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A Five-Year Retrospective

Because the computer survey inspired me to go digging, whereupon I found some delightfully nostalgic lists of stuff hidden in the oldest archives of my computer.   DISCUSS. 

January 2005: My Top 50 52 Movies Of All Time
Please ignore the way some of them have years listed after them.  My ambitions were higher than my follow-through, and I'm too lazy to look 'em all up now, either.


1. The Legend of Wolf Mountain (1992)
2. Journey to Spirit Island (1993)
3. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
4. The Lord of the Rings (trilogy, 2001-2003)
5. X-Files: Fight the Future (1998)
6. Hidalgo (2004)
7. Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail
8. Ever After (1998)
9. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
10. Miss Congeniality (2001)
11. Never Been Kissed
12. Homeward Bound
13. Black Beauty (1994)
14. Harry Potter (series)
15. The Mummy Returns
[apparently I didn't like the original?  or at least not with equal love, unlike all the other sequels noted on here]]
16. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
17. The Rogue Stallion (1990?)
[Found it at a garage sale!  I almost guarantee you've never seen it.]
18. Girl, Interrupted
19. Toy Story & 2
20. Jumanji
21. Erin Brockovich
22. The Others (2001)
23. Riding in Cars With Boys (2001)
24. Jurassic Park /The Lost World
25. The Lion King
26. Sister Act I & II
27. A Knight’s Tale
28. The Secret Window (2004)
29. The Haunting (1999)
30. Legally Blonde
31. The Swiss Family Robinson
32. Remember the Titans
33. My Little Pony: The Movie
34. Runaway Bride
35. Ghost Ship
36. Sunny’s Ears
37. The Last Unicorn
38. 101 Dalmatians (and 102 Dalmatians)
39. The Parent Trap
40. October Sky
41. Mulan
42. Freaky Friday (2003)
43. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
44. Fantasia
45. The Patriot
46. George of the Jungle
47. Murder By Numbers (2002)
[oh, whatever, Past Me!  SOMEBODY didn't have enough crime drama under her belt yet, is the only explanation I have for this]
48. From Justin to Kelly
[this, on the other hand...NOT SORRY.  STILL AMUSED.]
49. A Christmas Story
50. Bring It On
51. Coyote Ugly
52. Aladdin

All of a sudden, I regret posting that list, because unlike the other two lists I have an actual urge to update this one.  Meh.  Maybe for the April anniversary party.  Plus there are some fun things on here which probably would not make it to a revised edition, since I have actually managed to see some awesome movies in the past five years.

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April 2005: A feat now considered impossible -- a list of my Top 100 80 Books Of All Time.  Still surprisingly accurate!

 

Past Me says, You can take the BBC’s list of “the top 100 novels”…or you can take mine.  Even though it only goes up to #80, since I meant to finish this later and forgot.  Spans childhood favorites through classic adult novels, but skews juvenile, because that's how I am.

 
Current Me says, "Some additional 2010 notes added in small type underneath".


1. Black Beauty --Anna Sewell

2. The Incredible Journey --Sheila Burnford

3. San Domingo: Medicine Hat Stallion--Marguerite Henry)

4. Beautiful Joe --(Margaret) Marshall Saunders

5. Harry Potter (whole series) -- J.K. Rowling

6. Firebringer --John Clement-Davies

7. The Sight --John Clement-Davies

[look, back when I didn't hate fantasy as long as it contained animals!]
8. The Mystery of Pony Hollow (& sequel, Mystery of Pony Hollow Panda) --Lynn Hall

9. Wild Magic (quartet) --Tamora Pierce

10. Final Grades --Anita Heyman

11. Golden Sovereign --Dorothy Lyons

12. Wild Horse Summer --Hope Ryden.

13. The Best Little Girl in the World -- Steven Levenkron

14. The Ark (& sequel, Rowan Farm) -- Margot Benery-Isbert

15. Shadow Horse --Allison Hart
[Yeah, I've got better horse tales now]

16. Wild Animals I Have Known --Ernest Thompson Seton

17. X-Files novel: Ruins --Kevin Anderson

18. Jane Eyre --Charlotte Bronte

19. Charlotte's Web --EB White

20. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) --Antoine de Saint Exupery

