Booking Through Thursday: 15 Books in 15 Minutes


Here is this week’s Booking Through Thursday:

This can be a quick one. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

  1. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  3. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  4. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
  5. Stop-Time by Frank Conroy
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
  8. A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews
  9. The Bible
  10. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  11. Thinking About Basic Beliefs by Howard Kahane (a philosophy text)
  12. No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
  13. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  14. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  15. A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman
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3 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: 15 Books in 15 Minutes

  1. Really like your blog. Will definitely be back.

    I read a couple of Camus’ last year, albeit The Stranger wasn’t one of them. Think it was The Plague and The Fall, and I enjoyed both.

    As everyone else, we both seem to have To Kill A Mockingbird as well.

    Happy Thursday.

  2. Love your list. Several of my favorites are on it, including A Farewell to Arms, which has the most affecting first chapter–two pages!–I’ve ever read. The rhythm and the beauty of its language make it a particular touchstone for me.

    • Richard,
      That first chapter of A Farewell to Arms is exactly what I can’t seem to put out of my mind. And to foreshadow the whole novel in two pages is just genius.

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