Top Ten Books On My Summer 2014 TBR List

Summer is almost here. I finally have my call schedule for July and plans are shaping up for our adventures. That also means it is time for the summer to be read list post with the Broke and the Bookish.

I have read 3.5 of my Spring TBR list books. I looked back to last year’s Summer list and I read 8 of the books that Summer and 9 since I wrote the list. I count that as a win.

As a result, I am splitting the list. No lofty dreaming of 10 new books for me. 5 I have in my possession currently, 5 I will somehow acquire.

  1. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult. I love the bargain piles at Chapters. This was one of those finds. It also helps that I do find her books easy reads that make me think.
  2. World War Z by Max Brooks. It was on my Spring list, but it is still sitting on my bedside table unread. I need to pick it up. Need.
  3. This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levin.Another Spring list repeat. I will read it this time, promise.
  4. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. I love old people and funny books. Plus, this is one of the books I bought with my birthday gift card from my parents (Thanks!).
  5. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I seem to read one of his books every summer lately. They are pretty heavy, but really well written. I am sure it will not disappoint. It is also one of my birthday books!
  6. Something else by Emily Giffin. She is kind of one of my summer reading go-tos. Light, easy reads.
  7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Powell. Yet another Spring TBR list repeat. I almost bought it last week, but I think I will try to borrow it from the library or something.
  8. Wicked and the rest of the series by Gregory Maguire. I know, another repeat. I really do want to refresh my memory and then find out what happens.
  9. The Maze Runner by James Dasher. I saw the preview to the movie when we went to see The Fault In Our Stars last week and it reminded me that I really wanted to read the book (especially before seeing the movie).
  10. The Giver by Lois Lowry. I have read other things she has written, but not this book. It is coming out as a movie too and I don’t like to see movies before I read the books. I’m not even sure if I want to see the movie, but it does make me remember that I need to read the book.

What is on your Summer to be read list?


I found this gem on the walk to pick up some groceries on the way home from work.  I am totally impressed with whomever put a bird house in a park.  It is very June.

I found this gem on the walk to pick up some groceries on the way home from work. I am totally impressed with whomever put a bird house in a park. It is very June.

It is June!

I know, it was June yesterday. But, yesterday was church day (for which I was on set-up duty), in-laws visiting day and finish my freaking molecular genetics presentation day. It was not a blog posting day.

I feel like the end of April and all of May was that brand of chaos that comes from having too much stuff to do all piled on top of one another in sequence. After my presentation today (ps, the molecular genetics of brain tumours is super cool), June feels like a reprieve. Journal club is the only bigish work project this month. Sure, we are getting my support group project ready for publication (I got two emails about it in the time it took me to write this). Sure, I am starting a new project looking at radiation for lung cancers. But, there are no giant epic mountains of manuscripts, presentations and exams to worry about. That could change if I failed physics. Let’s not talk about that.

In other things June not to talk about, there are the June bugs.  I don’t like shelled insects.  Exoskeletons give me the heebie jeebies.

I quite like June. It is my birthday month, but I’m not too huge on birthdays, so that isn’t really a big deal. It is the month where the weather becomes nice enough to go outside and do stuff. It is the end of the school year for Patrick. And it is the end of the residency year for me.

It is tough to believe that I am one day away from starting my final rotation of PGY-2 (so long as I pass everything) and thus also finish what is our ridiculously long rotating internship of sorts. And then I will be on-service. Agh. I don’t even know what I will do with myself when that happens. Crazyness.

Tonight, we celebrate with the Child and D survival of the insanity that was May and 2 days of June. We will eat (and eat and eat) and play Munchkin (which is an awesome game… Check out the Tabletop video below (and know that Tabletop is also awesome)).

Then maybe we will enjoy the fact that our house is not full of extra people for a little bit. We will enjoy that I am not continuously operating on a new deadline (realistically, that never happens in residency, so I don’t know why I dream that big). I can get back to the gym, although maybe not running quite yet (heck, maybe that darn toe will stop hurting).  Maybe…

We have a flower!

The M household has an announcement.

We have a rose!


I have written about my attempt at green thumb antics before.

Our rose bush has finally sprouted a single open rose.  And another is on the 1

Our rose is becoming like how some people are with babies.  We get one after a long wait and then another is on the way quickly thereafter (or at least that is how it seems to me as an innocent baby wanting bystander).

