Wandering Wichman’s Peace Corps Reads

Update: My service in Ukraine ended 15 months early, but I have decided to leave this page of my blog active. These were some of the great books I read while a PCV! I may not have read 103 books (like my goal), but the 26 I did read were engaging.

Books Read:

  1. Wild
  2. Emma
  3. Anna Karenina
  4. Northanger Abbey
  5. Second Hand: A Novel
  6. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
  7. A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter.
  8. Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, & Living the Zero Hour Work Week
  9. Shantaram
  10. Happier Than a Billionaire: The Sequel
  11. The Choice
  12. The Girlfriend Experience
  13. The Fault in Our Stars
  14. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
  15. All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps
  16. Outliers: The Story of Success
  17. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  20. Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid
  21. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  23. The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption
  24. Harry Potter and the Half Blood-Prince
  25. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  26. Never Let Me Go

If you click on each title in the list, it will take you to the Amazon.com listing for the book. (I am not necessarily advocating Amazon over bookstores or other book websites, but it is the #1 place I go for book reviews).

If you are curious about my thoughts/reactions to the books, please leave a comment in the comments section on the bottom of the page. I don’t plan on posting my reviews for each book, but I’m happy to share my thoughts if you are interested.

Happy to take any comments!
  1. Devin says:

    How was Anna Karenina? Worth it? Its on my list, I feel like I should have read something from a Russian author by now. You may already be using it, but http://www.goodreads.com is a great site for tracking the books you read/finding book reviews/etc.

    • ashleywichman says:

      I’m still not sure how I feel about Anna Karenina – I do think it is worth reading, but I wish I would have been in a book group or a literature class to talk about it with others. (I also read it during PST, so my mind was already a little dead).

      The book I just started, The Master and Margarita, is also considered a great work of Russian literature. I’ve read 5 pages thus far, so I have no comments on it, yet.

  2. Sarah says:

    You should join goodreads.com! :)

  3. Joel says:

    So the million dollar question, are your reading them in English or Russian? That is quite the goal little sis, hope your achieve it. Maybe check out the local library, see if you can find anything specific to your town/province.

    • ashleywichman says:

      Do you have internet now, big bro? And the answer to your million dollar question is….English :)

      I do need to start trying to read in Russian – it will be slow going, but being half-illiterate is frustrating, and I’d like to make some gains in my reading/writing/speaking.

  4. Dyan says:

    What about the Chronicles of Narnia series?? Always a good series to revisit….oh, wait – you never “visited it” in the first place. Oh well. ;-)

    I always have a list going, of both fun, easy reading and more highbrow books (so I look smart!). I will keep watching your list and see what I can tackle as well. Love you. d

    • ashleywichman says:

      Maybe I will finally take a trip to Narnia. It seems only right that I finally go there, with two cold Ukrainian winters looming ;)


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