When Breath Becomes Air (Book Review)

Before I read the book we went to the beach….

We had a mini vacation this weekend. It was beyond perfect with the weather and the scenery, loved it. Savy enjoyed doing back flips and hand stands on the beach… Burt did what most dogs do and ran around until laying on the sand was his only option… My husband jumped into the Pacific and swam…… and McKinley thought she was in a magical kingdom with water galore… She did very well and surprisingly didn’t run to drown herself in the ocean like I imagined would happen. She was so curious and cautious…she enjoyed it very much, needless to say we will venture back there soon I feel.

I got to do something that I haven’t done in awhile though and that was read a whole FREAKING BOOK! Yasss! SCORE!!…. I felt like I conquered the world… or at least the long ass windy road to the beach…. I’m writing this post to share that book with you…

First of all… I collect books old ones… I have some that are over 200 years old from Hemingway to Dickens to one of the first prints of Peter Pan… I love books they are works of art.. from the soulful works of Alfred Tennyson to the new age works of Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle. I LOVE BOOKS! …reading is a way to lose yourself in words….

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air is a non-fiction autobiographical book written by Paul Kalanithi. It is a memoir about his life and illness, battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer.

This book was beyond many I have read. I usually read something not about one dying of cancer but more about life and lessons…. this had that too actually it had more. This book was about a young man on the brink of his journey in life.. he was going to live for others in ways we take for granted. He was going to be a doctor and save lives. I have never dreamed of becoming such a person but thank you to those who are… some of us wouldn’t stand a chance in this world if you didn’t take that path…

Paul Kalanithi was courageous and all in all a nice individual with goals that he was reaching until he was diagnosed with cancer… he went from helping others and telling patients they were going to die to being a patient who was dying too. He went from one end to the other and saw both sides of the light in this world….

It really shows a valuable struggle in life that most of us don’t see… if you have had cancer or been told you are going to struggle with an illness you may understand his feelings in this book right away. I enjoyed it I really did and reading about how powerful things are in the medical field too was very interesting.

Yes there is tragedy in this book and a great story line that leads up to it but like I’ve said it puts a new perspective on life. It talks about his thoughts on where he saw himself and where he is now and what he will do with the time he has left. His thoughts on family and how important the future is for them once he is gone…. Very touching and inspiring to read.

The book was an easy read that was written in a way that made me feel like there is more to life than we realize… It made me want to live for the moments and the milliseconds… I try to do this already and have a different handle on life daily due to having McKinley but this book opened my eyes a little more and it’s worth the read….

Thank you to the windy roadtrip that allowed me to be hands free and read a book and thank you Chad my husband…. my rock… for driving so I could read.

Oh and thank you Daniel Tiger for putting on a show for McKinley so she kept calm…

And Savy finish your book so we can go see the movie OK….. I bought her the book Wonder for her 10th bday along with other gifts…. I may not have produced her but that kid loves to read just the same… 🙂

Until next time


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excerpt from the book…


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  1. I love to read – I just finished The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, which if you like her stuff (like I do) then you will enjoy it. But before that I read A Man Called Ove – it was SO GOOD. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. Right now I am reading The Little Paris Bookshop. I don’t get it. Some people are totally digging this book, and the other half are as dumb founded as I am. But I shall persevere! This book you recommend sounds really good – I will definitely check it out!

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