Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them!
- Magic. Probably the most obvious one, but who among us hasn't read Harry Potter and wished upon every star that they'd wake up a witch or wizard? I'm still trying to get to that plane of existence and party with my Hogwarts homies, one way or another.
- Archery. The two most prominent books that come to mind are The Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings but I feel like a lot of books, especially fantasy ones, have skilled archer protagonists. It sounds like a really cool and badass thing to know, but full disclosure, my friends have a bow and sets of arrows and I tried using them and it was a little bit of a mess, so we'll see if I become the next Green Arrow.
- Ghosts. Every time I read a book that features ghosts (or just one ghost) the mythology and the "rules" are always different, although there are often key elements that most novels keep across the board. I really love ghosts so these books just make me want to research ghost mythology and learn about all the different folklore. (Also I'm lowkey convinced I'm a ghost who hasn't been told any of the rules so the sooner I figure it out the sooner I can peace out of this corporeal form.)
- Time Periods. So I'm just gonna talk about this in general as opposed to my experience after any specific books but whenever I read books that are clearly set in or focus on another time period (a solid time period, not like fantasy books with an arbitrary feel of ~long ago~) I get really into knowing more about it. I just reviewed How to Hang a Witch, which takes place in the present day but heavily centers on The Salem Witch Trials and it's made me want to delve into them even more.
- Piracy. Being a pirate sounds cool and even though I haven't read too many books with pirates (a real shame, honestly) whenever I encounter one I become obsessed with the idea of living my life at sea in pirate clothes with my pirate friends. Better learn to swim first, just in case.
- Time Travel. Ever since I read the Molly Moon series about a girl who time travels back as a little kid, I've been obsessed with the idea of time travel. So exciting!
- Hand to hand combat. This is my Hunger Games dream -- hand to hand, hand to weapon, hand to ferocious evil animal, all of it is my game. Lowkey I know that I am one day going to have to fight someone to the death and when that day comes I'm going to put into play all of my hypothetical fictional knowledge.
- Werewolves. From Twilight (I know, I'm sad about it too) to my homeboy Remus Lupin I've been seriously into werewolves since like the 7th grade. When I was a kid my mom always pointed the full moon out to me so now whenever I see it I think of her and also how awesome it would be to be a werewolf. Like sure I'd be discriminated against but it still seems kind of rad.
- Alternative Religious Histories. I was a Dan Brown nut for like, several years of my life. The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons was my life for a super long time, I even spent the time looking up all the paintings and places referenced in the book so I could understand it better. I like lowkey love conspiracy theories so this was the beginning of that.
- Horses. I am sad to admit that I was once one of those fourth graders that truly loved horses. Ever since I read the American Girl Doll Felicity series, I fell in love with her horse Copper and then just horses in general. I have thankfully moved past that stage in my life, but I did love horses for a lil bit.
What have books made you want to learn?
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