Reading List


I have always loved to read. While studying at university, I never got much time to pick up a book and just read it for fun. I’ll read pretty much anything, even though I still have a weakness for Young Adult (YA) fiction.

For graduation, I was given the gift of around 500 books by a mentor/good friend of mine. These books are all for my little e-reader, since carrying around 500 physical books is impossible, especially to the Peace Corps where I am limited to 100 pounds of luggage. I have also been downloading additional books to take with me since I will have a lot more time to read than I have had in a while. And then, once I got to Namibia, other volunteers have been sharing book downloads with each other that has expanded my little e-library even further.

In addition to those books I am also taking a Lonely Planet Guide – one for Botswana and Namibia, so that I can plan a few trips once I’m able to travel!

I am using this page to document what books I have read every month during my service and will update it as often as I can. I have set a goal for myself, which is to read (at least) 150 books during my 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I know it seems like a lot, but I love to read and will actually have some time to dedicate to reading all of these books I have!

Side Note: I’m counting audio books in my totals because they are books, just read in a different way. It takes just as much brain power to listen and comprehend as it does to read and comprehend. 

* = book I’ve already read

Total Books Read: 92 books

Total Pages Read: 35,305 pages

August, 2017:

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (406 pages)
  2. Suck It, Wonder Woman! by Olivia Munn (288 pages)
  3. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (418 pages)

September, 2017:

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare* (512 pages)
  2. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (464 pages)
  3. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (560 pages)
  4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan* (288 pages)
  5. A Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (448 pages)

October, 2017:

  1. A Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (502 pages)
  2. A Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (568 pages)
  3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston (320 pages)
  4. Eliza and HerMonsters by Francesca Zappia (400 pages)
  5. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (532 pages)
  6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (445 pages)

November, 2017:

  1. Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels (part of an assignment assisting my principal) (288 pages)
  2. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (286 pages)
  3. Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders by Iain Erasmus (part of an assignment assisting my principal) (130 pages)
  4. The First Days of School by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary Wong (352 pages)
  5. The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder* (found it in the library space I’m organizing and was in the mood for nostalgia) (334 pages)
  6. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (544 pages)
  7. Gemina – The Illuminae Files_02 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Audiobook) (672 pages)
  8. Everything is Awful and Other Observations by Matt Bellasai (Audiobook) (257 pages)
  9. So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister by Anna Akana (Audiobook) (208 pages)
  10. Relativity by Antonia Hayes (368 pages)

December 2017:

  1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (725 pages)
  2. Holes by Louis Sachar* (233 pages)
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins* (374 pages)

January 2018:

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (416 pages)
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (512 pages)
  3. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (624 pages)

February 2018:

  1. Tuesdays in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (320 pages)
  2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (324 pages)
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas* (448 pages)
  4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas* (626 pages)
  5. Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark (256 pages)

March 2018:

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas* (720 pages)

April 2018:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (256 pages)
  2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (615 pages)
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth* (487 pages)

May 2018

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (224 pages)
  2. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman* (399 pages)
  3. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (160 pages)
  4. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon (224 pages)
  5. This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire (224 pages)
  6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (402 pages)

June 2018

  1. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World by Admiral William H. McRaven (144 pages)
  2. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells* (144 pages)
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson (244 pages)

July 2018

  1. The Stranger by Albert Camus (123 pages)
  2. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (404 pages)
  3. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (416 pages)
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling* (336 pages)

August 2018

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling* (368 pages)
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling* (464 pages)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling* (734 pages)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling* (766 pages)

September 2018

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling* (607 pages)

October 2018

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling* (759 pages)
  2. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman (This book is hysterical and every twenty-something and thirty-something who has decided to put a hold on marriage and/or settling down should read it. Actually, everyone should read it) (304 pages)
  3. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green (352 pages)
  4. Rush by Lisa Patton (416 pages)
  5. The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson (part of an assignment assisting my principal) (128 pages)
  6. Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson (part of an assignment assisting my principal) (128 pages)

November 2018

  1. Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria) (62 pages)
  2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (245 pages)
  3. How Do You Kill 11 Million People? by Andy Andrews (66 pages)
  4. The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins* (454 pages)
  5. So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta (Audiobook) (272 pages)

December 2018

  1. Cocaine by Marc Olden (141 pages)
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood* (308 pages)
  3. Light as a Feather by Zoe Aarsen (291 pages)
  4. Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer (304 pages)

January 2019

  1. The Haters by Jesse Andrews (225 pages)
  2. Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangam (221 pages)
  3. Songs of Experience by William Blake (35 pages)
  4. Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden (Audiobook) (272 pages)
  5. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (496 pages)
  6. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (audiobook) (288 pages)

February 2019

  1. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile by Shannon Messenger (576 pages)
  2. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Everblaze by Shannon Messenger (624 pages)
  3. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (81 pages)

March 2019

  1. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen by Shannon Messenger (682 pages)
  2. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Lodestar by Shannon Messenger (688 pages)

April 2019

No finished books!

May 2019

  1. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott (288 pages)
  2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (370 pages)
  3. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin* (848 pages)

June 2019

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl* (145 pages)
  2. Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young  (400 pages)
  3. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (357 pages)
  4. The Program by Suzanne Young (432 pages)
  5. Becoming by Michelle Obama (Audiobook) (448 pages)

July 2019

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (368 pages)