We, like many other Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) worldwide, read a lot of books. If for no other reason than to keep track, we decided to start of list of what we've read. Not included are re-reads of books we'd read before coming (Sam does this a lot). Also, this way if you want to send us books, you won't be sending something we've already read :)

- Didn't like, don't bother. +Enjoyed, recommend. Neither mark puts it in between, not bad but not great.  If you want a summary, leave a comment and ask.


  1. + Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder
  2. The House at Sugar Beach - Helene Cooper
  3. - The Perfect Woman - James Andrus
  4. + Easy Compost - The Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  5. Where There Is No Doctor - David Werner
  6. + Bananas: The United Fruit Company - Peter Chapman
  7. Small-Scale Irrigation - Peter Stern
  8. Always the Baker and Never the Bride - Christopher Buecheler
  9. Typhoon - Joseph Conrad
  10. + Starlighter - Bryon Davis
  11. - Silent Thunder: In the presence of elephants - Katy Payne
  12. + Un Perro Llamado GRK - Joshua Doder
  13. + The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
  14. + GRK and La Banda de Los Pellotti - Joshua Doder
  15. + We Are All The Same - Jim Wooten
  16. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  17. Dry. - Augusten Burroughs
  18. - The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  19. Where Men Win Glory - Jon Krakauer
  20. + The Diamond Age - Neil Stephenson
  21. On-going Language Learning: Beyond Hello - The Peace Corps
  22. + Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time - Dava Sobel
  23. To The Rescue. Stories from Healthcare Workers at the Scenes of Disasters edited by Nancy Harless and Kerry-Ann Morris
  24. Have a Great One! A Homeless Man's Story - Laurie Anthony
  25. - The Year We Finally Solved Everything - Rudolf Kerkhoven
  26. + Don't Be Afraid Gringo - A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart. The Story of Elvia Alvarado, Translated and Edited by Medea Benjamin
  27. Painless - Derek Ciccone
  28. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
  29. Naamah's Kiss - Jacqueline Carey
  30. Naamah's Curse - Jacqueline Carey
  31. Naamah's Blessing - Jacqueline Care
  32. - Do You Matter? How great design will make people love your company - Robert Brunner and Stewart Emery
  33. + Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
  34. + Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card
  35. Xenocide - Orson Scott Card 
  36. Children of the Mind - Orson Scott Card
  37. + Seedfolks - Paul Fleischman
  38. Ender's Shadow - Orson Scott Card
  39. Prelude to Foundation - Isaac Asimov 
  40. + Foundation - Isaac Asimov
  41. + Foundation and Empire - Isaac Asimov
  42. Second Foundation - Isaac Asimov
  43. Forward the Foundation - Isaac Asimov
  44. Foundation's Edge - Issac Asimov
  45. + United States Declaration of Independence
  46. + Foundation and Earth - Issac Asimov
  47. In the year 2889 - Jules Verne
  48. - Ain't No Sunshine - Leslie Dubois 
  49. + Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
  50. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  51. + A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain
  52. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void - Mary Roach
  53. Stuff White People Like - Christian Lander
  54. Ringworld - Larry Niven
  55. Common Sense - Thomas Paine
  56. Sphere - Michael Crichton 
  57. + Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman - Richard P. Feynman
  58. + Travels - Michael Crichton 
  59. + En Route: A Paramedic's Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between - Steven "Kelly" Grayson 
  60. + Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
  61. + Freedom's Landing - Anne McCaffrey
  62. + Freedom's Choice - Anne McCaffrey 
  63. Freedom's Challenge - Anne McCaffrey
  64. + The Cobra Event - Richard Preston
  65. The Gospel of Judas - Simon Mawer
  66. + Are you there, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
  67. + The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver 
  68. + Stardust - Neil Gaiman 
  69. Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
  70. +Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
  71. Foundations Fear - Gregory Beneford
  72. It's Perfectly Normal - Robie H. Harris
  73. Panic in Level 4 - Richard Preston 
  74. +First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria - Eve Brown-Waite
  75. +The Laughing Sutra - Mark Salzman
  76. Rhapsody - Elizabeth Haydon
  77. Prophecy - Elizabeth Haydon
  78. Destiny - Elizabeth Haydon 
  79. Bossypants - Tina Fey
  80. Zero History - William Gibson
  81. +Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
  82. +The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  83. Mastiff - Tamora Pierce
  84. Savages - Joe Kane


  1. +The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper (thanks Uncle Joe--it took me a long time to get to this, but I thought it was very well done. And I passed it on to the rest of Peace Corps Honduras)
  2. +Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (excellent book with a lot to teach about effective development practices)
  3. +Bananas: The United Fruit Company by Peter Chapman (I liked this, but it was kind of all over the place chronologically.  Sometimes the ordering of things was really confusing.  That said it was written like a narrative and reads easily)
  4. +Un Perro Llamado GRK by Joshua Doder
  5. +GRK y La Banda De Los Pelotti by Joshua Doder
  6. +Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen
  7. +The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  8. +Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce
  9. The Legends of King Arthur by Sir James Knowles*
  10. El Colonel no tiene quien le escriba by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I'm not marking this one either way because I understood the plot, but missed a lot of the details. Time to read it in English)
  11. +Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver (like the other book of hers that I've read, The Poisonwood Bible, this one is also excellent)
  12. +We Are All The Same - Jim Wooten
  13. The Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson (everyone told me that he's great. I have to admit that at least halfway into this book I still thought it was just plain weird. Turns out it was pretty good, but everything I heard about him not being able to write endings was totally true.)
  14. +Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
  15. +Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond (Excellent real-life love story)
  16. +Naamah's Kiss - Jacqueline Carey
  17. +Naamah's Curse - Jacqueline Carey
  18. +Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey
  19. The Complete Homebrewer's Guide (I have a feeling that this will be an ongoing read.... If anyone wants to send beer-making stuff, that'd be sweet!)
  20. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (oh yes, I DID just open that can of worms.  Halfway through and its just like the Lord of the Rings rewritten and 89 billion times longer)
  21. Los Detectives del Tiempo by Fabian Lenk
  22. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
  23. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
  24. The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
  25. Chiles by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  26. Easy Compost by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  27. The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan 
  28. -The Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
  29. ++The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  30. The Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
  31. + Freedom's Landing - Anne McCaffrey
  32. + Freedom's Choice - Anne McCaffrey 
  33. Freedom's Challenge - Anne McCaffrey 
  34. + Stardust - Neil Gaiman
  35. + The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver