This week, The Broke and the Bookish is inviting everyone to share their list of ten things they wanted to learn after reading a book. Going through my list of read books, I realized books have a tendency to shape us without our even noticing it. I mean, my life may have turned out differently if I had read other books or just not read at all. It's a little scary when you think about it! Here's what books made me do (if only for a short time).
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barabara Kingsolver made me want to eat local. I grow my own tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers, zucchini, and lettuce right on my deck, and I buy most of my meat locally, where I can be sure the animal was raised humanely.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman made me want to sign up to be a lighthouse keeper. Which, is very nearly a nonexistent job, because nearly all lighthouses are automated now.
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova made me want to learn how to paint.
The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather made me want a tiny house. After her divorce she moves into a little cabin on the shores of Lake Michigan and lives on a shoestring budget.
1984 by George Orwell made me want to move to the middle of no where and made me a little paranoid for a while.
Bogtrotter by Richard Coffey made me want to build a home sauna and learn to bake in a wood stove. I mean, just in case the paranoia gets to strong and I have to head to the woods.
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg made me want to move to the beach and collect shells and think deep thoughts. But mostly just move to the beach.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson made me want to learn coding and how to hack. Not to become a hacker, just how to do it.
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orelan made me want to start an orchid collection. The way they describe orchids and give you history of their commercialization, I guarantee it'd make you want to go stomping around the Everglades too. Two cats who think plants are toys make this impractical, but I do admire them anytime I see one in a store.
Into the Wild by Jack Krakauer planted the first seeds of simplifying. When Chrisopher McCandless got rid of everything he owned, people thought he was crazy, but at times it sounds really liberating.
What books have shaped the persons you've become? And check out the link up to see what everyone else posted over at The Broke and the Bookish.