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3 Books Prescribed To Read on World Doctors Day

Doctors and medical staff alike are battling against the same enemy across the globe. The number of people dying and becoming infected with COVID-19 are increasing rapidly. This is causing chaos across hospitals everywhere as doctors rush to aide those patients who are experiencing chronic symptoms. It’s stressful as a community to isolate ourselves from human interaction, but think about the stress we are putting on doctors as they fight to save our lives. Here are some books about doctors, and why and how they do what they do for us.

From sleepless nights, to stress brought on by the pressures of an intense work environment, heres to our doctors (and some books that let us see into their lives). Happy World Doctors Day!

 

Doctors

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Doctors by Erich Segal informs us on how doctors are made, and in some cases, how they break under pressure. The novel follows the story of two colleagues who try to juggle their love affair while their medical abilities are put to the test.

 

BETTER: A SURGEON’S NOTES ON PERFORMANCE

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If you plan to give this novel a read, be prepared to live as Atul Gawande. Better: A Surgeon’s Notes On Performance revisits Gawande’s gruesome encounters as a doctor while performing to the best of his ability during obstacles that seem hopeless. He also talks a lot about the history of hand washing and why it is important!

 

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

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This novel is a bit more on the heartbreaking side. Paul Kalanithi’s book, When Breath Becomes Air, is a memoir about Kalanithi’s life as a neurosurgeon and his battle with stage IV lung cancer.

 

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Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare A Day

To help us all get through our quarantine, actor Patrick Stewart is making it a little more entertaining by reading a different Shakespeare sonnet every day. It only makes sense since Stewart is well known for performing Shakespeare’s plays himself.

Stewart has been posting videos of himself on Twitter for the past couple of days reading Shakespeare as he self isolates from everyone else.

Here are some videos of Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare!

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If that doesn’t get you through quarantine – we don’t know what will. A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away, or so they say.

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5 Fantasy Books Featuring Mystical Faeries

Faeries have always had a special place in fantasy literature, and I think we can all see why. Sometimes, these beings take on the form of a trickster that messes with mortals for sheer enjoyment. Other times, the faerie in question may be a guide or maternal figure who leads the protagonist down the right path, offering sage advice and comfort when necessary. There is also the recurring theme of making these beings into immortal love interests who fall head-over-heels for their human paramours.

Long story short: faeries take on various roles in literature. Their magic and their personalities make them an inexhaustible source of inspiration and entertainment.

So, to feed your interest in faeries, here are five books featuring faerie characters.

 

1. “The cruel prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air Book 1) by [Black, Holly]

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Holly Black is well known for her stories that draw inspiration from the Realm of Faerie. She was one of the two writers for The Spiderwick Chronicles, and she also authored The Modern Faerie Tale series. Honestly, whenever I go looking for books with faeries, Holly Black is one of the first writers to appear–and it’s really no surprise as to why this is the case. The Cruel Prince is the first book in The Folk of Air Series. This book introduces Jude, who was seven years old when her parents were killed by the fey, and she and her sisters were captured and forced to live in the Court of Faerie. In order to gain an official role in the court, Jude embroils herself in the cutthroat politics that pit her against Prince Cardan, a faerie who despises humans. In order to save her sisters and the realm though, Jude must join a risky political alliance that might help her succeed in her goals, or it might just double back and destroy her.

2. “bones of faerie

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Janni Lee Simner lays out a story that takes place in the aftermath of a war between humans and faeries. After this conflict ended, the faeries disappeared and humanity has heard nothing from them since. Bones of Faerie follows fifteen-year-old Liza, a young girl who has never seen magic, but she has lived in a world that was wounded because of it. She soon learns that she has the gift to see into both the past and the present, and through this gift, she realizes that she must flee her hometown and go into the land of faerie. And maybe, just maybe, she can figure out how to mend the land on her journey.

3. “A court of thorns and roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by [Maas, Sarah J.]

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I just… I just really like Sarah J. Maas’s work. Author of The Throne of Glass series and the recently published Crescent City, Maas is a writer who continues to pull me back with every new book that she releases. A Court of Thorns and Roses is no exception to this rule. This story follows Feyre, a human and the sole provider for her family. One day while hunting, Feyre kills a wolf that turns out to be a Fae in disguise. She invokes the rage of Tamlin, the Fae lord of the Spring court who demands her life in return for the one that she took. He takes her back with him to the Spring court, where she lives amongst the Fae and comes to learn about the curse that looms over the court. And when this curse finally takes effect, Feyre must be the one to venture under the mountain to save Tamlin and his subjects.

 

4. “The Faerie Ring

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Kiki Hamilton’s first installation to her Faerie Ring series promises a fascinating set of books to follow. The Faerie Ring follows Tiki, a young pickpocket who lives in London with her fellow orphans. When she steals a ring from a particular individual though, her actions threaten to cause war to break out between the faeries and humanity once again. However, plenty of individuals also want the ring for their own end goals… and some of those people do, indeed, want to see war engulf Britain.

5. “Magic under glass

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Jaclyn Dolarmore’s Magic Under Glass promises a charming and romantic tale for readers. Nimira is a music-hall performer who barely manages to scrape together a living. She is enlisted by the sorcerer Hollin Perry for a special act–Nimira will sing in accompaniment to an automaton playing piano. However, she discovers that the spirit of a faerie inhabits her automaton partner, and the two fall in love. While Nimira tries to break her beloved’s curse, they must also work to save the faerie realm from impending doom.

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Drop Everything, It’s Gryffindor Pride Day and Here Are The Tweets to Prove it

Hey! Gryffindor enthusiast here. I know what you’re thinking: “but are you actually a Gryffindor?” Yes. No, I did not take every sorting hat quiz available on the internet multiple times until I got Gryffindor. Yes, I took the *official* Pottermore quiz, and yes, I got Gryffindor the first time. Settled.

It’s no secret that all Hogwarts Houses have dedicated members with the pride of their loyalties running deep through their veins. Every house has a day to shine, and it’s time for Gryffindors near and far to unite and celebrate. Clearly, I have a lot of love for my house. But trust me, I’m not the only one. Check out these tweets by members of Gryffindor House expressing their pride.

 

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Sing your praises!

 

Gotta love some good lyric changes!

 

 

ALL THE FEELS… 

 

Every time.

make that social distance fun! (and productive of course)

 

Who said you can’t boast your Gryffindor pride while social distancing?

 

 

Loud and Proud!

 

And we love you for it!

 

 

love from ravenclaw 

 

We will throw this love right back to you on your special day!

 

 

quarantine but make it comfy 

 

Yes.

 

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Plague Books Recommended by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is famously known for her dystopian novels so she obviously knows a thing or two on how to handle quarantine and self-isolation. On Twitter this past Tuesday, Atwood recommended some books for her fans who are self-isolating right now.

The actress Mia Farrow put in a request for books about the plague. Atwood replied by recommending Rats, Lice, and History, by Hans Zinsser. This book is about the disease typhus. It`s a biography of the disease as seen throughout history.

 

 

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The author also recommended Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond. Which discusses European Microbes, viruses and how they affected America.

 

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Gross titles, I know. But maybe they will appeal to some people? Just maybe?

And if you want nothing to do with books about plagues or the end of the world, Atwood recommended classics such as Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. You can never go wrong with those two!

 

 

Of course you can also read Margaret Atwoods own dystopian novels as well!

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