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What book have you read the most times and why?


Pull out your book list in case you’ve missed any of these classics – “The Mists of Avalon,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Jane Eyre,” “Pride and Prejudice” … to name a few!

Lifelong Learning in Clinical Excellence | March 29, 2019 | <1 min read


Margaret Chisolm, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“Mists of Avalon” – the King Arthur legend told from the female characters’ perspectives. A guilty pleasure & total comfort read.

William Greenough, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Quran daily for its depth of revealed wisdom.

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Sam Kant, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center

“The Great Gatsby” – eloquent life lessons. 

Diana Anderson, MD, Harvard Medical School

Oscar Wilde’s short story, “The Happy Prince,” a truly wonderful tale of kindness, giving, and empathy towards others.

Roxanne Sukol, MD, Cleveland Clinic

“Let the Great World Spin,”  by Colin McCann. Everything in life — all the good and all the bad — is completely connected. It took me three times to realize that’s what the book is about.

Kimberly Manning, MD, Emory University

I have experienced “Wonder,” by RJ Palacio no less than ten times. With my kids a few times, alone a few times, on audio, audio with my kids – you get the picture. It underscores the power of kindness and resilience – both of which are essential to the work we do.

Randy Barker, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Robert Frost’s “From Snow to Snow” (1936). This is the author’s selection of his own poetry best suited for each month. Frost has much to tell, and tells it well.

Leslie Ordal, MSc, Certified Genetics Counselor, University of Toronto

Anything by Alice Munro. You can read each story for the pleasure of the story itself, then dive back in and reread for the pleasure of the craft. A well written short story has few equals in this world.

Carl Streed Jr, MD, MPH, Boston Medical Center

This (further) reveals my nerd status. “So You Want to be a Wizard” appealed to my matter-of-factness around unknown issues and, in retrospect, focuses on the unique value of trainees. Also, perhaps one of the more diverse representations of fantasy literature at the time.

Molly Hayes, MD, Harvard Medical School

“When Breath Becomes Air” – so powerful, so sad, so inspiring.

Kim Stokes, PA

“Christy,”by Catherine Marshall. It could be my roots or her voyage of self-discovery. Medical history, too.

Also, “Jane Eyre,” and “Pride and Prejudice.” All include the value of