Reading List

Here’s a list of what I’ve read recently — feel free to comment or send me an email if you want to chat about these! Also, catch up with me on Goodreads for more!

Read in 2015

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family – Anne-Marie Slaughter
The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster – Jonathan Katz
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Trail of Broken Wings – Sejal Badani
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Adichie
Men Explain Things To Me – Rebecca Solnit
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
Death Comes for the Archbishop– Willa Cather
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail– Cheryl Strayed
Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India– Amana Fontanella-Khan
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

Read in 2014

The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward – David Marshall (ed.)
The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love– bell hooks
Divergent Series: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant– Veronica Roth
Artemis Fowl Series (Artemis Fowl / The Arctic Incident / The Eternity’s Code / The Opal Deception / The Lost Colony)– Eoin Colfer
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia– Mohsin Hamid
However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph– Aimee Molloy
Letters to a Young Poet– Rainer Maria Rilke
The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence– Gary Haugen

Read in 2013

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World – Jacqueline Novogratz
Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War – Annia Ciezadlo
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
A Princess Found – Sarah Culberson
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg
Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War – Leymah Gbowee
Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace in the Midst of War – Marianne Elliott
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
Second Person Singular – Sayed Kashua
The Ringtone and the Drum: Travels in the World’s Poorest Countries – Mark Weston
And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls – David Sedaris
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty – Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Bossypants – Tina Fey
Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape – Jaclyn Friedman, Jessica Valenti
Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through Northern Afghanistan – Anna Badhken
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work – Chip Heath
India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking – Anand Giridharas
Americanah – Chimamanda Adichie

Read in 2012

Haiti After the Earthquake – Paul Farmer
The Post-American World – Fareed Zakaria
Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? – Michael Sandel
Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women – Nura Maznavi, Ayesha Mattu (eds)
Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
SuperFreakonomics – Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner
A Golden Age – Tahmima Anam
The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex – Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
Getting To Maybe– Richard Fischl, Jeremy Paul
Good to Great and the Social Sectors – Jim Collins
Our Kind of People: A Continent’s Challenge, A Country’s Hope – Uzodinma Iweala
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – John Perkins
Freedom From Want – Ian Smillie

Read in 2011

Shantaram – Gregory Davis Roberts
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Steig Larsson
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan – Greg Mortenson
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center – bell hooks
A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice – Malalai Joya
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates – Wes Moore
Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream – Antonia Felix
Taking On the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era – Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations – Clay Shirky
The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown
Work On Purpose – Lara Galinsky
Shooting Water: A Memoir of Second Chances, Family, and Filmmaking – Devyani Saltzman
Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam – Zainab Salbi
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
Anil’s Ghost – Michael Ondaatje

Read in 2010

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It – Paul Collier
African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors – Todd Moss
Smart Aid For African Development – Richard Joseph, Alexandra Gillies (editors)
The Theory of Moral Sentiments – Adam Smith
Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World – Craig Kielburger
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide – Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court – Edward Humes
Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Mountains Beyond Mountains – Tracy Kidder
The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice – Jeffrey Reiman
Out of Poverty – Paul Polak
Indefensible: One Lawyer’s Journey into the Inferno of American Justice – David Feige
The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson
Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder
Michelle: A Biography – Liza Mundy
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness – Cass Sunstein, Richard Thaler
Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Adichie
The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Adichie
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – Michael Pollan
A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton – Carl Bernstein
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times – Paul Loeb
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World – John Wood
The Places In Between – Rory Stewart
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Díaz
When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge – Chanrithy Him

Read in 2009

Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad – Fareed Zakaria
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishmael Beah
After Dark – Haruki Murakami
Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa – Dambisa Moyo
In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India – Edward Luce
Emergency Sex (and Other Desperate Measures) – Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson
Be Bold – by Echoing Green
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas – David Bornstein
Emma’s War: A True Story – Deborah Scroggins
Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond – Don Cheadle, John Prendergast
A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria – Daniel Jordan Smith
Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur – Halima Bashir
An Ordinary Man – Paul Ruesesabagina
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books – Azar Nafisi

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