Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature has a different (usually) book related topic each week, and the goal is to compose a list of ten things that correspond to the topic!
This week’s theme is: Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do Or Learn About After Reading Them
Without a doubt, books are one of the most influential things in my life. Yes, that’s because I spend the majority of my time reading, but also because books span such a wide variety of topics and send me to so many places that my mind just opens up to endless possibilities! Below are ten of the things that books have made me want to do/learn about recently (in no particular order).
• • • Travel • • •
Feel like this is an obvious answer. Books can take you anywhere in the world, which is great, but there is only so much joy that I can get from reading about a place. I’ve gotten to the point where I want to experience these places that I’m reading about. Anna and the French Kiss has solidified my need to go to Paris, Summer of Sloane made me miss Hawaii something fierce, The Infernal Devices peaked my interest about London… the list goes on and on. With all the technology advancements being made in this day and age, I’m just patiently awaiting the teleporting book – full immersion experience, ya feel me?
• • • Join The Military • • •
Full disclosure: when I was younger, I wanted to join the military so badly. I did my research, found a high school in my hometown that had an ROTC program, found a college that had an ROTC program that I could continue into… it was my dream, I had a well thought out plan, and I was so proud and ready to go! Then I told my Mom, and she cried so much and was so sad, so I squashed my plan. Do I regret it? I think I’m half and half. I’m old enough to recognize how dangerous of a situation I (probably) would have ended up in because upon my graduation from college is when the world really started going to hell, but I do still regret missing out on that experience and getting the opportunity to serve my country. So, when I read Rites of Passage, it brought all of those memories flooding back, made me a little sad, and made me want to join again.
• • • Master A Sport • • •
I’ve never been the most athletic person in the world. Sure, I played softball for a season, basketball for a season, I was a cheerleader, and I played soccer for a bunch of years… but I was never the rock star. Reading books where the characters are super awesome at a sport (Girl Against the Universe, Summer of Sloane, even Hunger Games…) makes me want to practice 24 hours a day to become ridiculously good at something. I envy how proud and awesome the characters feel when they kick ass. I want that! I want to feel freaking AWESOME! (I mean I am awesome, but I think you know what I mean).
• • • Become A Big Sister • • •
No, I don’t mean I want my parents to have another child, which would be weird at this point. What I mean is that I want to volunteer with Big Brother, Big Sister. Unless you’re living under a rock, it’s pretty obvious that the world is a scary, scary place now and growing up during this day and age is tough. I recently read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and along with absolutely breaking my heart, it just solidified the whole “children growing up in a scary world” thing for me. It all makes me feel so helpless, and there are so many children out there that don’t have positive influences in their lives, and BBBS is a great way to become a positive influence for someone who doesn’t have anyone. Unlike some of the other things on my list, this is something I can actually do relatively easily, so I’m looking into this one ASAP.
• • • Lose Myself In History • • •
I’ve talked about my love of history before. It was one of my favorite subjects in school (along with English, duh), I love the History Channel, I love visiting historical places and doing historical things (tours), and I obviously love reading about history. Therefore, anytime that I read a historical fiction book (example: Salt to the Sea), I get the urge to learn more, so I do some Googling or check out some non-fiction books about the topic/era.
• • • Be Me & Give Zero Shits What People Think About It • • •
I would definitely consider myself a free spirit. I don’t really bother myself with what people think of me most of the time, but will admit that there are times when I do get self-conscious, or things that I’m self-conscious about, and I hate it. When I read about characters who are 100% themselves, don’t give a damn, and are happy (Vivi in When We Collided and Lola in Lola and the Boy Next Door), I am utterly jealous and want to be more like them. It’s no fun to be like everyone else, so I wish I could shed all that random self-consciousness and be happy with me 24/7 and give zero shits about what anyone thinks about it! I’d say I’m about 80% there J
• • • Step Outside My Comfort Zone • • •
No matter how much of a free spirit I think that I am, I still have a comfort zone and things that I’m just not comfortable doing. For example, I’m really nervous to ski because I’m scared to go too fast and fall. My mind immediately things of all these bad things that can happen instead of just living in the moment, accepting my fear, and conquering it. When I read books like Girl Against the Universe and Since You’ve Been Gone where characters are stepping out of the safety of their bubble and challenging themselves, it makes me want to go and take over the damn world! This is one that I really want to make it a point to start focusing on, because it really pisses me off that I feel like I’m living in fear.
• • • Spend Time With My Family • • •
Sadly, I feel like it is more and more common to have broken families in books, and it depresses the hell out of me. Divorces, cruel parents, unloving parents, totally absent parents, death. It is everywhere, in all types of forms, and it is awful. When We Collided, Summer of Sloane, Second Chance Summer…they all just make me want to hug my dysfunctional but totally awesome family and never let them go! I am so blessed to have a kick ass family, and I don’t get to see them nearly enough since I moved across the state from them. Reading books with broken families makes me miss them a ton, and makes me so appreciative to have them in my life, even if I don’t get to see them as much as I wish that I could.
• • • Be A Hero (And A Witch) • • •
A lot books have heroes, but the Harry Potter series REALLY made me want to be a hero (and yes, of course a witch too). So many characters in HP are these selfless badasses who willingly put their lives on the line to save their friends, their family, and the whole freaking world. They battle evil and stand up for what is right, even when the danger is so great that most people would be running in the other direction peeing their pants. They were AWESOME, and they were so influential for me at such a young age. I still want to be like the heroes of HP, to care that much, and be that selfless in times of need for my family, friends, and the world.
• • • Read More! • • •
And lastly, every book that I read makes me want to read more! I love the places that I go, the characters that I meet, and the things that I learn! Keep the adventures coming!