Books That Make You…

January 30, 2016 Discussions 16

Okay, so you’re reading your current book. And the author describes what the characters are eating. It might not be something you would normally be interested in, it might even be something you dislike. But the author is describing it so well, that suddenly you get hungry and it sounds like the best thing ever invented.

Or a character is a really good weaver/knitter/blacksmith/sculptor/jewelry maker/whatever, and after reading the book, you suddenly want to try doing that skill too.

Maybe it’s an outfit that you would never have considered wearing (or something you’d never heard of before). Maybe it’s a place that just sounds so interesting that you suddenly want to visit there one day.

An animal that you connect with so much, you want to own one as a pet. At least until the end of the book, or something in a book down the line grabs you that much and you’re on to the next thing.

Have you ever actually tried whatever it was that the book evoked? I’ve cooked things before after reading about them in books. Most of the time, it never ends up being as tasty as I imagined it would be after reading the passages.

I’ve also gotten so sucked into books where one of the characters knew how to fight, or took up marshal arts, or was in training to be a warrior/assassin/similar, that it sounded like something I wanted to try myself. And then the book ended and I remembered just how much I hate exercise. And how unlikely I would be to actually stick with that kind of class.

I was reading a book the other day where this girl gets bitten by a werewolf, and turns into one herself. One of the characters in the book was telling her that one of the perks was the metabolism. They had to eat enough food to feed 4-6 teenage boys, 3 times a day! Otherwise they started losing weight and losing control of their wolves. And my thought was something like: What a great weight-loss idea! Go lycanthrope, lose weight without even trying! And then I thought about how many cons were part of that deal. *laughs*

What are some of the things a book has made YOU want to try? Have you tried it? Did it work out well, or disastrously?

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16 Responses to “Books That Make You…”

    • SilvaraWilde

      The food cravings are the worst! I’m not a fan of stew, but there was this one book years ago where the characters were constantly eating stew. By the end of the book all I wanted to eat was stew, and then I remembered how much I dislike it. *laughs* I’ve also had the opposite, where a character was eating something I really like, and suddenly that’s all I wanted for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And of course, we were out of it.

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    YES! I even mentioned this in my post a few days back XD but I’m I looove it when books make me go “I want to do that”. And I totally was like that after I’ll Give You the Sun. I was like “I need to art. Immediately”. And it was epically amazing. <3 of course then I remembered how much I suck at arting and went back to reading BUT WHATEVER.
    Also now I want to be a werewolf. I mean going psycho when the moon is up sounds like a con, but fast metabolism?! THINK OF ALL THE CAKE ONE COULD EAT.

    • SilvaraWilde

      Exactly! I used to think it would be fun to be a vampire. Live forever, mesmerize people into giving you all their cash anytime you wanted to buy something. Never grow old and not be able to do stuff you did in your youth.

      But never to have to worry about being fat? Eat anything you want, as much as you want with no consequences? That totally sounds like the diet pill everyone has been looking for, for like, ever! And all you have to worry about is going furry and liking rare meat? I totally had a ‘sign me up’ moment. *nods* Though if I had a choice, I’d rather be a wereleopard, or a weredragon. That would be epic!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I’ve never tried to make chocolate, but I’ve done things like turtles (caramel/pecans/chocolate candies) and other candies/desserts. I’m also almost positive it was a book that started me on crochet. And I’m still doing it years later.

      But some of the stuff books make me want to try I have to laugh about. And then smack myself. Because really, the thought of me joining some extreme sport where you had to be super fit (or go through a training regime that does the same thing)? The instructors would stab me to death after the first day or two. Me and exercise do not get along. I walk a lot, and ride a stationary bike, but much more than that and it’s just not gonna happen. *laughs*

  2. Masanobu

    In my case it was also Chocolat that started me on making chocolate and baking. It turned out well! But chocolate making is such a laborious task that I never stuck to it. I prefer buying reading made!

    And then Maria Snyder’s Study series made me want to learn how to fight with a bow, but then I remembered that I hate being hit, even with soft-combat weapons.

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I love the thought of learning how to fight with a sword. But I know myself well enough to know that I don’t have the discipline needed to actually learn! It would be fun for the first maybe half hour or so, and then my arm would get tired, and I’d get tired of the instructor hitting me if I didn’t block successfully, and that would be it.

