A List of Tens for The Past Year

Inspired by my brother’s recent blogpost, and as a lover of creating lists for people to read and argue about (as evidenced by my popular posts on TV show theme songs, film scores, etc.), I submit for your approval a list of tens for 2011.

10 Books I Read Last Year
1. The Bible (NLT)
2. Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim
3. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
4. My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
6. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
7. God’s Story, Your Story by Max Lucado
8. Be Our Guest by The Disney Institute
9. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
10. Leading With Questions by Michael Marquardt

10 Movies I Watched Last Year
1. Hugo
2. The Muppets
3. Captain America
4. Steamboat Bill, Jr.
5. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
6. Thor
7. The Lord of the Rings
8. Cars 2
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
10. Gnomeo & Juliet

10 Albums I Listened To Last Year
1. At Welding Bridge — Beady Belle
2. Piece by Piece — Katie Melua
3. Heirloom Music — The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore
4. Until I Met You — Melissa Morgan
5. Mr. Saturday Night — Julian Velard
6. A Thousand True Stories — Silje Nergaard
7. Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor — Caro Emerald
8. West Side Story — André Previn & His Pals
9. Pretending to See the Future: A Tribute to O.M.D. — Various
10. The Green Album (A Celebration of The Muppets) — Various

10 Things Heard A Lot Around Our House Last Year
1. “We’re saving money for Disneyland.”
2. “Audrey, can you [insert request here]?”
3. “Why do we have to have all these kids?”
4. “Did you hear that?!?!”
5. “Elphie!”
6. “My tummy hurts.”
7. “Where’s the charger?”
8. “You aren’t hungry.”
9. “Can I have some Christmas milk?” (August asking for egg nog.)
10. “What’s for dinner?”

Looking forward to what these lists will look like next year.


  1. Great post. I loved reading the top tens. Our movie list is so similar but our book list is so different. Music list… Sadly I did not recognize one name but then again the saying list made me feel like I was home. 😉

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