This is a meme started by Simon of Stuck in a Book. He picked his favorite book, author, song, film and object starting with a randomly-chosen letter, and said he would assign a letter to anybody responding in the comments who wanted to do the same.
I responded, and got assigned…Z. Ouch. He took pity on me and assigned me O as a second choice. Also not so common! However, I was surprised that it wasn’t too difficult for me to find good options.
I was skeptical about the Aubrey/Maturin books for a long time, wondering how a series about life in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars could possibly be so interesting, but once I started reading I was hooked. (Although I admit to skimming through the battle scenes.)
This was another one that I didn’t have to go far to find, since I just sang it in a concert. Glorious, melancholy Renaissance polyphony.
There are other great “O” movies, including other musicals (Oliver! and On the Town) but this is the one I grew up watching. Plus, my mom was born in Oklahoma, so it deserves a nod.
I love my Christmas tree ornaments, which remind me of my childhood. My parents gave us one every year, marked with the date — since there were five of us kids, our tree got quite full, but nobody’s favorites could be left out.
Here is Simon’s round-up of the respondents to his original post.