Nicky Reads

The Most Meaningful Books I Read in 2016

In 2016, I learnt a lot about myself and the world. Mostly, I learnt about how much I've yet to learn. True learning comes from experience and relationships and deep personal reflection, buuuuut since I can't transmit that through the internet, here's a belated Top X Books of 20XX Listicle…


Three Books on Violence

Forty-nine people at a queer nightclub, then a Member of Parliament in Britain, then 300+ Muslims during Ramadan, then two black men, then five police officers, then 84 beachgoers, then 250+ Turks, then three more police officers. It's been a long month. This is probably not a healthy coping mechanism,…


Nicky Reads: Feeling Good

I've been struggling with anxiety for a long, long time. I've mostly dealt with it by trying to channel it into my work – but I thought it was about high time I did more formal, evidence-backed therapy techniques. Buuuuut I can't afford a therapist, so this book had to do.…


Nicky Reads: A Visit From The Goon Squad

Oh dang, I realized, I haven't read a novel in six months. After high school, I stopped reading fiction. And for the next several years, I would only read non-fiction. That way, it didn't feel like a waste of time, coz I was "learning" something. How productive! Honestly, the only…