NIKO READS

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

2018

  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

2017

  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

2016

  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

2015

  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

2014

  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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