The Tales o’ Two Years AKA My Reading List

Been There, Done That(aka Books I Have Finished Since Being Here)

“Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”  – Susanna Clark (finished during PST)

“A Game of Thrones” – George RR. Martin

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

“A Clash of Kings” – George RR Martin

“A Storm of Swords” – George RR Martin

“A Feast for Crows” – George RR Martin

“Under the Banner of Heaven” – Jon Krakauer

“The Right Stuff” – Tom Wolfe

“A Canticle for Leibowitz” – Walter M. Miller

“Accidentally American on Purpose” – Craig Ferguson

“A Secret History”- Donna Tartt

“A Dance with Dragons” – George RR Martin

“In Cold Blood” Truman Capote

“World War Z” Max Brooks

“Are you there Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” Chelsea Handler

“What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures” Malcom Gladwell

“Neverwhere” Neil Gaiman

“American Gods” – Neil Gaiman

“The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World” – Daniel Yergin ( So… read this book… while yes, its about oil, its long and dry, but it illuminates so many issues that are relevant in the world today. Read it. Suddenly the news will make sense to you)

“Thank You for Your Service” – David Finkel

“On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft” – Stephen King

“A is for Alibi” – Sue Grafton

“The Blood Telegram: Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide” – Gary J. Bass

“Anansi Boys” – Neil Gaiman

“Unfamiliar Fishes” – Sarah Vowell

“B is for Burglar” – Sue Grafton

“The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” – Caroline Alexander

“A Tale for the Time Being” – Ruth Ozeki

“We Need New Names: A Novel” – Noviolet Bulawayo

“The Luminaries” – Eleanor Catton

Please read this book! I will make the analogy that this book is like a tapestry in its scope, its characterizations and the setting is (18th Cent. New Zealand during the gold rush) . I can’t remember the last time a book took me to a place far far away, and this book was a welcome revisitation to the feeling of “I got to get home so I can figure out what happens next!”. Read it!

“Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” – Daniel Okrent

“The Circle” – David Eggers

“Difficult Men; Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad” – Brett Martin

“The Way of Kings” – Brandon Sanderson

“Zoo City” – Lauren Beukes

“The Gold Finch” – Donna Tartt

*Boxers and Saints – Gene Luen Yang

If you like graphic novels I would highly recommend both “Boxers and Saints” and Blankets. both are incredibly distinctive in style and offer deep reads that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a graphic novel. Both books have incredibly cathartic endings as well. If you have a program like “comicRack” on your computer you can actually read most comics digitally, which is incredibly handy for Peace Corps.

*Blankets – Craig Thompson

“Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” – Dan Ariely

“Oryx and Crake” – Margaret Atwood

“White Teeth” – Zadie Smith

“Zoo City” – Lauren Beukes

“The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” – Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Nickel and Dimed : On (Not) Getting By in America” – Barbara Enrenreichi

“The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” – Harukami Murakami

“Undaunted Courage” – Stephen Ambrose

Loved this book. I remember one of the phases I got into in middle school was reading all about the Lewis and Clark expedition, and this book was always out of my reading range to grasp. Now that I’m in Mongolia, and got to read Lewis’s ethnographic work among the Native American Indian tribes, I got flashes of traditional Mongolian culture… nomadic tribes living on the plains, reliant on horses and fierce warriors. Many times I thought “Goodness its Mongolia!”. If you have an interest in frontier history I would highly recommend this book. It also helped me think about which states I would like to visit when I go back to America Land

“David Copperfield” – Charles Dickens

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” – Garth Stein

“Night Film” – Marisha Pessl

“Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn

“Russia and the Soviet Union: An Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present” – John M. Thompson

“Crime and Punishment” – Fyodor Dostoevsky (Week 1 : Book Longer then 500 pages)

“Love in the Time of Cholera”- Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Week 2: Romance)

“All the Light We Cannot See” – Anthony Doer( Week 4: Book Published This Past Year)

“Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore” – Robin Sloan

“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”- Junot Diaz

“The Men Who Stare at Goats” – Jon Ronson (Week 3: Book Made Into a Movie)

“Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Burried in a Chilean Mine, and The Miracle that Set Them Free” – Hector Tobar ( Week 5 : Number in the Title)

“Red Rising” – Pierce Brown (Week 6 : Author Under 30)

“Ancillary Justice” – Ann Leckie (Week 7: Non Human Characters)

“Bad Feminist: Essays”- Roxane Gay (Week 9: Female Author)

“Yes Please” – Amy Poehler (Week 8: Funny Book)

“Golden Son” – Pierce Brown

“The Final Solution : A Story of Detection” – Michael Chabon (Week 10: Mystery or Thriller)

“Cry , the Beloved Country” – Alan Patton (13. a book set in a different country)

“Landline” – Rainbow Rowell (11. a book with a one-word title)

“One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” BJ Novak (Week 12. a book of short stories)

“Learning Through Living” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way” – Amanda Ripley (Week 14. a nonfiction book)

“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” – Michael Chabon ( Week 15. a popular author’s first book)

“Good Omens” – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (16. a book from your favorite author that you haven’t read yet)

“Without You, There is No Us: A Memoir” – Suki Kim

“Ancillary Sword” – Ann Leckie

“Anil’s Ghost” – Michael Ondaatje

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone” – JK Rowling (Re-read)

“Wolf Hall” – Hilary Mantel ( Week 17. a book a friend recommended)

“Station Eleven” – Emily St. John Mandel

“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” – by Michael Chabon (18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book)

“Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” – Robert K. Massie

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” – Sherman Alexie (19. a book based on a true story)

“The Paying Guests ” – Sarah Waters (20. a book at the bottom of your to read list)

(Total Number – 82)


  1. Since you are reading such a wide range of literature you should post a review of each book after you finish. Nothing fancy, just what you liked and didn’t like, whether you recommend it…

    1. Hmmmm possibly… I really do have a lot of time on my hands so I have no excuse 🙂

  2. Are these written down in the order in which you read them or how much you like them? I would be very interested to see what your Top 10 Best and Worst books are.

    1. They are written down in the order I read them. I could do my Top 10 books so far… I don’t finish books that I think are bad 😛

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