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Booking Through Thursday: Burn

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“If your house was burning down and you could save just one book from your collection … what would it be?

 (And, for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll allow series to count as “one” long, multi-volume book.)”

You know I have actually pondered about this quite often. In fact, some of my close family members (being alarmed by my bibliophilia!) have also asked the same question. Although it would break my heart to leave behind any of my beloved possessions I think I would probably grab my edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen because of its sentimental value. It was a wedding gift for my parents from one of my mom’s cousins. The book has been around for the past 30 years now and is one of my favourites.

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Musing Mondays (Apr.9)

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.

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!

Musing Mondays (Feb.13)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

What is your favorite romantic book –or book that includes a love story? (an adult romance, young adult, kids’ story, anything)”

I am not much into romance. I rarely read an out and out love story. I even dislike it when romance invades my reads from other genres. Even if I have read some books that contain a romantic plot, it has always been a classic, nothing modern.

If I have to pick my favorite romantic book, I’d choose Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is the ultimate romantic story in my opinion. But I love it not only for the romance but because of its heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. I have rarely come across such a strong and assertive heroine in a romantic story. I loved how she often flouts the convention of her restrictive society (like when she makes a three mile long journey by foot to see her sister), the way she doesn’t pine for her love and handles herself maturely in every situation. Of course, she does have her flaws but they make her even more human.  With her flaws and her strengths, she is unmatched.

Booking Through Thursday: Only Five

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“If you had to pick only 5 books to read ever again, what would they be and why?’

(Such a cruel question!)”

Oh boy! This is one of my worst nightmares come true!

Okay so I think I would pick books that are not only my favourites but are also light reads. Of course, I would hunger for books that made me think or made me cry. But if I am to read the same five books over and over again, the least I could do is get a laugh or a little thrill out of it.

1. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – I laugh till I have tears in my eyes whenever I read this book.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – A book that is such a perennial favourite of mine (I have re-read it at least half a dozen times!) that I am actually afraid to review it lest I shouldn’t be able to do justice to it.

3. Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie – I love short stories, mystery is my favourite genre and Miss Marple is my favourite detective from my favourite author Agatha Christie. Do I need to say any more?

4. Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie – A man murdered in full view of at least four witnesses. One of my absolute favourite ‘impossible’ mysteries.

5. Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie – Although I prefer Miss Marple to Poirot, the sheer volume of this book makes me want to pick it. I am reading only five books so might as well make at least one of them a gigantic one!