This week’s TTT is quite fun: Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them. When reading so many books, you’re bound to get inspired by them in one way or another. I often get fascinated by themes or subjects in books and end up wanting to learn more about them, or get inspired to read more books in a certain genre, or get inspired to visit certain places, or get active, or…
Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them
- Revisit Greek Mythology
As a child I was completely fascinated by mythology. After reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller I was eager to find out more. I finally reread Homer’s Odyssey!
- Visit Masada
I admit that, for no particular reason, the Middle East has never been high up on my list of places I wanted to visit. When I read The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman I got very interested in Masada, and it’s on my bucket-list now. Along with Jordan (not book-related).
- See more Shakespeare plays
In 2011 I was super lucky and got my hands on tickets for Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. To prepare myself, I read the play. Hilarious! And so was the staged version (but what could possibly go wrong with those two fabulous actors?). After that I actually went to see more Shakespeare plays 🙂 Way better than just reading them!
- Declutter my house
Ok, this one is cheating, because I had been wanting to declutter for a while. And of course the whole aim of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo is decluttering. You can read more about my efforts here!
- Visit the House on the Rock
I admit I am a sucker for the weird and absurd, so after reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman I really wanted to visit the House on the Rock. I never thought I’d ever have the opportunity, but it looks like I’ll get to see it next year..!
- Get back into music, and hard
I am currently reading Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, for Our Shared Shelf. It brings back so many memories of all the concerts I visited, the music I listened to, the bands I admired… I still love music, but it’s not the same.
- Find out more about Japanese literature by women
And funnily enough it was because of Chiyo Uno’s Confessions of Love, which I did not even think was that great.
- Live in Berlin for a little while
Christopher Isherwood’s books had been on my TBR pile for a long time. So when I visited my friend in Berlin a few weeks ago, I decided to finally start reading his books as a culturally appropriate preparation. I read both Mr. Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin, and while these books are Isherwood’s experience of Berlin in the 1930s, and a lot has changed since then, I think the feeling of living in Berlin has remained more or less the same (Berlin friend confirms). I’d love to live in Berlin for a while, maybe a year or two, three.
Nina LaCour & David Levithan’s You Know Me Well made me wonder if I have been missing out on teenage queer life (I probably have). I feel like I have catching up to do!
- Read more graphic novels
Courtesy of the beautiful Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, read for Our Shared Shelf. I already bought, ordered and read a few more since then!