July 26: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do
This week’s theme focuses on things books have directly made me want to do or learn about: it was more difficult than I had expected, as 99% of the time I take a book at face value as (usually) a work of fiction, and rarely read into it on a level that puts me at the epicentre. Regardless, when I thought about it, I did manage to think up ten things I’d be interested in doing.
1. Road-trip across the USA
So many YA contemporaries feature road-trips, either with friends or the cute boy-next-door. I’d love to take an equally as epic trip as Amy and Roger in Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
2. Open a bookstore
Whilst not directly influenced by any one particular book or author, whenever I read a book featuring a bookworm, a bookshop or an individual working in the industry, I get the desire to spend my days curled up with my nose in a book, recommending and selling them to strangers.
3. Learn archery
Katniss and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins definitely takes responsibility for this one – I have had a go four or five times, and I’m actually not bad.
4. Find true love
Soppy, but true. Hardly a book exists that doesn’t contain romance/love/the one in some form or other.
I don’t like cooking, but on the rare occasion I have the urge to bake. Recently I purchased Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr, and some of the recipes look delightful so I may be the next Mary Berry yet.
6. Visit any and all Harry Potter related locations worldwide
You can thank JKR for this one. I’ve already been to a multitude of UK based sites (a perk of being British), but I desperately want to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.
7. Read more
When I read a book I’m enjoying, all I want to do is keeping reading, or read another book or three. I’m trying to be more diverse in my reading (something that has largely stemmed from the plethora of genres and authors I’m having to read for my MA – but it’s rubbing off on me, and I am picking up some more obscure books for pleasure too).
8. Learn about Greek/Roman/Egyptian/Norse mythology and etymology
I’m fascinated by mythology and etymology – though it’s not something I actively learn about. When I was 17, I wrote my Extended Project on etymology and mythology within Harry Potter, and that was the single most interesting essay (5,000 words) I’ve ever written – there’s just something about the magic surrounding words and myths that enthralls me.
9. Meet more authors/go to more bookish events
As a direct consequence of literally all the books, both read and unread, I love any excuse to meet those connected with the industry – I’m off to YALC for the first time this weekend, with the intention of finally meeting Malorie Blackman.
10. Write a book
One of my top bucket list items is to get a book published, but in order to do that I need to actually write one first. Maybe something slightly more academic than in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell though.
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