Read and Read

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes so I was bummed to learn that, in 2007, One in Four Read No Books Last Year in the US.

I plan to read a lot during  my PC service. Lucky for me, PCVs are voracious readers who always have a book to share and PC/Morocco’s library is stocked with books donated from previous PCVs. Here’s my attempt at reading as much as I can in two years’ time!


  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  • Spain by Jan Morris
  • Ahead of the Curve by Philip Delves Broughton
  • Pour Your Heart into It by Howard Schultz
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


  • The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
  • Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Peony in Love by Lisa See
  • The Wisdom of Whores by Elizabeth Pisani
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • I Love Yous Are For White People by Lac Su
  • Business School Confidential by Robert H Miller and Katherine F. Koegler
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
  • The Hua Shan Hospital Murders by David Rothenberg
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje


  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson *recommend*
  • All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks *recommend*
  • Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh *recommend*
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (thumbs down)
  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch


  • Chronicle of a Blood Merchant by Yu Hua
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave by William Lynch and Kashif Malik Hassan-el
  • A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service by various Peace Corps Volunteers


  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  • The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
  • My Life by Bill Clinton
  • Living History by Hillary R. Clinton

Too long ago to remember when I read:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

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