Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do

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This post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s TTT prompt is all about things that books have made me want to do or learn in real life. I love this! So often, books inspire me to try something new, and in some cases, I have. Many of these books are nonfiction (their ideas are easy to turn into projects), but a few are fiction books that have inspired me nonetheless.

  1. The Year of Reading Dangerously. Although I thought this book was just okay, it inspired me to make my own list of classics that I’ve skipped out on and challenge myself to actually read them. (If you want to join me, link up with me here!)
  2. Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day. The author’s adventures in famous tourist cities using only an outdated book as a guide sounded super fun! I’d still like to try it one day.
  3. I tend to hate poetry, but Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry made me want to try reading a bit more. (The poetry of Langston Hughes is now on my classics list.)
  4. #GIRLBOSS made me want to stretch myself in my business ventures.
  5. Pretty Good Number One. This book that I was sent for review (by one of my favorite podcasters!) made me desperately want to travel to Tokyo and eat all. the. food.
  6. The Palest Ink (another review copy) made me realize how little I know about the history of Asian countries and made me want to learn more.
  7. Ready Player One. I never thought I’d say a book made me want to play video games, but this one did.
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery. This amazing children’s book gave me a fascinating glimpse into Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and made me want to learn everything I could about her.
  9. Roller Girl made me want to learn about roller derby. I’d never want to participate (yikes!), but I’d love to watch a match.
  10. 10% Happier. I found this book really interesting. It actually inspired me to give meditation (basically mindfulness training for your brain) a try.

What new things have books inspired you to learn or do? Leave your TTT links in the comments; I’d love to check them out!

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I’m a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

  • Jo Elliott

    I just watched Whip It the other day and thought Roller Derby looked like it would be so cool to watch!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/top-ten-tuesday-67/

  • giovannard

    I’m the same about Poetry, I never really liked it. But if I do decide to read it one day. I think I’m gonna start with Maya Angelou. She was amazing! 🙂
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

    • Her poetry is very accessible, I think. A good place to start. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jennifer Rummel

    I’d love to be able to play video games better!

  • Ready Player One made me want to game more, too. I dabble, but not much these days. Tokyo food is the best!!! Great list. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • I have never thought about using an old travel guide, even though that makes sense. You’ll get to visit a lot of the old places that some people may forget about now. Also, meditation is great. It’s something I need to work on, too. Nice post!

    • Yeah, I’m still kind of figuring out meditation, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. Thanks for stopping by!

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