Nurses are an essential part of our healthcare system and should be celebrated all the time, but especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses and other healthcare professionals stepped up to the plate during truly unprecedented times and have provided our communities with life saving medical practice. To celebrate nurses we asked some of our favorite bookish nurses to share a beloved book recommendation – check out their picks below!
Happy National Nurses Day! Don’t forget to show a nurse how much you appreciate them today and every day!
Courtney, @courtneycanread: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
“When I really love a book it can be hard to form words and not just squeal and exclaim “you HAVE to read it, I LOVED it!!!!” and for me Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is one of those books. I read it at a time that I needed a fun escape from reality and while it gave me that I also got so much more. It’s a heartfelt read about an eccentric billionaire who dies and leaves behind clues to his fortune creating enemies and unlikely friends as they all try to confront their own ghosts and solve the mystery. Okay I’m at the point where I’ve convinced myself to do a reread so I hope that I’ve convinced you to pick it up!”
Shannon, @workreadsleeprepeat: Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
“Abby Jimenez is always my go-to for books that I can literally never forget. Her latest release, Part of Your World, is an age gap romance featuring a woman in STEM! The steam is perfectly done, every chapter has you laughing out loud (the ring light scene, IYKYA) and she brings such tough topics to her books while guiding you through them in such a perfect way. The main character had me wanting to be an even better nurse and work more on community outreach. I could go on and on about all of Abby’s books but definitely check this one out for Nurse’s Day!”
Lauren, @nightnursereads: Lease on Love by Falon Ballard
“I absolutely adore Lease on Love! Sadie is a firecracker and Jack is our cinnamon roll hero, they are so different yet find a connection with each other. This forced proximity, hilarious, slow burn romance will keep you laughing and falling hard for this book!”
Abby, @abbyturnsthepage: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
“The Count of Monte Cristo is my annual go-to. I’ve recommended it endlessly and made it my mission to gift it to every reader friend. It’s a savory slow burn of betrayal and revenge with a lingering feeling of hope. Hope for justice, hope for joy, and a hope for peace in the heart of a man who had his whole life stripped away from him.”
Maggie, @magsisreadingagain: Greenwood by Michael Christie
I am a big fan of Canadian authors, and books that look at family histories, and this book delivers in spades. A story that spans one Canadian family’s experience with the forestry industry, its environmental impact, and family dynamics that echo loneliness and disconnection. Patterned after the rings of a tree, the timelines flow from 2034 to 1934 and back again. The perfect immersive read after a chaotic workday.
Joslyn, @betruetoyourshelf: You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
The pandemic of course has been hard on everyone and in these difficult times romance novels have been a saving grace for me. While I picked it up because it was a romance, it was really the relationship between the cousins (Primas of Power) that drew me in!
Thank you again, nurses of bookstagram, for your fabulous recommendations, but also for all you do for your communities! We appreciate you so much!
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As a former special education teacher, Layne firmly believes in the importance of literature and accessibility. This unique point of view is an asset in her publicity efforts as she works to reach readers across various platforms and demographics.
Layne received her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing and Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and her Masters of Art in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. She lives in Philadelphia with her loyal, but sadly illiterate cat, Macaroni.