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Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them


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

This week’s theme is a really fun one. When I thought about it, it made me realize just how many times I’ve wished I could extend the alternate reality of books by trying things some of the things characters do in real life! Some of them more ill-advised than others…

 1. Move to New York and write YA fiction

In Scott Westerfield’s Afterworlds, Darcy Patel moves to New York to write a novel. She finds an amazing apartment (that she can just about afford out of her advance) and meets a whole host of other YA writers. To me this sounds like pretty much THE DREAM and makes me want to quit my job and book a flight immediately.

New York

2. Complete a list of challenges written for me by a friend

Since You’ve Been Gone is one of my favourite YA books about friendship. When her best friend Sloane disappears, Emily is left wondering what she is going to do to fill her summer: until she finds the list of challenges that Sloane has left her to complete. Each one tasks her to try new things and brings her out of her comfort zone. It leads Emily to try all sorts of new experiences she might never have otherwise. I would love for a friend to write such a list for me!


3. Run away and joint the circus

In Laura Lam’s Pantomime, Gene runs away to join a circus and becomes an aerialist. If I joined the circus, I’d be taking along my hula hoop.


 4. Be a ballerina and travel the world

Sometimes when I’m sitting at my desk working, I think of Harriet Morton running away to tour the Amazon with a ballet company in Eva Ibbotson’s A Company of Swans and wish I could do the same.


 5. Have a pet crow

Just like Saba’s pet crow Nero in Blood Red RoadHow cool would that be? He could sit on my shoulder and caw menacingly at anyone who bothered me.

blood red road nero

6. Kick zombies’ asses

I’ve read so many books about zombies, seen so many films, I almost want there to be a zombie apocalypse so I can have chance to put my acquired zombie-ass-kicking knowledge to the test! But until then, I’ll just have to settle for rereading Alice in Zombieland.


 7. Dye my hair blue or some other crazy colour

I wonder if Katy Perry had been reading about Karou’s adventures in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone when she decided to go for that do?

blue hait

8. Learn how to fly a plane

While I don’t think I’d ever have the guts to be an ATA pilot in World War 2 like Rose Justice of Rose Under Fire fame, this book did make me wonder how it would feel to fly a plane.

rose under fire

 9. Get dressed up as a giant ham

I am just waiting for someone to host a literary characters fancy dress party so that I can go dressed as Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird on her way to the Maycomb County pageant.

giant ham

10. Find another world at the back of a wardrobe

Ever since I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I have tested the back of many a wardrobe to see if it opens into Narnia or some other magical realm. So far I have only encountered moth balls and last season’s shoes. But I’ll keep trying…


What things have books made you want to do or learn about?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my list!

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  1. This is a great list! I’ve always wanted to learn how to fly a plane, I feel like it would be a useful skill to have, and also just think of the gorgeous views you would see!
    Moving to NY to write a book would be fabulous if it turned out the way it does in the book!
    I wish I was a ballerina too, they are always so graceful! I used to do ballet as a kid but always got told off for misbehaving!
    Great list this week 🙂

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

     /  July 26, 2016

    YESSS I am with you on needing to find Narnia! And dressing up as a ham would be awesome. :’) Also I would so love to have a pet crow! like generally I don’t like birds, but if it was as smart as Nero, then I’m 100% there. And blue hair is SO AWESOME. I would never be brave enough to do it haha, but still…sometimes I dream… Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!


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