Currently Reading | Book Things

It’s time for another update! I’m currently on a seven-hour train trip, writing this on my phone. My flight was cancelled, so it was my only way to get home.

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Leave this song behind by John and Stephanie Meyer is a collection of poems from teenagers, and some of them were really lovely. Review to come.

I started reading “when breath becomes air” by Paul Kalanithi at the bus to my flight this weekend. Horrible idea, as it’s about Paul’s fight against cancer after having worked as a neurosurgeon and removed tumors regularly. It’s about how his worldview changed, about the experiences he had at medical school and his wonder of death to being forced to face his own. It’s hard to go from doctor to patient. I was brought to tears so many times, regularly closing the book to not start bawling my eyes out in front of people. It was a masterpiece of a book though, as someone who has spent a lot of time in hospital, even if I luckily have no direct experience with cancer.

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I’m going to Belgium next week, so books I have in physical copy like Fahrenheit 451 won’t go with me. Maybe I’ll continue harry potter e la pietra filosofale, but i’ve said that for a couple weeks without following up as well. I’ll probably get to read some emily dickinson poems though, in between being a tourist and a lot of socializing (feel tired already, haha)

I travelled to visit an technology university this week and in the theme of trying to choose education, I decided to try listening to “letters to a young scientist” by Edward O. Wilson. The audiobook is okay, but as some sections aren’t as relevant to me as others and it would be easier to jump around in another format. Some info is outdated, and because of that I’m not certain what I feel about this book yet. Also it’s a lot of talk about snakes and ants, so mainly biology, which is the one science I’m not into.

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff two/five stars

Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami four/five stars

Silence fallen by Patricia Briggs three/five stars

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel three/five stars

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