Wanting to learn a new activity.
Activities are fun to learn, but sometimes you need an extra push, like a character you love or admire or dislike intensely doing it, to really decide to do it yourself. So that’s what I’m doing here. Showing you some activities you could learn from books!
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori.
So I’m not sure I actually am completely clear on what a Host is (I think it’s like a male escort but with only the occasional almost kiss and nothing further), but you can learn it from the Ouran High School manga series, if you so cared! Maybe this wasn’t the best choice, since I’ve read- devoured, actually- all 17 volumes of the series and I clearly am not clear on what a host is, but there’s more to this series than just that. You get hilarious amounts of humor and incredulity and perfection, you get to learn about cosplay! That’s right! You could learn to be a host and you can also learn about cosplaying, all in this one series, and with all the beauty and hilarity you’ll get besides, I think that’s well worth it.
Muddle Earth by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.
You can learn how NOT to be a wizard from the fantastical Randalf, the strange wizard who lives in a houseboat on a floating lake. And if you think that’s a lot to take in, just wait till you get to the book. This is a series that is bizarre and full of ludicridity (totally a word) and really rather heartwarming. It has exploding gas frogs! And pink stinky hogs! And a little budgie who wears combat boots (so that’s where my love for those came from! Now I realise!), and a wizard who is about the worst wizard you’ve ever seen. But… well. He’s a coward and skimpy and rather rude, but he’s a good friend.
Poison by Bridgit Zinn.
You can learn how to be not only a poisoner in Poison (didn’t you guess from the title, though? It is kind of a giveaway) but also how to be on the run, which is rather exciting. All the ins and outs of sneaking into places, the purposes for different magical poisons and the skill needed to be one of the most respected poisoners in the magical kingdom in which you live. But again, there is also rather a beautiful friendship in here, and that’s totally worth it, too.
Stay tuned for some more bookish suggestions for the good times, and the bad.
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