15 Books in 15 Minutes

by thiszine

RULES: Don’t take too long to think about it. List 15 books you’ve read that will always stick with you. They should be the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Next, share your list with 15 friends.


I took seven minutes to come up with my list. I don’t unilaterally love all of these books. Some are on the list as books that “will always stick with [me]” for better or worse. There are three short stories on the list because I love short stories and as I was thinking of my fifteen books, they came into my head. Also included are a play and a children’s book. The list is in the order the books came to me.


this zine’s 15 Books in 15 Minutes:

1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
2. Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol
3. 36 Children by Herbert Kohl
4. Madame Bovary by Flaubert
5. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
6. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
7. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
8. Singing from the Well by Reinaldo Arenas
9. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
10. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
11. “The Descent of Man” (short story) by T.C. Boyle
12. “Rape Fantasies” (short story) by Margaret Atwood
13. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
14. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
15. “The Dead” (short story) by James Joyce

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