I love summer, but it definitely leaves me with endless amounts of free time. Aside from auditions and a little work here and there, I do a lot of working out, art projects, and sitting in the park reading!! So this is what I ask you! I need book suggestions!! I read SO many books and I get super indecisive in the book store! So could you guys all tell me your favorite books? Currently I am about to finish the 6th Harry Potter book. I have been re-reading them all and although my next read should technically be the 7th book, I am going through a little bit of a mourning period about the whole thing. I don't know if you all know this about me (those of you who follow me on twitter do haha) but I am one of the BIGGEST Harry Potter fans ever. I am talking I stood in line for the books as they came out, went to every midnight showing of the movies, get literal goosebumps every time I hear the theme song, have a Gryffindor scarf and sweatshirt, have a an HP pop-out calendar hanging in my room, and have my own custom wand (the magic it possesses is that it parts my hair every morning with the flick of my wrist). I was 11 when the first book came out just like Harry. I think that is one of the reasons that I have a such a strong connection to the books. My teacher at the time Mrs. Simon recommended it to me, and I read it SO fast and I wanted to go to Hogwarts more than anything in the entire world. And I kept reading the books and felt like I was almost in it with them because we were the same age every year as the books would come out. I just feel like that whole thing is my total childhood which is why I am dreading it being over. I even waited to see the movie this year because I just couldn't do it! But I finally saw it in IMAX and I cried for the 2 hours and 10 minutes straight. I was so ecstatic that the movie gave the books and the finality of the whole thing such justice...Ok WOW worst Harry Potter tangent ever, focus Krystina...BOOKS! Ok so anyway, I am looking for anything and everything to read! So throw it at me! And I will post my book reviews as I read them! (do you guys like Hunger Games? I keep hearing about it but I have no idea what it's about)
As some of you know, it was recently my birthday! I just wanted to quickly say how grateful I am for everyone in my life, including you guys. I have never felt more loved than my birthday this year! So I just wanted to say thanks to you all and of course give a big shout-out to my family and friends who are my everything in life. I have been realizing more and more lately how thankful I am for it all.
Onto other exciting things, last night was the opening of the Off-Broadway revival of Rent and I was honored enough to attend the show and festivities. I could not give more praise to this show and the actors in it (I know I know, you think I am biased, and although I am a little I'm being totally honest) If you are in New York and get a chance, I highly recommend running over to New World Stages and catching this new production of Rent. Last night was my third time seeing it, and I tried with all my might not to cry my makeup off for the party after to no avail. It is impossible because when you watch this show and the group of actors living it together up on that stage, the heart and soul that is put into it is overwhelmingly beautiful and inspiring. I loved every second of it and am so happy I got to share in the love a bit. The party was a blast too with so many familiar faces. I know people say it all the time, but the theatre community really is smaller than you think!
As for other news, I have been doing quite a few recordings lately for my writer friends, and am going to be laying down a demo over the next couple weeks with some fierce belting ladies which I am super excited about! Also, check out Robi Hager in concert at the Bitter End on August 22 at 8pm! I will be singing some back-up vocals along with other Spring Awakening alumni, Ben Fankhauser, Anthony Lee Medina and Gabe Violett!! Other than that, starting up something awesome this coming fall ;) more details to come soon!