It is back to school season, which means that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish is quite fitting. They ask for the top ten books that should be required readings. Ah. I could really go to town on this one.
I decided to split the books into two categories… The education in general category (aka school/life) and the medical education category (I feel like we really aren’t required to read much of anything).
Plus, I missed Medical Monday yesterday, so this is a fantastic way to combine my two favourite regular link-ups! Medical Mondays are the first Monday of the month in which medically-afilliated bloggers link-up. Click the button below to check out some fantastic medical sorts of blogs.
I feel like a lot of the history I learned in school was actually from our novel reading. It just steemed to click in better with the stories.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I like that it combined history with a great story and life lessons not just related to war. Plus, Death is awesome.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Again, a great story showing different perspectives. I found some of the behavior shocking, but I think it is good that we realize that is really what people were like at that time.
There also is something to be said for contemporary literature and pointing out some of the bigger issues.
- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I know they are really popular right now, but in all seriousness, a lot of discussion can be had about government policies, how we perceive our world, justice, family ties and all that good stuff. There are a lot of levels to these books. Minus the annoying love triangle thing.
- The Divergent series by Veronical Roth. Again, it is another world compared to where we are, but it is interesting to look at division based on strengths and weaknesses and how people view their world based on what they were taught versus what might actually be.
Some perspective on the world of others who live a challenging life. These two fit both into the general life and medicine categories.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky. I didn’t like this book very much and I know it doesn’t set a fantastic example to all the kids out there, but at the same time, I think it does address a lot of what high school is like for a lot of kids and what people can get in to and struggle with. We do need to address this stuff more.
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It give a pretty good perspective (from what I can tell) on illness and death as a teen and how these experiences can be very alientating and yet offer big growth.
Now, for the medical folks out there, here are some reads I think everyone should have to fit in.
- The House of God by Samuel Shem. It is rude and crude, but it is also eerily real. Sure, conditions are better these days, but some of the cardinal rules still apply and you can’t change medicine completely. This is a great book to read about what not to do, laugh about what you actually do and reflect on what life is like in the hospital today.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The HeLa cells have influenced so much of everything we do in medicine, so I think it is only fair to know the history behind them and the person and her family.
- The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This may not be fully required if you aren’t in to oncology, but I feel like cancer touches so many of us, it is still important. This is a great overview of, well, the history of cancer as we know it that intertwines the personal with the scientific.
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. This is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, the man who set out to try to cure TB around the world, but with many efforts focused in Haiti. It is a motivating read and will have you wanting to set out and save the world too!
There are a ton of medically related and non-medical books out there that are fantastic to read to grow your knowledge or make you think. It would be great if some of them could be added in to schools.
What are some of your picks for required readings?