21. Little Women -- Lousia May Alcott

22. The BFG --Roald Dahl

23. A Girl of the Limberlost – Gene Stratton Porter

24. A Horse Called Dragon  --Lynn Hall

25. Touching Spirit Bear -- Ben Mikaelsen

26. A New Day for Dragon – Lynn Hall

27. Buff: A Collie ---Albert Payson Terhune

28. Julie of the Wolves --Jean Craighead-George

29. Vulpes the Red Fox --Jean Craighead-George

30. The Perilous Guard --Elizabeth Marie Pope

31. Summer Pony -- Jean Slaughter Doty

32. The Boxcar Children (series) - Gertrude Chandler Warner

33. The Bear --James Oliver Curwood

34. Moccasin Trail --Eloise Jarvis McGraw

35. Quest for Courage--Stormy Rodolph
[seriously, way better horse and Indian tales]

36. Lad: A Dog --Albert Payson Terhune

37. Dog of the High Sierras --Albert Payson Terhune

38. Sign of the Beaver --Elizabeth George Speare

39. Little House on the Prairie (series)--Laura Ingalls Wilder

40. Nop's Trials --Donald McCaig

41. Bel Ria -- Sheila Burnford

42. The Scarlet Letter -- Nathaniel Hawthorne
[rock on, 19-year-old Me!  Especially since I apparently wasn't an Austen fan yet]

43. Comanche of the Seventh (Custer's horse) - Margaret Carver Leighton
[I approve of how much of this list comes from the old cloth hardcovers in my high school library.  Will find own copies someday, yes.]

44. Whinny of the Wild Horses --Amy C. Laundrie

45. Multiple Choice -- Janet Tashjian

46. Black Unicorn -- Tanith Lee

47. Broken Chords --Barbara Snow Gilbert

48. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic --Betty McDonald
[okay, these are like the best books ever, so I want to know why I only have one]

49. Shamrock Queen (Always Reddy) --Marguerite Henry

50. Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West --Marguerite Henry

51. Black Gold --Marguerite Henry

52. Brighty of the Grand Canyon -- Marguerite Henry
[updated versions of the list will have to make do with fewer Henry books]

53. White Fang -- Jack London

54. Call of the Wild --Jack London

55. Gentle Ben --Walt Morey

56. Bambi -- Felix Salten

57. Shiloh --Phyllis Naylor

58. The Hunger Scream - Ivy Ruckman

59. The Last Unicorn --Peter S. Beale
[Wait, I read this?  Really?]

60. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth Speare

61. Dr. Dolittle - Hugh Lofting
62. Outlaw Red -- Jim Kjelgaard

63. Island of the Blue Dolphins --Scott O'Dell

64. Anne of Green Gables --Anne M. Montgomery

65. Heidi - Johanna Spyri

66. Wuthering Heights --Emily Bronte

67. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew -- Margaret Sidney

68. Lord of the Rings (trilogy) –J.R.R. Tolkien
[NO.  FAIL.  EVEN YOU KNEW THEY WERE UNREADABLE, YOU JUST PUT THEM ON HERE BECAUSE YOU WERE ENCHANTED BY THE FILMS AND IMPRESSED BY THE COMPLEXITY OF HIS WORLD AND LANGUAGES AND SUCH]

69. Peter and Wendy -- J.M. Barrie

70. The Little White Horse -- Elizabeth Goudge

71. Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden
[still creeps me the hell out]

72. What Happened to Lani Garver - Carol Plum-Ucci

73. Briar Rose - Jane Yolen

74. The White Horse - Cynthia Grant
[this is actually about cocaine, for the record]

75. Goodbye, Mr. Chips - James Hilton

76. Leaving Fishers - Margaret Haddix

77. Make Lemonade - Virginia Euwer-Wolff

78. Catwings - Ursula Le Guin

79. Go Ask Alice – anonymous

80. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

[again:  I read this?]

 

 
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September 2005: A carefully constructed "guess the song lyrics" meme, featuring 40 of my favorite songs with meaningful lyrics, and using my favorite lyric from each (not necessarily the first one).  You can guess if you want - I'll edit the post with an answer key later - but really, I think the fun is in reading the poetry.

"Pretty Guess-the-Lyrics"

