Reading List

A common Peace Corps goal is to read 100 books during their service. Since I love reading, I figured I would make it one of my goals too. If you have any book recommendations let me know!

*indicates a book I’ve read before. Some of them I’ve read more times than I would like to admit

Here are some of the books I read preservice that related to the Peace Corps

  1. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
  2. Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway
  3. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village by Sarah Erdman
  4. First Comes Love then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life by Eve Brown-Waite
  5. Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean by By Hilary Liftin, Kate Montgomery
  6. Madagascar: The Eighth Continent by Peter Tyson
  7. One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories : Volume One, Africa
  8. The Village of Waiting by George Packer

Peace Corps reading list

  1. *The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel
  2. *The Valley of Horses by Jean Auel
  3. *The Mammoth Hunters by Jean Auel
  4. *The Plains of Passage by Jean Auel
  5. *The Shelters of Stone by Jean Auel
  6. *The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel
  7. Why not me? by Mindy Kaling
  8. Shock Wave by Clive Cussler
  9. Flood Tide by Clive Cussler
  10. Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
  11. Lies that Chelsea Handler told me by Chelsea’s family and friends
  12. Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
  13. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
  14. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
  15. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  16. Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman
  17. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  18. A World Without End by Ken Follet
  19. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  20. Into the Wild by John Krakauer
  21. *Fall of Giants by Ken Follet
  22. *Winter of the World by Ken Follet
  23. *The Edge of Eternity by Ken Follet
  24. *A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
  25. *A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin
  26. *A Storm of Swords by George R R Martin
  27. *A Feat for Crows by George R R Martin
  28. *A Dance with Dragons by George R R Martin
  29. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  30. The Ugly American by William J Lederer and Eugene Burdick
  31. *Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  32. *Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by  Douglas Adams
  33. The Restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams
  34. Life the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
  35. So long and thanks for all the fish by Douglas Adams
  36. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
  37. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  38. *The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
  39. *Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  40. *Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  41. *Emma by Jane Austen
  42. *Angles and Demons by Dan Brown
  43. *The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  44. *The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  45. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  46. The Red Tend by Anita Diamant
  47. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  48. *Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
  49. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  50. Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
  51. Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
  52. Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
  53. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  54. Xeocide by Orson Scott Card
  55. Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
  56. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  57. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  58. *Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  59. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  60. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  61. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
  62. Life and Other Near Death Experiences by Camille Pagan
  63. Becoming Marta by Lorea Canales
  64. The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta
  65. The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard
  66. Bread, Wine, Chocolate by Simran Sethi
  67. While You Were Min by Ann Howard Creel
  68. *Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet
  69. Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Kline
  70. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Myer
  71. The Girl from Krakow: A Novel by Alex Rosenburg
  72. Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow
  73. We are all completely besides ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  74. Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle
  75. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
  76. The Daughter of Union County by Francine Thomas Howard
  77. The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
  78. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  79. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  80. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  81. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  82. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  83. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  84. Serpent by Clive Cussler
  85. Polar Shift by Clive Cussler
  86. The Navigator by Clive Cussler
  87. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
  88. Rise the Titanic by Clive Cussler
  89. Lost City by Clive Cussler
  90. Sahara by Clive Cussler
  91. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  92. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  93. The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller
  94. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Madela
  95. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  96. * Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  97.   An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison
  98. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  99. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  100. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  101.  The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager
  102. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  103. *The Hobbit by JRR Tolkin
  104. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  105. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  106. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  107. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  108. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  109. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  110. *Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
  111. * The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
  112. *The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  113. *The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  114. *The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  115. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  116. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  117. My Traitor’s Heart by Rian Malan
  118. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  119. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by  J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
  120. *My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  121. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  122. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  123. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  124. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  125. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  126. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  127. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
  128. Catfish and Mandala by Andrew Pham
  129. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  130. Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik
  131. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
  132. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  133. Thank you for Smoking by Christopher Buckley
  134. I am a Stranger here Myself by Bill Bryson
  135. The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J. S. Drangshol
  136. In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell
  137. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
  138. Sisters 1,2,3, by Casandra Campbell and Nancy Star
  139. I am Malala by Christina Lamb, Malala Yousafzai, and Patricia McCormick
  140. The 13th Element by John Emsley
  141. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  142. The House at Rivertown by Kate Morton
  143. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  144. The Martian by Andy Weir
  145. In a Sunburnt Country by Bill Bryson
  146. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  147. Balzac and the Little Chinese Dressmaker byDai Sijie
  148. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  149. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  150. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  151. Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  152. The Queen’s Vow by C.W. Gortner
  153. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
  154. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  155. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  156. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  157. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  158. The Man who Broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey
  159. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  160. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  161. The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White
  162. Ice burg by Clive Cussler
  163. Deep Six! by Clive Cussler

“The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there” -Tolkien

“I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library” – JK Rowling


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