Books of 2016 (June-December)

Spending a few days away from site for in-service training the other week afforded me the chance to reflect on my goals for the coming months. How am I doing to stay mentally healthy and sane during a long winter? One of the things I want to do is read more … I’ve always been a reader, but the past year or so I’ve gotten strangely lazy about it.

Recently, I was looking at another Kosovo Peace Corps Volunteer’s blog, and she read 11 books in the last month alone! I thought, “This is someone who uses her free time well.”

To recap, here is (I think) a comprehensive list of the books I’ve read so far while in Kosovo. I’ve never kept a formal log of what I read, so I am pulling this from memory:

  1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver +
  2. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan +
  6. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  8. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  9. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  10. The Tresspasser by Tana French
  11. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins +
  12. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  13. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

(+ means a re-read)

I would like to create a “Books to Read for 2017” list. I’d also like to hear from all of you … what are some books you’d recommend? Please comment in the comment section so others can benefit from your suggestions, too. It would be fun to start a dialogue about this. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Books of 2016 (June-December)”

  1. Just finished Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime. It’s the most information I’ve ever had on apartheid, and I found his story to be very interesting. The Family Fang, A Man Called Ove, and Just Kids were other stand-outs for me this year!

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    1. I loved Just Kids! (Man, are you behind the times. No judgement, though.) I’ve heard great things about A Man Called Ove. The Family Fang is about … a family of circus performers? Think I heard of that … I’ll add all of these to my list, thanks!


  2. I completely agree with that sentiment of other PCVs reading massive amounts of books in short time. Anyway, my recommendations are: 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa; The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck; Catch Me If You Can; That Thing Around Your Neck; and Assata. I’m currently reading The New Jim Crow, if you should want to check that out.

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