In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
As you may have guessed from the title, this is a list of books worth reading. These are some of the books that matter to me, the books that have shaped me, the ones that have taught me (hopefully good things), and in many instances, the ones that have made me angry. I’ll try to mention at least one thing that struck me about each book. Don’t be surprised if you see Whinny the Poo next to Mein Kampf. On second thought, be very surprised, I haven’t read either!
A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is the story of Sara Crewe who has been orphaned and left penniless. Sara gets through the hard days by pretending to be a princess and comporting herself accordingly. I’ve watched two or three film adaptations of it, and each of them glossed over what was for me the most important aspect of the book. To Sara, being a princess isn’t about carriage rides and sparkly gowns. It’s about noblesse oblige, and caring more for those who are in a worse position than one’s self, even when one hasn’t eaten all day, and may not eat tomorrow either.