Amelia’s Favorite Things

A few of Amelia’s Favorite Things…

Like the song from The Sound of Music states, these are a few of my favorite things. Books and authors seem to dominate…I wonder why?


Top Five Non-Fiction Books

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, Eric Larson

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, John M. Barry

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, David McCullough

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, Eric Schlosser

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, Sebastian Junger


Top Ten Romantic Fiction Books

Morning Glory, Lavyrle Spencer

Bring Me Back, Karen Booth

Back Forever, Karen Booth

Cry No More, Linda Howard

The Golden Journey, Agnes Sligh Turnbull

The Wedding Bargain, Agnes Sligh Turnbull

A Woman of Substance, Barbara Taylor Bradford

Hiding in the Spotlight, Karen Booth

Simply Irresistible, Jill Shalvis

Red Adam’s Lady, Grace Ingram


Top Ten Georgette Heyer Books (in no particular order—my favorite keeps changing!)

My Lord John

The Conqueror

The Toll-Gate


The Foundling

False Colours

The Reluctant Widow

A Civil Contract

Sprig Muslin

The Talisman Ring


Top Ten Category Romance Books (tough choice—so many great ones!)

Secrets, Jennifer Greene

Forget Me Not, Elizabeth Lowell

MacKenzie’s Mountain, Linda Howard

Lady of the Island, Jennifer Greene

Love Song for a Raven, Elizabeth Lowell

Midnight Rainbow, Linda Howard

Madam’s Room, Jennifer Greene

Chain Lightning, Elizabeth Lowell

MacKenzie’s Mission, Linda Howard

Night of the Hunter, Jennifer Greene


Top Ten (Non-Romance) Fiction Books (see a pattern developing here?)

The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Shogun, James Clavell

Noble House, James Clavell

The Firm, John Grisham

The Runaway Jury, John Grisham

Patriot Games, Tom Clancy

The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy

Debt of Honor, Tom Clancy

Executive Orders, Tom Clancy


Top Ten Authors I Loved as a Child

Laura Ingalls Wilder (the “Little House” series—The Long Winter is my favorite)

Louisa May Alcott (Little Women, An Old Fashioned Girl, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, etc.)

Noel Streatfeild (the “Shoes” series—Ballet Shoes, Theatre Shoes, Dancing Shoes, etc.)

Alexander Key (will never forget The Forgotten Door)

S.E. Hinton (same goes for The Outsiders)

Robert A. Heinlein (just about everything, but The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is my favorite)

Carol Ryrie Brink (Caddie Woodlawn, Magical Melons, etc.)

Eleanor Cameron (the “Mushroom Planet” series)

Carolyn Haywood (the “Betsy” and “Eddie” series)

Donald J. Sobol (the “Encyclopedia Brown” series)


Top Ten Songs (another tough choice—music ranks right up there with books!)

Sand and Water (Beth Nielsen Chapman performing)

Long, Long Time (Linda Ronstadt performing)

Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers performing)

Open Arms (Journey performing)

The Dance (Garth Brooks performing)

Faithfully (Journey performing)

Yesterday (The Beatles performing)

I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner performing)

I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton performing, not Whitney Houston…sorry Whitney fans)

Heart of Gold (Neil Young performing)

Top Five Musicals

Phantom of the Opera

Les Misérables

The Sound of Music

West Side Story

The King and I


Top Five Movies


It’s a Wonderful Life

The African Queen

Seven Days in May

12 Angry Men


Top Five National Parks

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Yosemite National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Death Valley National Park


Top Five Cities Visited (but I wouldn’t want to live there)

Hong Kong and the new territories

San Francisco, CA

New Orleans, LA

Washington, D.C.

Portland, OR


Top Five Flowers (hmmm…blue seems to dominate, except for the first one)

Lily of the Valley

Forget Me Not

Blue Clematis

Blue Iris

Morning Glory


Favorite Time of Day

Wyoming sunrise

Arizona sunset


Favorite Color

Blue. Lavender blue. Cobalt blue. Baby blue. Teal blue. Royal blue. Sky blue. Forget-me-not blue. All shades and hues of blue, really. There’s just something so peaceful, so soothing about blue.