15 books

“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 15 minutes.”

01) The Great Gatsby
02) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
03) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
04) Little Women
05) Mao’s China and After
06) Richistan
07) Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster
08) Kokoro
09) Kenko: Essays in Idleness
10) A Million Little Pieces
11) The Scarlet Letter
12) This Side of Paradise
13) The Beautiful and Damned
14) Everything is Illuminated
15) Death of a Salesman

Interestingly enough, a good half of these books are on the list because while they are books that will always stick with me, they are noted in my memory not because I liked them. Books like “The Scarlet Letter” and “Everything is Illuminated” are special only because of how much I disliked the process of reading the books and everything associated with them. I read “The Scarlet Letter” in my junior year of high school and we spent SO MUCH TIME on discussion of the book that I felt defeated by English in general at the book’s end. My teacher (in a public high school) was very religious, very Christian, and very much insisted we take apart everything single thing and mention all religious aspects of the book. Killed all my love for this book (and the teacher). (Funny side note, right after we read “The Great Gatsby,” which is probably my favorite book of all time, and the same teacher rushed through that book in one week flat. Like I said, I have no love for this teacher.)

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