I recently decided to read The Intern Blues. For those who don’t know–and there’s no way you’d know unless you were a medical junkie– this book was a project conceived by medical doctor Robert Marion (known as Bob) back in the 1980’s. At orientation he met three interns, Andy, Amy, and Mark, and came up with the idea for each of them to chronicle each month of their internship into an audio cassette. Through it, they detailed the experience of working at the different pediatric hospitals throughout New York. What results is probably one of the truest experiences of working in a hospital I have ever read in a book.
Disclaimer: I am a certified pharmacy technician who works in the ER. I am not a doctor, and definitely not an intern.
Synopsis: Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.
Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.
Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit. — per goodreads
2019 has come to an end, and it was honestly one of the most stable years of my life. I had the same job and lived in the same place for all of 2019, which is not something I could say of the previous few years. I did have some struggles with my health, mainly in the form of relentless fatigue. In July, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and started sleeping with a CPAP machine . This has helped me greatly. I also have a thyroid disorder that I was diagnosed with in 2013. I had a lot of struggles related to that. On the plus side, I’m finally starting to get settled into my home for two years, Columbus, Ohio, and am finally making friends here, as well as going out more when my health permits. I also.rediscovered my love of reading. I wouldn’t say I read a lot, but I read a fair number of books, and decided I wanted to do a list of the books that really stood out to me this year. Please note these are books I read in 2019, and not necessarily books that came out in 2019.
So…I’ve had writer’s block for four and a half months. A few things happened, mainly my bipolar disorder and work stress resulted in a breakdown of sorts. It took a couple months to have the breakdown, and then a couple months to recover. I’m feeling pretty a-okay these days, but when it comes to writing, I have zero ideas. Zilch. Nada. So, I figured I’d just write about what I’m reading and watching, and then figure it out from there.
Below are short reviews for the Dream Daddy (the comic version, not the game), My Friend Dahmer, Maid, No Visible Bruises, The Weekly, The Thing, and Sorry to Bother You.
This is part of book project where I read books focusing on bipolar disorder, or bipolar characters,
Dancing On Broken Glass is the story of Lucy and Mickey. Mickey is type 1 bipolar, usually resulting in severe manic episodes that put him in the psychiatric ward. Lucy worries a lot about cancer which has killed multiple members of her family. Despite Lucy getting her tubes tied, she gets pregnant. Then Lucy gets cancer. Then, yeah, you can see where this is going.
So right now I’m doing a book project, reading books dealing with bipolar. Memoirs about bipolar, bipolar characters in fiction, bipolar bipolar bipolar. My first book was The Museum of Intangible Things.
I just hope this entire ride won’t be so awful. Note: Spoilers After the Cut.
Summery: A memoir that recalls the story of Leslie Morgan Steiner meeting, dating, marrying, and divorcing Conor. At first he seems liked a fairytale prince, but it turned into an abusive relationship. In her memoir, Steiner describes the horrifying details as the fairytale becomes a nightmare, and her struggle to leave him.
Why I Picked It Up: I’ve been in a abusive relationship, and still trying to figure out and understand all that happened.
Why I Finished It: Steiner is a fantastic writer when it comes to telling her story. Her writing is honest, concise and easy to read, while her story pulled me in. It’s a pretty terrifying tale, but through it, Leslie really grows and matures as a person. She’s also illustrates this issues of control and the psychology behind the abuse, and at one point, even includes an interview with an expert. While her relationship was different then mine—no two are the same—it was comforting. For what must have been a difficult topic for her to talk about, Steiner does an amazing job.
But: I have no buts. It’s a very solid book that delivers the story it sets out to tell.
Who Would I Recommend This To: People who have survived abusive relationships, or are looking to understand them.
One, I’ll start doing Aniblog Tourny prediction again tomorrow. Bad cold+school=not happening. I need sleep more.
Thanks to some very nice people, they pointed me in the direction of another translation group who has translated up to chapter 4. This was a much better translation, and it’s actually a pretty good novel. First, what else do we find out about characters.
When I review a book, it’s either because it really stands out to me, it’s popular enough that I want to voice my opinion on it, or it somehow relates to an anime I’m currently watching. In this case, Riker’s High reminded me a lot of Rainbow. The two have their differences, different time periods, different countries, one’s a jail and one’s a prison. However, the sympathy for characters despite the fact they committed a crime, the brutality and the struggle to survive is similar. I feel like I came out of reading Riker’s High understanding Rainbow better.
Summery: Riker’s High follows the day to day life of Martin Stokes where he’s been kept in a jail in on Riker’s Island, New York for the past five months awaiting trial. The story covers the last 17 days Martin is in jail where he ends up transferred to another part and attending the school’s high school.
Why I Picked It Up: Interesting looking young adult novel. Need I say more?
Why I Finished It: While I never got attached to Martin himself as a character, I liked all the characters all around him. Also, the world of Riker’s Jail is a fascinating one. There’s
An author note as the beginning of the book stating that a majority of the incidents that appear in the book are events he witnessed first hand when he was working as teacher at Riker’s Island, and it is intense. Remember talking about that crazy psycho guard in Rainbow? Turns out, he’s pretty normal. Put guys in charge of a bunch of people they believe are scum, don’t make accountable for anything, and watch what happens. On top of that, there’s fierce politics among the boys of Riker’s. Still, the boys fight back against the condition they’re in and fight to make it from day to day.
Who Would I Recommend This To: Fans of the premise of Rainbow.
Rating: 3/5 stars-I liked it
If you’d like to read an excerpt, it’s available here.