Some conservative bloggers have kicked off an intriguing exercise of listing the 10 books that have most influenced their view of the world.
An important caveat is that these aren't your favorite books, or the ones you most enjoyed reading, or maybe even books that you would argue are good (at least not now), but instead those which shaped your thinking for years after you read them. (Of course, that thinking may well have changed later, including perhaps in response to yet another book!)
I became aware of the exercise from Ross Douthat's NY Times blog post describing it, but he says the idea originated with Tyler Cowen, who includes links to other lists here.
I haven't come up with my own list yet, but wanted to go ahead and post this as I thought it would be a fun Open Call for the weekend:
What 10 books would be on your list and why?
By the way, if you're like me, there will be ample fiction on the list, and not just the non-fiction heavy lifting on the linked lists! You should also feel free to follow Douthat's example and list some books from childhood (after all, don't those often shape us quite profoundly at impressionable ages?).
Have fun and have a good weekend.
I'll update this post with links to your lists if you PM me. Also, if you could link back to this explanatory post on your own, that will really help to let other people know what the Open Call is about and that I'm keeping a list here, etc. - thanks!!
LINKS TO POSTS BY OS MEMBERS FOR THIS OPEN CALL:
Eva T. Made Vaudeville
Natalie K Munden
Patty Jane Maher
Dr. Susanne Freeborn
Kind of Blue
T. Michael Stone