books Delfina Hoxha The Inner Dolphin

Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (JUST NO)

The Neverending Story – Michael Ende

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

The Love Machine – Jacqueline Susann

The Portrait of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (loved it, gift from best friend)

Sisters – Danielle Steel

Once in a Lifetime -Danielle Steel

Once Is Not Enough – Jacqueline Susann

Everyone Worth Knowing – Lauren Weisberger

Living History – Hillary Clinton

The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella

Snobs – Julian Fellowes

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo

Follow Your Heart – Susanna Tamaro

The Great Gatsby -F. Scott Fitzgerald (the worst $4 I’ve ever spent)

Le Rouge et Le Noir – Stendahl

The Stranger – Albert Camus

Three Comrades – Erich Maria Remarque

The New Life – Orhan Pamuk

The Night in Lisbon – Erich Maria Remarque

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Zahir- Paulo Coehlo

Arch of Triumph – Erich Maria Remarque ( first tears from him)

Il Paradiso E Un Cavallo Bianco Che Non Suda Mai – Adriano Celentano

The Black Obelisk – Erich Maria Remarque (least favorite book of him)

Restless Nights -Dino Buzzati (gift from someone very dear for my 18th birthday)

The Solitude of Prime Numbers -Paolo Giordani (gift from someone very dear for my 18th)

All the tulips in the world – Viktor Canosinaj

Memoria de mis putas tristes – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal

The Double -Fyodor Dostoyevsky (speechless)

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

Time to Live, Time to Die – Remarque (it was about time)

The Black Cat- Edgar Allen Poe (1$)(but still)

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (disappointing)

Conversations with Kafka – Gustav Janouch (thrifted and read by the river)

Shakespeare never did this – Charles Bukowski

L’exil et le royaume – Albert Camus (short stories i didn’t like)

Love Lasts Three Years – Frederic Beigbeder (me gusta)

Strange Pilgrims – Gabriel Garcia Marcuez (short stories i didnt like)

Autism- Edmond Tupja

Love-Leo Buscaglia LIFE CHANGING/what I need(ed)

La delicatesse-David Foenkinos

The Power of Negative Thinking- Bobby Knight (gift from father)

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón (unusual beauty)

The Fall- Albert Camus (speechless….in love with him again)

Aphorismes sur la sagesse dans la vie -Shoppenhauer

The Damaged Woman-Simone de Beauvoir (got me thinking SO MUCH)

The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite – Paul Arden (gift from father)(astonished)

The Misanthrope- Moliere

Love in the Times of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez (goosebumps)

Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre

The Art of Loving – Erich Fromm

Ulysses – James Joyce (not really)

Think and grow rich- Napoleon Hill (not really)

The Miracle of Mindfulness -Thich Nhat Hanh

Waking Time – Jodi Piccoult

Les Jolis Garcons- Delphine de Vigan

She Came to Stay- Simone de Beauvoir

Loving each other – Leo Buscaglia

Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Genuine Happiness Meditation as the path to fulfilment- B. Alan Wallace

The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

The Old Man and the Sea- Ernest Hemingway

One More Day – Fabio Volo

The Prisoner of Heaven (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #3) – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Orange Girl – Jostein Gaarder

13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Lead In- Sheryl Sandberg (gift from father)(such a good fucking book)

Essentialism – Greg McKeown

milk and honey – Rupi Kaur

The attention revolution – B. Alan Wallace (not reading him ever again)

How Not to Be Wrong – Jordan Ellenberg (not really)

Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl (overrated)

Anxiety – Sadik Lala (i helped make this)

John Barleycorn – Jack London

The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus (pretentious/disappointing/unexciting)

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fay Weldon

The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

Harmless Like You – Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

enough – Patrick Rhone

We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (muy bueno)

You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero (I LOVED THISSS)

The Royal Game – Stefan Zweig

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – Mark Manson (If you’ve also spent hours reading Mark’s articles, you’ve already read this book. P.S. He thinks everyone reading is desperately unhappy with their actions/behavior/life. It was alright, I just expected better/more.)

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz (sorta)

1984 – George Orwell

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger (what the?!?!?!)

