Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

What a year! It’s interesting that as I perused the list of books I read in 2015, I realised that I couldn’t simply choose the books I gave the highest ratings to. Ratings are fallible in that way, I guess. So there are some books here that I gave four or three “stars”, while someContinue reading “Top Ten Books I Read in 2015”

Books I Hope Santa Will Bring This Year

As is my tradition, I’m snubbing a Top Ten Tuesday topic and moving this one earlier, so I can give my loved ones long enough to catch my hints! For some reason I only have ten books on my list that I absolutely desperately want. Lucky family 😉 Also, I’ve linked to online South AfricanContinue reading “Books I Hope Santa Will Bring This Year”

What If Everything You Knew About Breastfeeding Was Wrong?

How does one react to seeing a book cover that claims breast feeding is “big business and bad policy”? If you’re me, you request a review copy of that book, fully intending to expose how wrong it is. As a medical student, one of the important things I was taught again and again is this:Continue reading “What If Everything You Knew About Breastfeeding Was Wrong?”

Book Review: An Epidemic of Empathy

“The best strategies in healthcare begin with empathy.” An Epidemic of Empathy in Healthcare: How to Deliver Compassionate, Connected Patient Care that Creates a Competitive Advantage by Thomas H. Lee was kind of a mouthful of a book. It attracted me, predictably, because I am serious about empathy in healthcare. I’ve seen many examples of healthcareContinue reading “Book Review: An Epidemic of Empathy”

An Audio Treat in Afrikaans

As a little girl, my dad created a special story and character with which to entertain me at bedtime. Her name was Lientjie (pronounced “Linky”) and she was a “cheerful butterfly”. As you may recall, my dad is visually impaired, so bedtime stories were told (often of his own invention, as is this one) and not read.

Ten Books I Have DNF’ed

I tend to stay away from potentially “negative” bookish lists (like “books I will never read”) because I think there is so much negativity on the internet that I don’t want to drag my favourite thing (reading) into it. I decided to do today’s Top Ten Tuesday after all, by virtue of not all my reasons being entirely negative.

Running Dangerously with Tom Foreman [Book Review]

If you’re considering taking up running, this may provide the push you need to get started. If you’ve hit a plateau, this might push you back into the fast lane. And if you’re just a happy runner, this memoir will be like taking a run with a favourite running partner.

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #8

6. I’m thinking of joining Ultimate Frisbee. It’s a super popular sport (sport??) among the doctors here. Actually, I’ve already been coerced to sign up to a team but so far have used being on call as an excuse not to go. I’m terrified. But also I think it can be awesome. Convince me to suck it up and go already?

Learning Through Fiction | Ethiopia in “Black Dove, White Raven” [+Infographic]

Before reading Black Dove White Raven, my knowledge of Ethiopian history was confined to the few chapters in high school history about Italy’s onslaught upon Ethiopia during WWII.