It’s Tuesday! And that means it’s time to participate in the meme created by Broke and Bookish where bloggers share their top ten based on a given topic.
Today’s Topic is: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them
Sounds like fun 😀 Books always make me want to do things… which is normal, right?
My Top Ten things Books have Made me want to do:
1. See the world. Travel. I swear, every time I read a book set somewhere I’m not, it gives me CRAZY wanderlust. I read Outlander and I want to move to Scotland. After Anna and the French Kiss I was looking up accommodation in Paris. I was flicking through my copy of Chasing River the other day to review it and I had the urge to pack my bags and fly off to Ireland. Don’t get me started on Happy People Read and Drink Coffee which simultaneously made me want to jet off to both Paris AND Ireland…Not to mention all the thousands of books I’ve read set in the US which have me imaginary planning my dream vacation there… For a while romance novels had me absolutely convinced I wouldn’t be happy unless I went to New Orleans… I’m kind of hopeless. But I love to travel and reading books where the setting is so vivid and real it is almost a character in itself? They make me want to GO THERE!
2. Cook. I like to cook (okay mostly I just bake but there is an oven involved so it still counts) and when something is mentioned in a book and it sounds either delicious or interesting – I have to give it a go. I read Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham recently and it gave me a craving for a Welsh Rarebit… so I gave it a go. It was pretty delicious.
Best thing a book ever inspired me to make? Cinnamon scrolls from scratch. They were kind of amazing.
3. Slam Poetry. I’m not a poet but after reading Slammed by Colleen Hoover I was fascinated. Since there was a local slam competition in my area a few days after I read it, I decided to go check it out. And it was a lot of fun. There was an energy in the room and I even got to be one of the judges 😀 Slam poetry isn’t my thing but I never would have gone to the competition had a book not inspired me to do so.
4 and 5. Watch more movies/read more books. I don’t watch a lot of movies. I think I can count all the ones I’ve seen in the past two years on my fingers (and that counts having a Star Wars marathon and watching all 7 films in two days).
But when characters are obsessed with a certain movie – then I want to watch that film. It’s kind of fun watching ones I’ve seen before but with a different perspective. Even if that perspective is from a fictional character.
Same thing with books. I was reading a book fairly recently and the main character was obsessed with Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I really liked what she thought of the book and by likening the classic novel with her own life made me want to go back to the original text and see what she was talking about first hand. I can’t remember what the name of that book was… sometimes I’m a bad book blogger…
6. Host a book club. Every now and then I read a book and I want to share my love. Or my lack of love. And the internet is awesome that that. But I think I would love to sit around with some wine, good books and friends. If only my friends loved to read…
7. Have a once in a lifetime adventure. I read a lot of travel memoirs. Books written by people who go overseas and have one of those life experiences people like me dream of. I remember being really moved by Nellie Bennet’s Only in Spain. She essentially packed up her life in Australia to move to Spain and dance flamenco. It’s just… insane. Logically I’m way too shy and scared to do anything that crazy but it’s something I dream of doing and reading books by people who have done just that really inspire me.
8. Write a book. I don’t know why but reading books makes me want to write one. So I am. Currently about half way into my second draft of what is probably the worst book in the world but I’m having a lot of fun with it.
9. Be a spy. I once used an underwire from a bra to pick a lock after I read it in a book. Almost broke the lock but managed to do it in the end. Using bobby pins is a much better option. I love spy/private eye type books not just for the thrilling adventures but for the more practical skills.
10. Learn archery. There was a whole number of books I read a few years ago which made me want to learn to use a bow and arrow. The Hunger Games, Blood Song, Grave Mercy, Graceling, Immortals after Dark, and half a dozen historical romance novels – they all seemed to have archer heroines and yes – made me want to learn despite having next to zero hand eye coordination.
There’s my list for this week 😀
What things have books made you want to learn? Have you taken any lessons or done anything out of your ordinary because a book inspired you to? Feel free to leave me a comment 😀