booking through thursday

Booking Through Thursday: Siblings

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“Do you have siblings? Do they like to read?

I do have a baby sister. She isn’t a bookworm like me but she does enjoy reading. She was (and is) more into playing sports and watching reality shows like The Amazing Race, Fear Factor ; etc. When she showed an interest in books (as I was always lazing around the house with one tome or another) I gave her books that I thought would appeal to her nature.  I recommended books like Wuthering Heights and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and she seemed to enjoy them all. She has actually become quite addicted to Agatha Christie! She has already devoured more than a dozen titles and has currently taken away my ‘only’ copy of The Mysterious Affair at Styles. So, I think I have managed to ‘infect’ her a bit with my love for reading!

Booking Through Thursday: Pet Peeve

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“What are your literary “pet peeves”?

I hate stupid characters in general but nothing irks me more than stupid heroines always walking into dangerous situations, relying on others to solve their problems and generally whining about their situation.

I dislike pretty, wallflower type heroines. For example, Celia Harland in At the Villa Rose by A.E.W. Mason. The only redeeming quality this character seems to have is being ‘dainty’ and ‘pretty’.

I dislike the use of excessively detailed violence and unnecessary sex scenes. The ‘Millennium Trilogy’  by Stieg Larsson is guilty on both accounts. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest all contain a lot of  unnecessary and in the end rather lame sex scenes. The explicit sexual violence, especially in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, left me feeling violated.

Booking Through Thursday: Eternity

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so?

I think the longest time it took for me to read one book was with A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. The Lord of the Rings complete trilogy took the longest time but that’s  three books in one edition so it’s not applicable.

A Short History of Nearly Everything is a fairly big book. My edition runs over 600 pages and is divided into 6 parts & 30 chapters. It took me a while to finish it but not because it’s boring or difficult. Time constraint was a major factor. Plus, this is one book you cannot skim over. Most of it has to be read with careful attention.  So, it was basically a combination of length and content.

Booking Through Thursday: Recommendation

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the FIRST book you’d think to recommend (without extra thought)?”

Pride and Prejudice, without a doubt. It got a hold of me at the tender age of 12 and hasn’t let go of me since!

Booking Through Thursday: Lessons

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“Have you ever used a book to instruct someone of something or is there anyone for whom you would like to do that? (I don’t mean a text book for a class, but a work of fiction or non-fiction that would get a certain message across either through plot or character). What is the book and what do you wish to impart?

I don’t think I will try to impart knowledge from any fictional book. I never say never. I may learn something about life myself from a fictional book in future but for now, no.

As for non-fiction, I have talked about the things I learnt from  The Art of War by Sun Tzu to people I know. I read it without really intending to learn anything from it. I mean, it’s a book on ancient warfare techniques. When am I ever going to be in a situation where fighting skills are going to be necessary? But I did end up learning something from it. The most important lesson I learnt from it was to be aware of  my surroundings and of other people’s intentions all the time. It is something I already knew but reading Sun Tzu’s words only reaffirmed my belief in being prepared for anything at any given moment.