In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education blog, I’ll fill you in on my top 10 favorite books that I read in the past few years. Now, I’m a firm believe that you should read some non-veterinary books, as it helps clear your mind and gives you a non-veterinary hobby. I try to read one fun book a month, and also listen to one audio book a month. I’m old school – I prefer to hold a paper book in my hands. In no particular order, and with random fiction and non-fiction, VETgirl’s favs! (#ad)

1. She’s Come Undone This one is an oldie, but an incredible story of a child’s journey after a traumatic event in life. I believe every woman should read this book. Trigger warning: Abuse.

2. City of Thieves: A Novel I never talk to strangers on a plane, and randomly, this one person and I were chatting about books. They highly recommended this one, and I’ll admit, it’s on my top 3 books ever. This is a fictional story of the journey of two men in post-war Leningrad, and worth a buy.

3.Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You Man, as a new working parent (being in my mid-40’s with a toddler), I’ll take all the help I can get. In full disclosure, I’ve read a lot of parenting books, but found this one the most helpful when it comes to trying to survive while being present as a mom.

4. Defending Jacob: A Novel I love murder/mystery, and this one is entertaining with a great ending.

5. How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents As a first-generation American born Chinese, I found this book hilarious. I could relate to a lot of it.

6. Educated: A Memoir Man, having gone to school for 13+ years (with undergraduate, veterinary school, and advanced training), this book was powerful. This non-fiction memoir shared an amazing – albeit abusive and sad – story of a woman’s journal through life and education.

7. The 5 Love Languages OK, my parents gave me this book before I got married, and it was pretty spot on helpful. Definitely a great book to “get” your partner or colleagues. A must read. For real.

8. A Little History of the World I’m not a history buff. In fact, I suck at history but who has time to read up on it? Well, this book written around pre-WWII and summarizes Napoleon’s conquests within 2 pages. That’s my type of cliff notes.

9. Our VETgirl cookbook, yo. It’s for humans, not pets. Thanks to almost 100 DVM moms contributing easy-to-good, delicious, and kid-friendly meals, we were able to put this together. We’re selling it just at cost for printing and S&H. Order it here and get these bad boys out of my house, please.

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10. Me Before You OK, they made this into a movie, but I love this book. It made me full out sob as I was reading it.

  1. I listened to the audio book “A Gentleman in Moscow” (believe that is the title). It surprised me with how good it was. Also, a quick easy but delicious read is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”. Thanks for this list!

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