Thursday, September 30, 2021

Financial Residency

 If you want a quick and easy, bite-sized way to approach your finances and future retirement plans, this is a good starting point. 

There are other books that are more in depth, but I recommend starting here to get your ducks in a row and your paperwork in order. The chapters are concise with overviews and materials to help you get the work done at the end of each one. 

This book can apply to anyone, not just those in the medical field. 


This book is everything you need to control your financial future.

A financial plan guides you during good and bad times, ups and downs of the market, job changes, and financial setbacks. Creating a financial plan is not all about money, budgeting, and investing--it’s about enabling you to live the life you truly want. Physicians are the smartest people on the planet when it comes to medicine, so why not finances too?

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Normally I wouldn't pick up a non-fiction book about a doctor treating infectious disease but this was assigned for book club, so I gave it a try. 

And I found Dr. Farmer's work fascinating. Helping the poor and underprivileged were his calling and he carried it out with gusto. I learned tons about a topic I knew nothing about, and can now understand and sympathize with. 

Do note, that as the book was written by a journalist, it reads more like a fact text book than an emotionally engaging read. 

The narrator was excellent. 

Best wishes for Dr. Farmer's legacy to live on. 


In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidder’s magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction of politics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes people’s minds through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Courting Eliza

I give it 2.5 stars. 

I honestly debated whether to review or not because I don't like to leave negative reviews. After reading others reviews, I decided mine is in keeping what others have said. 

This is a clean and wholesome romance regency style. If that's what you're looking for, you'll be happy with the story. It is on the whole, a lovely little story, though some scenes could use more emotional depth. 

Here's where I was challenged in regards to finishing the book, which I did, because I nearly stopped reading multiple times. There are too many good books in the world to spend time on a book that's not suited to your taste. 

There were typos/errors on every page, ranging from one to five per page! I know, because I marked every single one of them. I ultimately finished the book just to see if the trend carried to the last page, not because of the story. This isn't why authors want to a reader to finish a book, to see how poor a job they did. 

I did check Amazon for an updated version. There isn't one. 

I suspect that in the author's haste to get the book out quickly, she forwent having it properly edited or at the least proofread. This was a mistake. 

As the book has been out for two years and multiple reviews for this book mentioned the errors, I can only assume the author has neither the inclination nor the time to correct the manuscript. Sad. 

I'm unlikely to read another book by this author due to these issues. 

Eliza is in love with her best friends’ brother...

But can William see her as more than a friend?

Eliza takes her future into her own hands. It is time Eliza finds someone to love her, even if she has to give up her longing for William.

William returns home from his studies and he’s intrigued by this new Eliza, his sister’s best friend.

When Eliza disappears to her aunts, William takes action. Can William capture her heart?

Friday, September 10, 2021

The Runaway King

The moment we finished listening to The False Prince, my teenage son loaded up The Runaway King because he coulnd't wait to hear what happened next. 

Once again, Ms. Nielsen does a brilliant job of painting Sage into corner after corner as you wonder how in the world is he getting out of this position alive? A total page turner. 

Masterfully told, this sequel is equal to the first in the series. I have great expectations for the third installment. 


A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the thrilling sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen's blockbuster The False Prince!

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Series takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!And don't miss the highly anticipated fourth book in the series, The Captive Kingdom, coming October 2020!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The False Prince

Ms Nielsen is a masteful storyteller. 

Every book I read of hers leaves me in awe of her creativity and professionalism. 

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the novel and the characters' progression so much that I immediately started the second book. 

This story is good for all ages. 


In a discontented kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.And don't miss the highly anticipated fourth book in the series, The Captive Kingdom, coming October 2020!