Young and inexperienced, Sylvia’s chief flaw is that she is ruled by her moods. All her life decisions are made on the impulse of the moment without a care to propriety or prudence. She is the bane of her sister’s existence who feels that she will never learn, and always be ruled by a whim.
Beautiful and endearing to those around her, it isn’t a surprise when love quickly comes her way. Her childish and impetuous nature give her a vivid and colorful personality that is hard to dislike. She is one of those people who always manage to get their own way. As always, Louisa May Alcott put a moral in her novel, and Sylvia must learn a hard lesson before she can find the happiness of love.
I liked Sylvia, but at times I found it hard to believe how anyone so charming and beautiful¬† could be absolutely unconscious of it. I understand there are people with charm who are unconscious of it, but for someone with that mixture of beauty, charm, spirit and personality to be absolutely unaware of it, seemed doubtful. Especially with the fact that not one, but two men fall in love with her! The only explanation is that Sylvia is still a child, and she has many things to learn before she can make a success of her life. Her turbulent emotions and mood swings cause her, and others, a lot of heartache. She is forever fluctuating between ecstasy and despair.Moods shows the serious side of love and how it is not always just pure joy and ecstasy. Sylvia finds true love the hard way, and she has to give up a lot before she sees it. The novel made me root for one character, then another till I didn’t know what I wanted, so how could Sylvia?! But, through all the haze, she at last finds herself and the peace she had always wanted.

November has been a slow month in reading. I’ve started a new job, have had constant family gatherings, and best of all, our Eid also took place this month (a three day holiday). It was a busy busy busy month and I didn’t get a lot of reading done.

Books I read this month:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
Moods by Louisa May Alcott
Kidnapped by Robert Stevenson

Agatha Christie re-reads:

At Bertram’s Hotel
A Pocket Full of Rye
Evil Under the Sun
The Moving Finger

I hope to make it all up next month with a nice new bag of books I bought a couple of days ago. Some I’ve reserved for My Blind Date with a Book feature, and others on a comparison I want to make between books and their movies. 

The Princess by D. H. Lawrence
Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost
The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
The Clocks by Agatha Christie
Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Currently, I am reading The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. An unusual book for me – a new genre which I’ve never read before. I’ll have to read more before I can give an opinion on him (I’m also in the middle of What We Say Goes, interviews of Noam Chomsky. I find it very interesting so far! Again, I can’t give an opinion till I read much much more on this subject.)