Top Ten Tuesdays #99: Bookish Motivation

Posted July 26, 2016 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 9 Comments

TTTimageTen Things Books Have Inspired Me to Do

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.

This week’s topic is the Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them. I have actually done this topic in the past on the blog and remember having so much fun with it. (The topic was actually inspirational quotes but I had just posted favorite book quotes, so I mixed it up!) I’m excited to revisit this idea because there are plenty of other books I’ve read since then that inspired me to do things.

1Second Time Around by Beth Kendrick inspired me to start my read-bait blog series up again

I love books about reunions and this one was no exception. Any time characters get together after spending years apart, especially if there were some big secrets being hidden… I’m all about it. This inspired me to start my read-bait series up again because I had taken quite a break from it for a while.

Adventure Time Volume 1 inspired me to finally read comics and graphic novels

Before Scribd changed their memberships up, I came across this comic and just randomly started to read it. It was the final push I needed before I started reading other graphic novels. I read the first volume of Saga within a couple of weeks, I believe! It just was a nice, super easy way to get started.


Hollywood is Like High School with Money by Zoey Dean inspired me to work on my Nostalgia Project

This book is by an old favorite author so I was so ready to just randomly give in to the nostalgia. I started up that project specifically to revisit old favorites and see how they hold up. I used to love the overly dramatic YA books about rich girls and private schools, but it’s hard to read those nowadays.

Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon inspired me to plan a day trip to Mystic, CT

I live about an hour away from Mystic so this is a no-brainer. I used to visit there every couple of years and my friend’s parents moved down there a few years ago. I miss the Seaport and the Aquarium and the little shops near the bridge and Mystic Pizza! This book was really atmospheric and made me jump at the chance to start planning when Chris and I can head down there for a day trip. I booked a night for August 6th!


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand/Brodi Ashton/Jodi Meadows inspired me to read more historical fiction

This book was incredibly fun. I know that most historical fiction is not like this (especially because the FICTION part is highly emphasized for this story!), but I alway enjoy them when I read them. It’s just not the first genre I ever reach for, so this book helped me push some of them up on my TBR a little bit.

Magnolia by Kristi Cook inspired me to reach for more southern books

I talked about this a lot in my review for this book, but I just am never attracted to books with a southern setting. It’s terrible because how else am I going to learn about places I don’t frequent?? Not every book is set in New England or California, Lauren, good lord. But anyways – this opened my eyes to how fun books in the south can be!


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas inspired me to finally start her other series

I did SJM’s books a little backwards when I started with ACOTAR instead of ToG. I loved ACOMAF so much that I just needed more of her words in my life. I’d been saying I would read ToG for YEARS because you guys kept bugging me 😉  But there was something in my head one day where I just decided to pull the trigger. I’m so glad I finally did, even though it took me a while!

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando inspired me to keep trying out mystery/thrillers

I don’t usually reach for mystery/thrillers unless I’m VERY in the mood for them. (I’ve talked about this before too!) It doesn’t happen often but sometimes I just find myself adding a bunch to my TBR. This book definitely inspired me to look into more of them. It was super addicting but lacked a little something in the end, so I keep adding books like it to my TBR in hopes one completely 100% wows me for once.


The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis inspired me to always promote underrated books

If there’s one thing (ha! pun intended!) I tried to do after this book, it was to continue to spread the word about it! It was a quiet release and in my opinion, deserving of much more attention. I hope I’ve inspired people to read it because it’s such a wonderful story.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone inspired me (yet again) to try to travel internationally

I always read books set in other countries and wish I could travel there. The biggest hindrance is saving up enough money, but I also still need to get a passport. Whoops. Regardless, this is yet another travel-oriented book that’s made me want to immediately hop on a train and/or learn about tour companies to join in on.

What have books inspired you to do?

9 responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays #99: Bookish Motivation

  1. This is a really cool post!
    Wanderlust definitely made me want to travel internationally too. It’s not happening any time soon, but someday!
    Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre, and it makes me a little sad that I haven’t found many that I absolutely love. Grave Mercy is one that I immediately think of and it’s probably the series that started my love for HF. Have you ever read any historical romances? Those are amazing too especially if you love romance in general!
    The Nostalgia Project! I love it! I’ve been re-reading old favorites a lot too this year and it’s so much more fun than I expected.

  2. I haven’t read Wanderlust yet, but seeing that cover is enough to make me want to travel 😀 I still have a long way to go though, but someday it would happen!

  3. I’ve been in a total mystery/thriller mood for like 6 months. I wonder if I’ll come across a book that will pull me into a new genre obsession like My Lady Jane is doing for you. Also that’s SO cool that certain books inspire some of your blog features! You always do have really cool features.

  4. I loved your take on this post, Lauren! It’s really cool to see the things books have inspired you to do – whether in real life (visiting Mystic sounds awesome!) or on the blog (I love the read-bait posts) 🙂

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