      I had a kids bow as a child. I can remember a target set up in the backyard attached to a hay bale. But I was never strong enough to pull the string back far enough to make the arrow go very far. And I quickly lost interest. (Short attention span, who me??)

  3. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    So funny! I can’t think of a specific example of this, but I know there have been times when I’ve read a book and thought that a hobby or activity sounded fantastic and like something I should try. Gosh, I feel like I should be able to think of an example … how about sailing? Like not just sailing on a little sailboat, but like swashbuckling adventures on big ships – I think that would be amazing. I’d probably get sick as a dog and end up hating it, but the idea sure is fun!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I get so many ideas from books! And then 99% of the time I have to remind myself why it wouldn’t actually work for me. *laughs* Most of the ones I actually try end up having to do with food. And sometimes it turns out yummy, and sometimes it turns out terrible. Also, I’m almost 100% positive that my crochet addiction started with a book… I just can’t remember for sure since I’ve been doing it since high school!

  4. Lola

    I have read quite some books where I wanted to try out the food, but then again I do love food in general. I don’t think I actually ever tried a recipe from a book, but I do know some cozy mysteries include recipes now and then and it would be fun to give such a recipe a try once. I also think that often hobbies like knitting for example sounds so much fun in books. Or owning your own business, but I already do that, so that’s more something I can relate to.

    And I love pets in real life and in books and wouldn’t mind owning said pet if possible, but I am not sure if I am ready for new pets yet. Or visit the place they are, but I mostly enjoy visiting the places through books, although there are a few places I hope to visit in real life once. It’s great when a book can evoke those emotions.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I could have sworn I responded to this… Apparently not! *laughs* Oops!

      Food gets me all the time! There are these spiced potatoes in the Dragonlance books, that the characters are always going on and on about how amazing they are. And then I found out there was an actual recipe for it included in one of the companion books. But when I saw the recipe I was fairly disappointed because it didn’t sound as good as the books made them out to be. (I can’t remember the recipe, but it was something super simple like salt/pepper/paprika and I had expected more.)

      I actually got started with crochet because of a book, and I’m still doing it 20 years later! So sometimes it works out great. No one else in my family crochets, so if not for whatever book it was, I may never have tried it!

  5. Amy @ Pages of Starlight

    I used to read a bunch of crafting cozy mysteries and I specifically remember this one series where the main character made candles and that made ME want to try my hand at it. And then the was the series where the main character owned a show dog and that made want desperately to go to dog shows. (And we won’t even get into that mystery series about a cookie shop owner and how that made me want to try every. single. cookie. mentioned.)

    More recently, I’ve gotten involved of a series of fantasy books where the magic is crafting magic. For example, there’s a character that weaves magic into fabric and another that forges it in while handling metals. But the one that really got me was the plant magic. Kind of like an apothecary, I think, but real magic. They could make plants grow and whip up special potions and salves for this and that. Made me want to start a herb garden.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I can totally see this sad little forgotten shelf, hidden away in your house. It has broken pieces of wax, glitter, clippings of dogs from dog magazines, and a recipe box full of unused recipe cards… *impish grin* Probably because I just recently came across an unopened soap making kit… I bought it more than 5 years ago after reading a book where the main character made soap. And then we packed up to move and I totally forgot I had it!

      The crafting magic sounds awesome! I’d be tempted by the tailor and smith magics. I have lots of fun playing characters who can make clothes/weapons/armor in MMO’s. I like plants, but I always seem to kill them because either I forget to water them often enough, or I water them too much! *lol*

  6. Tasya

    After reading I’ll Give You the Sun, I really want to paint something that I actually made something (even though it didn’t turn out well) But usually, books that gives such a vivid description of food affects me the most! I’ll get hungry and I have to stop reading in order to eat! XD
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I both love and hate that! If I’ve just eaten, it doesn’t bother me as much. But if I’m out somewhere, or know I have to wait x-more hours until I can eat (like at work, or if I know I’m going out to eat with family/friends), then reading about characters eating all the things drives me crazy!

      Also, I totally thought I’d replied to this already. Sorry about that!

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