My New Year’s Resolutions

On January 19, 2012, in books, by Karen Grepin

So as you may have noticed my blogging has been sparse of late, and while I have lots of minor excuses to report (heavy fall teaching load, two big grants launching in Kenya, lots of papers) the best excuse I have is that I am now 5 months pregnant (again) expecting another little boy in May (i.e. 2 weeks after classes end). This pregnancy has been a bit harder on me than my last, making more dizzy and exhausted, leaving little energy or enthusiasm for reading or for writing. The good news is that I seemed to have turned the corner and among my New Year’s resolutions is to get back to reading and to blogging once again.

Also among my New Year’s resolutions is to read more, specifically to read more books. I spend so much time reading blogs and online materials that I never seem to find the time to read real books, and I miss it. Last year I think I managed to only read a handful of books. So this year, the plan is to read at least 30 books.

How am I doing so far? Well since the start of the year I have finished Jacques Pepin’s book “The Origin of AIDS” and am mostly through Vinh-Kim Nguyen’s “The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa’s Time of AIDS“.

Up next? I plan to read “The Grandest Challenge” by Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer, “Changing Planet, Changing Health” by the recently deceased Paul Epstein, and “A Heart for the Work: Journeys through an African Medical School“.

For the good ones, hopefully I’ll get some reviews up here. But in the meantime, if you have any suggestions as to what I should be reading on global health, please share….

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4 Responses to “My New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Abhi says:

    Hello Dr. Grepin,

    I’m an RSS subscriber to your posts and have enjoyed reading them. My question is a bit off-topic but I hope you’ll bear with me – when you read so many books, how do you process them to retain ideas/concepts you liked or which you think might be useful in the future? You sometimes blog about them as I’ve noticed. Do you take notes or mark the books and retain the copy?

    Thanks and best wishes for the baby!

    • Karen Grepin says:


      Thanks for the comment and the best wishes. I tend to take notes when I am reading, or with my kindle or iPad I can actually copy and paste block sections as I read and come back to them later. That is perhaps the only reason that I will read books on them as I do tend to prefer the paper versions but this feature is very nice.

      Then, once I have finished a book, I tend to write a summary of what it was all about.


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