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So it’s the listing time of year. One must simply get over and get on with it, particularly because not only are we at year’s end this time, but decade’s end to boot. So here’s the thing: we’re making a list of the ten most influential books of the last decade. If you care whether Dan Brown beats Dave Eggers for a place in the limelight, or have an opinion about Dawkins versus Klein versus Diamond versus Fukuyama, we’d love to hear from you. Does Sebastian Barry merit inclusion for The Secret Scripture? And what of Seamus Heaney’s District Circle, or has Dennis O’Dricoll’s Stepping Stones had more of an impact on you than the poet’s most recent collection? Would Brokeback Mountain have had such an influence without the Ang Lee film version? Does anyone really care about Ian McEwan (because I’m struggling to understand his inclusion on so many of these lists myself)? Did Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs say more about women in the 21st century than all of Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club choices put together? Can any of you even remember back as far as the beginning of the decade any more? What were the books that most influenced you over the past ten years, and why? Tell us, quicksmart, and influence our list of influentials.