Books read 2008-2011

I think almost all of us would admit that we don’t read enough. I’d certainly learn a lot more if I spent less time on Facebook and more time in between the covers of a book. To encourage myself to read, I try and set targets each year and write down the names of completed books in a list.
Looking down this year’s list, I probably read more than could have been expected given the upheavals. However, it remains frustrating that in any year, you can only read a few books in certain categories, if you try to cast your net wide. I try and read from the Western canon, African literature, Christian books, philosophy, development and Ivorian key texts, which means I don’t end up reading much in any one field.
2011 (target = 35)
1. Hudson Taylor biography
2. BBC Editorial Guidelines
3. Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre
4. Jeffrey Archer; Stranger than fiction, by Michael Crick
5. Chocolate Nations, by Orla Ryan
6. The Masculine Mandate, by Richard Philips
7. The Wretched of the Earth, by Franz Fanon
8. Karl Marx, by Francis Wheen
9. Counterfeit gods, by Tim Keller
10. The Master of Petersburg, by J. M. Coetzee
11. How Soccer Explains the World, by Franklin Foer
12. Double Cross, by James Patterson
13. The Trouble with Africa, by Robert Calderisi
14. Motty’s Diary – a year in the life, by John Motson
15. The Wretched of the Earth, by Franz Fanon
16. Hacks, by Christopher S. Wren
17. God save the team, by Eddy Brimson
18. La Loi relative a la presse, by Legis-ci
19. Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
20. Making War in Cote d’Ivoire, by Mike McGovern
21. The Ghost of Che Guevara, by Jason Webb
22. A Good Man in Africa, by William Boyd
23. Jaguars and Electric Eels, by Alexandar von Humboldt
24. Ghosts and other plays, by Henrik Ibsen
25. The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
26. New African Fashion, by Helen Jennings
27. The Age of the Infovore, by Tyler Cowen
28. Meme au paradis on pleure quelquefois, by Maurice Bandaman
2010 (target = 35)
1. Les Fracades d’Ebintou, Amadou Koné
2. The Glory of Christ, Peter Lewis
3. The World is what it is: authorised bio of V.S. Naipaul, Patrick French
4. Pour une Refondation de la Filiere, Isidore S. Allah
5. Cote d’Ivoire : Batir la paix sur la democratie et la prosperite, L. Gbagbo
6. Across the Empty Quarter, Wilfred Thesiger
7. Aya de Yopougon, vol 4
8. Bitter Chocolate, Carol Off
9. Damp Squid, Jeremy Butterfield
10. The View from the Foothills, Chris Mullin
11. Oxford Book of Essays
12. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
13. The Insider, Piers Morgan
14. Tropical Gangsters, Robert Kiltgaard
15. Show me the magic, Travels round Benin by taxi, Annie Caulfield
16. Radical Discipleship, John Stott
17. A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh
18. Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton
19. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
20. The Great Divergence, Pomerand
21. The lady and the unicorn, Tracey Chevalier
22. Elephants, Lions and Eagles, Filippo Maria Ricci
23. A Thousand Splendid Suns, K. Hossein
24. Notes from Canada’s Young Activists
25. The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ernest Hemingway
26. Industry and Empire, Eric Hobsbawm
27. Alassane Ouattara – Une Vie singulaire, Cisse Bacongo
28. The Customs of the Kingdom of India, Marco Polo
29. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
30. Travels in Mauritania
31. The Cobra’s Heart, Ryzard Kapuscinskis
32. Promiscuities, Naomi Wolf
2009 (target = 30-50)
1. The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier
2. Sold as a Slave, Olaudah Equiano
3. Breaking news, Martin Fletcher
4. The Meaning of Things, A. C. Grayling
5. Intimate Issues
6. Money, Martin Amis
7. Communism, Richard Pipes
8. Foreign to Familiar, S. Lanier
9. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, A. M. Smith
10. La Vie de Pahé, Pahé
11. La Vie de Pahé II, Pahé
12. The Other, Kapuscinski
13. On Being a Photographer, Bill Ayers and David
14. Devoir des Mesonges, Fauston Toha
15. Atonement, Ian McEwan
16. Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s stone, J. K. Rowling
17. Scaling the Secular City, J. P. Moreland
18. Negreries, Venance Konan
19. Making History, Stephen Fry
20. La Richesse Appauvrie, Zokou Gogoua
21. The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis
22. Fighting Fat, Fighting Fit, Janette Marshall
23. Petit Futé Cote d’Ivoire, Elodie V
24. Modern Manners, P. J. O’Rouke
25. Dreams of my Father, Barack Obama
26. To the Holy Shrines, Sir Richard Burton
27. Ma part des verities, Charles Blé Goudé
28. D’un stad a l’autre, Chalres Blé Goudé
29. Dreams from my father, Barack Obama
30. La Jalousie qui detruit, Harold Kalleymeyn
2008 (target was a book every fortnight = 26)
1. Brazzaville Charms, Cassie Knight
2. Travels with Herodotus, Ryzard Kapuscinski
3. Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
4. Aya de Yopougon, vol. 1
5. Aya de Yopougon, vol. 2
6. A Year in the Merde, Stephen Clarke
7. Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky
8. The Africans, David Young
9. The Songlines, Bruce Chatwin
10. Waiting for the Barbarians, J. M. Coetzee
11. Confessions of a Philosopher, Bryan Magee
12. The Sand Café, Neil MacFarquhar
13. Generation X, Douglas Copeland
14. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
15. Hustling is not a crime, John Chernoff
16. Hard Times, Charles Dickens
17. Aya de Yopougon, vol. 3
18. Becoming a stringer
19. The CEO of the sofa, P. J. O’Rouke
20. Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
21. According to Queeny, B. Bettybridge
22. Robert et Catapila, Venance Konan
23. Bridge-building, Alistair McGrath
24. Travels in eastern Russia, Checkov
25. Provided you don’t Kiss me, Duncan Hamilton
26. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
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