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Reading List

Following in the footsteps of other PCV’s blogs, I decided to begin a Reading List which will document the books I have read while in the Peace Corps in order of when I finish them. Want to have time to read a ton of books? Join the Peace Corps! 😉 Any reading suggestions are greatly appreciated!

During PST

  • Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love
  • Dawn Cook: The Decoy Princess
  • Tobsha Learner: The Witch of Cologne
  • Audrey Niffenegger: Her Fearful Symmetry

As a PCV

Months 1-6

  • Katherine Neville: The Magic Circle
  • Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground
  • Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game
  • Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
  • Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
  • Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
  • Vladimir Nabokov: Pnin
  • Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
  • Cleo Coyle: On What Grounds
  • Thomas Mann: Doctor Faustus
  • Jane Austen: Emma
  • George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Edith Wharton: House of Mirth
  • Edith Wharton: The Reef
  • Kazuo Ishiquro: Never Let Me Go
  • Jodi Picoult: My Sister’s Keeper (a couple of times – teaching it to my second years)
  • Alice Sebold: The Lovely Bones
  • Declan Hughes: The Color of Blood
  • Candace Bushnell: Sex and the City
  • Steven Pinker: The Language Instinct
  • Zoe Heller: What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal
  • Michel Basilieres: Black Bird

Months 7-12

  • Robert Louis Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Cormac McCorthy: The Road
  • Bram Stoker: Dracula
  • Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Mitch Albom: Tuesdays With Morrie
  • *Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho [unfinished, and will probably never finish]
  • Harry W. Kopp and Charles A. Gillespie: Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service
  • Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Lois Lowry: The Giver (a couple of times – teaching it to my first years)
  • William Goldman: The Princess Bride
  • Michael Arnheim: U.S. Constitution for Dummies
  • Plato: The Republic
  • Ann Delaney: Politics for Dummies
  • Craig S. Davis: The Middle East for Dummies

Months 13-18

  • Nora Roberts: The Search
  • Jay Asher: Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None
  • Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games
  • Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire
  • Suzanne Collins: Mockingjay
  • Nora Roberts: Chasing Fire
  • Michael Arnheim: U.S. Constitution for Dummies
  • Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Dart
  • Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Chosen
  • Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Avatar
  • Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Scion
  •  Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Justice
  •  Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Mercy
  • Richard Castle: Heat Wave
  • Richard Castle: Naked Heat
  • Lawrence G. McDonald: A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
  • Lesley Hazleton: After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
  • Anne Rice: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
  • Tanya Huff: Summon the Keeper
  • Tanya Huff: The Second Summoning
  • Tanya Huff: The Long Hot Summoning
  • Sue Grafton: A is for Alibi
  • Sue Grafton: B is Burglar
  • Sue Grafton: C is for Corpse
  • Sue Grafton: D is for Deadbeat
  • Sue Grafton: E is for Evidence
  • Sue Grafton: F if for Fugitive
  • Anne Rice: Beauty’s Punishment
  • Harry W. Kopp and Charles A. Gillespie: Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service
  • Hooman Majd: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran
  • Anne Rice: Beauty’s Release
  • Ed. Nick Douglas: Twitter Wit: Brilliance in 140 Characters or Fewer
  • E. L. James: Fifty Shades of Grey
  • E. L. James: Fifty Shades Darker
  • E. L. James: Fifty Shades Freed
  • Eric Garcia: Repo Men

Months 19-24

  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Jared Diamond: Guns, Germs and Steel
  • Jennifer Probst: The Marriage Bargain
  • Jean Johnson: Bedtime Stories
  • Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
  • Richard Castle: A Brewing Storm, A Raging Storm, & A Bloody Storm
  • Beth Kery: Because You are Mine
  • Brad Thor: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  • Daron Acemoglu: The Athena Project
  • Yann Martel: Life of Pi
  • Erik Larson: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
  • Brady Udall: The Lonely Polygamist
  • Lois Lowry: Gathering Blue
  • Lois Lowry: Messenger
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2 comments

  1. Read Sense & Sensibility!


  2. Five people you meet in heaven is good … so is Water for Elephants. Not sure if you like Chroniclees of Narnia or not, but I’ve been reading them lately and love them: they’re simple and fun! I also love Life of Pi: really made me think. 🙂



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