Reading: To Escape My House, Vol 2

Occasionally I find that my reading takes a turn from where I expected it to go. This year, I planned on revisiting novels I’ve enjoyed in the past but don’t remember specifics (or enjoyed so much the first time I wanted to read them again). While I have spent time revisiting favorites, I’ve also spent more time with nonfiction.

Reading nonfiction helps me focus on something other than the many anxiety-induced worries twirling around in my brain. Instead of going back in time to escape, I take a deep dive into learning.

Given my interest in historical fiction, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that my other chosen books to escape with are microhistories. My recent interests lean toward science/healthcare topics, but there are so many microhistories to choose from filled with nuggets of knowledge and (possible) explanations for why things are the way they are. Plus, lifelong learning is good for your health (especially your brain!).

Microhistories take you on a deep dive into a (occasionally obscure) subject. I’ve read books covering traffic, boobs, immunity, and desire. I do not remember everything, but there are a few tidbits and brain wrinkles I’ve picked up along the way. For instance, did you know that zipper merging is the most efficient way to keep traffic moving? All those late mergers are good for traffic flow! A few of my favorite microhistories include:

Sometimes one topic encompasses SO MANY pieces like healthcare in America or the justice system – there’s too much for one well-researched, but informative book. There needs to be a book to tackle each aspect, to hit all the topics where an intersectional analysis matters. The medical-industrial complex, the opioid epidemic, private equity in healthcare, and parenting, have made up a big chunk of my reading over the last couple of years. One of my recent favorites even helped me solve the mystery surrounding Richard Webber in the most recent episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, I didn’t need Deluca to solve anything 😊. A few of my favorite general nonfiction books you should also read:

Healthcare:

Women’s Health:

Opioid Epidemic:

If reading helps you escape your house and your brain, then do more reading. I’ve missed a lot of binge-worthy TV shows because my nose is stuck in a book…and I’m OK with that. BUT I have watched lots of shows about the topics I mentioned above. I can’t get enough of our horrid healthcare system and the greed that has overtaken the industry.

But if reading to escape isn’t your thing and you have Netflix, watch these 😊:

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