I also read My Name is Mary Sutter - highly recommended if you like historical fiction! Set at the beginning of the Civil War, Mary Sutter is a highly skilled midwife, who wants to be a surgeon. Turned down by both medical colleges and private physicians to learn this craft, Mary takes herself off to Washington, DC, where she volunteers as a nurse. Her skills with patients and her quest for medical knowledge land her in a position where she is given the chance to do amputations, and assist the supervising physician at one of the DC hospitals. The story is intertwined with all the history of the Civil War campaigns in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and the author really brought the period to life for me as well as providing some great history lessons. Exactly my kind of book.
Since I'm fairly far ahead on my reading, I'm taking this week off to read a collection of short stories, an anthology themed around gothic detective stories. Next up, I'll probably tackle Two Rings off my challenge list.