I am utterly convinced that reading makes me a better writer, thus Niko Reads is a quintessential part of Niko Writes.

This list formerly started in 2014 in graduate school, though I have been making these lists on and off since I won the summer reading competition in 1st grade. I think what someone reads is a huge window into who they are, so here is my *official* list of every book I’ve read (cover to cover—no unfinished books listed, though there are many) by year. This collection includes fiction (classic and contemporary), as well as nonfiction books that explore philosophy, spirituality, memoir, the art of writing and more. Enjoy this map of my journey as a reader, writer and a human being.

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*indicates a re-read, not a first read


  1. Crying in H Mart Michelle Zauner
  2. The Incendiaries R.O. Kwan
  3. Wired for Love Stan Tatkin
  4. Real Life Brandon Taylor
  5. I Might Regret This Abbi Jacobson
  6. Nightbitch Rachel Yoder
  7. Cultish Amanda Montell
  8. Ayurveda for Beginners Lakshmi Vemuri
  9. Awakening Fertility Heng Ou
  10. Daddy Emma Cline
  11. The Five Invitations Frank Ostaseski
  12. The Body Keeps the Score Bessel van der Kolk
  13. Stray Stephanie Danler
  14. Niksen Olga Mecking
  15. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Haruki Murakami
  16. Without Her Patsy Creedy
  17. Luster Raven Leilani
  18. It Didn’t Start With You Mark Wolynn
  19. Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents Lindsay C. Gibson
  20. The Fifth Vital Sign Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
  21. Milk Blood Heat Dantiel W. Moniz
  22. Let Me Tell You What I Mean Joan Didion
  23. Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships Alanon Family Groups
  24. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Kiese Laymon
  25. Un-Wifeable Many Stadmiller


  1. Exit West Mohsin Hamid
  2. Wow, No Thank You. Samantha Irby
  3. Wild Cheryl Strayed
  4. Godshot Chelsea Bieker
  5. Your Brain on Love Dr. Stan Tatkin
  6. Loving What Is Byron Katie
  7. Very Nice Marcy Dermansky
  8. All This Could Be Yours Jami Attenberg
  9. Say What You Mean Oren Jay Sofer
  10. The Art of Leaving Ayelet Tsabari
  11. Capricorn, A Love Letter Heidi Rose Robbins


  1. The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
  2. Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty
  3. The Comedown Rebecca Frumkin
  4. Cherry Nico Walker
  5. No Exit Jean Paul-Sartre
  6. How To Write An Autobiographical Novel Alexander Chee
  7. Long Live The Tribe of Fatherless Girls T. Kira Madden
  8. Lizard Banana Yoshimoto
  9. Slow Days Fast Company Eve Babitz
  10. There There Tommy Orange
  11. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us Hanif Abdurraqib
  12. Sugar Run Mesha Maren
  13. Junk Tommy Pico
  14. IRL Tommy Pico
  15. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong
  16. What My Mother & I Don’t Talk About (various contributors)
  17. Drama of the Gifted Child Alice Miller
  18. Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  19. Costalegre Courtney Maum
  20.  I’m the One Who Got Away Andrea Jarrell
  21. Heavy Kiese Laymon
  22. All About Love bell hooks
  23.  Trick Mirror Jia Tolentino
  24. The Highly Sensitive Person Elaine N. Aron
  25. My Year of Rest and Relaxation Ottessa Moshfegh


  1. The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron
  2. The White Album Joan Didion
  3. Valencia Michelle Tea
  4. The Duke in His Domain Truman Capote
  5. LA Woman Eve Babitz
  6. I’ll Tell You In Person Chloe Caldwell
  7. So Sad Today Melissa Broder
  8. Literally Show Me A Healthy Person Darcie Wilder
  9. The Blood of Others Simone de Beauvoir
  10. Slouching Towards Bethlehem Joan Didion
  11. Field Guide to Getting Lost Rebecca Solnit
  12. Call Me By Your Name Andre Aciman
  13. The Situation and the Story Vivian Gornick
  14. Meaty Samantha Irby
  15. Tonight I’m Someone Else Chelsea Hodson
  16. Good Old Neon David Foster Wallace
  17. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking Allan Carr
  18. Against Memoir Michelle Tea
  19.  We Are Never Meeting In Real Life Samantha Irby 
  20. In Cold Blood Truman Capote
  21. Codependent No More Melody Beattie
  22. Calling A Wolf A Wolf Kaveh Akbar
  23. What If This Were Enough Heather Havrilesky
  24. Too Much and Not The Mood Durga Chew Bose
  25. Dead Girls Alice Bolin
  26. Nobody Cares Anne T. Donahue


