I love lists. Lists of awards especially.
Because it's the end of the year, there have been many "best of" lists to close out 2008.
Here are a few book lists:
New York Times:
10 Best Books of 2008
100 Notable Books of 2008
Book critics' favorites for 2008
National Public Radio:
Booksellers' top books for 2008
Best Books of 2008
Top 10 Everything
Anyway, the SEOmoz top Web 2.0 applications is a great list to explore (Thing 19). I use lists like this to find content for my column...the best of the best. There are several sites mentioned on the list, updated in May, that I've put in my column.
Regarding the "start page" category: I'm curious to use a start page like Pageflakes or Netvibes to collect in one place blog feeds, weather, news. Better than going to my bookmarks to open up Bloglines, the SLA homepage, Typepad for work blogging. I know Phil Bradley likes Pageflakes, but also has used Netvibes to organize the information he has coming to him. (Check out his I want to blog, on which he writes about all sorts of tools to, well, do stuff (and GTD).)