Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do/Learn About After Reading Them

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly book blog meme hosted by the lovely girls over at The Broke and the Bookish
This Top Ten Tuesday is quite the mouthful, but it sure is a fun one! The topic this week is the top ten things books have made me want to do or learn about after reading them. I really like this topic because there are so many books out there that have either prompted some new fascination with a particular topic or skill, or that have inspired or encouraged me to do new things. Also, I miscounted when I originally typed this out, so I actually have eleven things listed.

1. Go on an adventure/journey and discover more about myself.
Into the WildThe Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)The Adventurer's Guide to Successful EscapesThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White (review coming soon!)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
(Honorable mention: The Magus by John Fowles - not so much an adventure,
 but there is definitely some weird adventuring/soul-finding going on.)

2. Read more fairy tales and write my  own stories - or retellings!
The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)Through the WoodsThe Book of Lost Things
3. Continue on to achieving a graduate degree. (in Classics, though, not English)
Will this actually happen? I don't know quite yet, but this book really inspired me.

4. Learn magic tricks.
Girl in the ShadowsBorn of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)

5. To actually ask for help if I need instead of trying to pretend I can do everything myself.
The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

6. Take a long train ride. (Preferably through a scenic area in the U.S. or Canada - and also preferably without the corresponding murder.)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

7. Read more comics/graphic novels.
WatchmenPreludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Fables by Bill Willingham

8. Own my own bookstore! (Or just work in one, I'm not picky)
The Little Paris BookshopMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (review)
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (review)
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

9. Find a close-knit group of friends who will do crazy things with me and keep secrets.
The Secret HistoryBlack ChalkSix of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)A Separate Peace
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates (review)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
(okay, so this last one isn't a perfect fit, but it is still heavily friend-based)

10. Learn more about astronomy/physics.
The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban AstrophysicistSeven Brief Lessons on PhysicsPhysics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Seven Brief Lessons by Carlo Rivelli (review)
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku (review)

11. Taking boxing/martial arts/fencing/etc. to learn how to fight! (For fun, of course)
The Berlin Boxing ClubFirst Test (Protector of the Small, #1)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
First Test by Tamora Pierce
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (review)

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  1. I love how you have your list set up. So many books! I reading The Name of the Wind right now so I'm happy to see it on your list. I would also love to have my own bookstore. It would be a dream come true.

    1. Thanks! I kept thinking of so many books for so many things that I just had to find a way to include them all.
      And ah, I hope you're enjoying The Name of the Wind! It is definitely one of my favorites. :)

  2. oh, I would love to learn to fight too!

  3. Fun list, Jordan. Learning some of the "fighting" skills in books or films. They seem like skills that take a lot of control, which is interesting. Also, yay for fairytales! I love the genre. :)

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.