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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka

It was funny, admittedly, although not quite as hilarious as all the reviews made it out to be. I guess it just depends on your sense of humour. It took a little while for me to go into this, but once I had it was an enjoyable read - perfect for the holidays. 



So I have decided to start documenting my reads. Partly in an effort to motivate myself to read more, or at least more consistently. And partly in an effort to widened what I read; I often get stuck in a rut of reading the same authors or just go with popular books. 


We'll just have to wait to see how I get on, and how successful I will be.


Happy reading.

At the Water's Edge: A Novel - Sara Gruen

I read this when I first moved to Scotland for my Master's as I thought the setting would give me a good introduction for my home for the next year.

The Evening Chorus - Helen Humphreys

Wasn't a fan of this. Although I made it to the end, I never really got into this book.

The Shore: A Novel - Sara Taylor

I wasn't sure about this before reading it, but the magic isn't over the top, and all the stories link extremely well.

Aid and Other Dirty Business: How Good Intentions Have Failed the World's Poor - Giles Bolton

As someone who aspires to a career in international development, I found this to be a most helpful book. It explored the, sometimes harsh, realities of working in aid, and the many challenges faced in this field. It could easily have been left as a completely negative account but Bolton skillfully ends on an encouraging note, making it a balanced book. In this respect the title is a bit of a misrepresentation.  

And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

I didn't think Hosseini would be able to top 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' but he somehow has. You are taken on a journey through time and space, the stories of all the characters intricately woven together. After this 'Kite Runner' has moved nearer to the top of my to be read pile. 

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

I was aware of the hype around Hosseini (despite not having read Kite Runner) and was worried that it would be impossible for 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' to live up to my expectations. I needn't have worried. A masterpiece.

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It - Paul Collier

As a Master's student in Global Health, I am interested in international development, and this book provided a good introduction to the more economic side of development. 

Ebola '76 - Amir Tag Elsir

A quick read, that for me at least, helped to put some human emotion behind the reports and statistics in the media.

The Bees - Laline Paull

Not something that I would normally read, but it was surprisingly enjoyable and surpassed my expectations. My inner biologist (I studied biology for my undergrad) was brought out again in me after this. 

Witches, Westerners, and HIV: AIDS and Cultures of Blame in Africa - Alexander Rödlach I read this for my dissertation on HIV, but it actually turned out to be an enjoyable read. There were a few places that were quite heavy with theory, but these were well written so as to still make it accessible.
The Hired Girl - Laura Amy Schlitz

Well written, I just wish I had read this when I was younger. At 22 I feel that I was too old to fully appreciate this book, and that my 14 year old self would have gotten a lot more out of this read. 

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver (18-Apr-2013) Paperback - Barbara Kingsolver

Lots of lovely imagery, but I'm afraid I found the story to be too slow moving in order to hold my interest.

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Didn't quite live up to the hype for me.