Reading Now (and a Giveaway)

I was asked by an FHO reader if I would talk about what’s on my current reading list. It’s a favorite topic of discussion for me (I love hearing what people are reading), so here’s what is on my list THIS week (it could all change by next week, naturally). Note, I don’t usually have a ton of uninterrupted time for pleasure reading except on airplanes (I don’t work on airplanes–that is an unbreakable rule of self-care for me), but when it overlaps with my professional life, I make time. So in no particular order:

The General Appearance of Patients (Akshay Govind, which came to my attention because of the corresponding discussion on the IAFN community site–also, come on folks, document patient appearance and demeanor. Or at the very least, have a clinical rationale and not a courtroom rationale for not doing it, since it’s relatively common practice to include such documentation). {H/t Nancy Downing}

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity (by Nadine Burke Harris on the health impacts of trauma in childhood)

Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say (Kelly Corrigan)

How Collaboration Wins (Harvard Business Review)

It’s been a tick since the last giveaway, so include in the comments something on YOUR reading list right now, and I will select one person at random (THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED) to receive their own copy of The Deepest Well (you can read more about the book here, or watch her excellent TED talk here). Leave a comment by 5pm ET on January 26th to be eligible. Giveaway open to all FHO readers, regardless of location.

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  1. January 24, 2018 | 8:21 am

    Cathy Bradley

    Twist of Faith by Ellen Green- a free amazon prime download

    I have heard good things about Nadine Burke Harris’ book and would love to read it! 🙂

  2. January 24, 2018 | 8:23 am

    Heather Martin

    I’m currently reading the Core Curriculum for Forensic Nursing by Bonnie Price and Kathleen Maguire. My goal is to take the SANE A exam this year and thought this would be a good place to start.

  3. January 24, 2018 | 9:51 am

    Liz Stevens

    Tell Me More looks really interesting…and of course would love to read anything by Nadine Burke Harris! I’m on maternity leave right now, so feeling like I have all the time in the world to read for pleasure. It’s fantastic.

  4. January 24, 2018 | 10:37 am

    Clark Perks

    I just finished reading “One of the Boys” a novel by Daniel Magariel. I’m currently reading “Midway Magic: An Oral History of America’s Legendary Aircraft Carrier” by Scott McGaugh.

  5. January 24, 2018 | 10:47 am

    Hope Miller

    The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

  6. January 24, 2018 | 10:48 am

    Andrea Ward-Wiley

    I just finished Little Prisoner and now I’m a couple pages into Gaddafi’s Harem. I’ve never been a fiction reader.

  7. January 24, 2018 | 3:14 pm

    Laura Maguire

    Currently reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, an excellent representation of family dysfunction. Just finished Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, which struck a chord with my inner scientist.

  8. January 25, 2018 | 7:53 am

    Leslie A. Hagen

    Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang

  9. January 25, 2018 | 12:16 pm

    Loree Bidlingmaier

    I am enjoying Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friend’s and Influence People! This book was given to me 42 years ago by my beloved and wise Father. It was his personal copy and he knew I would treasure it. It was one of his favorites as well as mine. I’ve read it many times and now that my Father is not alive to talk to, I treasure it even more.

  10. January 25, 2018 | 4:30 pm

    Rosalyn Walker

    Not very related to forensics, but right now I’m reading Lloyd Evans’ The Reluctant Apostate: Leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses Comes at a Price; and Susan Campbell’s “Getting Real: 10 Truth Skills You Need to Live an Authentic Life.”

  11. January 25, 2018 | 7:25 pm

    Tina Peck

    The Junie B. Jones series with my 6 year old!

  12. January 25, 2018 | 10:39 pm

    Alison C

    Our nursing group is reading “Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net”. A quick, easy, relevant read!

  13. January 26, 2018 | 9:05 am

    Tracey Wagner

    30 Million Words by Dana Suskind MD- the baby brain is so fascinating!

  14. January 26, 2018 | 9:59 am

    Tricia Hanson

    White Teacher; Black Mamma by Anita Kelley D’Abbraccio and Tiffany Lott Stevenson

  15. January 27, 2018 | 7:13 pm

    Beth Roach

    I just finished reading “The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing ” and am currently ready “The reason I jump by Naoki Higashida.