  1. Zen in the Art of Writing Ray Bradbury
  2. Veronica Mary Gaitskill
  3. Money Rules  Jean Chatzky
  4. We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. Ernest Hemingway On Writing
  6. *The Giver Lois Lowry
  7. Second Sex (a reader) Simone de Beauvoir
  8. How To Grow Up Michelle Tea
  9. On Booze F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Answered Prayers Truman Capote
  11. , said the shotgun to the head Saul Williams
  12. Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth Warsan Shire
  13. *The Malady of Death Marguerite Duras
  14.  Black Wave Michelle Tea
  15. The Agony of Eros Byung-Chul Han
  16. Existentialism is Humanism Jean Paul Sartre
  17. A Return to Love Marianne Williamson 
  18. Men Without Women Haruki Murakami
  19. Between the World And Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
  20. Drop The Rock Removing Character Defects Step 6 & 7
  21. Sex and Rage Eve Babitz
  22. Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya & Slavoj 
  23. Nicotine Nell Zink
  24. Best of Bill
  25. The Faraway Nearby Rebecca Solnit


  1. Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Hiding In Plain Sight M.E. Thomas 
  2. In Praise of Love  Alain Badiou 
  3. The 6 Pillars of Self Esteem Nathaniel Branden 
  4.  Discovering Your Soul Signature Panache Desai 
  5. Birth Work As Care Work Alana Afpel 
  6.  Worst Person Ever Douglas Coupland 
  7.  Narcisa  Jonathan Shaw 
  8. The Art of War  Steven Pressfield 
  9. I Hate You Don’t Leave Me  Jerold Kreisman & Hal Straus 
  10.  The Buddha And The Borderline  Keira Van Gelder 
  11. Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur 
  12. When the Body Says No Dr. Gabor Mate, MD 
  13.  Bone Yrsa Daley-Ward 
  14.  Many Lives Many Masters Brian Weiss 
  15.  Portrait of Doom  Marie Buck
  16.  Black: The Brilliance of a Non-Color  Alain Badiou


  1. 1Q84 Haruki Murakami
  2. Nausea Jean Paul Sartre
  3. *The Revolution of Everyday Life Raoul Vaneigem
  4. My Favorite Things Maira Kalman
  5. Dragon’s Breath MariNaomi
  6. The Event Slavoj Zizek
  7. Aya Love in Yop City Clement Oubrerie & Marguerite Abouet
  8. Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs Chuck Klosterman
  9. Death Blossoms Mumia Abu-Jamal
  10. The Malady of Death Marguerite Duras
  11.  Alain Badiou: A Graphic Guide Michale J Kelly & Piero
  12. The Story of the Eye George Bataille
  13. Writing Marguerite Duras
  14. Story of O Pauline Reage
  15. After Dark Haruki Murakami
  16. Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami
  17. Hey Nostradamus Douglas Coupland
  18. The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami
  19. South of the Border, West of the Sun Haruki Murakami
  20. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Haruki Murakami
  21. Warrior Goddess Training: Become the woman you are meant to be Heatherash Amara


  1. The Grundrisse Karl Marx
  2. Fresh Fruit Broken Bodies Seth Holmes
  3. Anti-Systemic Movements Immanuel Wallerstein
  4. Discipline and Punish Michel Foucault
  5. After Leaving Mr. McKenzie Jean Rhys
  6. The Production of Space Henri Lefebvre
  7. Value of Nothing Raj Patel
  8. Stuffed and Starved Raj Patel
  9. Eleanor Rigby Douglas Coupland
  10. We are the Poors Ashwin Desai
  11. The Urban Revolution Henri Lefebvre
  12. Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
  13. The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. *The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. Disordered Anhvu Buchanan
  16. Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
  17. Killing Yourself to Live Chuck Klosterman
  18. Theory of a Subject Alain Badiou
  19. Being and Event Alain Badiou
  20. A Subject to Truth Peter Hallward
  21. Badiou & Politics Bruce Bosteels
  22. Kafka on the Shore Haruki Marukami 
  23. Microfinancing and its Discontents Lamia Karim
  24. Philosophy for Militants Alain Badiou
  25. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 
  26. Hi, I’m a Social Disease Anderson Prunty

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