No I am not talking about Tom Riddle’s diary giving me instructions on how to kill chickens nor open the Chamber of Secrets. I am talking about things books made me do like i.e (a.) go on a spontaneous and unplanned roadtrip (b.) bawl my eyes out crying (c.) climb an old Ferris wheel (d.) made me wish I was in Hogwarts (e.) set things on fire and (f.) made me want a French boyfriend who prefers to be called by his last name. These are just some of the things books made me do or want to do in real-life (that also includes slaying dragons and monsters).
For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, we will be talking about the ten things books had inspired me to do.
This excludes me going on a killing spree ala Celaena Sardothein.
1.) SLAY EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SLAYING
Let’s get real here, although slaying monsters and dragon is still on the table, but I am talking about prejudices towards women by the society and breaking the norm on how people perceive girls. Slay ’em with “kindness”. *cue in Selena Gomez *
*this is a feminist rant. #strongwomen
2.) ACCEPT THAT THINGS WON’T GO AS PLANNED
I am referring to a lot of characters from a lot books but more specifically with Andi Walker from The Unexpected Everything and of course Mindy Kaling.
The Unexpected Everything was a book about a girl whose summer plans and internship got cancelled and things didn’t go as planned but then it turned out for the great.
3.) ITS OKAY TO BE GIVEN A RESTRAINING ORDER
Recieving a restraining order will not stop you from doing anything. Well, except “following” him around or burning any more of his possessions.
But sometimes you don’t need to take it literally, “restraining order” could also mean something that might hold you back.
(I am not promoting the burning of possessions, people.)
4.) MAKING SARCASM YOUR BEST WEAPON
Sarcasm is and always always be your best weapon against dim-witted and tiny-brained species in our kingdom. or just people that annoy you.
5.) BEING SMART IS ALSO BAD-ASS
It doesn’t mean that when you can’t kick an ass, wield a sword, aim an arrow, and throw knives that you are not a bad-ass.
Being smart, being strategic and being initiative is pretty bad-ass too. And when you are in a trio of friends you are the most important member because you basically save their butts a lot of times because you are smart. (i.e. Hermione, Annabeth, Kestrel- even if she’s not part of a ‘trio’.)
6.) YOU ARE YOUR OWN KIND OF PRETTY
You don’t need to have bleach-blond hair to be pretty. You don’t need to have crystal blue eyes to be pretty. You don’t need to have perfect curls in your hair. You are your own brand of pretty and you are definitely rocking it!
7.) SETTING UP YOUR STANDARDS IN MEN TOO HIGH
When Twilight came out, we want a sexy (non-glittering) vampire to watch us while we sleep. When The Fault in our Stars came out, we want some hot cancer survivor to loom and be friends and take us out to Amsterdam (hopefully not die). When Divergent came out we all want someone brooding and mysterious and older guy to train and climb an old Ferris wheel with.
Reading has amped our standards in men.
(And don’t even deny that childhood crush you had with Oliver Wood)
8.) QUESTION EVERYONE’S MOTIVES (JUST SOME TRUST ISSUES BUILDING INSIDE YOU)
How many books have taught us this? Some in very calmly manner and others made us cry as we read over the consequence of it.
Let’s face it. Our trust issues are in a damned state. (Reading was never relaxing)
9. DITCH PLANS JUST TO READ
You go ditch plans to read or be as joyous asf when plans got cancel. Either that’s your inner book lover speaking or inner introvert cheering or probably both. (I really should apologize to my friends. Or maybe not.)
10.) LOSE your SH*T TOGETHER
How many times have you been told by a non-sympathetic non-book lover friend that you need to get a grip, as you cry your eyes out at the farthest corners of your room? When, reading there is no guarantee that you’ll resurface to reality in your sane self after finishing a REALLY, REALLY REALLY GREAT BOOK, hence losing your sh*t together.