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!

* = book I’ve already read

August, 2017:

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Suck It, Wonder Woman! by Olivia Munn
  3. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

September, 2017:

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare*
  2. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  3. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan*
  5. A Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

October, 2017:

  1. A Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  2. A Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  4. Eliza and HerMonsters by Francesca Zappia
  5. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

November, 2017:

  1. Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels (part of an assignment assisting my principal)
  2. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  3. Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders by Iain Erasmus (part of an assignment assisting my principal)
  4. The First Days of School by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary Wong
  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)
  6. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  7. Gemina – The Illuminae Files_02 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Audiobook)
  8. Everything is Awful and Other Observations by Matt Bellasai (Audiobook)
  9. So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister by Anna Akana (Audiobook)
  10. Relativity by Antonia Hayes

December 2017:

  1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  2. Holes by Louis Sachar*
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*

January 2018:

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  3. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

February 2018:

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

March 2018:

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas*

April 2018:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth*

May 2018

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

June 2018

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

July 2018

  1. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  2. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  3. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling*

August 2018

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling*
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling*
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling*
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling*

September 2018

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling*

October 2018

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling*
  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.
  3. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  4. Rush by Lisa Patton
  5. The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson (part of an assignment assisting my principal)
  6. Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson (part of an assignment assisting my principal)

November 2018

  1. Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)