I am so proud of our rose.  I discovered it yesterday morning and got excessively excited and then Patrick got excited too.  We are becoming those kinds of people.  The kind that have plants and are proud of them.

So, I tore out the cat grass (it isn’t like the cat was enjoying it) and planted cilantro and chives in its place.   We’ll see how this goes.  I am really hoping for fresh herbs.  If it goes okay, maybe I’ll expand the repertoire further.  Baby steps.

It is kind of strange, but the rose reminds me of all kinds of hope.  Hope in the fact that things grow (sometimes despite their environment).  Hope in new life.  Hope in new seasons.  Hope in things to come.

Its the 24th of May and we likes to get away

Its the 24th of May and we likes to get away.

I am homesick this weekend.

Homesick for my med school friends.  Homesick for the place where my school was.  Where the May long weekend, or May 2-4 as it is fondly known, was celebrated with roadside camping and epic barbecue parties.   Our class always went out of town to have a big celebration en mass.  It was one of the few parties and things we all went to (even the quiet ones like me).

We might have studied hard, but we partied hard too.  And this was probably one of the biggest submersion in local culture things for me and many others.

This long weekend, I have physics to study, hockey to watch and a still sore toe.  We can’t have a huge adventure.  Despite that, it is a good day for an outside BBQ and relaxing on the deck.  Tomorrow, I am insisting we go on a road trip.  Because it is May 2-4 and that is what should be done (although I am very okay with not camping in a gravel pit… Plus, that is totally not socially acceptable where we live now).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is entitled “Spring.”

I love Spring and this weekend (once I got back from the conference, things actually started looking Springish.  We went out on the deck (cat and all) for a BBQ and to enjoy some nice sunshine and enough warmth to stay out for a bit without a coat.  I hope this is a sign of many such Sunday afternoons to come.

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Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

Spring officially starts later this week.  That means it is time for yet another Spring To Be Read List for Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish.

I am proud to say that I did actually read 5 of the books on my Winter TBR list.  Comparing back to last year’s Spring list, I only read 3 of those.  I am sticking with making my list of books that I will probably have access to but also dedicating a portion to books I just really, really want to read.

  1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown.  This is a loaner from the Child (did I mention I love that she works at a book store?) and I am starting it any time I get a chance this week.  It is my book that is being carried around with me right now.  I wouldn’t necessarily be drawn to it on my own, but given the fact that I am quite liking dystopian books and that it is free and theoretically good, I am excited to read it.
  2. This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin.  This was on my TBR list last Spring and I still haven’t read it, which is pretty sad.  I got excited about music again while we were in New York, which reminds me that I should start playing and reading music related books again.
  3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  This was also on last Spring’s TBR list and again, after seeing Wicked, I remember that I liked the book the first time and want to read the rest of the series, but want to start from the beginning if I am to do that.
  4. Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson.  This is a Patrick find that is sitting on our shelf.  Since it is there and Patrick seemed to like it, I do want to read it.
  5. World War Z by Max Brooks.  I didn’t see the movie, although I do know some quotable moments.  That being said, I am intrigued with the book and want to read it just to try something a bit different.  Who says I can’t read a book about zombies?
  6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Powell.  I keep hearing rave reviews, but I still have yet to read her books.  I do love some YA to keep things light.
  7. End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  This book is about things near and dear to my heart… Books, relationships, cancer.
  8. A Train In Winter by Caroline Moorehead.  I love nonfiction and this story of women of the French Resistance during World War II sounds intriguing to me.
  9. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  I love the awkward and the science nerd behind the story line.
  10. Doppler by Erlend Loe.  “The very unusual story of one man and his moose.”  I feel like that says it all.  But seriously, I found this on one of the tables in Chapters with Patrick and picked it up because of the cover but want to read it because of that line.


What is on your Spring TBR list?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “Horizon.”

I, myself, am on the horizon of finally completing the LMCC part 2 (aka the Canadian medical licensing exams).  Some crazy people somewhere made it two days instead of one, so this afternoon and evening were a weird half-done, but not really done (and trying to figure out whether  or not I need to study more or just chill) kind of limbo.  Hopefully I pass, so I don’t have to go through this all again in the Spring.

The photo I chose had nothing to do with that (except that it was taken in the Spring)

It is from a visit to the most Easterly point in Canada on a very typical grey day.  The sky almost falls off into the water.


