Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do After Reading Them

Today is Freebie day for Top Ten Tuesday — hosted at my other blog, The Broke and the Bookish!! And I decided to talk about things that books have made me want to do after reading them.



Honorable Mentions: Live in a castle, go on a high speed chase (though I already kind of did that), buy a house on a beach somewhere, take dance classes again

Books listed:

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks | In Honor | Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour | Paper Towns | Legend | The Hunger Games | Wanderlove | 13 Little Blue Envelopes | Eat, Pray, Love | Little House On The Prairie | Raw Blue | The Scorpio Races | The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time | The Darlings Are Forever

What have books made YOU want to do? You know you’ve finished a book and been like DAMN I REALLY WANT TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE BECAUSE THAT HOT GUY IN THE BOOK TOTES DID or maybe you decided that you wanted to SAVE ALL OF THE ANIMALS because their was animal testing in the book.

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. Great list! I totally agree with you on the Little House on the Prairie books; reading those as a girl always made me wish that I’d been born 100 years earlier. And I LOVE road trip books specifically for the fact that they make me want to hop in a car and DRIVE. I didn’t know that you loved The Curious Incident too! That is one of my favourite books of ALL TIME. Loved it. When did you work with kids with autism / Asberger’s? That would be soooo cool — maybe something to think about for your job search?

  2. I love this list! Just goes to show how we relate to texts as we read them. It’s always nice to live vicariously through a good book.

  3. I had the same thing going on after college with all my friends moving away πŸ™ I still haven’t found a great group to hang with like I did in college, and prob never will!! Oh well anyway cute idea for a list!!

  4. Awesome list! I love the design of it. And I just love HARRIET THE SPY (and the boy with the purple socks).

  5. That`s fun. I live in the prairies but I don`t drive a wagon. I hope you get to the things on your list πŸ˜‰

    Here`s My Top Ten Tuesday

  6. Hehe what a cute list :))) I love the Road Trip category and to this list I’d like to add Saving June! Even though it was a sad story there was also a lot of hope and beauty!

  7. Love your topic, super fun list! I can totally attest to feeling the need to learn how to fight after reading a lot of my dystopians haha.

    here’s my my TTT

  8. I agree with all of these so much, except I already know how to ride a horse! Haha. I love books that make you wanna do something you never have before! Road trip novels get me every time!

    Great list this week!

    Here’s my Top Ten.

  9. I’m totally with you on two and four especially. Roadtrips can be so much fun with the right people. And absolutely miserable with the wrong ones, lol.

  10. Great list! I love the topic you chose for this week (everyone’s chosen such marvelous ones, plenty to choose from for the next freebie Tuesday! =P). I can’t remember if I’ve read Harriet the Spy but I did enjoy the movie and wanted to be like her at that age =D

  11. Totally loved this list, it was so much fun to read! My TTT is Top Ten Characters (and Literary Figures) That I’d Name My Pets After:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  12. WOW! What a great list! I recently read ‘The Next Thing on My List’ and it inspired me to do one of my 101 things – I paid for the groceries of the person behind me in line at the store. Also, after reading Anna and the French Kiss, my daughter and I took a weekend trip to Paris and we had to stand on the compass rose outside Notre Dame and went to the Pantheon (but it was closed for a special event – boo hoo!)

  13. Love your topic! Most books made me want to travel and see all the places that are described for real! And I would take that fighting class with you! I’ve always imagined being really kick ass, but sadly I’m not… Oh and I’m still hoping to find out that I have a supernatural power after all, or that my Hogwarts letter got lost in the mail… πŸ˜‰

    My TTT Bookish Confesions

  14. Great list! I agree on so many of them too.

    My TTT post

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  15. Yes! to number four!!! All the time! And I used to work with kids with Autisum and TOTALLY miss it too! Also, how do you make your cool graphics?!

  16. loooove this list soo cute, smiling the whole time. oh yes i for sure want to play with a bow and arrow, and have mad survival skills after reading the hunger games series. love it!
    check out my TTT

  17. I love your list! I definitely want to go on road trips and/or backpack after reading those kinds of books. The Heist Society books make me want to become an international thief too. πŸ™‚

    My Top Ten

  18. Travel, road-trip, listen to more music, stay in touch with my HS bestie.

    Great Freebie choice.

  19. What a great list and topic! I would love to learn how to use a bow and arrow <3


  20. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    Great idea for a list! Now you’ve got me thinking about what my list like this would look like!

    Think there isn’t time to read? Some of the best books I’ve ever read are short books you can read in a night. Here’s my Top Ten Best One-Night Reads!

