctor-authors. I’d love to review Night Clinic but at the moment I have such a backlog of books that need reviewing and I’m not sure what my timeline will be like. (P.S: I’ll be doing four months of gen surg at the end of this year, gulp!) So perhaps I can mail you once my backlog is a little less backlogged?

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