Need some good summer reads! - page 2

Hi! Just finished nursing school yesterday! I'm so excited to be finished and to hopefully get some semblance of a life back. :loveya: I love reading, and I am really glad to have the free time to... Read More

  1. by   Neveranurseagain
    Here are my choices: Spiritual Midwifery by Ina MAy Gaskin, Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, Practical Ethics by Peter Singer, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, Out Of the Dust by Karen Hesse (easy read), The Plague by Albert Camus, Fever 1793 by Laurie Anderson, Raising OurSelves and another book, Two Old Women both by Vella Wallis, and the list would go on but I'm tired of typing!

    The Business of Being Born (DVD) as a movie to top it off!

    Check out half.com and abebooks for used ones...
  2. by   nicurn2be
    *The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan- About a mother with breast cancer, and maturing as she deals with cancer---very good book!
    *Emma and Me by Elizabeth Flock- One of my favorite books.
    *Anything (and I mean Anything) by Jodi Piccoult My fav by her was The Pact which was sort of a modern take on Romeo and Juliet with legal drama added in to it.
    *Anything by Penny Vincenzi- She has a set of books out that starts with Into Temptation, Something Dangerous, and Almost a Crime that were very good.
    *The Lovely Bones: Alice Sebold

    I've read so much. As soon as the semester is over I start reading- right now I'm reading Mary Alice Monroe, Time is A River.
  3. by   yetanotheramanda
    Quote from loveshospital
    I swear by this book http://www.amazon.com/Bronze-Horsema.../dp/0061031127, if you decide to read it it also has second and third part,I dont know anyone who didnt like this book.

    oooohhhh this sounds good!
  4. by   loriangel14
    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is excellent.
    For nursing try A Nurse's Story and The Making of a Nurse by Tilda Shalof( both auobiographical).
    The Time Traveller's Wife is awesome.
    For fun girly reads try Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin.

    Have a good summer.
  5. by   DeepFriedRN
    I love the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Its historical fiction, with some elements of romance/fantasy thrown in. It starts with "Outlander". They are such good stories...
  6. by   TomLM
    I happened across a book in my local library titled The Alarming History of Medicine by Richard Gordon, a British author known for his novels and screenplays. It's very interesting. We have come a long way.
  7. by   TennNurse
    I'm with DeepFried on the Outlander series. The heroine is a smarta$$ WW2 nurse who later goes to medical school, so in addition to the historical drama and the very fine Scotsman Jamie, there is plenty of truly addicting entertainment here. I've read them all, twice!
  8. by   NeoNurseTX
    Quote from Jennrog
    Favorite "medical" book I have ever read was Stiff - The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. Hillarious

    Jennifer

    I was just about to suggest this! She has another one out, Spook, but it seems a little.. odd.
  9. by   stellina615
    Thank you guys! I'm off to the bookstore right now. Please keep the suggestions coming!
  10. by   talaxandra
    some medical/health books i've enjoyed recently:

    fiction:
    perri klass writes interesting literary fiction with medical protagonists - i particularly liked the mystery of breathing. tess gerritsen (who i've found a bit hit and miss) writes more suspence-y fiction with a medical edge. connie willis usually writes science fiction/fantasy - passage is more realistic and looks at the question of near-death experiences.

    non-fiction:
    ben goldacre's bad medicine is a fascinating and readable look at the way the scientifically illiterate public are mislead and deceived; it's based on a website and a column he writes for the guardian. surgeon atul gawande has released two amazingly accessible and interesting medical books - collections of columns of a range of topics from hand washing to managing polio outbreaks in the third world and the rise of bariatric surgery. i found jerome groopman's how doctors think brilliant and insightful - he looks at how the practice of exceptional doctors differs from the average, and he ilustrates it with genuinely compelling real stories. on a different note, the mummy at the table by therapists jefferey kottler and jon carlson collects therapists most interesting cases - it's fascinating reading.

    in addiction to the phenomenal stiff and the interesting spooks, mary roach has recently released a book about scientific research into sex, bonk. she "beautifully combines strongly grounded data and meticulous explorations of the literature with a highly readable style and embarrassingly amusing observations (often as footnotes)" (the bookish).
    Last edit by talaxandra on May 10, '09
  11. by   pinkiepie_RN
    Quote from Jennrog
    Favorite "medical" book I have ever read was Stiff - The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. Hillarious

    Jennifer
    Ooh I loved that book! I think she's got a very interesting writing style!
  12. by   bekindtokittens
    Every time I hear something about the flu on the news, I think about The Stand, by Stephen King. I love that man's writings, and I plan on re-reading The Stand very soon.
  13. by   BusyMomRN
    Sorry, not on goodreads.com. I meant to include Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson novels, too) Hope you enjoy whatever books you read
    (Sorry if I replied to this wront, still new to the message thread posting)

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