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy – Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (really puts things in perspective, will kindly recommend this to people who’ve lost dear ones)

Notes from a Dead House – Fyodor Dostoevsky (meh)

Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters – Jessica Valenti

I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression – Terrence Real (please read this)

Woman: an intimate geography – Natalie Angier (too scientific for my liking oops)

Deep Work – Cal Newport (pretty good, but the more you read the worse it gets. Here are some thoughts & excerpts.)

Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed (Mark Manson recommended) (WOW)

On Writing – Stephen King (wow)

Brain Over Binge – Kathryn Hansen (wow)

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari (have a slight crush on this guy)

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Anything You Want – Derek Sivers (I love this guy)

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship – Mira Kirshenbaum

Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit

This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Díaz (boyyy)

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays – Scaachi Koul (in love)

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking -Oliver Burkeman (enjoyed, but it felt like he purposefully missed the point at times)

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – Audre Lorde

Poke The Box – Seth Godin b(l)a(n)d writing

The Case Study to Freelance Writing – Jacob Jans (so helpful!)

Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence – Lisa Cron

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder – Nassim Nicholas Taleb (bad writing)

Personal Development for Smart People – Steve Pavlina (i love him)

Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi (twas ok, but not my kinda life)

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult (on racism, bonus the best writing)

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams (how to excel at life basically, I really enjoyed it)

Sex Object: A Memoir – Jessica Valenti (ummmm okay?)

Models: Attract Women Through Honesty – Mark Manson (very good, I’ve recommended this to at least 12 people by now)

Feminist Fight Club An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace – Jessica Bennett (so good)

The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth – Scott Peck (wooh)

Scared Selfless: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving – Michelle Stevens (couldn’t go through with it, triggering AF)

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment – Robert Wright

Difficult Women – Roxane Gay

Hunger – Roxane Gay

The Art of Public Speaking – Dale Carnegie (mehh)

The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking – Chris Anderson (unsurprisingly very good)

Ask and It Is Given – Abraham Hicks (forgive me LOA gods, couldn’t go through with it, maybe I’ll revisit in a few years)

The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur (her books are intoxicating)

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge (Reni is an award-winning journalist and you can see why throughout the whole book, MUST read for white people)

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: Guidance on the Path to Mindfulness from a Spiritual Leader – Haemin Sunim (I’d missed mindfulness books)

Notes of a Native Son – James Baldwin (a hard must-read, will go back)

Neuroplasticity – Mo Costandi (only if you’re a psych/medical geek SVP)

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (not really)

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight – M.E. Thomas

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative – Austin Kleon

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives – David Eagleman (amazing)

So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport (meh)

Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine – Derren Brown (not reading similar books again, I’ve had it)

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed (loved it!)

Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People- Jackson MacKenzie (Author)

Bad Blood SECRETS AND LIES IN A SILICON VALLEY STARTUP – John Carreyrou (worth it)

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – Anthony Bourdain (must read)

Everything Here Is Beautiful – Mira T. Lee (hard, necessary read)

Rework – David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried (10/10)

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love – bell hooks (forever thankful for WOC work)

The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Unwifeable – Mandy Stadmiller (extremely beautiful, important read)

Cherry – Nico Walker

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron (emotionally draining, creatively empowering)

Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World

Comedy Sex God – Pete Holmes (umm.. amazing)

Crudo – Olivia Laing

Secrets of Six-Figure Women – Barbara Stanny (here’s something I learned from it)

Baby Proof – Emily Giffin (Internalized misogyny is a cruel beast. Book is about couple who doesn’t want kids, until..)

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You – Julie Zhuo (hate Facebook, loved this)

The Divided Mind – John E. Sarno (must read for the medical community

Breakthrough Advertising – Eugene M. Schwartz

Copywriting Secrets – Jim Edwards (my manager gave me this 🙂 )

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage – Elizabeth Gilbert (very good)

Company of One – Paul Jarvis (here are some thoughts & excerpts)

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah (teary eyed of course)

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them – Meg Jay (here are some thoughts & excerpts)

Beloved – Toni Morrison (I was so excited to finally read her work, but this wasn’t exactly my thing. I can see why she won a Nobel and a Pulitzer though.)

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott (here’s a sweet excerpt, here’s another)

Heartland – Sarah Smarsh (amazing)

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert (amazing)

The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children -Shefali Tsabary Ph.D. (amazing)

Breathing Lessons (1989 Pulitzer Prize) – Anne Tyler (needed some fiction n my life)

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk M.D.