1. I couldn’t help her, I just watched her make the same mistakes again
[Avril Lavigne, "Nobody's Home]
2. What would you ask if you had just one question?
[Joan Osborne, "One Of Us"]
3. And so the years went by, I stayed the same
[Sarah McLachlan, "When She Loved Me" - tari_silmarwen ]
4. Poverty stole your golden shoes, it didn’t steal your laughter
[Jewel, "Hands"
5. I was almost 28, I was almost me
[Amy Jo Johnson, "Puddle of Grace" - acoustic version]
6. As the sun rises on Mary, it sets on him
[Dido, "Mary's in India"]
7. Angels with silver wings shouldn’t know suffering
[Depeche Mode, "Precious"]
8. Blind soul lost in Chicago, she fell asleep under a bridge
[Plumb, "Pennyless]
9. Where have you been, my long lost friend?
[Allison Krauss, "Stay"]
10. Kelly is raising her son, his dad left right after the birth
[Edwin McCain, "Write Me A Song"]
11. Penny likes to get away, and drown her pain in lemonade
[Hanson, "Penny and Me" - crackers4jenn ]
12. Thirty years have flown right past, and her daughter’s staring at all the photographs
[Jamie O'Neal, "Somebody's Hero"]
13. If shame had a face I think it would kinda look like mine
[Lifehouse, "Sick Cycle Carousel"]
14. We may be on this road, but we’re just imposters in this country, you know
[Tori Amos, "A Sorta Fairytale"]
15. True love is a fairy tale; I'm damaged, so how would I know?
[Plumb, "Damaged" - tari_silmarwen ]
16. Crying all alone under the stands was the piccolo player in the marching band
[Dixie Chicks, "Traveling Soldier"]
17. And the boy, that ordinary boy…he was looking to the sky
[Vanessa Carlton, "Ordinary Day" - crackers4jenn ]
18. Have you ever loved somebody so much it made you cry?
[Brandy, "Have You Ever?"
19. “Kathy I’m lost,” I said, though I knew she was sleeping
[Josh Groban, "America" (live)]
20. Lucy is gazing out into space, she has starry eyes, starry eyes that light up her face
[Bree Sharp, "Fallen"]
21. She hangs around the boulevard, she’s a local girl with local scars
[Beth Hart, "L.A. Song"]
22. I heard my father say, every generation has its day
[Isabelle Boulay, "N'oubliez Jamais"]
23. "The old ways are lost," you sang as you flew, and I wondered why
[Loreena McKennit, "The Old Ways"]
24. We all love you just the way you are, if you’re perfect
[Alanis Morisette, "Perfect"]
25. Look for the girl with the broken smile
[Maroon 5, "She Will Be Loved" - crackers4jenn ]
31. “It’s time for a few small repairs” she said…Sunny came home with a vengeance
[Shawn Colvin, "Sunny Came Home" - crackers4jenn ]
34. And though she looked so sad in photographs, I absolutely love her when she smiles
[Nine Days, "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" - crackers4jenn ]
35. Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends will meet no more
[Les Miserables, and get this, "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables"]
36. It don’t matter that she’s alone, and beast or dragon, she’s coming home
[Beth Hart, "Skin"]
37. You said one day of this was worth dying for, so be thankful that you knew her at all
[Dido, "See The Sun"]
38. Hunger hurts but starving works
[Fiona Apple, "Paper Bag"]
39. Sometimes I walk alone at night when everybody else is sleeping
[Les Miserables, "On My Own"]
40. And if she runs away, she fears she won’t be followed...what could be worse than leaving something behind?
[Vanessa Carlton, "Rinse"]

What?  I am made for sad music, and it is made for me.  If it helps, I'm presently listening to Aaron Carter's "Life is a Party," and it doesn't get much more happy/silly than that.

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I do not have a list of Top ___ TV Shows, which is truly a pity, as that would be the most revealing thing of all. But your eyes have probably glazed over from all the data at this point anyway.

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
crackers4jenn
Feb. 28th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Oh god, how sad that a lot of those lyrics make my brain flutter with recognition, and YET. So here are the sorry few that I am sure I know:

11. Penny And Me - Hanson (HOLLA!)
17. Ordinary Day - Vanessa Carlton
30. Goodbye To You - Michelle Branch
31. Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
33. Time Of Your Life - Green Day
34. Story of a Girl - Nine Days

THAT IS ALL.
rainbowstevie
Feb. 28th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's still like three times as many as most people ever guess out of my library. Excellent work.

Hanson literally gained credibility with me overnight when I found that song...I'm so easy.
looking4shadows
Feb. 28th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, geez. A lot of these songs are so familiar...

I had 17, 33, and 34, but evidently those have been taken. So!

25. She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
26. Beautiful Disaster - Kelly Clarkson
rainbowstevie
Feb. 28th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Yep! I think at least 60% of this list is straight off the radio (oh, golden days...), possibly in an attempt to get people to guess more than the 2 or 3, tops, they usually manage.
aries11
Feb. 28th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is quite a list here! I don't think I could compile something like this.
rainbowstevie
Mar. 1st, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Haha, me neither (compile my own from scratch again, I mean). That's the beauty of copy-pasting old stuff.

...on the other hand, I bet if you tried to do one of these sections 5 or 10 items at a time, you'd quickly find yourself with a walloping great list. Which, coincidentally, I'd be interested in reading, if you ever want to try it. ;)
tari_silmarwen
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
Wow I like don't recognize 90% of the music at all. Lol. (Then again I wasn't as much of a music geek back then.)

3. "When She Loved Me"-Sarah McLachlan
15. "Damaged"-Plumb. Or the band Plummit. But originally Plumb.
20. ..."Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by the Beetles?
rainbowstevie
Mar. 1st, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
I ADORE YOU FOR GUESSING PLUMB RIGHT. Nobody else recognizes it at all.

#3 is right (hooray for that one, too!); #20, good guess but no.
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