  21. Interesting post! Great ideas, I can see a few I’d put down on my to-do list πŸ˜€

    My TTT

  22. Of course this could never really happen, but historical fiction always makes me wish I could go back in time! Not to stay, because let’s face it, present day life has it’s perks and conveniences, but just to see what it’s like — Scotland back-in-the-day Outlander-style, here I come!

  23. YES YES YES YES and all things YES!!!!!!! You live in my brain with this post!
    Here’s mine πŸ˜€

  24. Twilight made me want a vampire boyfriend. DAMNIT.

  25. I love your theme for today’s Top Ten. Cute!! πŸ™‚

  26. I’ve kind of always wanted to sing. So reading about Charlotte in Being Friends With Boys was fun because she realized that she loved singing in a band. Will I ever do it? I doubt it. I sure do a heck of a lot of it around the house and in my car! Loud, too. But seriously, karaoke or being in a band would be fun to at least TRY.

  27. Best. List. EVAHR! So good, so true! Part of what makes reading so so so awesome. Good thinking! I definitely want a group of girlfriends again… sigh… And YES for awesome roadtrips and learning to use a weapon.

  28. “Go on a high speed chase (though I’ve already kinda done that.)”


  29. LOVE this list! Ditto on being a spy, but I would pick the Gallagher Girl series. Always wanted to shoot a bow and arrow, but especially so after Hunger Games πŸ™‚ As for #10, you can always chat books or anything with me! I’ll be your friend! Not to sound weird…
    My TTT:

  30. Good post! I’m right there with you on wanting to learn to shoot a bow and arrow after reading the Hunger Games! I wanted to become a legit cello player after reading If I Stay and Where She Went. I settled for turning on a cello Pandora station and calling it a day.

  31. Definitely want to go on an epic road trip! After reading Anna and the French Kiss I wanted to become fluent in French and move to Paris. Although I think I’d just settle for moving to Paris, ha!

  32. What a fun list! I love traveling through books. After reading Wanderlove and Eat, Pray, Love I wanted to just quit my job and make the life of traveling happen. Too bad that just isn’t that realistic for me! I like security way too much.

  33. Dystopians always make me want to brush up on survival skills. Though, I’m pretty clear on the fact that I’ll probably bite it should the apocalypse ever happen. Knife skills not withstanding. But a gal can dream πŸ˜‰ lol

  34. Lol, I could live without living on the pairie, but the other things are all sound great πŸ™‚
    I LOVE road trips, well, any type of trips πŸ™‚ And would LOVE to try archery.

  35. Jamie, this was AMAZING!! How about we plan an epic book blogger road trip?!?! Wouldn’t that be amazing!!!

  36. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants made me want to take up running because Bee was such a runner and she made it sound like so much fun. Also, I definitely wanted to visit France after reading Anna and the French Kiss.

  37. This is an excellent idea!!! Ever since I’ve read the Laura Ingalls books when I was little I wanted to live like them.

  38. I love your list and how these books made you want to DO things! They’re like immersive advertisements, aren’t they? High five to #3, if only I could get off the bed right now and stop eating chocolate I could whip myself into shape and learn how to use weapons! =)

  39. Eat, Pray, Love did that to me too. Darn obligations! What a terrific list πŸ™‚

  40. This may be yet ANOTHER Top Ten Tuesday that will be one of my favorites. Because books always make me want to do ALL SORTS OF THINGS – like form a club, be in a school play or learn a new instrument or language.

    As long as I’m invited on your road trip and on your travels, I’m good πŸ˜‰

  41. What a great list! Books make me want to do things that I had never thought of before to. I would love to know how to use a bow and arrow. Although, road trips aren’t really my thing. I’m a homebody at heart.

    Definitely agree about having a group of girlfriends. After college=no friends πŸ™ I graduated in 2006, and I went to school in VA, but I’m from NY, and moved back after college. All my college friends live in VA πŸ™

  42. So many of these are true for me, as well! I love road trips, and books with them inevitably make me want to take one. The wagon/prairie one is SO ACCURATE, oh my gosh. I cannot even tell you how strong my desire was and totally still is to have the “Ingalls” experience. I played Little House with my sister all the time as a child.

  43. haha! I love your list, this was so much fun. And you totally made me laugh with the Little House on the Prairie line. Hunger Games totally made me want to learn to shoot a bow too. When the end of the world comes? I’m screwed.

  44. I’m so there with you on ten. I grew away from all my friends when I did Running Start in tenth grade and haven’t made any since. It doesn’t help that I moved away to Seattle about a year ago either. It’s much harder to make friends in the city than I ever thought it’d be.

  45. Great list! Books are always influencing me to do things I never would have thought of otherwise.


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