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The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books

Description: 125 famous authors, British and American writers, including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates, provided a personal top ten list, ranked, in order, of what they consider the ten greatest books and to each title is assigned a reverse-order point value based on the number position at which it appears on any list.

Based on bookaward: The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books

Members: 19 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2 3Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date | CK Order
1
26,268 members, 225 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: mspixieears (1), jeffza (2), kara.shamy (3), ahef1963 (3), amanda4242 (4), ebeach (6), hipdeep (10), roby72 (17), thecoroner (32)

Score: 24.73

2
57,767 members, 948 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: Jys-g (1), blackdove07 (2), mspixieears (3), kara.shamy (9), ahef1963 (15), thecoroner (30), amanda4242 (58), roby72 (61), cej1027

Score: 21.48

3
63,288 members, 1,236 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), KimarieBee (1), morryb (1), mspixieears (4), ahef1963 (37), amanda4242 (56), roby72 (101), cej1027

Score: 21.32

4
47,284 members, 762 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: ebeach (1), amanda4242 (12), ahef1963 (13), mspixieears (19), kara.shamy (20), blackdove07 (26), roby72 (51), thecoroner (68), cej1027

Score: 18.87

5
34,301 members, 461 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (1), cindyst2000 (1), hipdeep (3), pitjrw (4), ahef1963 (34), roby72 (128), cej1027

Score: 18.86

6
40,298 members, 368 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (1), roby72 (1), pitjrw (6), mspixieears (6), amanda4242 (13), kara.shamy (31)

Score: 16.91

7
8,980 members, 147 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (1), mspixieears (2), amanda4242 (5), hipdeep (8), ahef1963 (12), roby72 (49)

Score: 16.08

8
22,560 members, 353 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: pitjrw (1), rplinke (4), ebeach (7), thecoroner (9), roby72 (9), cindyst2000 (12)

Score: 16.06

9
20,359 members, 172 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (4), amanda4242 (6), hipdeep (7), kara.shamy (7), mspixieears (8), ahef1963 (22), roby72 (70)

Score: 15.91

10
22,319 members, 229 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mspixieears (7), amanda4242 (10), roby72 (16), kara.shamy (30), thecoroner (40), cej1027

Score: 15.52

11
27,008 members, 912 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2), amanda4242 (7), cindyst2000 (7), mspixieears (20), kara.shamy (33), ahef1963 (52), cej1027

Score: 15.48

12
19,061 members, 293 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (3), mspixieears (5), amanda4242 (8), ahef1963 (17), roby72 (64), thecoroner (78), cej1027

Score: 14.97

13
28,941 members, 385 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: pitjrw (9), kara.shamy (18), blackdove07 (22), roby72 (22), amanda4242 (24), mspixieears (32), ahef1963 (42), thecoroner (77)

Score: 14.36

14
16,545 members, 288 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (7), ebeach (8), mspixieears (15), amanda4242 (19), roby72 (19), thecoroner (23), ahef1963 (40)

Score: 14.12

15
21,356 members, 317 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: jeffza (1), ahef1963 (1), roby72 (15), thecoroner (18), kara.shamy (29)

Score: 13.7

16
16,050 members, 180 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ebeach (3), kara.shamy (11), amanda4242 (25), mspixieears (34), ahef1963 (45), roby72 (47), thecoroner (76)

Score: 13.11

17
19,471 members, 270 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (1), thecoroner (4), roby72 (4), mspixieears (29), ahef1963 (29)

Score: 13.1

18
14,143 members, 174 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: auntSteelbreaker (1), kara.shamy (10), amanda4242 (15), thecoroner (45), ahef1963 (53), roby72 (53)

Score: 12.79

19
35,243 members, 409 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (2), thecoroner (8), roby72 (8), ebeach (9), ahef1963 (38)

Score: 12.04

20
64,398 members, 1,152 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: jeffza (3), amanda4242 (9), mspixieears (13), ahef1963 (19), kara.shamy (27), roby72 (66), thecoroner (71)

Thumbs down: auntSteelbreaker

Score: 11.91

21
16,652 members, 188 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), thecoroner (12), roby72 (14), blackdove07 (23), mspixieears (49)

Score: 11.56

22
14,732 members, 224 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (3), mspixieears (9), roby72 (10), thecoroner (11), ahef1963 (39)

Score: 11.4

23
16,059 members, 380 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (3), cindyst2000 (4), blackdove07 (16), thecoroner (31), roby72 (32)

Score: 11.25

24
16,759 members, 261 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8), mspixieears (14), amanda4242 (21), kara.shamy (23), roby72 (40), thecoroner (53)

Score: 11.21

25
7,598 members, 119 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: ebeach (4), roby72 (11), cindyst2000 (13), thecoroner (16), mspixieears (31)

