Good Reads for a Good Time

Hey guys! One of the things I picked up during quarantine was definitely getting back into reading. Whether through a Kindle or a good old fashion paper book, I think reading a book here or there can be extremely calming and relaxes your mind. Below I've listed some books that can be helpful to all you pre-meds and pre-health people out there. Give them a read to see if you want to get back into reading!


Communicating with Today's Patients: Essentials to Save Time, Decrease Risk,

and Increase Patient Compliance

by Joanne Desmond

This book is such a great book for communication skills. It teaches you how to talk to patients and

realize things that you never even thought about. You can also use the skills they teach you in everyday life as well. I learned about hand placement, leg placement, eye contact, how to break bad news, and so much more. Definitely recommend!

The Soul of a Doctor

by Susan Pories, MD., Sachin H. Jain, and Gordon Harper M.D.

The book includes different stories supplied by medical students about their journeys and how they were able to maintain their personal lives but also what it is like to begin their medical career. It is a great read to get a glimpse of the life of a medical student, both the ups and downs. You want to know what you're getting yourself into, so it is important to see it from the POV of a medical student.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death, and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years

by Michael J. Collins M.D.

This is a book about the author's journey of being a first-year resident orthopedic surgeon. It tells the tale of a resident who feels like he might not belong in the medical world because he doesn't feel as good as all the other surgeons. This book is a great look at how everyone can have imposter syndrome. Even surgeons and residents can feel like they are not good enough, so it is interesting to see the mind of a surgeon and how he got through that mindset. Granted, even Michelle Obama had imposter syndrome, so don't feel bad about yourselves or compare yourselves to others. You do you!

10% Happier

by Dan Harris

Everyone experiences stress in their lives, and everyone has different ways to cope with it. One way that many people deal with stress is through meditation. I personally have given meditation a try, and I could not do it because I have the attention span of a mouse. However, I realized I was doing it all wrong. Once you get used to it and find the right way, it is pretty relaxing. This book gives skeptics an easy “in” to meditation, by taking a very non-fluffy approach to the science behind this mindfulness practice and showing you how and why letting go of your ego is important for living a stress-free life.


These last books are great if you guys are ever tired of hearing about anything school-related or pre-med related. The plots are pretty interesting and were great reads to relax with and enjoy!

The Red Queen

by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood-red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

by Jenny Lawson

Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. This book is a light-hearted book for a good time!

Hope these books shed a little light into your lives and please recommend me through social media or email if you found some other great reads as well!

-Ivy Wong


(Special thanks to Elizabeth Eng for some of the recommended books!)

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