My Top Tens

Disclaimer: all top tens subject to change without notice

Ten Greatest Books

The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
The Shining – Stephen King
Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
Adventures of Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren (we named our daughter after the author)
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The Witching Hour – Anne Rice
Mythago Wood – Robert Holdstock
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Ten Greatest Poems

“Tithonus” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“Ode to a Nightingale” – John Keats
“Ozymandias” – Percy Shelley
“The Second Coming” – W.B. Yeats
“Rhapsody on a Windy Night” – T.S. Eliot
“In Memoriam, A.H.H.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“Beowulf” – Anonymous
“The Wanderer” – Anonymous
“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” – Anonymous
“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” – S.T. Coleridge

Ten Greatest Pop Songs (non Led Zep, see separate list below)

“Hoppipolla” – Sigur Ros
“Half Acre” – Hem
“The King is Half Undressed” – Jellyfish
“Union City Blue” – Blondie
“The Raven that Refused to Sing” – Steven Wilson
“Porcelina of the Vast Oceans” – Smashing Pumpkins
“Schizophrenia” – Sonic Youth
“Holocene” – Bon Iver
“Let the River In” – Radical Face
“Don’t Look Back in Anger” – Oasis

Ten Greatest Led Zep Songs

“What Is and What Should Never Be”
“Over the Hills and Far Away”
“Ten Years Gone”
“Dazed and Confused”
“Going to California”
“Immigrant Song”
“Houses of the Holy”

Ten Greatest Movies

Lord of the Rings trilogy (yes, I cheated)
How to Train your Dragon
This is Spinal Tap

Finding Nemo
The Wedding Singer

The Blair Witch Project
Terminator II: Judgement Day
The Avengers

Ten Greatest TV Shows

The X-Files
The Simpsons
Captain Scarlet
30 Rock

The Goodies

Ten Greatest Ambient/Post-Rock Tracks

“Floating Away in Every Direction” – Hammock
“Love is on the Way” – Slow Dancing Society
“Dry Retch” – Donnacha Costello
“Even When You’re Never Awake” – Stars of the Lid
“Structures from Silence” – Steve Roach
“Requiem for the Static King” – A Winged Victory for the Sullen
“Overture (for other halfs)” – Brian McBride
“Always Wishing You Were Somewhere Else” – Hammock
“Varuth” – Sigur Ros
“So Long, Lonesome” – Explosions in the Sky

Ten Best Concerts I’ve Been To

Sigur Ros (2012)
Jonsi (2010)
Sonic Youth (1989, 1991, 1995)
The Cure (1984)
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1982)
Jeff Buckley (1994)
Smashing Pumpkins (1996-ish)
Indigo Girls (1995-ish)
The Cult (1987)
U2 (1984)
Iggy Pop (1988)

19 responses to “My Top Tens

  1. The scene from the Lost Boys with that saxaphone player. Goodness, am fanning myself just at the thought of it. He would be in my top ten for sure.

    Wishing you all a very Merry One for tomorrow. Hope the morbidly obese man in the red suit is good to you.

    Love and political correctness,

    Lynn and Critters

  2. Totally agree with you about The X Files being the best show ever. That’s just fact 😉

    No other shared top tens. But I, too, am a person who enjoys rating EVERYTHING. (e.g. top 3 fruits: lychees, paw-paw, nashi).

    Merry Boxing Day!

  3. Suzannah, I like NONE of those fruits. Lychees! Yuk! Like eating eyeballs! Cherries, plums, and strawberries for me.

    I cleaned out my filing cabinet the other day and found a special WHO weekly X-files issue from 1996. I put it aside to show you, but now can’t find it anywhere. Having babies fries one’s brain.

  4. Hmmm,

    I USED to like lychees but after that eyeball comment, I’m not so sure – but considering the things I see and do in a day – eating eyeballs is the least of my worries.

    Am a bit of a stone fruit addict.

  5. I agree about The Doomsday Book but still hate The Mists of Avalon. Have you tried Jasper Fforde? Laughed myself silly.

    Great checking out your website and seeing what you’ve been up to… congratulations…


  6. Books, Poems and Pop songs I agree with. As to TV shows since I quit TV at 15 never went back to being addicted. Movies wise I’ll watch anything that has sci-fi, action, supernatural stuff and horror/gore.

    As Kim Wilkins is one of the 3 authors I’m addicted to reading it gets boring for me when waiting for them to publish their next book.

    I remember waiting forever for The Resurrectionists to come out and when it did I could not put the book down. Ended up finishing the book in 3 and a half hours. I read too fast and wish authors write and publish faster. -__-

  7. Well, heavens to Murgatroyd, I thought we’d have a lot more in common, but then there is a generational gap going on here. Ok, matches:
    Books 5
    Poems 3 (I am a great fan of Beaudelaire and Poe)
    Pop songs 0
    Zep ALL!
    Movies 4
    TV 1 (X-Files)
    Concerts 1 (U2)

    Why do you look back upon Grimoire and shudder? Okay, what follows is better crafter, but this was a good story. I could not put it down. It wasn’t a bit sophomoric at all. It was an early work and you still had lots of room to grow and grow you have done.

  8. I read the infernal and a few other books by Kim Wilkins years ago, I leant them to a friend shortly after. They were returned to me a week ago, I have already read The infernal again and have started with Grimoire. I went online to find a list of all the Kim Wilkins books in order of published dates and was disappointed to find that the Kim Wilskins website is no longer in existence. Could someone please help by sending the the full list of her books so that I may source them and read them from the first to the last published.

    I would appreciate any assistance in this regards.

  9. Hi Kim

    Loved your list of books, particularly the Australian one! I have read many of those listed. Just wondering if you have read any of Glenda Larke’s books. I’ve just started reading the first book in her third trilogy – I think you would probably enjoy them as they are not what you might expect?


  10. Hello,
    I loved your list of Australain top tens! The forgotten garden was an amazing book.
    Thankyou so much for writing your wonderful fantasies.

  11. Big fan of your supernatural/ horror novels as well as your latest Kimberly Freeman work. Though here in the States I can only find Wildflower Hill (excellent) under Kimberly Freeman pen name!
    The Witching Hour is also one of my top 10 faves; I keep lists too. Will have to look into Thunderbirds, and Capt. Scarlett. I am assuming they are Australian T.v. programs.
    Looking forward to your next work! The upcoming collection sounds great 🙂

  12. I also saw The Cure in 1984 – and went late at night to Triple Z studios which were then at St Lucia campus – and got my albums autographed. My son has never forgiven me for selling those albums along with a lot of others in the dazed and confused days following the separation from my husband. Sometimes I think I will try to replace them for him… I really enjoyed reading your top tens!

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