Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week is a rewind week, so we get to go back to any topic we like that we either missed or want to revisit. I missed one just a few weeks ago that seems like great fun: “Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them” so I’ve gone back to that. I’ve stick to things that I could theoretically achieve, rather than fictional experiences I’d like to have, just because otherwise my list would be filled entirely with things like “go to Hogwarts” and “ride a dragon” (not because those are bad experiences to want to have but because I want this to be the kind of list I can look at when I want to set a new goal for myself!). So, in no particular order…
Run/Challenge myself physically
So, I’m not at all an athletic person – I’m the kind of person who’s perfect evening involves pyjamas, some tv, a book and some snacks. But I like the IDEA of being an active person – and definitely of being healthier, so I occasionally drag myself to the gym/to an exercise class etc. I absolutely adored Born to Run though, and it definitely made me want to do more: not just to do the bare minimum to feel a bit healthier, but to also see just what I can do if I really go for it. Rule 1: Cardio (my gym shirt says so!). I might have possibly just signed up for a beginner’s triathlon I’m not at all ready for thanks to Born to Run being super inspirational… Now I just have to get fit in like…. 6 weeks. Eep.
Take control (where I can) of my own happiness
The Happiness Project was probably my first real audiobook success: I absolutely loved listening to it on the way to and from uni every day. I found Gretchen so down to earth and normal – her normal might be a bit different to my normal, but I loved the idea of doing what you can to make your life just a little bit happier, and in small ways not “move your life to a whole other country” kind of ways. I also absolutely loved Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive. There were so many amazing things in the book, but one that I particularly took away was the idea of a list of things that make you feel good, and things that make you feel bad: it sounds simple, but sometimes when you feel crappy, you don’t really want to do anything, but that list can be a good prompt to find SOMETHING (whether that’s an episode of anime or a walk or a particular song you like) to give you a little boost. You can bet these will be in my bullet journal!
Live in Japan/speak Japanese
Okay, so it really just inspired me to want to live in another country and speak another language, but Japan would be particularly high on the list!
Get good at video games
So, confession, I don’t think I’ve finished a video game since about Crash Bandicoot 3… Both of these books though definitely made me want to change that.
Get back into Fanfiction/Write
I loved this book on so many different levels, not least because like Cath, I’m a big fanfiction fan but I’ve never written anything original. It hadn’t really occurred to me to try because I didn’t have a particular idea in mind. Fangirl both reignited my love for fanfiction reading and writing, but also opened my mind to the idea of giving original fiction a go too. Nanowrimo in November maybe?!
Learn some basic survival skills
So, hopefully my newfound exercise enthusiasm (well, maybe more kinda lukewarm enthusiasm) means I won’t be the first to get eaten in the event of the zombie apocalypse/killed in the hunger games etc BUT I probably wouldn’t last very long even after that anyways. There are plenty of dystopian books that make me want to learn some basic survival skills to try and keep me alive!
This isn’t the result of any particular book, but just seeing other worlds and places always makes me want to see other places in our world too!
Own a house with a library
Again, no particular book that makes me want this, just a selection of books with great houses including libraries!
Be more confident & dress up more
So here’s a thing you might have figured out about me by now: I’m pretty lazy. I like getting dressed up now and again, but for day to day life I’m pretty much a roll out of bed and throw on jeans and a t-shirt type. But then, I read a book like The Siren or A Court of Mist and Fury which has these awesome kick-ass, feminine women and it always makes me want to be less lazy and more feminine!
I’m pretty indecisive, but it would probably be Harry Potter or Red Rising related!