This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…
“This week’s musing asks…
What do you think are the top 5 books every woman should read? “
Oh this is a tough one! Most of my life, save for my body which is more Seyfried than Knightley, I have felt quite ‘unwomanly’. Especially when it comes to things like social behaviour, relation with the opposite sex and fashion; etc. When I read a book this attitude remains. So, picking books that every woman should read is a bit difficult for me. Anyway, I have tried and have come up with the following ones,
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – A lot of heartache could have been saved if Maxim and his new bride had been open and honest with each other. In a relationship, keeping everything bottled up and assuming the worst can only lead to trouble.
Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie – In this play (*spoiler*), a woman incriminates herself to save her husband (*end spoiler*). No one should become so blinded by love that they forget what is right and what is wrong. In the end, needless to say, it turns out badly for all concerned.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu – The most important lesson The Art of War gives is that it is important for everyone to be really conscious of their surroundings and of other people’s intentions. Having experienced first hand how traumatizing something like stalking can be, I am more than aware of the need to be alert all the time. Every woman should take this lesson to heart.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – This is one of the most well known fictional love stories so picking this one for female readers was obvious. Some say that the people in Wuthering Heights are unpleasant. Some are destructive, some are stubborn and some are weak. In my opinion the characters are close to our real world, Emily Brontë just upped the melodrama a bit. None of us in the real world are perfect. Just like many of us, the characters of this book make bad choices and suffer the consequences.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – No, not for the romance, not even for Mr. Darcy (blasphemy, I know) but read it for Elizabeth Bennet. Elizabeth is one of the very few literary characters I aspire to be like, strong, assertive but also loving and tender.
Oh, such awesome choices! I feel like I should go back and edit my answers!
Thanks! I think your answer is better than mine. It is more practical, things people can actually use. 🙂
Thanks! These books have been influential to me. I guess I interpreted the question differently than some of the other participants. 🙂
Yes that’s what makes these memes so interesting. Everyone has a different take on the same thing. It’s fascinating! 🙂
Wuthering Heights is an awesome choice 🙂
Isn’t it? I just love Wuthering Heights.
I absolutely LOVE your suggestions! I am definitely adding these to my TBR list – thank you for sharing! 🙂
Thanks! Though The Art of war may not be everyone’s cup of tea and I don’t really recommend that for everyone, the rest of my picks are recommended for anyone. Hope you enjoy them! 🙂
my answer took a different, ok, slightly adversarial, direction. for example, wouldn’t most people consider Art of War a man’s book?
Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Sorry couldn’t comment on your blog as I’m still having issues with Blogger hosted blogs with OpenID and Word verification.
Good answer! I answered the question the best I could but I agree with you. A good book is a good book. It can be enjoyed by both men and women. I would be more comfortable doing a list of the top 5 books everyone should read too.
Regarding The Art of War, like I have already explained in my answer, the most important lesson The Art of War gives is that it is important for everyone to be really conscious of their surroundings and of other people’s intentions. Having experienced first hand how traumatizing something like stalking can be, I am more than aware of the need to be alert all the time. Every woman should take this lesson to heart. Besides, Art of War is not really about war. It is more about how to get the best out of any situation. It is more of a spiritual read than anything else.
You’ve got a nice must-read pick. I’ll have t look into the others they look pretty good 🙂 I’ve not read any of them.
Heres my MM you can see what I’ve got for my must-reads!
nice list. some of these i’ll have to add to my TBR list today!
Trish – My MM
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Sorry couldn’t comment on your blog as I’m still having issues with Blogger hosted blogs with OpenID and Word verification.
Always glad to be able to add to a fellow reader’s TBR list.
I have to say, I read Rebecca for school a couple of years ago and I didn’t really enjoy it much. And I still haven’t read Wuthering Heights yet – I’ve been meaning to do it for ages!
Here’s my musing: http://danielleheartsbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/musing-mondays-7.html
I have loved Rebecca ever since I was 16-17 years old. If you didn’t like Rebecca, you probably won’t like anything ‘Gothic’. Wuthering Heights is similar in tone albeit more intense.