Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do After Reading Them

1.) Write – Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

My mentor at L’Abri this past Spring, upon learning that I write, got me hooked on Anne Lamott.  She leant me Bird by Bird and after tearing through it (laughing all the way), all I wanted to do was write for days.  Her writing style felt like coming home.

2.) Become a wizard – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

How can you engage in Rowling’s world and NOT want to become a wizard?  (Have you seen the new Fantastic Beasts trailer yet?  Doesn’t it look amazing?!)

3.) Read more poetry – Wintering by Kate Moses

This was the final read in my senior seminar course in college.  It follows the life of Sylvia Plath a month before her death as she wrote Ariel–her final work.  When you cover Plath in literature classes, professors always tell you about how her husband, Ted Hughs, rearranged her work before publication.  In Wintering, the chapters are titled after the poems in Ariel in their original order.  When I got to the end of this book, I couldn’t help pick up Plath’s poems again.

4.) Travel Scotland – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander has everything you want in a novel… Romance, time travel, history, politics–all set in the beautiful Scottish highlands.  Spending time in Gabaldon’s world makes me want to hop an an airplane bound for that beautiful kilt-wearing country.  I had the opportunity to spend a week there this past April (see photo below) and, after leaving, couldn’t help pick up Outlander again.

5.) Bike – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

In this memoir, Miller explores the concept of story and applies it to his life.  He sets out on the journey to make his life a better story.  In the process, he signs up to bike with a team from the West to East coast.  The journey sounds absolutely brutal, but definitely inspiring.

6.) Go whale watching – Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

Silver Bay was my most recent weekend read.  It takes place in a sleepy coastal town in Australia where the main tourist draw is the pod of whales that comes by while migrating.  Reading about the characters enthrallment with the animals made me want to hop on one of their boats and see them for myself.

7.) Become an assassin – His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers

Or, to go with the books, become an assassin nun.  In reality, I’d be a terrible assassin.  Absolutely dreadful.  I could be a nun, though.

8.) Read fanfiction – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is one of my all-time favorite YA reads.  I love Cath’s journey through her first year of college–it brings back so many memories of my own time in school.  I relate to her insecurities a lot and her Simon Snow obsession takes me back to my hard-core Harry Potter fandom years and almost tempted me to go back and finish the novel-length fic I never finished writing.

9.) Go on a missions trip – Radical by David Platt

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Radical, but I remember finishing it and wanting to learn more about global missions.  I still haven’t been a trip, but I DID attend Urbana, one of the largest student missions conferences in the world, where my interest increased even more.

10.) Learn to Bake – Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare


Scotland in late March.  Please excuse my disheveled appearance… I don’t think I had showered in a while.

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4 thoughts on “Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do After Reading Them

  1. Akaluv July 26, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I like your list! It’s so neat how books inspire us to do new things.

    • Amelia July 27, 2016 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks!! 🙂

  2. RandomGirl July 27, 2016 / 1:33 am

    This post just refreshed millions of things that I have wanted to do ever since my first book… Also taking me back to a million stops down my memory lane … The very first thing that I wanted to do after reading my first book was to take snacks to my grand mama through thick dense forest where a wolf befriends me 😀 … Yes my first book was ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ … 😀 Thanks for the post!!

    • Amelia July 27, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Thanks so much for the great comment! It’s amazing how books can inspire you do go out and do so many things and the impact is powerful enough that just mentioning them brings back the effect. 🙂

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