The role of Maria in The Sound of Music was one of my first big time performances as a singer. It is still one of my favorite musicals. Even after I moved on to singing opera professionally I went out of my way to perform in this musical. It's one of my favorite things.
Oklahoma, another musical in which I performed, was one of my LEAST favorite things for a very long time. In fact, if I never heard 'Oh, what a beautiful morning!' ever again I was perfectly content. Lets just say when the guy who sings the role of Curly cannot carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it it makes for a miserable three week run. Then someone sent me a DVD of this guy in the role.
He's one of my favorite things too.
We all have favorite things and one of my very favorite things is BOOKS !! Books are my crack. (So is chocolate, but that's another blog entirely.) I love 'em! I love to read them. I love to see them on the shelves all over my house. I love new ones. I love ones I've owned for years and years. I love books about Regency England, especially if they were published during the Regency era.
Sometimes my favorites change depending on where I am in my life, what sort of day or week or month I'm having. Sometimes I read a book and think "meh." Then I read it again months or years later and think "Wow! This is a really great book!" Does that ever happen to you? Of course I once read a romance novel by a new, but very celebrated author, in which I hated the heroine and the hero through most of the book, eventually grew to like the hero and at the end screamed "Run, dude! You can do better than her!" Anyone else ever do that? Hello? Bueller? Bueller?
I have a list of books I read when I want to laugh. I have another list of books I read when I want to cry. I have a list of books that are my favorites no matter what.
My five favorite books of all time are :
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
My five favorite romance novels are :
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Dangerous to Love by Rexanne Bechnel
Now when you move on to contemporary romance or paranormal romance I also have lists for those.
How about you? What are your five favorite books of all time? What are your five favorite romance novels? Do your lists change according to your mood or what you want to feel? And out of curiosity do you like musicals and which is your favorite? Do you like opera? Do you have a favorite opera?
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