Books to Read Before I Die

Someone once told me that I should read for pleasure every day while I am in school. The following is what I hope to read in between nursing texts, or at least before I die. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section. I plan on living a long time.

  • The Autobiography of God: A Novel by Julius Lester autogod.gif
  • A Primer for Health Care Ethics: Essays for a Pluralistic Society by Kevin D. O’Rourke
  • many.jpg Many Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe by Freeman J. Dyson
  • Classic Cases in Medical Ethics by Gregory Pence
  • callan.gif Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley
  • Imajica: Book II, the Reconciliation by Cliver Barker imagica2.jpg
  • Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives by Pamela Grim savelives.jpg
  • Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women by Alexa Albert
  • worm.jpg The Woman With a Worm in Her Head by Pamela Nagami
  • redtent.jpg The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden boys.jpeg
  • Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs
  • The Culture of Fear by Barry Glassnerfear.jpg
  • How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
  • blink.jpg Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester profmad.jpg
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonegent
  • The Gospel of Food by Barry Glassner
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla by Marc Seifer
  • belief_200.jpg What We Believe But Cannot Prove edited by John Brockman
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman spiritcov234.jpg

7 thoughts on “Books to Read Before I Die

  1. Very interesting list. I’ve only read Red Tent so far, and loved it.

    For inspiration and awe, read the series of books written by Jean Auel, starting with Clan of the Cave Bear. I found them all inspirational.

  2. somedaynurse says:

    I read those as a kid, but I don’t remember much beyond the basic outline of the story. Maybe I should dig them out.


  3. Cecilia says:

    I like to pick an author and read mostly that author’s works for awhile. Right now I am reading Maya Angelou. The bookstore was out of her 3rd biographical book last night so I chose one of her experiences living in Africa. I think it’s really important to keep reading while in school. I focused only on academics in my youth getting a BA in chemistry/biology and was miserable. In getting my ASN , I stayed involved with life and reading and was much better adjusted and happier. I might break away from Angelou for Pamela Grim’s book on your list. Keep Reading!

  4. Amy H says:

    Imajica is the best book I have ever read. That should be #1 on your list! ; )

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  6. charlie johnson says:

    Kneller’s Happy Campers by Etgar Keret

  7. Angela says:

    Great list! & The Dangerous Book for Boys is great. 🙂

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