Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This time the theme is things books have made me want to learn or do. Whether it’s visiting a place or learn a cool ability, books are always showcasing awesome things I want to know how to do or simple learn more about them, so let’s check them out!
1. Talk many languages
When I read Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, I fell in love with the ability Artemis had to talk and translate a bunch of different languages. By that time, I was already learning English in school and loving it, but I think reading about that ability really accentuated my love for languages. In the following years I tried learning Italian by myself, I listened to music in all kinds of languages, I saw French in high school and then went on to study Modern Languages in university, where I learned a bit of German. Now I run this blog entirely in English and I’m constantly listening to music from Bollywood films in Hindi, adding to my collection of international music. Although I don’t speak nor understand most of the languages, they are still present in my life in a lovely way.
I think we all share this one. Books allow us to visit places through the pages, but we end up wanting to see the real deal! I wish I could be momentarily transported to some of the locations I’ve read to see how incredible they are.
3. Learn to use bow and arrow
One word: Katniss. Honestly, when I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins all I wanted to do was learn how to use bow and arrow. It seems so cool. Maybe one day?
When I read a book and a character is eating something, I want it. I can’t help it. It makes me hungry. And when a book is set in another country and it mentions typical recipes from that place, I instantly search them to see if they’re vegetarian and I can make them. On my to do list there’s now jollof rice and chin chin from Nigeria thanks to Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor.
5. Read about history
Many books mention or are set in specific periods in time that I don’t know much (or anything) about, so they motivate me to Google all about them and learn a bit of history. This is always a plus for me!
6. Be a movie set designer
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour features Emi, a girl who designs film sets, and after reading all that went behind that job enchanted me. It’s not something I will ever realistically do, but I would love too at least see the behind-the-scenes of one set design one day!