Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Things Fantasy Books Have Made Me Want To Learn Or Do


Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's theme is Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do Or Learn About After Reading Them.  This week I'm narrowing that down to the fantasy genre.  I'm not going to name specific books in this post, since these should feel familiar to the genre.  Here we go, in no particular order:



Horse riding


Improving my archery skills


Fencing


Dancing at a formal ball


Map making


Tracking


The medicinal properties of plants


Falconry, or training a messenger bird


Master of disguise, or becoming a spy


And, of course, MAGIC


So, what do you think of this week's list?  Would you like to learn any of these skills?

66 comments:

  1. These are all great! Love the archery one, and medicinal properties of plants- I always thought herbalism and all that kinda stuff would be so cool. Athelas could be so useful... :)

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    1. Having that knowledge would be a real life saver in a fantasy novel. :) Thanks for visiting, Greg!

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  2. Yes yes yes! TO Magic, Becoming a spy and fencing! You even have a gif of the Princess Bride which is what started my love of wanting to fence! Oh Dread Pirate Roberts <333

    Great list, Lauren!

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    1. I can't image anyone not wanting to learn to learn how to fence after seeing that movie. :)

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  3. Great list! I love the fencing and wish I had thought of that! The Princess Bride is one of my favourites! Dancing at a formal ball would be amazing too. I only I could actually dance XD.

    My TTT

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    1. I used to take dance lessons when I was younger, but nothing to prepare me for a formal ball I expect!

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  4. I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ON YOUR LIST.

    Fencing, and archery, are two sports I really want to try out, and mapmaking (Harry Potter style, of course) seems like such a useful skill.

    Also, learning magic would be brilliant too :P

    My TTT (because I don't know how to shorten the link *applauds self*)
    https://introtoblurb.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/top-ten-tuesday-things-from-books-that-i-wantdont-want-to-do-irl/

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    1. On the same note with the map making, I would love to be able do calligraphy or something like that! :)

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  5. Yes, and we get to do all these things, happily, be it only in the pages of a book!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/07/ten-french-ish-things-reading-french.html

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    1. We can certainly live vicariously in books can't we! :)

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  6. Haha nice, love that you included gifs in your list this week ;)

    My TTT

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    1. It just really sets off the topic, doesn't it? :D

      Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great skills to acquire... Some of them are at least manageable. Would also love to dance at a formal ball (in a beautiful, puffy cupcake like dress) AND the art of map making. YES! I get lost even WITH the gps. Here's my TTT: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/07/top-ten-tuesday-to-do-or-not-to-do.html

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    1. We can try! :)

      Thanks for sharing, Mareli!

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  8. I've been archery on many lists. hahaha. well it does seem like a very cool skill to have. and simply because why not? :D

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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    1. I've noticed the same thing. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Always with the magic. Every single time I read or watch fantasy-related things, haha.

    Though ever since my fascination with Robin Hood, archery skills are way up on my "things I want to learn because of books" priority list.

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  10. Yes, wouldn't it be awesome to do Magic and learn archery, too. I love your list. I look forward to being your August comment partner!

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  11. Nice one. someone asks what you did this summer? be like horse riding, magic and sleuthing. sounds fun.

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    1. That sounds like a great combination! :D

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  12. Love all of these! I've never thought about map making, but I think it would definitely be a useful skill. Great list, Lauren!

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  13. I don't think I would ever want to ride any type of animal. It always reminds me of the time Paris Hilton got bucked off of a horse on Simple Life...Twas funny, I laughed, and that is why I will never get on one. Karma is a bitch and I don't go time for that! ;)
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. Haha! I only ever watched one episode of that show and it was that one! Anyway, my aunt and uncle have always had horses, and I've always been interested.

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  14. I love riding! I would definitely love to have magic and wear a pretty dress and dance at a fancy ball!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/top-ten-tuesday-67/

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    1. That would be the icing on the cake. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Why don't we have balls anymore?? It's a crying shame. I'm kicking myself for not remembering magic, dang it! Great list and I hope you learn them all;).

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    1. Thanks! I hope so, too! :) And, very good question.

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  16. So many good things on your list! I should of had fencing and ballroom dancing on my list... They are things I would love to learn as well!
    Love the archery.;)

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    1. So many good skills to learn and so little time. :)

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  17. Omg! These are all good ones! :D I'd love to become a spy! I've always wanted to try out archery! And I want to try out the map-making thing too! :D I'd build a map for an imaginary world created by my genius brain! :)

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    1. I think I'd start with somewhere I know first, and then build up to that. :)

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  18. You did a great job with your list this week! I love that you stuck to one genre, that was a good way to approach the topic. So many great choices. Dancing at a ball would be so fun. And that gif you put on for that is beautiful. Great list!!

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  19. Wow! Loved your interpretation of the topic! Thanks for sharing (and for stopping by my TTT).

    brenda

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    1. Thanks for visiting me as well, Brenda!

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  20. Dancing at a formal ball is a total yes from me too! I would love to get al dressed up and be approached to dance. Love your TTT

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    1. And, you could probably get in some great people watching! :)

      Thanks for commenting!

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  21. Yesss to all of these! I WANT TO LEARN MAP MAKING SO BAD. And obviously magic. Bonus to combine to the two and do magical map making. :')

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  22. I would LOVE to attend a formal ball. Not only are the costumes beyond words, you know some good drama is about to go down!
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

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    1. Oh, yes! Thanks for visiting my blog as well, Mallory!

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  23. SO MANY great things on this list, Lauren. Dancing at a ball? Yes please! Learning to be a master spy? Why not!? Hawkeye's archery skills!? 'Nuff said. :)

    Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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  24. Fencing would be so cool! That has always been by favorite scene in The Princess Bride, and it would be amazing to be able to fence like that. Great list! :)

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  25. Ahh, all these sound AWESOME - I'd especially love to learn/do map making, spying and dancing at a formal ball.

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  26. I love this list so much! Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. I love your gifs you chose--they make we want to watch LOTR! Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier too :)

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    1. Yeah, I just rewatched Two Towers for the umpeenth time... :)

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  27. Yes! All of these! I would love to learn Falconery and the medicinal properties of plants and, of course, magic. All of them really. I love your take on this week's topic, Lauren!

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  28. All of these and Dragon riding of course!

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  29. Your top 10 is awesome!!! I couldn't agree more! -Tina

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  30. YES! All of them! Love this list. :) Although I do know how to ride a horse. It's a lot of fun. :)

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  31. YES, YES AND YES. My sister and I will randomly yell "HORUS" and keep our arms out hoping a falcon will just magically show up.
    Are we weird?
    Yea, we're weird.
    Also, when I took fencing in college, my best friend and spent the whole semester just re-creating Princess Bride fighting scenes.

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    1. Then, I'm weird too! :D

      I can totally understand that one!

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  32. Loving all of this, I was nodding along. ESPECIALLY MAPMAKING. I really want to be a cartographer </3

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