What I am Reading

Reading is a huge part of my life and an even bigger part of my Peace Corps experience. That should be Peace Corps Rule #1: Never go anywhere without a book. Here’s a running list of what I’ve been reading… (favorites are in bold!)

No One Belongs Here More Than You-Miranda July

History of the Republic of the Philippines-Gregorio F. Zaide

Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman

Breakfast at Tiffany’s-Truman Capote

Dark Places-Gillian Flynn

When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better And/Or Worse- Ben Yagoda

An American Childhood- Annie Dillard

Thunderstruck-Erik Larson

Persuasion-Jane Austen

The Narrow Road to the Deep North-Richard Flanagan

Freedom-Jonathan Franzen

Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him-Alanna Nash

The Neon Bible-John Kennedy Toole

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry- Jon Ronson

Dept. of Speculation- Jenny Offill

Autobiography of Red-Anne Carson

Train Dreams-Denis Johnson

Birds of America-Lorie Moore

In the Time of Butterflies-Julia Alvarez

I Do Not Come to You By Chance-Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Too Much Happiness-Alice Munro

Sula-Toni Morrison

The Wasp Factory-Iain Banks

Lila-Marilynne Robinson

The Rose of Fire- Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Memories of my Melancholy Whores-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Fifth Child-Doris Lessing

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity-Katherine Boo

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery-Henry Marsh

White Noise-Don Delilo

Olive Kitteridge- Elizabeth Strout

Modern Romance-Aziz Ansari

Howard’s End-E.M. Forster

Purple Hibiscus-Chimamanda Adichie

O Pioneers!- Willa Cather

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage-Alfred Lansing

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness and the Fair that Changed America-Erik Larson

Song of Solomon-Toni Morrison

The White Album-Joan Didion

The Eightfold Path for the Householder-Jack Kornfield

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption-Bryan Stevenson

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea-Barbara Demerick

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone-J.K. Rowling

Primates of Park Avenue-Wednesday Martin

Our Souls at Night-Kent Haruf

Oryx and Crake-Margaret Atwood

Ender’s Game-Orson Scott Card

Long Walk to Freedom-Nelson Mandela

Jude the Obscure-Thomas Hardy

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family-Amy Ellis Nutt

Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness-George Saunders

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa-Adam Hoschild

A Head Full of Ghosts-Paul Tremblay

Stop-Time-Frank Conroy

War Dances-Sherman Alexie

Emma-Jane Austin

The Blind Assassin-Maragaret Atwood

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Committment to Your Mate-Gary Chapman

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person-Shonda Rhimes

In the Country: Stories-Mia Alvar

Everything I Never Told You-Celeste Ng

The Brothers Karamazov-Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter-Kate Clifford Lawson

Pinball 1973-Haruki Murakami

Interpreter of Maladies-Jhumpa Lahiri

Angela’s Ashes-Frank McCourt

Laughable Loves-Milan Kundera

Love Medicine-Louise Erdich

The Magicians-Lev Grossman

Slade House-David Mitchell

Catherine the Great:Portrait of a WomanRobert K. Massie

The Awakening-Kate Chopin

Cannery Row-John Steinbeck

Lolita-Vladmir Nabokov

The Pastures of Heaven-John Steinbeck

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History-S.C. Gwynne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2-John Tiffany

The Likeness-Tana French

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children-Ransom Riggs

Everything that Rises Must Converge- Flannery O’Connor

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President-Candice Millard

Speedboat-Renata Adler

Euphoria-Lily King

Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America’s Wild Frontier-Stephen E. Ambrose

The Girl with All the Gifts-M.R. Carey

Yes Please-Amy Poehler

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales-Margaret Atwood

Daughter of Fortune-Isabel Allende

Fortune’s Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt-Arthur T. Vanderbilt II

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements- Sam Kean

After the Quake-Haruki Murakami

The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir-Vivian Gornick

We The Animals-Justin Torres

The Red Pony-John Steinbeck

Lady Susan-Jane Austen

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)-Lemony Snicket

Wolf in the White Van-John Darnielle

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic-Sam Quinones

A Little History of the Word-E.H. Gombrich

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus-Charles C. Mann

My Life on the Road- Gloria Steinem

Jesus’ Son-Denis Johnson

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power-Jon Meacham

Hagseed: The Tempest Retold-Margaret Atwood

The Diviners-Libba Bray

A Fine Balance-Rohinton Mistry

Why Not Me?-Mindy Kaling

People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman-Richard Lloyd Parry

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City-Matthew Desmond

The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War-Arkady Ostrovsky

The Sympathizer- Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Queue-Basma Abdel Aziz

Dead Souls-Nikolai Gogol

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory-Caitlin Doughty

Zama-Antonio Di Benedetto


TOTAL: 115 Books since July 2015


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Note: I get most of my books on my Kindle for FREE from the New York Public Library. If your library has online borrowing, I would definitely recommend it!