Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Have you ever...(2)

Last week's poll resulted in a middle of the road result, where most people either were willing to give books that last chance and/or give up after a certain number of books. Thanks to everyone that participated and offered their opinions!

This week's topic:
I find reading has always been a great escape for me, as you get to (vicariously) travel to distant times or lands. You get to jump into someone else's experience for a little while. This is pretty cool. But what happens when you leave the book? Do you take any of that character's life with you?

Here's a couple of personal examples: As I was reading The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, I could understand the freedom the main character felt when she was out jogging. This was an easy one for me to try out...and it was a bust! More recently, I was reading A Discovery of Witches by  Deborah Harkness, which had a main character that enjoyed rowing in the scenic river running alongside Oxford University. This proves much more difficult to emulate, but I really want to trying this! I've had to squelch this desire by putting it on that mental "one day" list of all the adventures yet to be personally experienced.

One last mention, in this regard...I totally crave tomato juice when reading vampire novels :-p What can I say?
Is it just me being impressionable?

So I ask, Have you ever: Been inspired to try something that you read about in a book? There's a matching weekly poll on the right hand blog bar or please feel free to comment with your own adventures involving reading to real life.


Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I don't think I've actually tried something. But I would love to take up fencing. :) If there was a place close to me that gave fencing lessons I would soooo be there. And it would be great research too! ;D But there are a few times where I've read books and thought that sounded interesting to do. And would like to try it. :) Great question here!

Jackie said...

@Melissa - Oh! I wonder if they have fencing for Wii?! I've always wanted to try that too :-)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Ha ha! That would be so much fun! Now you have me wondering too. :) We'll have to look into that. I know there is star wars ones. he he. My son has the legos star wars and a few others with the light sabers to use with it. Lol.

Jackie said...

My daughter was playing Star Wars with my nephew last night; that's what got me thinking. I'll check it out too :-)

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