Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book the Broadway Challenge Suggestions!

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I’ve been thinking about this challenge quite a bit lately, and after some questions from others, I thought I should compile this list! What you see here is as thorough a list as I could make of musicals based on books! This isn’t perfect. Some books were written after the musical came into existence, some are more inspired by the story than based. Some are based on plays as opposed to novels. Some are based on picture books instead of novels. Some are musicals based on movies based on books. The reason for the loosy-goosyness is because musicals and books are all about personal interpretation (and I’m sort of lazy…)

And just for fun, I’ve bolded the books I’ve read and italicized the shows I’ve seen!


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


Wicked by Gregory Maguire


Matilda by Roald Dahl


The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy


Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers


Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow


Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis into Mame


The Book of Mormon


The Works of Dr. Seuss into Seussical the Musical


Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot into Cats


The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener into SOuth Pacific


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare into West Side Story


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


Maria by Maria von Trapp into The Sound of Music


Little Women by Lousia May Alcott


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw  into My Fair Lady


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens into Oliver!


Shrek! by William Steig into Shrek the Musical!


Grimm’s Fairy Tales into Into the Woods


Cinderella by Charles Perrault


The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen


The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen into Once Upon a Mattress

Any books/musicals that you’ve read/seen? Any that I’ve missed?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Resolutions!

I really hadn’t thought at all about resolutions up until I realized it was 11:56 on New Years Eve, and so I took the next four minutes to reflect on the past year, and what I wanted to change or improve about the next year.

So here are some goals that I’m setting for myself, which I’m going to work hard to accomplish!


1. Read more frequently

Lately I haven’t been much of a reader and I’ve missed that. I really do love it, and I would like to do it more often. This year I missed my goal by six books that I could’ve easily squeezed in, but I’m determined to reach my goal of 80 books this year, and I won’t let anything get in my way!

2. Review more consistently

Just in case you’re curious, out of the 79 books I read this year, I reviewed 37. 37. How pathetic is it that I reviewed less than half? I’m doing my best to catch up quickly so I can focus on 2014 books, but it’ll take some time.

3. Be a better challenge host

In the past, I’ve done a fairly good job of keeping on top of things. For the first month or two. This year I’m trying hard to do better. Hopefully the whole quarterly thing will help so that it isn’t so overwhelming.

4. Grow my blog

This is something that I’ve really gotten stuck on in the past. I know that in the end numbers don’t matter, but numbers are nice, and I’ve been blogging for nearly three years without the numbers to show for it. Instead, I have a handful of amazing friends, who I wouldn’t trade for anything.

5. Explore new genres

Lately I’ve been interested in reading some books in less familiar genres, mainly literary fiction and YA contemporary. And beyond those, I want to be more spontaneous and adventurous.

Other goals of mine, which didn’t make it into the graphic!

  • Keep up with challenges
  • More giveaways
  • More commenting


1. Be healthier

I’ve always had a thing for chocolate, and as a result I’m a teensy bit rounder than I want to be. I’m comfortable in my own skin, but I want to work hard to be healthier for all the other benefits. I really enjoy jogging, and I don’t like most junk food, so I think if I just make a little bit more of an effort, I can succeed!

2. Get back into theatre

I love musical theatre so much, but I haven’t actually performed in at least five years. If you haven’t heard, I’m moving, and so I’m hoping that will provide me with the opportunity to find a new community theater to participate in!

3. Get a job

Money has never been a huge deal to me, and I’m naturally pretty thrifty, but things like books and college sort of cost money. And more money than I get from babysitting twice a month.

4. Run a 5k

Going along with being healthier, I want to start seriously running again, and hopefully get to the point where I can do a 5k! I’ve never done one, but I’ve heard that they’re really hard and really fun!

5. Time management!

I am so horrible at managing time and keeping up with everything that life throws at me, so that’s one of my biggest goals of 2014. If I can learn to manage time better, pulling off all of this other crazy stuff will be so much easier!

Those are my goals, but what are yours? Let me know in the comments!

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