- Now that Peace Corps c'est fini, it's time to wrap up my short reviews of the books I've read while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. The other 100 on the list can be found here.
- 1. Bryson, Bill. In a Sunburned Country
- Bill Bryson travels around Australia
- I loved it so much that I decided to also take a trip around Australia (particularly the Darwin area, in the north) upon my completion of Peace Corps.
- But then my friend Laura invited me on her COS trip instead, so here I am in Athens, which is also cool.
- Anyone want to go to Australia with me?
- Five stars.
- Very short and very good tale of a scary and suspenseful journey into the Congo
- Four stars
- Zero percent overlap with my African experience.
- A five-year old boy has spent his entire life in a garage-sized room - he and his mother are held captive there by a man who kidnapped the mother.
- Does a very good job of telling the story through the eyes of a five-year-old
- If you don't like five year olds, the narrator could be really annoying.
- I like five year olds.
- Five stars.
- Reads like it was written by someone with a 5th grade education
- Because it was.
- About the history of the US forest service and the massive fire that caused colossal damage during its first years.
- Deepened my confusing long-standing crush on Theodore Roosevelt
- About the decisions that people make without thinking about it
- It's fascinating that instant likeability is a skill that can be practiced and perfected
- Made me want to be a professional face-reading lie detector. That sounds so badass.
- About why some ideas thrive and others don't
- Interesting for anyone interested in behavior change or understanding their own behaviors
- Behavior change is hard.
- A southern woman flees with a horse after the civil war while battling "consumption"
- The woman who recommended I read this loves horses
- If you love horses, you'd probably love it too.
- Three stars, as I am indifferent to horses.
- A North Korean plays the government to get ahead in life
- North Korea is scary
- I wish it had more history and facts, but since North Korea is so closed off facts are nearly impossible to come by, so I guess this is as good as it can get.
- Four stars.
- A woman's journey toward discovering her faith
- It's OK.
- Vegetarianism is better than carnivory, ecologically speaking
- That idea is so elementary now that it's hard to remember it was ever groundbreaking
- Very interesting, but very dated
- A serial killer does his thing at the World's Fair in Chicago
- The serial killer part was interesting, and the part about the men putting on the Worlds Fair was interesting, but it seemed like two short books randomly smashed into one.
- Still very good, just not the most cohesive.
- I think I read this in middle school, but that was a long time ago.
- Good, but too short.
- The cover had a picture of Taylor Swift on it, so apparently they made a movie of it at some point.
- A man turns to a woman than back to a man
- Very strange.
- I guess I'd recommend it to a stranger but it's too weird to recommend to friends.
- If you're a stranger read it and let me know what you think.
- A woman in a mental health facility can communicate with the future
- The future's full of hippies.
- I would be happy living in this hippy future.
- Four stars
- Almost the same book as Atlas Shrugged
- I liked Atlas Shrugged more
- But both are very good
- Dominique perplexed me.
- I can't unsee unnecessary columns in architecture now.
- Bonk is about sex, Spook is about ghosts/the afterlife
- Both are very funny, very well researched, and highly recommended.
- Both are full of fun little tidbits you can bust out during lulls in conversation
- Professional pig inseminators are trained to stimulate the pigs during the process because if the pigs climax they have higher fertility
- I probably wouldn’t bust that one out in conversation unless my goal was to end it.
- A man named Switters goes on adventures
- I loved it. Tom Robbins is a very creative man and I'm gonna read many more of his books when I return to the land of libraries.
- Seriously, where does he get his ideas?!
- All of the ten stupid things have to do with mate choices
- "don't marry an elephant and expect it to curl up and purr in your lap"
- "don't jump in an empty swimming pool hoping that water will materialize before you hit bottom."
- Sound, logical advice. But she also encourages women to take time off work to full-time mother, which I don't agree with.
- Short and full of pictures.
- Good, but doesn't live up to the hype
- Three and a half stars
- A young man tries to protect his favorite book from a villain set on destroying it
- It sounds lame, but it’s actually a really good, suspenseful book. Four and a half stars.
- The young man thinks that every woman he comes in contact with is in love with him, which is annoying.
- If Mr. Zafron writes from experience, he must be either gorgeous or have a really overinflated ego.
- Google images tells me it's the latter.
- If you’re bored while not working, find hobbies you enjoy.
3. Donoghue, Emma. Room
4. Dugard, Jaycee. A Stolen Life
5. Egan, Timothy. The Big Burn
6. Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink
7. Heath, Chip and Dan. Made to Stick
8. Jiles, Paulette. Enemy Women
9. Johnson, Adam. The Orphan Master's Son
10. Lamott, Anne. Traveling Mercies
11. Lappe, Frances Moore. Diet for a Small Planet
12. Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City
13. Lawry, Lois. The Giver
14. Martel, Yann. Self
15. Piercy, Marge. Woman on the Edge of Time
16. Rand, Ayn. The Fountainhead
17. Roach, Mary. Bonk
18. Roach, Mary. Spook
19. Robbins, Tom. Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
20. Schlessinger, Laura. Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives
21. Vonnegut, Kurt. Breakfast of Champions
22. Zafon, Carlos. The Shadow of the Wind
23. Zelinski, Ernie. The Joy of Not Working