Ultimate lists; ultimate time-waster

This looks like fun, if you have the time: 125 writers are asked to name their top 10 books.  It’s a Web site and a book, created by fellow National Book Critics Circle member J. Peder Zane, the Book Review Editor and Books Columnist for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

Here’s a blurb from the Web site:

What if you asked 125 top writers to pick their favorite books? Which titles would come out on top?

You’ll find the answer in “The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books.” Edited by J. Peder Zane and published by W.W. Norton, “The Top Ten” is the ultimate guide to the world’s greatest books. As writers such as Norman Mailer, Annie Proulx, Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, Margaret Drabble, Michael Chabon and Peter Carey name the 10 books that have meant the most to them, you’ll be reminded of books you have always loved and introduced to works awaiting your discovery.


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