Top Ten Skills I've Learned from Books
Hey y'all!I'm currently out of the country for a week but I've scheduled a few posts to keep you company!I’m here today to do Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they choose a different topic and bloggers pick ten reads related to the prompt. This week's prompt was a freebie and so I decided to do a post I've been excited about for a while.I pick up a lot of slightly useless skills from young adult books. From recipes to survival skills to random tricks, you can learn a lot just from character quirks. Granted, some of them are entirely useless but I've actually been able to put them to work in several situations. Without further ado, the top ten things I've learned from YA and MG books.(Related: Maggie Stiefvater wrote an excellent post in response to the Slate article I talked about last week, discussing how stories make us smarter, not books. You can check it out here.) 1. HOW TO START WORLD WAR III from United We Spy by Ally Carter | GoodreadsStarting it off with a bang. Ever want to know how to start World War III? Just read through this one and you'd have a pretty good idea. This information is scattered between spy maneuvers, flawless pacing, and contributes to an already incredible read. Bonus: how to stop World War III is also included. 2. HOW TO PLAY THE BAGPIPES from Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater | GoodreadsJames, the main character in this one, is one of my favorite characters of all time. He's a musical prodigy but he still has a pretty helpful description of how to play the bagpipes, his preferred instrument. Later, he also picks up piano although that comes pretty easily to him. This is one of my favorite - yet underrated - books. 3. HOW TO CRACK A SAFE from Also Known As by Robin Benway | GoodreadsThe first chapter plunges you immediately into a situation where her safe-cracking skills are relevant; the reader gets a brief yet helpful page or so detailing how to crack a safe. While I'm not usually a huge fan of her books, this one was funny and intense in the vein of Rachel Hawkins' books. Throughout the book, there are random clumps of useful tricks if you were ever in a situation like this. Spy, anyone? 4. HOW TO BACKPACK IN SOUTH AMERICA from Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | GoodreadsWanderlove actually has some really excellent tips about travel. Part of it's because Kirsten Hubbard has traveled a lot, so she knows all the good things to do! First off, the wanderlust inspired by this book is ridiculous and I'd also like to read it if I ever decide to travel like this. Full of good information and lovely description! 5. HOW TO ACE EVERY MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST EVER from Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | GoodreadsI'm pretty sure quite a few of my passing test grades this year were due to this book. Despite the fast pace and summary about demon-hunting and monsters, this book is academically helpful. There's a page or two dedicated to the subject and it's something I've been able to keep in the back of my head since reading it. See, parents? I shouldn't study; I should read this book instead.6. HOW TO STAY DRY IN THE RAIN from Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle | GoodreadsThere's a random trick tucked in these pages that I've been able to use every time it's rained for the past three years or so. It's actually raining now so it's pretty helpful. The book itself is a relatively cute middle grade focused around the internet - I think her other books are better - but it's a sweet read. 7. HOW MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER IN THE CAR WASH from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen | GoodreadsThis is one of those quirky details that's made such a mundane thing into an experience. Hands down my favorite part of this book was the description of this particular phenomenon - music sounds better in the carwash. Pick a song you hate, roll up the windows, and watch the wax dripping down the side of your car. I swear it's one of the most relaxing experiences, which I l've loved ever since I read this book.8. HOW TO CREATE AN APP from The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise | GoodreadsWhile this book fell a little flat for me, it has some techy and interesting tips throughout because of the protagonist's computer knowledge. The story centers around the creation of an app that determines the perfect pairing of people, a matchmaker app, and eventually can attract the opposite sex with the push of a button. It was interesting to read about although the main character and plot didn't do it for me. 9. HOW TO MAKE A SHIRT WITHOUT ANY SEAMS from Impossible by Nancy Werlin | GoodreadsThis haunting story is centered entirely around the impossible deeds from the Scarborough Fair ballad. Conveyed in ethereal writing with a stunning mood, it contains clever solutions to the tasks outlined in the ballad. Definitely worth the read - it's one that I reread much more often than I should.10. HOW TO PULL OFF AN EPIC PRANK from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart | GoodreadsWhen Frankie Landau-Banks gets fed up with the "secret society" at her boarding school, she decides to have a little fun with it and turn the snobbery of the members upside down. Her antics described throughout are hilarious, smart, and leave you rooting for her throughout the entire book, but never sacrifices the timeless feel.
What weird skills have y'all learned from books?