Top Ten Tuesday

Posted July 26, 2016 by Nicky in General / 12 Comments

This week’s theme from The Broke and The Bookish is “top ten things books made me want to do or learn”. Now I’m sure if I thought about it I could come up with some serious answers (like the way The Grey King by Susan Cooper always makes me want to learn to play the harp — or the way books on archaeology really make me reconsider my childhood dream of working with Time Team), but it’s waaaay too warm here, so you get the silly version.

Cover of Uprooted by Naomi Novik Cover of Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Cover of Hawkeye vol 2 by Fraction and Aja Saga vol 1 Cover of Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

  1. Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. Magic! Obviously! I want to be able to dress myself or cook a meal with a word. That’d be really handy.
  2. Magic Breaks, by Ilona Andrews. I want to be able to sword fight like Kate. I mean, okay, I am a total wuss about pain in reality, but I’d be badass anyway.
  3. Hawkeye, from Marvel. Or countless other archers in my reading past, like Katniss. Because archery looks fun.
  4. Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I want to know when people are lying, like Lying Cat. Okay, that would probably actually really suck. Some lies really do smooth the way between people.
  5. Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers. I want to rock a monocle like Lord Peter. And say things like “I’ll make a noise like a hoop and roll away.”
  6. Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton. I want to be a dragon. That counts for this list, right? And I want to wear really cute hats. As a dragon.
  7. The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North. Maybe not all the time, but I’d love Hope’s ability to be forgotten. Especially when I’ve just embarrassed myself.
  8. A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan. Studying dragons would be really super easy if I was a dragon (see #6).
  9. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente. The title says it all.
  10. Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie. I want to know how to make tea. No, really, I suck at it. Nobody likes my tea.

Cover of Tooth & Claw by Jo Walton Cover of The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North Cover of A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Cover of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente Cover of Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Anyone else done a silly version…?

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12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. YES to the magic. I liked the magic system from Uprooted a lot.

    I did take horseriding lessons because of Game of Thrones. 🙂 I remember watching mama Stark ride away from a quarrel like a lady boss that she was and I said: “I wanna do that.” I never got around to galloping, though (pregnancy + horses don’t mix well) but I fully intend to take more lessons once kids are older.

  2. Haha, I love #4. I totally want that ability now! And of course I want magic. And every time I read about characters with awesome fighting skills I think about how I want to be like them, but then I remember that I would never actually have the patience or be willing to put in the effort required and would probably actually hate it lol.
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