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The Top Ten

Everyone loves lists, don't they? What if you had to come up with a list of the top ten books that have affected you the most? How would you develop such a list?

Peder Zane edited a book called The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books. Actually, I just started thinking about the top ten concept, and then while at Barnes and Noble, I stumbled across this book. As far as I can tell, and I only had a chance to flip through it, this is a book of fiction writers listing fiction, though.

As an English major, all I cared about was fiction. But these days, I find myself reading everything. My list would be more inclusive than just fiction, and I would also be more concerned with how the book affected my life rather than just how "good" the book was, if you catch my meaning.

Anyway, if you care to share your top ten, I'd love to see it. Post a comment here, or email me at And if anyone is interested, I'll post my Top 10 list next week.


  1. Hi,

    My name is Peder Zane and I am the editor of "The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books." I'm delighted by your intention to make your own top ten list and want to let you know that more than 100 readers have already posted their picks at my website,

    Would love to see yours there.

    Thanks, peder


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