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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.

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Musing Mondays (Mar.19)

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

“This week’s musing asks…

Would you choose to review a book if its description sounded interesting but the cover was terrible?

Ugly book covers are a pet peeve of mine. My enjoyment of the book diminishes by ugly covers. I wouldn’t say I don’t review books that have terrible covers but I mention it on my review. Like on my review of The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith, I clearly express my disapproval of the cover even though I liked the book itself. The most irritated I have ever been by a cover was by the cover of The Art of War. The cover depicted some random man talking on a cell phone. An ancient Chinese book that has been celebrated through the ages for its wisdom deserves better, in my opinion.

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.

Musing Mondays (Nov.7)

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

“This week’s musing asks…

Other than for school, do you read books to learn how to do something? What was/were the topic(s)?

Umm…not really. Other than for school, I don’t deliberately read books to learn something. Most of the books I read are for pure entertainment only.

I read The Art of War last year, 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.