Peace Corps service comes with a lot of free time. At the beginning of my service I read less because I was trying so hard to integrate into my community.
Now I am taking better care of my self by trying to worry less about the little work I have done in my community and read instead.
Reading has never been punishment to me, and I always strive to finish what I have started. I have a few lingering, unfinished books from 2017 that I need to work on, but otherwise, I read 45 books. My numbers surged at the end of the year as my lessons at school were canceled and I had more free time.
These were my favorites, in alphabetical order:
The 40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympis by Daniel James Brown
The Darling by Russel Banks
The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade by Julian Rademeyer
The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
O’Mandingo! The Only Black at a Dinner Party by Eric Miyeni
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
For my complete list, click here.
For 2018, I would love to read just as much. And I am planning to read as much written by African authors as I can.