Neglect!

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So needless to say, I am the most negligent blogger ever. My social life has (thankfully) picked up, as has my work load. So between school, work, and my very wonderful boyfriend, my blog has suffered from a lack of attention. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading just as much as usual. In the past few months I have ventured outside my comfort zone of YA science fiction and paranormal romance and into the genres unknown. There are usually 3 main reasons I decide to pass on reading a book.

1. I know it doesn’t have a happy ending or the book as a whole is wildly depressing

2. The descriptiveness overpowers the content of the story.

3. I’ve heard it’s an excruciatingly long read (which could possibly relate back to my previous point)

However, after doing some research and taking suggestions for friends and family, I decided it  was time to broaden my literary horizons.

And so, I took on The Book Thief, by Marckus Zusak a few months ago. This novel hit all 3 of the items on my “no fly list”, and yet, I was pleasantly surprised. It took me some time to get into it, however, I actually found myself enjoying the descriptiveness of the narrator’s soliloquy-esque point of view. At times I was bored while waiting for him to get to the point, but the simple fact that it was incredibly different from my usual reads, kept me intrigued. I will admit that this book did not leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s excruciatingly morbid. Even so, I would give this 2.5/4 Korners. It really wasn’t the type of book I tend to enjoy, hence the low rating. But it was a well written, and captivating story.  

Moving on, since I’m so behind on this blog I’m not doing a thorough review of any of the books I read in the past few months but there are some things I’d like to say about a few of them. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: An amazingly perfect cry fest. Young love at it’s most tragic. It’s a quick read and a real page turner. 4/4 Korners (I’d give it 10 korners if I could!) there is also a movie coming out soon. 

The Good Nurse: A true story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber: GAHH, that’s how I felt while reading this. This shocking true story is a must read for nurses or anyone in healthcare. So much has changed in hospitals since Cullen was arrested, but it is still disturbing how long he got away with it.  Not to mention it’s particularly heinous since this man was a nurse, someone patients are supposed to trust to SAVE their lives. Nonetheless, it’s well written and surprisingly unbiased. 3/4 Korners. 

Inferno by Dan Brown: Once again, Dan Brown came through with another great story. Unbeknownst  to me, the fourth story of the famous Robert Langdon is set in Florence, Italy. I happened to be in Florence at the time I decided to start this book. Per usual of a Dan Brown novel, It’s full of fun facts about the city, history, and it’s one heck of a mystery. 4/4 Korners 

and finally, 

My Story by Elizabeth Smart: This is not an easy read. Although the writing style seems very juvenile, it’s more about the story. It’s very difficult to hear what she went through. The torture and suffering Elizabeth had to endure for 9 months is horrid. The fact that she has grown into such as strong women is incredible and I don’t know how she can move on from something so horrible. Her discussion of faith and family show how mature she became at such a young age. It feels wrong to rate this, so I won’t. 

I suppose that’s all for now. With the start of second semester of graduate school, I’m not reading anything right now. But I’ll be sure to update when I do. As always, thanks for reading! 

Until Next Time (which will not be 3 months from now!)

Kate

Europe Loves Books Too!

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Hello Bloggers! I’m finally back from Europe! My adventures brought me to Dublin, London, Nice, Paris, Florence, Rome and Madrid. Here are some pictures that reminded me of Katie’s Korner! I also finished my book, The Good Nurse, while I was there so a review is soon to come! Hope all is well in the Blog world!

ShakeSpeare and Company Bookstore in Paris

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Libreria in Madrid, Spain

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Bookstore in Dublin, Ireland

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Library in Versailles

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Reading now

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Hello again blog world!!

So after a stress filled last month of school I am a officially a college of nursing graduate!!! YAY me! In a few short months I will be taking my boards and will then be an RN! So although I should be obsessively studying for my boards for the next few months, I have decided to start my summer with a new book.

After watching a 20/20 special on Charles Cullen, I was motivated to read the novel written about him called, The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder. For those who don’t know, Cullen is a former nurse who is the most prolific serial killer in New Jersey history and suspected to be the most prolific serial killer in American history. This book was written by Charles Graeber, who presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down. As a new nurse I have such a passion for caring for my patients, and It’s hard for me to fathom how another nurse could do something so horrible. Nurses carry a high level of power and responsibility in direct patient care, and this book explores how Cullen was able to abuse this power for over 16 years.

I’ve already started this book and I’m impressed by how Graeber is able present Cullen’s story in an unbiased and factual manner. I’m already shocked by the series of events that have occurred and I’m only about an eighth of the way through. I’ll be going to Europe next week and won’t be back until the middle of June, but If I am able to finish this book before I leave I’ll write a review. If not, I’ll write it after I get back. As always thanks for reading!

Until Next Time, Kate