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 African retailers sooooo I’ve made it really easy for them! ;)

1. The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren

Because I love PostSecret and I’m a little sad that I still don’t have this one!


2. Human of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

I’m not very original but I loooove HONY. I have the first book and I want this one so badly. Oh and also, I loooove New York City!


3. Cress by Marissa Meyer

I adore Meyer’s books!


4. Winter by Marissa Meyer

See above! This one juuuust came out and even though I haven’t yet read Cress I still can’t wait to get Winter.


What If Everything You Knew About Breastfeeding Was Wrong?


24612267How 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: BREAST IS BEST. We were given a nearly 100-page document to study about infant feeding during second year. We were expected to know the constituents of human milk and be able to compare it to cow’s milk and formula. We had to memorise tables of the various formulas on offer and their indications. In fourth year, an entire oral OSCE station was dedicated to breastfeeding.

Breast was best and formula-feeding was undesirable, and it all made perfect sense to me; and of course I never read up the literature because our professors had surely done that FOR us. Continue reading

Book Review: NEED by Joelle Charbonneau


20550148As someone who was a teenager in high school when Facebook and Twitter (and even MySpace) started out, I feel like a bit of a pioneer in terms of social media. My generation was the one that had to figure out how drastically the battlefields of high school are altered when social media enters the picture.

NEED appealed to me because of that, and because it had all the ingredients for a good YA thriller: cyber anonymity, an unknown antagonist, and of course: a small-town high school.

And I was not disappointed.

I DEVOURED this book – something that doesn’t often happen because work and yada-yada-yada, but I could NOT put it down. I fell asleep with it last night and then finished the last 10% during my lunch break today. That’s how into it I was. Continue reading

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 healthcare where empathy is lacking, and it breaks me. And, as I have progressed in my own career, I have witnessed in myself instances where my ability to empathise has been eroded, too. It’s not an uncommon occurrence for medical students and young doctors to notice how they become hardened during the early years of their clinical training. Continue reading

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. And ALSO, you get to vote on which one I should try again! So for Ten Bookish Things I Have Quit: here are ten books I “Did Not Finish”.

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Running Dangerously with Tom Foreman [Book Review]

Via Foreman's Twitter Feed @TomForemanCNN

Via Foreman’s Twitter Feed @TomForemanCNN

I am nervous about reading running memoirs. I don’t want to read about some super-athlete’s running diaries, because I am not a super-athlete, and I doubt I will ever be. Also, I’ve never really hero-worshiped an athlete so reading someone’s memoirs based on a sport they are good at, does not appeal to me.

Tom Foreman’s My Year of Running Dangerously appealed to me because his running journey is described as “from half-hearted couch potato to ultra-marathon runner”; and also because he ran after being prompted by his college-aged daughter. Family for the win! Continue reading

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #8


Link up with Christine here.

1. I’m listening to the audio of The Martian by Andy Weir and I actually really like it. I got it for my dad as a gift and he LOVED it. I can understand the problems that some people have with it but for me, it works great. Also, the narrator is so good. My favourite line so far: “Hell yeah I’m a botanist!”duct-tape-quote-from-the-martian-by-andy-weir2. Signups for Ninja Bookswap are now open! I participated in the Spring swap at the beginning of the year and the mini swap recently; and both were absolutely wonderful! This time around there is a regular swap but also a penpal swap. Check it out here. Continue reading