Brought to you by the letter O

Posted July 5, 2014 by Lory in lists / 6 Comments

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.

Oz book cover


Book: Ozma of Oz

Since I’m currently reading this to my son, I didn’t seek any further. (Plus, it has O and Z in it!) One of the best of the Oz books, exciting, funny, and without too many puns.

author Aubrey Maturin

Author: Patrick O’Brian

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.)


Song: O Vos Omnes

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.


Film: Oklahoma!

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.

Christmas tree holiday Nutcracker


Object: Ornament

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.



6 responses to “Brought to you by the letter O

  1. Great job! I agree about melancholy Renaissance music. It gives me chills every time I listen to /sing it.

    • And there are lots of motets that begin with O, but this is the one I happened to have in my head.

  2. I love that you picked Ozma of Oz for you 'O' book. I should have thought of that for mine…it's my favorite Oz book. (Tik-Tok of Oz is a VERY close second.) Great post!

  3. Love the O Vos Omnes! What fun to find another choral person out there in book blogging land.