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Top Ten Tuesday | Let’s Learn Things



Hello, fellow book nerdigans and friends. Another week of blogging is kicking off with another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is an interesting one for sure. Figuring out which books to put on the list wasn’t the easiest of tasks because there are so many books out there, and so many I haven’t read. This means that trying to come up with titles that don’t repeat themselves (from prior Top Ten Tuesday topics) is a challenge.  

Some of these will be familiar from my earlier posts, but when one loves a book that much, do we really mind overhyping them? That’s the life of a book blogger, am I right? 
 
Broke and Bookish July 26th Topic 

 Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Let’s have a look at those books, shall we? 

Books Have Made Me Want to Learn 



1. Archery (inspired by The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or The Avengers Hawkeye) | Books like The Hunger Games and The Avengers’ Hawkeye have made archery seem a skill that is as much about precision as it is control. Even Miramax’s 90s adaptation of Emma boasts a hilarious scene involved bows and arrows with Emma and Knightley.  
 


2. Code Breaking (inspired by Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown) | Would this be a practical skill? No, but it sure seemed interesting as seen through the eyes of Samantha Donaldson!  


3. Kick-Butt Lizzy Bennet and Col. Darcy Style (inspired by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith) | The stylized fighting in this re-spun classic tale of love and misunderstandings wouldn’t be practical to my life, but it LOOKED cool. Who wouldn’t want to learn the art of sword wielding as practiced by Lizzy Bennet?  


4. Learn all things Parisian (inspired by Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins) | Between Stephanie Perkins popular YA novel and the more recent One Paris Summer (which I’m only just starting), Paris is a fascinating fictional journey.  

Books Have Made Me Want to 

1. Own a Closest Full of Pretty Dresses (inspired by Once Upon a Prince or Kiera Cass’ ‘The Selection’ series) | Raiding the closet of a princess-in-the-making is on my bookish bucket list.


2. Own a Cozy Bookstore | This is inspired by dozens of stories. Everything from Hallmark Channel’s darling romcom Love By the Book to the “classic,” Beauty and the Beast. (Ok, I know Belle didn’t OWN a bookstore, but well, Beast has one heck of a library.) 


3. Solve a Mystery (inspired by Sarah Sundin’s ‘Waves of Freedom’ series) | It seems odd to say these novels feature “fun” mysteries to solve since the timeframe (WWII) was anything but a happy time. Nonetheless, Sarah someone makes them so while still honoring those who fought for our freedoms. Who wouldn’t want to play Nancy Drew for a day? 


4. Visit a Film or TV Set (inspired by Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan) | Since reading the adorable novel by Amy Finnegan, it seemed like it might be a fun idea to visit a film or TV set. Would I want to be a part of the world? Um, no. But visiting? Sure! I could enjoy that. 


5. Visit the Circus circa 1890 (inspired by The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof) | This novel is absolutely stunning. It’s not only a visually stunning story, the depth with which the author plunges into these characters lives is breathtaking. PS: if this sounds like a book you might enjoy, return later this week because there will be a review PLUS giveaway.| 


6. Visit 1920s England (inspired by the Drew Farthering Novels or Downton Abbey) | Who wouldn't want to visit England in this era? Especially if it'd involve meeting Drew Farthering or Lady Mary.
 

That’s it for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. What books, stories or films have inspired you to want to learn or do something? Are they exciting tasks or practical? Share your thoughts on this random collection of things or let me know what you’d like to learn or do after being inspired by a novel. I’d love to chat with you. 

As always, you’re welcome to leave your Top Ten Tuesday links. I make every effort to visit your blogs during the week, and love visiting old blogging friends and meeting new ones.  

Thank you so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.
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  1. LOVE your list:)! We share Solve A Mystery and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies made my list as an inspiration as well. I would definitely like more pretty dresses ala the Regency era as long as no corsettes had to be worn.The dresses of that era actually look pretty comfy and are so pretty. Also visiting a circus circa 1890 would be AWESOME!

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    1. Hi, Stephanie - and thank you! I'm so glad you visited. Hooray for mystery-solving (we all have a little inner Nancy Drew, right?!) and P+P+Z awesomeness. I adore that film.

      So long as there was no corset, I agree. I would totally like to have a lot of pretty dresses: who cares that we have no place to wear them, right!? ;)

      The Lady and the Lionheart is a beautiful place to start if you'd like to visit the circus; it was such fun.

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  2. Last semester I did a huge paper on women code breakers during WWII and I was so enthralled by the research. I highly recommend checking out information on Bletchley Park and the women who worked there as it is so cool!
    Mallory @ The Local Muse

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    1. Thanks, Mallory. That sounds fascinating. I loved Velvet Undercover and have watched a BBC series about Bletchley Park. :)

      Glad you visited.

