Posted by: joshtoro | November 28, 2008

Josh’s Book List

If you’re interested in what I am reading or what I have read since I started keeping my Pseudomemories (since September 2006), then this is that list.  Since it is rare for us not to be affected by what we read, a lot of what I write and perhaps think are influenced by the following books.  You can click on the pictures to go the book’s page on Amazon…that’ll give you a description and a chance to buy it, should you please.  At the top of the page I’ll keep a running total for books and pages read.  All of these books have been read in their entirety from front-to-back. 

Total Books Read:   146    Total Pages Read:  45,626

Current Book:  What’s Wrong with Microfinance?  eds. Thomas Dichter & Malcolm Harper  285pg




Books Read:  

01/16/09 to Present   The Big Hunt for a Job (and occasionally, animals 😉 )


08/20/08 to 01/15/09  Kiva Fellowship Companions

persecuted church by Tyler Thigpeneconomist world in 2009kafka on the shorethe god of small thingsThe RoadHow to Be Aloneto siberiaa history of the american peoplehalf the way homeNationi was told there'd be cakethe white castleveronika decides to dieKiva Fellowship 10/02/08-1/15/09abril rojounder my skindiamonds, gold, and warelusive quest for growthemperors childrenthe war of the worldblindnessthe gatheringout stealing horsesJesus Wants to Save Christians

05/15/08 to 08/19/08 Center of Summer is Carter (Carter Center Assistantship)

devil in the white citywhen a crocodile eats the sundespite good intentionsPillars of the EarthKite RunnerFacing the CongoGoverning the AmericasIts Not About the Bikethe white nilecontemporary latin america



