January 20, 2013
At the outset of my service, I set a goal for myself to read 150 books while I am in Rwanda. I did the math, and I am about 15% of the way through my service, and 15% of the way to my goal. Perfect! This is what I have tackled so far
- Graceling by Kristen Cashore – Amelia recommended this trilogy before I left! It was pretty good and a fun read to take my mind off things at the beginning of training.
- Fire by Kristen Cashore
- Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – Not the best book to read when you miss your dogs terribly, but a great book all the same!
- Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts – Because we all know how much I love my romance novels
- Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins – My friend Sam’s favorite book of all time. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend reading it!
- We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch – One of the best books to read on the Rwandan Genocide. It was really hard to get through and sometimes hit WAY to close to home, including one story about the village I lived in during training.
- The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them by Meg Jay – Thanks to Kali for gifting this book to me before I left! It was definitely an interesting read, even if it scared the shit out of me that I didn’t have my life completely figured out at 23 J
- A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett – Classic!
- The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again by JRR Tolkien – I have never read the Lord of the Ring Trilogy and before I read it I wanted to reread the Hobbit.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – No explanation needed
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
- Animal Farm by George Orwell – I hadn’t read it since 9th grade Pre-IB English so I figured I would give it another go
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- A Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Recommended to me by Dan, a fellow PCV. It was an incredible book and made me wish I had some Spanish under my belt as parts of it were in Spanish. Seriously, if you are looking for something to read, look no further.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – A nice romance novel recommended to me by Emily before I left for Rwanda
- Bossypants by Tina Fey – Probably not best to start this book in the middle of a long-winded teachers’ meeting in Kinyarwanda. I actually had to hold my hand over my mouth to not laugh out loud.
If you have any recommendations that you think I should check out, PLEASE comment and let me know! Now that I am at site, I have tons of down time and would love to read YOUR favorite book!