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Things Books Have Inspired Me to Do – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledge 

This week’s prompt is things that books prompted you to do or learn. And so this week I’m talking all about the things I’ve been inspired to do by reading books. This prompt was revealing because I’ve never thought of the ways that books have affected my real life. But when I take a minute to ponder it, I realize how much of an influence it’s had on me.

Things Books Have Inspired Me to Do…

Write my own stories

successful artist

I’ve enjoyed writing for so much of my life I can’t remember when I started it. But I know that before that, I loved reading. Like a sizable chunk of my generation, I started reading more often after I picked up the Harry Potter series and from there spawned a love of fantasy. And then before I knew it, I was thinking up my own stories and creating characters. Then at some point, I finally made the decision to put pen to paper. As any writer (I think anyway) would say, the best way to get better at writing is to read more. And the more I read amazing stories by other people, the more ideas come to me, and the more I’m inspired to create my own.

Blog about the books I love (and hate…)

book blogging

This is kind of obvious, but it’s my list so I’m going to put it on. I wouldn’t have a book blog without books, I wouldn’t have blogged period if I didn’t have books. Doing a blog about food or DIY or home decor, while I love those things, has never been something I could talk about three times a week on my blog. AND then go and talk to people on Twitter, etc. about it endlessly. Books, on the other hand, I could go on talking about all day. This blog exists solely because of all the amazing books about there, and I’ve talked in the past about all the reasons I love book blogging, and all of that is a direct result of books being there.

Think about diversity and representation

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I know I’ve talked about some of the negative aspects of the #ownvoices and diverse books movement, but all in all, it’s been a positive influence. When I was younger, despite being a black female, I wasn’t conscious of the lack of representation in books. I was used to mostly seeing white casts in tv and movies, and so I didn’t think much of it in books. But, as I got older and read more books with diverse casts and read about bringing diversity to books, I realized how important it is. Now, I can’t help but wonder how things would have been different growing up with character role models that looked like me. And in discussing the importance of diversity in books, I’ve become more aware of the importance of representation for everyone, especially young people.

Examine my own personal life and choices

being honest

If you’ve never read a book that made you sit back and examine your life, then you need to get to reading more! It’s hard to examine your own life and pick out flaws, but when you read about a character and their situation, sometimes you create parallels between your lives. It can be a harsh reality check at times and an impactful life experience at others. Personally, I think that reading while entertaining, should also be the sort of experience that changes the way you think. I know that Liane Moriarty has made me think more deeply about marriage and adult relationships than I ever thought I could…

Read more books

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My TBR is miles long and even if I read a book every day I would probably still never finish it. When you love books, you always have more to read. Sometimes the book itself mentions a book and you think ‘what is that? I have to read that now.’ Or it’s a retelling and so you feel compelled to read the original story it’s based on first before you read it. Or, as is the case with books I read, you love the book so much that you go on a researching spree to find a bunch more books like it. I mean, any books that describes itself as “Harry Potter with [blank]” is going to get my attention. Which is how I discovered The Magicians which is currently sitting on the top spot for my favourite book.

What have books inspired you to do? Take up skydiving? Do live action role play as a hobby? Let me know!

15 Comments

    • ltlibrarian

      August 2, 2016 at 10:54 am

      I for sure didn’t think about it as a kid either. I was happy when I saw a black character, but never thought about why there wasn’t more. It was kind of just the way things were. I think it’s hard to be aware of those sorts of things as a child without someone pointing it out to you.

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  • Tasya

    July 31, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I really like the way you do this week topic! I agree with everything, especially how books make me think about diversity. It definitely help us to think more about issues that are exists in the world, not only about diversity, but also about discrimination, hate, and sometimes even politics 😀
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    • ltlibrarian

      August 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Thanks! I definitely ended up interpreting the prompt differently than everyone else seemed to haha. And I fully agree! Things that I might not pay as much attention to in real life, in the context of a book will get me thinking and interested. Also topics of conversation about books that exist the way Twitter chats like FeminismInYA get you thinking

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  • giovanna

    July 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    It’s so true. Growing up there wasn’t many books with Black female characters. Thinking about it I can’t remember reading any…Still today They are hard to come by. I need to look around more! Great Top Ten! I don’t think I would ever be able to bring myself to go sky diving. I would probably die of a heart attack mid jump!!

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 28, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Right? I don’t remember being bothered by it, but I remember the odd time I saw a black female lead in a movie I would always get excited about it. So I can’t help thinking it would have been positive to see it. I’ve had an easier time finding more today, but less in protagonists and more as main characters. OMG yes, skydiving is terrifying. I can barely fly on a plane…

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 27, 2016 at 8:48 am

      hahah thank you. It was only after I saw everyone else’s TTT that I was like, oops, may have misunderstood this prompt. But I’m happy it still worked for you. Books are fantastic for introspection and life examining in general

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 27, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Haha nothing bad. A lot of her books deal with things like divorce and the ways a marriage can change as you get older. What I read recently by her, What Alice Forgot, mostly made me think about not forgetting the feelings and aspirations you have when you begin a marriage as your life changes. And moreover, not to lose sight of good memories you made just because there are bad ones too. And yay for being inspired to write 🙂

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  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    July 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Skydiving?? hahhahhha. No. Although honestly I’ve never actually read a book about skydiving yet! Clearly I’m missing out. XD Ohhh but books inspire me SO MUCH. Definitely they are like 90% of the reason I blog! (The other 10% is because I like calling people pineapples when they can do nothing about it mwhahaha. ahem.) And definitely it’s inspired the reason I want to have a career in writing. :’) And books make me want to art or go travelling or eat bookish food or..aaaall the things. EEEP. Also I love your gifs!! SUCH PERFECT GIFS OMG. Here’s my TTT!
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    • ltlibrarian

      July 27, 2016 at 8:39 am

      I don’t think I’ve read a book about skydiving either tbh. Hahah that’s an important 10%! But its is fantastic how great books are at inspiring you to do all sorts of things. Especially if it’s things you may not have thought to do otherwise. And yay! I worked hard to find those GIFs 😀

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