Here we are almost at the end of 2013, and I’m regaled you with my lists of Top Tens in a variety of categories for the better part of the year.  It’s been a really fun experience, and I’m considering whether to do it next year.   5068858423(What do you think of that idea?

But I want to be sure I hear from you, too.  I’m eager to know what you have loved and to read your Top Ten lists.  So I’m issuing a little challenge . . . with a prize.

For the next two Fridays – December 13th and December 20th – I’d like to share your Top Ten books in any category you’d choose.  Maybe you want to write about young adult novels or books with strong, female protagonists.  Maybe you know a lot of Laotian literature (wouldn’t that be cool?) or especially enjoy books set in Antarctica?

Whatever you like to read, I’d like to invite you to make your Top Ten list and share it with me. (If you’d like some suggestions of list topics, Goodreads has a great list of topics with titles in each.)  You can either post your list as a comment to this blog, create your list on your own blog and post the link in comments, or email me your list –

Then, I’ll include your lists – either in their entirety or as partial lists with links to your blog  – in my Friday posts for the next two weeks.

Now for the competition part of the sharing, I’ll draw one randomly selected contributor’s name, and that person will win a $20 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice. 

So start compiling your Top Ten lists and get them over to me.  I can’t wait to see what you’ve read.

(Oh,  and be sure to pull together your titles for the “More than 20/21st Century Caucasian North Americans” Challenge.  We’ll be talking about your reading for that challenge on the 27th.  🙂 )

Just a reminder, that today at Noon EST, I’ll be hosting a Google Hangout to talk about The Slaves Have Names, the people enslaved at Bremo, and the history and legacy of slavery in our world.  If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to this link. If you’re not able to make it, please feel free to post a question and then check out the video on my YouTube channel at a later time.