My favourite type of book is one that really delves into strained interpersonal relationships. I mean, who doesn’t love a story on complicated family drama or sibling rivalry? Bonus points for interesting historical context as well.
Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer and East of Eden by John Steinbeck were both novels I could not put down despite having a pile of textbooks to get through during medical school. I also love books by Khalid Hosseini like, And The Mountains Echoed.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese… Oh my goodness! Epic! Wait, does that one count since it has quite a bit of medicine in it?
When Kindle and Kobo first came out, I tried jumping on the e-reader train, but I sadly did not get as much joy as I did from holding paper and ink in my hands.
Unfortunately, reading for pleasure took a bit of a backseat during residency as I simply didn’t have/couldn’t make the time.
It wasn’t until four years post-residency that I started reading non-medical books again. Mostly fiction, but once I became pregnant, I switched to books on parenting, child-development, sleep, feeding and all the other things that stress first-time parents out.
Nowadays, it has become almost impossible for me to sit and get through a chapter (not to speak of a whole book). Between balancing life as a mom, ER physician, wife, daughter, sister, friend… and trying to stay sane, reading might as well be gone with the wind (no pun intended, lol).
So I’m very thankful for Audible (not sponsored oh). And although I’m #TeamPrint all day, everyday, Audible allows me to get in a bit of reading (or more accurately – listening) while I drive, cook, clean, or as I drift off to sleep.
Now friends, I have to say that I’ve recently discovered the genre of Self-Help/Development/Motivation. I generally steered clear of this section, (and the Biography section) of the book store, because I found them “boring”. Probably because I wasn’t thinking beyond my academic/career bubble, and didn’t know I had other aspects of myself to develop.
Well, things have changed! After working in my field now for 6 years, (not counting the 8 years of school and 3 years of training) I am now actively seeking… shall I say… self-expansion?? Needless to say, self-help books are now quite interesting to me!
Here’s a list from the (formerly tagged) “boring shelf” that I hope to get through over the next 3 months:
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferris
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Any other suggestions are welcome! What books have you read on your self-development journey?