Adventures at the Cove

Today, Patrick and I took advantage of the sunshine, semi-warmth and a day off to go exploring some of the nearby beauty.  We went for a stereotypical Sunday drive and eventually stumbled upon this lovely spot where I took more pictures than I can reasonably post on here.  I must also add I am proud I did not further break my neck on the adventure.

Top Ten Books At the Top of My Spring To Be Read List

It is that time of year again… It is the turn of the seasons and thus, the Broke and the Bookish are prompting me to write about my top ten books at the top of my Spring to be read list.   I like the “at the top” stipulation.  Otherwise, I could include some of the same books every time.  I still likely will.

I looked back at last year’s TBR list from the Spring and I must say that I am impressed… Since that list, I have read 6/10 of the books I listed (if I count only the Emily Giffin book I listed).  Not all that Spring, but nonetheless, it was accomplished.  I was starting to think I never read what is on my TBR list.  I also must note that I thankfully don’t have to read Toronto Notes in entirety for another few months (eerie music signaling the LMCC part 2 in 6 months).    Unfortunately, my TBR list is not comprised entirely of fun books.

  1. The Physics of Radiation Therapy by Faiz Khan.  I thought I would just open up with my less fun book.  I do love physics. But, I really do need to get on the physics reading bandwagon.  What a great way to start (*nerdy snort*)!
  2. Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  Patrick got me this giant book of Mark Twain-y goodness for Christmas and I have yet to really crack it out (because he is reading it).  I am looking forward to reading it next.
  3. C.S. Lewis Signature Classics.  Besides the Narnia series, I have not read any of C.S. Lewis’s stuff.  Patrick has had this giant book for ages.  I cracked it out a while ago but didn’t get beyond the intro.  I feel like it is something I should read given people talk about it all the time.  Plus, it is at home on our shelf, so I need to read it.
  4. Baby Proof and other Emily Giffin.  I know the Child possesses these.  I must borrow them.  Very soon.
  5. Canada by Richard Ford.  Patrick bought this on our “yay he is actually teaching and got a real pay cheque” trip to Chapters at which we were both allowed to buy one book of our choosing.  It sounds interesting to me.  Not my usual read, but interesting.
  6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King.  It is in our house and on our shelf.  Patrick liked it and says I probably will too minus the odd piece that might freak me out.  I think I am getting up the will to give it a try.
  7. Struck By Lightning by Chris Colfer.  The Child recently read this and told me it was decent and a nice light read.  I may need that based on the list.  And borrowing books from her library is just so much easier now that they are nearby.
  8. This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin.  This is embarrassing.  I usually don’t have books in my possession for this long without reading them.  I have had this one for a few years now.  I started it a couple summers ago… Like between Med 2 and Med 3, but I couldn’t get into it and put it down and never picked it back up.  I need to get on that.
  9. The Hobbit and LOTR by R.R. Tolkien.  I know, guilty of putting these on my TBR list every time it comes around.  I know.  But, I really do think I am getting closer to picking them up.  I know where the real library is and the library of Child & D, both of which have them in possession.  The problem is other stuff always appears that takes my attention away.  I am not naturally inclined to fantasy.
  10. Wicked by Greory Maguire.  I did read this before and I think it is hiding out somewhere in my parents’ house.  I only recently realized it is a part of a whole series of books and I think I might want to check out the rest.  But, the issue is that I read this book during med school interviews and I think amidst the stress and everything, I actually don’t remember most of it… So, a re-read is in order.

What are some of the books on your Spring TBR list?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is entitled Changing Seasons.  Although my favourite season is Fall, mainly because of all of the fabulous colours, all of them have their bit of charm and unique beautiful, especially at that cusp where things are just starting to become different.

Fall: Some of the trees and leaves on my walk home from work.

Fall: Some of the trees and leaves on my walk home from work.

Winter: I was in Ottawa a little bit after winter started last year.  Although it wasn't the precise beginning of the season, you can still see a few leaves lingering from the end of the season before and fresh snow of the new start to winter.

Winter: I was in Ottawa a little bit after winter started last year. Although it wasn’t the precise beginning of the season, you can still see a few leaves lingering from the end of the season before and fresh snow of the new start to winter.

Spring:  Nothing Says Spring more than fresh green, sunshine and a walk in a park.

Spring: Nothing Says Spring more than fresh green, sunshine and a walk in a park.

Summer:  Church Picnic back home happens right at the start of summer and commemorates for me the start of all things summer.

Summer: Church Picnic back home happens right at the start of summer and commemorates for me the start of all things summer.

Check out the other entries for this photo challenge here!