One of my own personal goals during Peace Corps is to read all the books that were recommended to me during college that I had no time to read. Long Ukrainian winters provide plenty of reading time, so if you know of a book that changed your life, or even just provided a few hours of entertainment, please pass along a recommendation and I’ll add it to the list : )

Finished Reading:

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Borderland: A Journey Through The History of Ukraine by Anna Reid
  • The Alleluia Files by Sharon Shinn
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Let The Right One In by John Avjide Lindquist
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror by Jeffrey Goldberg
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larrson
  • The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larrson
  • Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
  • Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
  • Fortress in the Eye of Time by C. J. Cherryh
  • The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday by Neil MacFarquhar
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Up Next:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America and the Middle East, 1776-Present by Michael B. Owens
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Love and Friendship and Other Early Works by Jane Austen

To Read Eventually:

  • Playing The Moldovans At Tennis by Tony Hawks
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Fragile by Lisa Unger
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  • Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • Before, After, and Somebody in Between by Jeannine Garsee
  • The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
  • What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen
  • A Long Day’s Dying by Frederick Buechner
  • Works of Love by Soren Kierkegaard
  • Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road by Paul-Gordon Chandler
  • Augustine’s Confessions
  • Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing by Soren Kierkegaard
  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America And American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni
  • The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters by William Dalrymple
  • The Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen
  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Lost World of Classic Legal Thought by William M. Wiecek
  • The Astronaut’s Wife by Robert Tine
  • Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (coming out November 8th!)

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