Gloria's Favorite Books and Stuff

List of books I love and other note-taking things


People frequently ask me for book recommendations and I always promise to publish a list. So, while rearranging my books, I decided it was a good time to finally do so!

These books are about medicine, translation, interpreting, language, and fun and interesting stuff related to all of the above. Some of these I have read and others are in my pending list. This is not a definite list as I will continue populating it. Also, it does not mean that you must buy all these books, but that I think they are useful and reliable. 

And don’t forget that pre-owned books are amazing, too! I have several books I have purchased second hand and they are way cheaper than the latest edition. I do it for two good reasons: I am saving a book from a landfill and because I don’t think the human body changed from one edition to the next? Tee hee!

Oh, I have also added a list of useful stuff for note-taking

Science and languages are always changing, so please feel free to reach out to me at if you find a broken link or have a resource that you would like added to the list.

Happy search!


ps. For most books, I included a link to Amazon. There, you can find a book review (to learn more about it)  and ISBN (so you can buy a used edition and save one book from a landfill).
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Books - Languages

📘 Lengua española

📗 Español

  • El Español de los Estados Unidos por Anna María Escobar y Kim Potowski.
  • Contactos y contextos lingüísticos: el español en los Estados Unidos y en contacto con otras lenguas por Manel Lacorte Peña, Luis A. Ortiz López.
  • Lo uno y lo diverso: La riqueza del idioma español por Instituto Cervantes.
  • 1001 curiosidades, palabras y expresiones de la lengua española por Fundeu

📕 Language and Linguistics

📕 English

🤬 Cussing


Books - General Medical

👩🏻‍💻 Medical Terminology

  • ❤️ The Language of Medicine 11th Edition by Davi-Ellen Chabner BA MAT
  • ❤️ Professional English in Use Medicine: Book with answers by Eric H. Glendinning (EN-UK)
  • Medical Terminology: A Short Course 9th Edition by Davi-Ellen Chabner
  • The Merck Manual of Patient Symptoms: A Concise, Practical Guide to Etiology, Evaluation, and Treatment by Robert S. Porter
  • Medical Terminology For Dummies (3rd Ed.) by Henderson.

  • Inglés Médico / Medical English (Spanish Edition) by Ribes, Ramon, Ros, Pablo R. (2010)
  • Spanish and the Medical Interview: A Textbook for Clinically Relevant Medical Spanish 2nd Edition by Pilar Ortega MD
  • Lengua Médica 2da Edición by Óscar G. Pamo Reyna
    ISBN 9786124242267

🪦 Physical Exam

  • Pocket Companion for Physical Examination & Health Assessment (9th Ed) by Carolyn Jarvis, PhD APN CNP.

👁️‍🗨️ Doctor's Points of View

👤 Anatomy

👁️‍🗨️ Disease's Points of View

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee.
  • A Mind of its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives by Cordelia Fine.
  • Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran.
  • An Elegant Defense: Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To. By Dean Burnett
  • Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives. By Matt Richtel
  • Loquerías, manicomios y hospirales psiquiátricos de Lima por Santiago Stucchi Portocarrero.

Books - Medical

📗 Psych

📗 Pain

  • Dolor: Asistencia Clínica. Manejo en el ámbito médico-psicológico por Vicente Valentín Maganto, José Carlos Mingote Adán, Manuel López Espino.
  • Las cuatro emociones básicas por Marcelo Antoni, Jorge Zentner

🧬 Genetics

🌐 Diagnosis

🏥 Healthcare Systems

🪦 Death & Grief

🚬 Drugs

Books: Translation & Interpreting




  • Introducción a la traductología: Teorías y aplicaciones (4th Ed) por Jeremy Munday.
  • Translating as a Purposeful Activity (Translation Theories Explored) (2nd Ed.) by Christiane Nord.

  • ❤️Traducción y Traductología: Introducción a la traductología por Amparo Hurtado Albir.


  • Lingüistística aplicada a la traducción por Ángel López García, Montserrat Veyrat Rigat.
  • Translating as a Purposeful Activity (Translation Theories Explored) by Christiane Nord.

  • ❤️Traducción y Traductología: Introducción a la traductología por Amparo Hurtado Albir.

💬 Interpreting

📑 Editing

👩🏻‍💻 About Translators and Interpreters

Books: Culture

📘 Culture (Theory)

📘 Translation & Culture

🍵 Folk Medicine

  • Folk Medicine: A New England Almanac of Natural Health Care From a Noted Vermont Country Doctor by D.C. Jarvis, MD.

📘 Latino/Hispanic

📗 Indigenous People

🌏 Asian and Pacific Islander

🩺 Living with a condition

👎🏽 Race and Prejudice

🤺 Conflic Resolution

  • Don't Mess with My Professionalism: How to Resolve Conflict Across Cultures : by Vanessa Barros, PhD. How to deal with misunderstandings in a culturally diverse workplace.

LGBTQIA+, Gender, and etc.

📘 English

💻 ES


📘 Analog


  • Note pad (lined): 8.5 inch x 11.75 inch, White. These are my favorite because this size fits anywhere!
  • Top spiral stenopad Note pad (lined): 6x9 inches, white paper. White Paper. I feel they are too big, but some colleagues love then.
  • Pens

💻 Digital

  • ❤️ iPad Mini (6th gen): Love it because it fits in my lab coat pocket at work, it is very light, the battery lasts a long time, and it saves trees!
  • ❤️ Apple Pencil (2nd Generation): Smooth and never runs out of ink. The 1st generation is also good. I like this one because it attaches magnetically to the iPad, so I don't lose it as often as I did.
  • ❤️ Screen protector: I have a Paperlike 2.0 for iPad Mini 8.3" and makes it feel like I am writing on real paper. Whatever brand and model you choose, make sure it matches your iPad. Having a screen protector has saved me of replacing my screen many times.
  • Apple Smart Folio for iPad Mini (6th Gen): It is not necessary to purchase exactly this one, just make sure it fits your iPad so you can protect your investment.

Books - Pop Culture

📘 Theory

🌍 Testimonial African-American

🌏 Testimonial Asian

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