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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My two weeks of vacation started on Monday. Actually thinking about taking some moonlighting shifts, so I can make some extra payments on my student loans. First year, it felt like I had to go somewhere, had to take advantage of the time off. Second year, kind of felt that way too. Third year, the light at the end of the tunnel is visible. Sort of. I'm using one of my weeks to go somewhere, but this week is more of a decompress, catch up on the DVR kind of week.

Any book recommendations?


  1. If you're into true crime at all, 'Alone With The Devil' by M.D. Ronald Markman is my favorite in the genre thus far.
    Also criminal, much easier to find, and without all of the gore, 'True Blue' by Sgt. Randy Sutton is pretty damn awesome.

  2. "A Secret Gift", by Ted Gup

  3. go on a date!romantic of course

  4. And if you can't find a date, read "The Game" by Neil Strauss

  5. My reading recommendations would be MCAT prep books, basic science books, or books on medical ethics.

    If you're interested in something not related to medicine or science, I have a few recommendations. Clearly I was raised to be a literature snob:

    The Three Musketeers - Hands down, my favorite piece of European literature. I've read it about a half dozen times and it never gets old.

    Moby Dick - Classic American literature and a real treat to read, particularly the last 100 pages or so when you find yourself pleading with Ahab to relent.

    The Oresteia - The only complete Greek trilogy that has survived to present-day.

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - The Simon Armitage translation is really good and very readable. It's relatively short so it can and should be read in a single sitting. I actually recommend reading it aloud, since that is how it would have originally been presented (same as a lot of other works).

    A Christmas Carol - Amazes me how many Americans think they know the story but have never read it. It's different than what you see on TV. Another short work that can be read in one sitting.

    From a bit more of a modern era, you might take a stab at reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I think you'll find the characters in the text quite a bit different than those that were presented on the silver screen.

    If comic books or graphic novels interest you, The Watchmen is really good. Significantly different than the movie which was quite a disappointment. Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are also really good takes on the great detective as well.

  6. If you haven't read it already, try "Stiff" by Mary Roach. The book is about cadavers and there's some interesting things in it.

  7. Hop on Pop is a real page-turner...

  8. If you read science fiction/fantasy, you should try Russ Allbery, who does book reviews: http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/reviews/.

    His reviews are always insightful, don't have spoilers, and I often agree with his rating of books. If you like the genre, start reading the books he rated 10/10. They are amazing!

  9. Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs and it's sequel Hot Lights, Cold Steel by Michael Collins. They are a great read.