The Art of War Review

 The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

The Art of War is the first book I picked up for my Classic Club Project and I also read it using the serial app over 5 days. Honestly I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book I only knew that it was a rather  short one and I was curious to see why it has survived this long as classic work. Also it was constantly brought up in the movie “Bring it On” and as a kid I always wanted to know more about it because of that reference.

This book was divided up for me in 5 serial issues and it was a really interesting experience for me to read it in these small chunks. Normally when a book is this small I would read it cover to cover not instead I had the opportunity to read and think about each section before moving on to the next and I really think that added to the reading experience.

The book in itself was a lot more interesting than I originally pegged it as. I mean a book literally about war and war tactics could of been really dry. However I was really surprised by how invested I was in this book. I mean the form and means of battle are clearly dated but the theory and terms are still applicable today. I had a lot of fun trying to apply the terms to wars and battles that have been fought today and it was so amazing seeing the different types of war.

I surprisingly really liked this book though it won’t be a favorite I can totally see why it has stood the test of time and I am really happy that I finally got around to it. It was a quick and fascinating read.

Some quote worthy moments

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .”

 

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House Cup Reading Challenge Progress

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I’m really excited about this readathon and thought it would be really interesting to keep track of my reading and see how my reading differs from what I initially thought I would read.  I’m going to keep a running list of what I am accomplishing.

Daily Updates

10/15: Readathon started and I read very little. I started Down Among the Sticks and Bones but didn’t get very far. 

10/16 : Started and finished my first book for the 1st year challenge!   – 20 points  I really enjoyed this book and was unable to put it down! 

 


First Year:  A Note A Day
Second Year: 
Third Year: 
Fourth Year: 
Fifth Year: 
Sixth Year:
Seventh Year: 

Bonus Challanges:

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

Weekly Wrap Up- 10/14

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This week was really nice I only worked a few days and had a 3 day weekend. However my reading time wasn’t great. I had a lot of other things I was doing including making and delivering a wedding cake over the weekend. Also I finally bought a dot grid notebook to start my Bullet Journal and I am obsessed! I’m having a lot of fun setting up my BUJO!

On to the reading….

  

Total Books read : 3

Page count:  477

Even though I didn’t read a lot I still feel like I had a good week. I read a book for my classic club and started some manga series. Also a readathon officially starts at the beginning of next week so hopefully my reading will pick up again. Also to make my reading goal I am only 19 books away and I’m really hoping to make it there really soon.


How was your reading week?

Arya

 

The House Cup Reading Challenge

Alright so I kinda promised myself not to do any more readathons this month/year and that was completely thrown out of the window when I saw the announcement for this on twitter. I mean come on a Harry Potter themed readathon I can;t ignore that.

House Cup Reading Challenge is being hosted by

Lauren of Live Love Read Ya,

Alex of Book Daisy Reviews,

Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf,

and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. 

WHAT IS THE HOUSE CUP READING CHALLENGE?

The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. You can find more information about that on the bloggers’ sites.
Be sure to sign up by October 14th to join in the reading fun!

Ok after hearing about this readathon I had a big issue. I don’t have a house! Ok before you ask I have a major identity crisis when it comes to hogwart houses I typically announce myself as a slytherdor so I had to decide what how I was going to to compete as and I decided to go with with…

HOGWARTS STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Name: Arya
Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Wand Type: Acaicia wood with a unicorn tail hair core 11 ½” and Surprisingly swishy
Pet: Owl
Favorite Subject: Potions
Favorite Professor: Professor Severus Snape

MAIN CHALLENGE:

My TBR is mostly likely going to change since I am such a mood reader but here is what I am thinking at this time.

First Year:  Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Second Year: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Third Year: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Fourth Year: Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mattewson
Fifth Year: When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Sixth Year: Lick by Kylie Scott
Seventh Year: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Bonus Challanges:

I’m leaving this intentionally blank and will pick up books as I go!

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

Are you joining in this readathon? What are you reading?

Arya

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s theme is books with covers that remind you of fall/autumn. I had a lot of fun looking through books trying to find books that remind me of Fall. So things that remind me of Fall are colors like red, orange, yellow and thing like leaves, pumpkins, and the theme of “creepy”. So using those concepts I picked 10 books I want to read.

 


Did you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? I would love to know what books remind you of Autumn!

Arya

Weekly Wrap-up Oct. 7th

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Hi guys! Its been quite awhile since I’ve done a weekly wrap-up. This is one of my favorite things to post.

This week in my life was really eventful. At the beginning of the week we finally finished my grandma’s porch ( the one that collapsed months ago) and set it up all nice and made half of it a play room for my sister and the other half as storage and it it so amazing to have the house back instead of storing all of her holiday things everywhere. Besides the porch it was my turn to work the weekend at work which happened  to be super busy and I’m exhausted!

Also at the beginning of the month I joined in with blog ahead for October and sadly I haven’t planned any posts for that since all the posts have to go up after October. However I am  actually ahead and have all of this monthly posts planned out and should be able to work on some more posts to go up later as well!

On to the Books……

    

I read a total of 5 books totaling up to 1,356 pages!
I was totally surprised by this I did listen to Night of Cake & Puppets while I painted and carpeted my grandmother’s porch though so I was able to sneak in some extra “reading” time this week.

Next Week

On the blog I already have 3 blog posts ready to go and I’m so excited to not be scrambling to get something up!

On my immediate TBR I think I’m going to try to read these 2 books next and go from there.

  

 

 

 

 


How was your reading week? I would love to know!

Arya

Freebie Friday!

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WEecome back to another Freebie Friday.  I started this series a while back on  my blog and complely stopped when I realized buying more and more ebooks with out reading anything on my kindle was a crazy thing to do (go figure), So after a short hiatus (and many more ebooks read) I am back with some more Freebies! I’ve decided to do this biweekly instead of weekly because some weeks I don’t find many good freebies.

As always before buying a 1-clicking a book double check the price since it might no longer be free!

*Click on  the book cover to go to Amazon*

    

      


Did you pick up any freebies this week? I would love to know!

Arya