Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so go see what other authors decided to write about for this week’s prompt – books that made me want to learn!
I have to admit, I’m fairly impressionable when it comes to books. Characters who really love what they do make me want to give those things a try. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I recognize that they’re beyond my skill level.
Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce
This series is responsible for me wanting to try so many things – knitting, weaving, glassblowing, metalworking – there’s just so much real magic in the art that these characters do. I know better than to mess with plants for the most part. I inherited my mother’s inability to keep plants alive indoors, other than aquatic plants, sadly, so I know that a lot of Briar’s skill set is out of my reach, but Daja and Sandry’s magics so make me want to give them a try. I taught myself how to knit last summer partially because of these books.
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
The Vampire Academy books made me want to be like Rose so badly. She was a badass, and I wanted to learn how to fight like her. I have yet to actually do anything about it, but I’ve wanted to learn.
Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
I read this a few years ago and I thought the idea of flipping through recipes and doing them all sounded like a lot of fun, although not realistic for picky eaters, or anyone on a budget. I thought it would be a fun exercise, though, to teach myself all of the cooking skills that I don’t have yet.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Reading Furiously Happy rocked my world. It had me crying, laughing, and helped me understand some parts of myself. Reading this book gave me the courage to go and get medicine for the anxiety that had been causing me panic attacks for 6 months, and I’ve tried to shove this book in pretty much everyone’s hands that I’ve seen since I read it. It’s that good. Seriously, read my review and then go read this book. Please.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
This book inspires me to throw things, and also to take note of the preaching that happens in books, especially some of the higher fantasy ones. It’s easy to hide some grosser beliefs from readers by hearing their justifications for things, and if you don’t keep an eye out, you can find yourself believing the things you read. If you want to see what this book inspired me to write, go here.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
When I was in middle and high school, I loved writing and reading poetry, and that’s something that I’ve wanted to get back into. I saw Manda’s book for free on Kindle, I had to grab it and read it. It was beautiful, and I’ve made an effort to look for more poetry books that I’ll enjoy just as much.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Princess Bride made me remember that the book-to-movie translation isn’t always a bad one. I loved this movie, and then I read the book, and the spirit of the book was perfectly captured in the movie that was created. It made me have a little bit of faith in some movie-makers when it comes to translating my favorite stories. Also, gotta love a fiction novel with footnotes!