Score: 10.83

26
6,402 members, 75 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (11), blackdove07 (11), amanda4242 (16), mspixieears (25), ahef1963 (77), roby72 (111)

Score: 10.76

27
18,725 members, 185 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (14), mspixieears (21), amanda4242 (37), thecoroner (46), roby72 (55), cej1027

Score: 10.71

28
14,173 members, 266 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (2), pitjrw (5), roby72 (33), ahef1963 (44), thecoroner (66)

Score: 10.66

29
36,796 members, 566 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (5), blackdove07 (9), amanda4242 (11), mspixieears (22), ahef1963 (46)

Score: 10.56

30
24,714 members, 275 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (6), cindyst2000 (8), amanda4242 (20), ahef1963 (56), cej1027

Score: 10.44

31
13,446 members, 262 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (16), amanda4242 (17), mspixieears (23), kara.shamy (34), thecoroner (59), roby72 (63)

Score: 10.32

32
12,044 members, 111 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (4), hipdeep (9), ahef1963 (11), roby72 (45), thecoroner (65)

Score: 10.29

33
30,274 members, 419 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: ebeach (10), ahef1963 (23), kara.shamy (28), amanda4242 (35), thecoroner (64), roby72 (73)

Score: 10.24

34
30,645 members, 314 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: roby72 (2), thecoroner (10), pitjrw (11), mspixieears (11)

Score: 10.01

35
4,074 members, 92 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (4), pitjrw (12), blackdove07 (21), thecoroner (35), roby72 (57)

Score: 9.95

36
42,267 members, 414 reviews
4.52 stars (4.52 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3), cindyst2000 (5), blackdove07 (10), mspixieears (16), ahef1963 (47), cej1027

Thumbs down: pitjrw, auntSteelbreaker

Score: 9.64

37
28,717 members, 309 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5), kara.shamy (25), roby72 (29), amanda4242 (32), thecoroner (50), cej1027

Thumbs down: auntSteelbreaker

Score: 9.52

38
40,246 members, 568 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7), mspixieears (12), kara.shamy (26), roby72 (39), thecoroner (52)

Score: 9.47

39
65,505 members, 1,052 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: mspixieears (10), amanda4242 (14), blackdove07 (19), ahef1963 (26), roby72 (94)

Score: 9.29

40
23,560 members, 259 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: rplinke (3), roby72 (13), cindyst2000 (18), thecoroner (22)

Score: 8.94

41
14,904 members, 268 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (12), cindyst2000 (16), amanda4242 (28), kara.shamy (46), ahef1963 (84)

Score: 8.75

42
17,839 members, 177 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (5), mspixieears (36), ahef1963 (51), roby72 (52), thecoroner (63)

Score: 8.71

43
12,190 members, 171 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: auntSteelbreaker (3), blackdove07 (14), amanda4242 (26), kara.shamy (38)

Score: 8.49

44
24,135 members, 395 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (30), mspixieears (30), ahef1963 (35), roby72 (122), cej1027

Score: 8.42

45
17,562 members, 138 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4), thecoroner (13), roby72 (23), kara.shamy (36)

Score: 8.4

46
7,839 members, 151 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (18), mspixieears (26), ahef1963 (28), kara.shamy (35), roby72 (105)

Score: 8.35

47
11,181 members, 204 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ebeach (2), kara.shamy (24), mspixieears (38), ahef1963 (60)

Score: 8.22

48
16,641 members, 214 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: morryb (2), kara.shamy (14), ahef1963 (70), roby72 (87)

Score: 8.12

49
5,036 members, 64 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: mspixieears (24), ahef1963 (24), amanda4242 (29), thecoroner (75), roby72 (75)

Score: 8.06

50
9,638 members, 99 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (15), mspixieears (33), amanda4242 (34), thecoroner (73), ahef1963 (87)

Score: 8.04

51
27,989 members, 381 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: roby72 (48), kara.shamy (49), amanda4242 (57), thecoroner (72), cej1027

Score: 8.01

52
3,052 members, 39 reviews
4.51 stars (4.51 stars)

Lists: ebeach (5), thecoroner (5), roby72 (6)

Score: 7.91

53
14,241 members, 220 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (6), mspixieears (18), kara.shamy (32), ahef1963 (49)

Score: 7.69

54
26,793 members, 469 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (6), thecoroner (20), roby72 (30), amanda4242 (47)

Score: 7.68

55
10,640 members, 134 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (9), mspixieears (17), amanda4242 (23), roby72 (42)

Score: 7.68

56
7,118 members, 102 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6), kara.shamy (15), roby72 (38), thecoroner (62)

Score: 7.63

57
36,966 members, 550 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (8), thecoroner (19), roby72 (27), ahef1963 (43)

