I am a lifelong reader and have whiled away many hours with my nose stuck in a book.  I read all kinds, fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, mystery, historical, some sci-fi and (gasp) a few romances along the way.  I have talked about book with many patients over the years and am always looking for a new one to get hooked on.  And I’m always willing to share my favorite books or authors.  I usually read on a Kindle, which is fantastic as I can carry more than one book at a time.  The only thing I don’t love about my kindle is that I can’t pass books around to friends and neighbors.


My Kindle Paperwhite: Favorite Technology Device Ever!!!

Book are usually about lawyers, doctors, politicians, teachers, warriors, dragons, ad execs, et cetera, but never about Optometrists.  Maybe we’re too boring for protagonists?  Imagine my surprise when I picked up Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.  I’ve been trying to read some classics recently and that one was offered as a special by Amazon.  Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist, is an optometrist.  Of course, the book is really not about him being an optometrist, more about war and what it does to people, and then there’s the part about the aliens… Anyway, it’s a great read and certainly a classic from the 20th century: well worth picking it up at half-priced books (or if you’re on kindle unlimited it’s free!).

Slaughterhouse Five

Here is a list of some of my favorite books, all genres.  Please share your’s the next time you’re in for an exam!

  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (ok, everything by him)
  • Undaunted Courage and Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
  • A Knight in Shining Armor (a romance! But the best ever) by Jude Deveraux
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Shogun by James Clavell
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

There’s too many: the list could go on and on!  Hopefully, someday, you will find a book where the protagonist has your profession or your name or is from your hometown.  It makes the reading a little different.