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I'm a sucker for Top 10 lists.

And I guess I'm not alone. The featured article in Sunday's The New York Times Magazine will be one of its best read, I'm betting, just based on the popularity of The Times' best-seller lists themselves.

The story is about popularity and those fleeting factors that go into things that go to the top of whatever list you're making.

It's interesting to note that popularity isn't what it used to be. "That's because we've turned off Top 40 and loaded up Spotify; we've clicked away from NBC and fired up Netflix; we, thanks to the increasingly concierge-style delivery system of the Internet, are each sheltered in our own cultural cocoon," Adam Sternbergh writes.

I knew the world was going to change for the better when I first loaded a tape into a videocassette machine and realized that I could pick my own music or TV show or movie without reliance on the disc jockey or producer.

But, that aside, it's fascinating to see what really is No. 1. Like: Snickers is the No. 1 candy bar. "Duck Dynasty" is the highest-rated reality cable-TV show ever. The most frequently visited national park in 2012 was Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And there's more.

The best-selling book so far this year? Dan Brown's "Inferno." It has sold 1.2 million copies.

Here at the Wimberley Village Library, "Inferno" is not No. 1, however.

That honor belongs to David Baldacci's book entitled "The Hit," which has been checked out 30 times so far this year.

By the way, "Cuckoo's Calling" by J.K. Rowling, writing with a pen name, has been checked out only 9 times. It is No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller hard-back list.

I have no idea what that says about Wimberley.

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