Read in 2012, Post Peace Corps:

  • Sabriel by Garth Nix (***)
  • Lirael by Garth Nix (***)
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins (****)

Read in 4th Quarter of Service (2011-2012):

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (****)
  • Heart of Home by Ted Kerasote (****)
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (**)
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (****)
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (****)
  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (****)
  • Big Bad Wolf by Christine Warren (***)
  • Deadwood by Pete Dexter (***)
  • The $64 Tomato by William Alexander (***)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (***)
  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (****)
  • The Fool’s Progress by Edward Abbey (****)
  • Lamb by Christopher Moore (***)
  • Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi (****)
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (***)
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin (Unfinishable)
  • For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri (***)
  • Nude Running by Clayton Matthews (**)
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (***)

Read in 3rd Quarter of Service (2011):

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (****)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (***)
  • First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh (**)
  • The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka (****)
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (*****)
  • Mendel in the Kitchen by Nina Fedoroff and Nancy M. Brown (****)
  • Tomorrow’s Table by Pamela C. Ronald and Raoul W. Adamchak (***)
  • The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Granger (Unreadable)
  • Wolf Fever by Terry Spear (***)
  • Bringing it to the Table by Wendell Berry (***)
  • City of Thieves by David Benioff (****)
  • The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (***)
  • Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (**)
  • Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (**)
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (****)
  • Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (**)
  • Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins (***)
  • 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (***)
  • American Uprising by Daniel Rasmussen (****)
  • Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith (***)
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (***)
  • Mountain Time by Paul Schullery (****)

Read in 2nd Quarter of Service (2010-2011):

  • Appropriate Business Skills for Third World Women: Doing a Feasability Study edited by Suzanne Kindervatter (***)
  • Dawn by Octavia E. Butler (***)
  • Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler (***)
  • Imago by Octavia E. Butler (***)
  • The New Kings of Nonfiction Edited by Ira Glass (****)
  • Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler (**)
  • Beyond The Classroom: Empowering Girls by Peace Corps (***)
  • Camp GLOW Handbook for Volunteers by Peace Corps (***)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (****)
  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving (****)
  • The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman (***)
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (****)
  • Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver (***)
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (***)
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (***)
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (***)
  • In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick (****)

Read in 1st Quarter of Service (2010):

  • The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir (****)
  • He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (**)
  • PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (*)
  • The Way Out by Craig Childs (***)
  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (***)
  • The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike (*)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O’Toole (*****)
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (***)
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (****)
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (****)
  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (Unreadable)

Read in Pre-Service Training (2010):

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (****)
  • A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle (***)
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle (***)
  • The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan (****)
  • The Secret Knowledge of Water by Craig Childs (***)


  • The Real Cost of Cheap Food by Michael Carolan
  • Trout Fishing in America  by Richard Brautigan
  • In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
  • The Borzoi College Reader edited by Charles Muscatine and Marlene Griffith
* An affront to all that is good and holy in this world.
** Unfortunate, but has some redeeming quality.
*** Enjoyable.
**** Highly recommended.
***** Truly top-notch; literary gold.  Outstanding writing and content.

One response to “Books

  1. Hmm. . . A New Earth unfinishable?!?! I enjoyed it! Love Kingslover, Kundera, and Abbey’s non-fiction (he is unable to write female characters, I find!). Loved everything I ead by Muir, Marquez and Updike. And well, J.K. O’Toole. . . if you’re from New Orleans, he’s cannon (though only 2 books exist). I cry every time I read the intro to CoD. . . (my mom was his mom’s nurse and got some copies signed by her. . . which is sad, too). Anyway, I think ANE deserves a second chance. I can see why there’s something about Tolle that seems off, but what he says has merit.

    Hope you are reading and living and enjoying!! Peace and Love!

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