Thursday, July 30, 2009

lynn in love with summer reads

lovers, one of my favorite vacation activities is summer reading. I haven't been able to indulge in this for a while, and so when I got the chance over many long flights and nights spent in hotel rooms, I gobbled them up!

I loved ALL the books I randomly picked up at the airport bookstore:
1. Three Junes by Julia Glass

This main protagonist in this book is a young gay man and the book describes his relationships with his family, friends, and neighbors. It was a great book that dissects relationships of every kind. I felt it was written in a very honest and uplifting light.

2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I haven't seen the movie yet, so I don't know how to compare, but I loved this book. Again, it delves into the dynamics of a different sort of family. In this book, the 2nd child has APML, a bad type of leukemia. A 3rd daughter is conceived as a perfect genetic match for her sister for treatment purposes. Now a teenager, she questions her role in her own life and her family lives. I loved all the different perspectives this book is written from. I think the auther did great research on the medical side of this book. I cried my little eyes out and read parts of the book again and again days after I finished it.

3. Age of Innocence by Edith Warton

I neither read this Pulitzer Prize book growing up, nor watched the movie, but I really did enjoy reading it now. It questions late 19th century New York Society culture and morals as it follows the love relationship between Newland Archer and Countess Ellen Olenska.

4. Twilight by Stephanie Myer

Last, but not least, my fun read was Twilight. While I was not overly impressed by the movie, I do have to say that Twilight has an undeniable draw to it. Something about that teenage romantic angst that we all remember too well. I actually can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Summer isn't over yet, folks, what ARE your favorite reads this summer? Let me know and leave me a comment before I hit to book store again :)


  1. I like reading your blog, doc! and uh, u r well-read doc! Hopefully u'll be famous like Perez Hilton someday...but u can't quit your daytime job though...

  2. Forgot to mention, I recently finished reviewing the 265-page recommendations submitted to FDA from Center for Drug Evaluation and Research on Acetaminophen hepatotoxity. The Acute Liver Failure Study Group headed by William Lee at UTSW is actually the leading authority on this research. I was impressed to find out that all the ballyhoo on tylenol in the news was started by Dr. Lee's effort, which caught FDA's attention in 2001. So by April 2009, there is gonna be more apparent hepatotoxicity label warning on all acetaminophen products! He's still fighting for maximum daily dose reduction, but it's not happening anytime soon though, b/c of conflicting next reading project is healthcare reform...

  3. haha... that's some summer reading you are doing there, anonymous! why such heavy reading? Dr. Lee is super nice. I've always enjoyed working with him in the past. Come to think of it, I saw him at the mall the other day too!

  4. Lynn, I really liked My Sister's Keeper. You should pick up the Time Traveler's Wife before the movie comes out. It was a wonderful book.

  5. You've inspired me to finish Age of Innocence. I've picked it up a few times ans am about a quarter of the way through it.I like weird books, but for what it's worth I LOVE LOVE LOVE the book "Stiff" by Mary Roach. You might like it too since you're in the medical field :)

  6. Jenna :) hope you like it! It seems like a book I may not have liked when I was younger, but I like books with honest portrayal of the character of people. I read it during the 24 hour trip home back from Vietnam. I just looked at the summary of Stiff... pretty gory stuff!! haha.. I'm gonna go find it in the book store next time I go.