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  3. Visiting the 1920s would be so fascinating! :)

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. Right!? I blameDownton Abbey for this particular fascination. ;)

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  4. Love your graphics!! That Katniss one is kick ass!! Anyhow, reading books about gals in beautiful dressed ALWAYS makes me want to go back in time where women wore them. Although, I'm sure if I HAD to wear them, I would hate it. Stalking Jack the Ripper totally made me want to visit the circus in the 1800's. It just sounds so wondrous and magical and beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! I wanted to try something different this week since I seem to fall into a pattern of similar graphics for a handful of weeks. I *think* I succeeded. ;)

      LOL, I hear you. I don't have anyplace to wear ALL THE PRETTY dresses, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't want to raid these heroine's closests, because WHY NOT!

      Cool. I've seen 'Jack the Ripper' around and been interested, but haven't read it.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  5. Owning a bookstore. Yup! That would be on my list. And visiting the England of the 20's- another good one. I just finished a book set in Paris during WWI and it was fascinating, so I'll go with that one too! Great list.

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    1. Right!? Probably all of us book nerds would like to own a cozy bookstore, Greg. But if we did, would we ever open it or be too busy in a cozy corner reading!? :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, as always.

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  6. I never really thought of wanting the dresses from those books but - they had the best fashion!
    And yes.. books make me fall in love with all things parisian too!

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    1. Right!? It's really not fair methinks. I mean I'd have no place to wear all of these dresses, but I still want to sneak them into my closet. ;)

      *high five*

      Thanks so much for visiting, Kate. :)

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  7. Brilliant list. :-) I would love some of the beautiful dresses in these stories. The Kiera Cass covers have such pretty dresses.

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    1. YES, yes they do. I'd have no place to wear those pretty dresses, but I still kinda want them. ;)

      Thanks for visiting, Chrissi! As always.

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  8. Great list Rissi! There really is something magical about Paris *happy sigh*

    My TTT

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    1. If it's anything as depicted in films or books, I believe it is indeed. :)

      Thanks for visiting, friend. Always glad to chat with you.

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  9. i always adore your posts and your graphics. This list is no exception! Love! love! Love! My TTT

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. I appreciate you visiting! :)

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  10. Code breaking would be an awesome skill! Great Top Ten! :D
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. Right!? It's not practical, but it sounds fun. :)

      Thanks - glad you visited, Giovanna.

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  11. Love your list! Code cracking sounds like it would be immensely interesting :)

    My TTT

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    1. Hey, Jordan. Thanks so much. I appreciate you visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. :)

      Off to read your Top Ten Tuesday list. :)

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  12. I would definitely love to own all the pretty dresses!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/top-ten-tuesday-67/

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    1. Right!? Who cares if we have a legit place to wear them or not. ;)

      Thanks for visiting, JJ, as always.

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  13. I'm not a fan of dresses, but I would totally love to kick butt! I just bought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and I'm excited to read it. Though I should probably read the original first. :)

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    1. Nothing wrong with that, Anna. I don't wear dresses much, but do appreciate them in their prettiness and when needed (for me) in their proper place. Hope you enjoy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I thought it was super entertaining though like you, I've yet to read Austen's original.

      Thanks so much for visiting! :)

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  14. Code breaking and owning a cozy bookstore are both great choices!
    Archery made my list as well.;)
    http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2016/07/take-ten-things-books-have-made-me-want.html

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I thought they seemed interesting (blaming this one a. Teri's book and of course b. BBC drama) and fun. :)

      YAY for shared topics. Excited to read your list. :)

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  15. I'm totally with you on owning a cozy bookstore-it's why I read so many books about books! 😉

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    1. It'd be a dream! :) Thanks so much for visiting, Becca.

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  16. Love your list! Katniss certainly made me want to try out some archery, even though I know it wouldn't go so well, and so many books have made me want to visit different places, but England in the 1920's seems like a particularly good period to see :)

    Heres my TTT

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    1. I'd probably be in the same boat, Alice, but trying archery looks like it might be an interesting skill. Plus the scene in Emma with Mr. Knightley always makes me giggle.

      I suspect LOTS of books have given us book worms the itch to travel - and that's cool. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting! :)

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  17. Love this list!! Katniss and her archery skills. Awesome there. Code breaking have always been a secret dream skill, BUT I don't think I can deal with all that programming and code stuff...

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    1. Thanks! Glad you stopped by. :)

      I'd probably be in the same boat as you with code breaking. Still it DOES look interesting practical (for this world) needs aside. :)

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  18. The fighting in P&P&Z definitely looked cool! And fun. I'd probably pull a muscle or something if I actually tried it, but I'd still like to try it! :) Double YES to own a cozy bookstore! THAT would be amazing. And visiting the circus in 1890? I'd only be willing if I could actually meet Charlie. :D

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    1. LOL, me too! I don't know ANY skills like that not to mention I don't have a work out regime (maybe I should start there!?) so yeah. I would be in terrible shape. ;)

      YAY for cozy book stores. We do need a cool hangout, right!?

      As for the 1800s and Charlie. I'm in agreement. Meeting him would be amazing. Now, if only I knew how to call Doctor Who.

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