Score: 7.61

58
59,146 members, 941 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (5), amanda4242 (22), ahef1963 (27), roby72 (103)

Score: 7.53

59
33,905 members, 446 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (6), hipdeep (17), ahef1963 (36), roby72 (100)

Score: 7.42

60
30,488 members, 355 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (34), mspixieears (42), roby72 (58), kara.shamy (70), ahef1963 (81)

Score: 7.39

61
27,800 members, 433 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: roby72 (12), thecoroner (21), amanda4242 (33), kara.shamy (44)

Score: 7.24

62
1,816 members, 45 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (12), ahef1963 (33), roby72 (115), cej1027

Score: 7.19

63
10,419 members, 85 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (10), thecoroner (27), kara.shamy (37), roby72 (44)

Score: 7.18

64
6,499 members, 61 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (15), amanda4242 (39), ahef1963 (92), cej1027

Score: 7.07

65
24,989 members, 352 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (25), mspixieears (27), roby72 (129), cej1027

Score: 6.88

66
13,263 members, 108 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (14), ahef1963 (18), amanda4242 (59), roby72 (65)

Score: 6.86

67
8,171 members, 80 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4), blackdove07 (12), amanda4242 (27)

Score: 6.73

68
7,813 members, 73 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: roby72 (5), thecoroner (7), amanda4242 (45)

Score: 6.68

69
4,620 members, 43 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (13), ahef1963 (32), kara.shamy (43), roby72 (114)

Score: 6.58

70
18,146 members, 343 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (11), kara.shamy (41), ahef1963 (73), roby72 (97)

Score: 6.42

71
16,035 members, 143 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (2), roby72 (3)

Score: 6.4

72
15,868 members, 216 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (21), kara.shamy (40), thecoroner (48), roby72 (68)

Score: 6.37

73
4,272 members, 68 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: mspixieears (28), amanda4242 (31), ahef1963 (31), roby72 (113)

Score: 6.36

74
5,144 members, 121 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: pitjrw (2), thecoroner (44), roby72 (60)

Score: 6.35

75
8,927 members, 121 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (20), kara.shamy (39), thecoroner (61), roby72 (67)

Score: 6.32

76
16,046 members, 352 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (46), ahef1963 (75), roby72 (106), cej1027

Score: 6.29

77
12,148 members, 175 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (37), mspixieears (37), roby72 (54), ahef1963 (55)

Score: 6.19

78
10,247 members, 115 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: mspixieears (39), kara.shamy (42), thecoroner (47), ahef1963 (62)

Score: 6.13

79
10,690 members, 159 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: roby72 (34), thecoroner (41), kara.shamy (60), ahef1963 (80)

Score: 6.01

80
8,273 members, 233 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (18), thecoroner (60), ahef1963 (79), roby72 (121)

Score: 5.93

81
19,123 members, 196 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (9), ahef1963 (59), cej1027

Score: 5.9

82
4,261 members, 91 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (20), ahef1963 (78), thecoroner (81), roby72 (118)

Score: 5.78

83
12,953 members, 162 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (8), cindyst2000 (14), roby72 (104)

Score: 5.7

84
4,399 members, 140 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: blackdove07 (27), ahef1963 (76), thecoroner (80), roby72 (109)

Score: 5.69

85
9,941 members, 124 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (3), roby72 (7)

Score: 5.5

86
6,472 members, 96 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (15), roby72 (21), ahef1963 (41)

Score: 5.48

87
5,098 members, 85 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: rplinke (2), cindyst2000 (17)

Score: 5.33

88
6,294 members, 274 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (43), ahef1963 (65), cej1027

Score: 5.12

89
1,677 members, 14 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: pitjrw (7), thecoroner (82), roby72 (84)

Score: 5.11

90
14,148 members, 914 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (44), kara.shamy (69), cej1027

Score: 5.09

91
22,835 members, 445 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (22), mspixieears (35), ahef1963 (50)

Score: 5

92
18,146 members, 400 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), amanda4242 (38)

Score: 4.98

93
30,936 members, 530 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: roby72 (25), thecoroner (38), mspixieears (48)

Score: 4.92

94
7,682 members, 78 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (13), amanda4242 (51), ahef1963 (88)

Score: 4.91

95
6,301 members, 87 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: roby72 (31), thecoroner (43), kara.shamy (47)

Score: 4.79

96
9,210 members, 107 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (36), roby72 (37), kara.shamy (59)

Score: 4.7

97
5,886 members, 86 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (24), amanda4242 (53), roby72 (80)

Score: 4.63

98
5,007 members, 103 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (18), kara.shamy (61), roby72 (117)

Score: 4.59

99
10,665 members, 139 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (36), kara.shamy (50), ahef1963 (63)

Score: 4.56

100
17,896 members, 153 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (6), roby72 (18)

Score: 4.5

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