Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

2019 Reading Challenge CriteriaA book published posthumously.

Blurb:

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

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Review: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Challenge criteria: A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover

Blurb:

Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.

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Books That Deal with Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the world. Unfortunately, it’s a disease quite a lot of us are personally familiar with – my own family included. For some people, reading about people going through the same struggles and joys as they are, can make their own experiences a little easier to deal with.

There are quite a lot of books, both fiction and non fiction, that feature cancer. Not just breast cancer, but many of the other forms we’ve all come to know and recognise. This list is, of course, not exhaustive. If there’s one you’ve read I missed out on, let me know in the comments. There are a couple of books I’ve read also featuring cancer, but as it’s not disclosed before you start reading I’ve left them out. Spoilers suck, yo.

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Review: Trouble by Non Pratt

Challenge criteria: A book that’s been on your TBR for way too long.

Blurb:

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants.

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Review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Challenge criteria: A book of any genre that addresses current events

Blurb:

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

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