Currently, I have some blogging goals set in mind. Yes, some will give me more difficulty. So here is my list for goals I hope to accomplish on this blog.
- Gain 500 followers by the end of the year- currently have about 210
- To add back more spiritual posts
- Have posts not related to musicals and spirituality
- With musical posts, try to talk about some things that haven’t been blogged about before
This week was finals week and I got to go back to my hometown yesterday. Today starts the beginning of summer break. Every summer break, I enjoyed spending time with my family.
I like to read as well. In between semesters, I always do a challenge with books that are classic. I attempt to start and finish them by the end of the semester. This summer break’s book is Oliver Twist. Some of the classic books I read were books that were recommended by others and some were not.
The ones that were never recommended were Les Misérables and Oliver Twist. I actually read the entire Les Misérables in less than one summer. It was my love for the musical that gave me the courage to read the unabridged book. I honestly have no idea what me decide to read Oliver Twist at some point. I think it might have something to do with Les Misérables because the musical of Oliver inspired the lyricist to make a musical of the book.
My dad recommend Don Quixote, Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. He recommended me to read Tale of Two Cities due to my love for Les Mis because the book takes place during the French Revolution and that event happened before the events in Les Mis took place. He even knew that I should read Great Expectations as well because I love Charles Dickens. My dad told me some about Don Quixote and I think he told me about the nature him being a knight errant and told me about his squire. I eventually did a project in school about Don Quixote and was fascinated in reading the book after discovering that Don quixote is a tragicomic character, a type of character I never discovered before.
So why do I attempt to read the classics in a short period of time? Well during the school year, it is too hard to read a classic due to how challenging they are. So the only time I can actually read them is in between semesters. Also giving me a goal of when to finish them gives the motivation to continue reading. Look at Don Quixote and Les Misérables: they were the longest classic I read and finished them in one summer. There are days while reading these classics that made it much harder to read them.
So this summer’s challenge belongs to Oliver Twist.
Well, it is time to really study for finals. I originally thought I wasn’t going to post for today due to time. But studying for finals is one of my least favorite things to do. So what exactly are things I would rather do that have nothing to do with finals.
- Attending and listening to musicals
- Spending time Out in Nature
- Attending the Gathering
- Reading either an adventure, mystery, fantasy, or a classic
- Spending time with Friends and Family
- Volunteering especially for the poverty population
- Listening to Contemporary Christian Music
- Strengthening my relationship with God
So finals is one of my least favorite times of the year. I don’t like them one bit so all the things listed up there are much better than studying for finals. But the only good thing about finals in Spring Semester is that they are closer to Summer Break. I love that sense of relief after I finish each and every one of them. So far this summer, I am reading Oliver Twist and doing a Broadway puzzle or anything involving being in my house, working as a hostess at Applebees, and attending a Les Mis party where I will be dressing up as Eponine.
As everyone knows by now that I love musicals. Musicals is a type of storytelling so I thought it would fun to write a list of some of my favorite books. I even love to read and here is my list of favorite books. I will put series together.
- Les Misérables- my favorite book, but wow what a brick
- Don Quixote- story of the tragicomic knight errant
- Tale of Two Cities
- Great Expectations
- Lord of the Rings Series
- The Hobbit
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Harry Potter Series
- Chronicles of Narnia Series
- Land of Stories Series
- Hound of the Baskervilles
- The Last Unicorn
- Percy Jackson Series
- Wizard of OZ
- And Then There Was None
- Other Agatha Christie Mysteries
- Sister’s Grimm Series
My taste in book are classics, mythology, fantasy, magic, and adventure. What exactly makes a good book? A good book is always home to a incredible plot along with incredible characters as well. As for the classics, I love reading them due to the challenge that they bring and as for now, reading them in between semester and reading them in a limited amount of time gives me the motivation to actually finish them
Books to read in the future: thought it will be a nice addition to this post
- Oliver Twist
- Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Nicholas Nickelby
For those that have been reading my posts for some time know that I am a musical fanatic. For today’s post I want to write a list of things that I like that are not musicals.
- Reading- favorite: Les Misérables (Yes I said this is a post that is not musical related, but Les Misérables is my favorite one). Below are classics that I own. Have read all but Oliver Twist
2. Collecting Snow-Globes
3. Hiking– great way to destress and strengthen my spirituality
4. Volunteering-particulary for helping those living in poverty
5. Pink- my favorite color
6. Glitter and Sparkles
7. Family and Friends
8. Contemporary Christian Music
9. Stuffed Animals
16. Playing Piano
Wow, wrote more than I thought
Disney musicals are a very important part of my life. I grew up with some of the most famous Disney musicals ever. I grew up with musicals like “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, and “Lion King”. I also grew up with Disney musicals that are not stage musicals. In middle school, I fell in love with Enchanted, which is my favorite Disney movie. There was a time when I actually sort of forgot how much I loved “Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”, which made me sort of forget some very important plot points of each and some of their emotions.
The only songs I remembered from those three shows are “A Whole New World”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. I basically forget that some of these had negative emotions found within their songs. Its crazy because by the end of high school, I knew sad was common in musicals, but basically forget which shows that emotion happened to be, but never forgot it was in Wicked.
Even in the college years, I have fallen in love with newer Disney musicals. I did watch the movies of both “Tangled” and “Frozen”. My dorm room has a bit of a Frozen theme in it. It has a Frozen pillow and a stuffed Olaf and Sven. Recently, I fell in love with the stage version of “Newsies” because it has mind-blowing dance, an incredible score, and memorable characters. I feel like I need to eventually revisit some of the Disney musicals sI grew up with and relearn them and watch them fresh and that is why I hope to see “Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” live again someday.
The Disney musicals are a big reason why most musicals are happy to begin with. If you actually count the non-stage musicals, it makes the happy musicals increase even faster. I may have lost some touch with some of the Disney musicals growing up, but I am so glad I want to revisit them. When I went to Disney World last year with my school for a leadership experience, my love for Disney strengthen. Outside of the leadership classes, we were let loose and allowed to explore the parks without a chaperone. Due to having character meals everyday and experiencing the magic of Disney again, I found more love for Disney. Because of the two leadership classes where we learned more about Disney and went behind the scenes, it made me love Disney more.