My top 3…

…books

I enjoy a wide variety of books – fantasy, historical fiction, drama… It’s actually really hard to pick just three! But here they are. I tried to make it a diverse bunch!

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (and everything he wrote about Middle-earth)
    What can I say?
  • The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan (and the rest of the Richard Hannay novels)
    I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did; I don’t go in much for thrillers of any sort. But this was a really good, well-written story, and got me hooked on Buchan!
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (and her other books)
    Yes, I like the old-fashioned phrasing, and seeing “shew” instead of “show”… Jane Austen is wonderful. I like Mansfield Park in particular; the romance is simply darling!

…movies/TV shows

I very much dislike modern Hollywood, but they have made some good films in their time. Still, I find myself preferring films made by small companies (see #3).

  • Ben Hur (1959)
    I love Mos… I mean, Charlton Heston (Judah Ben Hur), and Stephen Boyd (Messala); and I love the reverence the filmmakers display by never showing Jesus’ face. Haya Harareet (Esther) was rather annoying, but that couldn’t prevent this from becoming my favourite movie!
  • Pride and Prejudice (BBC, 1995)
    Lush costumes, perfect casting, stellar acting… Wonderful!
  • a tie between October Baby and Courageous (both 2011)
    October Baby, a great prolife film; Courageous, a hilarious film with a good message for men. (Oh yes, and both make me cry…)

…musical works

Something you should know is that I’m obsessed with classical and baroque music. I could listen to it forever. On the other hand, much of the music written after 1900 (and especially since the 60’s) is something I wouldn’t listen to unless I had to. 🙂

  • “Son qual nave ch’agitata” by Riccardo Broschi – hear it here
    Me wants to sing coluratura! No, but really, performed by someone as skilled as Julia Lezhneva (see link above), this piece is AMAZING.
  • “Duetto buffo di due gatti (The Cat Duet)” by Gioacchino Rossini – hear it here
    The particular performance I’ve linked to above, had me rocking with laughter.
  • The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack by Howard Shore – hear “The Riders of Rohan” here
    Howard Shore is the main exception to my dislike of contemporary music. He’s a genius.
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