Downtime was a mythical creature before life here in Paraguay, and I’ve rediscovered the beauty of READING FOR FUN. In case you’re wondering what we’re readin’ out here in the ‘Guay, here’s a running list.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — This may be my new favorite book, and I don’t say that lightly. It’s a great love story wrapped up in race, immigration and socioeconomic commentary. There are multiple passages that left me crying, laughing, breathless, you get the idea. It’s been circling through my entire G, I can’t wait to get my copy back to see what everyone else highlighted.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Another great love/lust story set during the Nigerian civil war. If you don’t love Chimamanda yet, go watch her Ted Talk, she’s amazing.
This is How you Lose Her & Drown by Junot Diaz — Junot Diaz is a genius and tells great stories of life as an immigrant from the DR in New Jersey/NYC. It’s cool to get a glimpse of another Latino culture while I’m here and see the differences and similarities.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck — If you’ve already read it, like me, re-read and meditate on the idea of “timshel.” It’s been an anchor in my understanding of my own service.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver — I didn’t love this one but plenty of my friends do and it’s a great look at how development has changed and taught me a lot about how The Congo became what it is today. Also a great look at how important cultural integration is.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed — Unpopular opinion: Wild was way better as a movie than a book. Oops. But Cheryl Strayed used to write this awesome advice column and this is a compilation of those pieces that are really great when you need tough love or encouragement.
Bonk! by Mary Roach — is all about the intersection of science and sex, it’s hilarious, fascinating and raunchy in the most educational way possible. 10/10 would recommend for all you sex ed junkies aka health volunteers.
The Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer — examines health care access in the developing world through a social justice lens and will make you weep and want to change the world