List Format

  1.  The Idea of a Christian Society by TS Eliot 104pg
  2.  The Development of Religion/The Religion of Development inspired by Quarles von Ufford 196pg
  3.  Faith in Development: Partnership between the World Bank and the Churches of Africa 243pg
  4.  Under Orders: The Churches and Public Affairs by Roswell P. Barnes 138pg
  5.  Makers of the Western Tradition: Portraits from History vol.2 by J. Kelley Sowards 323pg
  6.  Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell 303pg
  7.  The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham 314pg
  8.  The Everlasting Man by GK Chesterton 320pg
  9.  The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill 252pg
  10.  The Cult of Rhodes: Remembering an Imperialist in Africa by Paul Maylam 184pg
  11.  The History of South Africa by Roger B. Beck 248pg
  12.  Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton 168pg
  13.  Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara 498pg
  14.  Listening to God in Times of Choice by Gordon Smith 150pg
  15.  The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara 376pg
  16.  Gandhi by David Arnold 266pg
  17.  To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf 320pg
  18.  The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David Landes 650pg
  19.  Strange and Dangerous Dreams by Geoff Powter 245pg
  20.  Subverting Greed: Religious Perspectives on the Global Economy by Kaitter and Muzaffar 193pg
  21.  A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich 472pg
  22.  Confessions of a Reformission Reverend by Mark Driscoll 207pg
  23.  The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason 222pg
  24.  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 190pg
  25.  Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson 245pg
  26.  The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 85pg
  27.  The World in 2007 by The Economist 130pg
  28.  The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver 543pg
  29.  The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman 326pg
  30.  The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman 550pg
  31.  Ignorance by Milan Kundera 195pg
  32.  By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho 180pg
  33.  The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho 245pg
  34.  The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera 312pg
  35.  Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks 356pg
  36.  The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldredge 302pg
  37.  Simply Christian by NT Wright 240pg
  38.  What is the What by Dave Eggers 476pg
  39.  Liza Lambeth by Somerset Maugham 102pg
  40.  The Dust of Empire by Karl E. Meyer 286pg
  41.  Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson 240pg
  42.  Sex God by Rob Bell 201pg
  43.  Foreign Aid by Carol Lancaster 284pg
  44.  US Economic Foreign Aid: A Case Study of USAID by David Porter 238pg
  45.  Transforming Foreign Aid by Carol Lancaster 112pg
  46.  The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki 321pg
  47.  Understanding and Managing Public Organizations by Hal Rainey 504pg
  48.  Organization Theory and Design by Richard Daft 640pg
  49.  The Politics of Public Budgeting by Irene Rubin 347pg
  50.  Budgeting Politics in American Governments by James Gosling 279pg
  51.  Lords of Poverty by Graham Hancock 250pg
  52.  The White Man’s Burden by William Easterly 436pg
  53.  Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris 257pg
  54.  The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy 326pg
  55.  International Relations of Social Change by Jan Aart Scholte 186pg
  56.  Colossus by Niall Ferguson 415pg
  57.  King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild 318pg
  58.  Getting to the 21st Century by David Korten 253pg
  59.  Alice Lakwena and the Holy Spirits by Heike Behrend 193pg
  60.  Aboke Girls by Els De Temmerman 168pg
  61.  The Scars of Death by Human Rights Watch 135pg
  62.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling 760pg
  63.  Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis 313pg
  64.  Into the Wild by Jon Krakaeur 203pg
  65.  Waking the Dead by John Eldredge 243pg
  66.  Serve God Save the Planet by J. Matthew Sleeth 255pg
  67.  The Irresistable Revolution by Shane Claiborne 367pg
  68.  Bureaucracy and Red Tape by Barry Bozeman 224pg
  69.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel 336pg
  70.  Diminished Democracy by Theda Skocpol 366pg
  71.  The War for Muslim Minds by Gilles Kepel 295pg
  72.  Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 272pg
  73.  Public Personnel Administration: Problems & Prospects 4th ed. by Steven Hays and Richard Kearney 398pg
  74.  The New Public Personnel Administration by Nigro, Nigro, and Kellough 362pg
  75.  A Voice for Nonprofits by Jeffrey Berry and David Arons 219pg
  76.  Nonprofits and Government by Elizabeth Boris and Eugene Steuerle 395pg
  77.  The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism(20th anniv. ed) by Daniel Bell 397pg
  78.  Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen 382pg
  79.  The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell 301pg
  80.  Prayer & the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance by Donald Miller 291pg
  81.  Toward an End to Hunger in America by Peter Eisinger 188pg
  82.  Food for the Hungry: The Reluctant Society by Judith Segal 91pg
  83.  Beyond Party: The Know-Nothing Movement by Mark Voss-Hubbard 262pg
  84.  Snow by Orhan Pamuk 463pg
  85.  The Four Loves by CS Lewis 141pg
  86.  How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers 214pg
  87.  Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart 344pg
  88.  A Billion Bootstraps by Phil Smith & Eric Thurman 238pg
  89.  Microfinance Handbook by Joanna Ledgerwood 302pg
  90.  Microfinance: Evolution, Achievements, & Challenges ed. Malcolm Harper 182pg
  91.  My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk 412pg
  92.  God and Gold by Walter Russell Mead 449pg
  93.  Finance and Poverty by Maria Carpio 176pg
  94.  The Economics of Microfinance by Armendariz de Aghion & Morduch 346pg
  95.  The Commercialization of Microfinance eds. Deborah Drake & Elisabeth Rhyne 320pg
  96.  Impact Analysis for Program Evaluation by Lawrence Mohr 311pg
  97.  Contemporary Latin America by Ronaldo Munck 260pg
  98.  The White Nile by Alan Moorehead 431pg
  99.  It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong 289pg
  100.  Governing the Americas: Assessing Multilateral Institutions eds. Gordon Mace, Jean-Phillipe Therien & Paul Haslem 317pg
  101.  Facing the Congo by Jeffrey Tayler 286pg
  102.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 400pg
  103.  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 973pg
  104.  Despite Good Intentions: Why Development Assistance to the Third World has Failed by Thomas Dichter 317pg
  105.  When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin 352pg
  106.  The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen 447pg
  107.  The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith 753pg
  108.  The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu 228pg
  109.  The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin by Adam Hochschild 331pg
  110.  Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul by Michael Reid 399pg
  111.  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins  328pg
  112.  The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning  235pg
  113.  The Princess Bride by William Golding  283pg
  114.  Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter  222pg
  115.  Quarterlife Crisis by Robbins & Wilner  198pg
  116.  The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta  368pg
  117.  The Great Divorce by CS Lewis 160pg
  118.  Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far!) by Dave Barry  256pg
  119. Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell   218pg
  120. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson   238pg
  121. The Gathering by Anne Enright   261pg
  122. Blindness by Jose Saramago   352pg
  123. The War of the World by Niall Ferguson  879pg
  124. The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud   496pg
  125. The Elusive Quest for Growth by William Easterly   355pg
  126. Diamonds, Gold, & War: The British, The Boers, and the Making of South Africa by Martin Meredith   570pg
  127. Under My Skin: Volume 1 of My Autobiography, 1929-1949 by Doris Lessing  419pg
  128. Abril Rojo por Santiago Roncagliolo   328pg
  129. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon  192pg
  130. Veronika Decides to Die by Paolo Coehlo  240pg
  131. The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk 161pg
  132. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley 240pg
  133. Nation by Terry Pratchett  370pg
  134. Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son by Adam Hochschild  248pg
  135. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson 1104pg
  136. To Siberia by Per Petterson 256pg
  137. How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen 320pg
  138. The Road by Cormac McCarthy  287pg
  139. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 336pg
  140. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami   480pg
  141. The World in 2009 by The Economist  206pg
  142. The Persecuted Church by Tyler Thigpen  148pg
  143. Career Diplomacy by Harry Kopp and Charles Gillespie  266pg
  144. The Elements of Style (4th ed) by William Strunk and E.B. White   105pg
  145. The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski   325pg
  146. Beyond Tragedy: Essays on the Christian Interpretation of History by Reinhold Niebuhr  317pg


  1. This is inspiring. And a resource.


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