Fifteen books in fifteen minutes

Via Terry Teachout and CAAF: “The rules: 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 fifteen minutes.

My list:

Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men
Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon
Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd’s The Time Paradox
Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty and Out of Sight (I count them as one book—so what?)
John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor
Rebecca Goldstein’s The Mind-Body Problem
Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy
Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum
Robertson Davies’ The Deptford Trilogy
Robertson Davies’ The Cornish Trilogy
Alain de Botton’s On Love
Richard Russo’s Straight Man

(I purposefully didn’t read either Terry’s list or CAAF’s before writing mine. If I had to add a 16th, I’d probably take How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, which definitely doesn’t fit with the list above.)

8 responses

  1. Catcher in the Rye
    Little Women
    Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World
    Goodnight Moon
    Jane Eyre
    The History of Sexuality Part I
    Naked Lunch
    1001 Questions and Answers
    American Pastoral
    You Must Remember This
    The Straight Man
    Never Let Me Go
    Vindications of the Rights of Women


  2. With some cheating…
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
    Barthes S/Z
    Mrs Dalloway
    His Dark Materials Trilogy
    Snow Crash
    Memoirs of a Dangerous Alien
    The Iliad/Odyssey
    Hamlet/King Lear/Macbeth
    Portrait of Dorian Grey
    The US Constitution
    A Clockwork Orange
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    East of Eden
    Franny and Zoey


    • Upon past 15 min reflection, should have fit Slaughter House Five in there somewhere.
      Also, not quite finished with George Orwell’s complete essays, but have been loving it – Good choice in the original post.
      Alright, back to work…


  3. The Diviners
    The Time-Travellers Wife
    The Book Theif
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Cold Mountain
    Lovely Bones
    Life Before Man
    Thousand Cranes
    The Outlander Series (that’s 6 books)
    All the Names


  4. 1. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
    2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    3. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
    4. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
    5. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
    6. The Plague by Albert Camus
    7. Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
    8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    9. Waterbabies by Charles Kingsley
    10. Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
    11. The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
    12. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
    13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    14. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
    15. Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg


  5. 1. Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson
    2. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
    3. Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
    4. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
    5. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
    6. Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein
    7. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    8. The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
    9. The Gift by Hafiz
    10. The Barsoom Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    11. Selected Works of Langston Hughes
    12. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
    13. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    14. 1984 by George Orwell
    15. Animal Farm by George Orwell


  6. Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
    Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond
    Seven Pillars of Wisdom T.E. Lawrence
    Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
    A Marginal Jew John Meier
    Chaos James Gleick
    The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
    From Dawn to Decadence Jacques Barzun
    The Cornish Trilogy Robertson Davies
    The Time It Never Rained Elmer Kelton
    Sex, Time, and Power Leonard Schlain
    Harry Potter J.K. Rowling
    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
    Longitude Dava Sobel
    Flashman & the Great Game George M. Fraser


  7. To Kill a Mockingbird
    Great Gatsby
    Wuthering Heights
    Our Town
    The Hidden Hand
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    Great Expectations
    The Twilight Series
    Their Eyes Were Watching God


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