My question for you is this.
What new discoveries have you made while reading a book that you have now incorporated into your life??
I must clarify. The book(s) was/were not read with the intent to learn anything. Whatever you learned came from reading for fun.
1) Zydeco music. Came from Sandra Hill's Cajun Men series. I looked it up, rented a video about it's history and now I have a collection of my favorites. Being from the North, Zydeco is not known widely.
2) Wine. I am not a drinker. Never was. Well, except when I worked at a bank. They were wild people and I discovered a bit of wildness inside me too, but that's another story. In quite a few books, Merlot was mentioned. Meant nothing to me. Then comes a graduation party where wine was served and everyone was expected to order a glass (it was included, we had our choice) for the toast to the graduate. What do you order when you know nothing? Romance Books to the rescue. " Do you have Merlot?"
" Yes, what kind?"
"HUH?" (they didn't specify that in the romance books) Me, frantically reading my choices ..Aha! what would a heroine do? Pick the most expensive...should be the best. Right? Yes, indeed. Turns out it was yummy. Now ," I'll have Merlot please." where ever I go.
(Don't ask me what "kind" I decided on. For some reason, I don't remember....)
3) Rennaisance Festivals. I had never gone to one. Didn't know what they were about and why they were so great. Along comes, A Hard Days Knight by Katie MacAllister. I learned about jousting, the Wenches Guild, corsets and I wanted to experience the event myself. Hence my trip to Vermont last year and my post on this blog about it. I had a GREAT time, and if it wasn't for the book, I don't think it ever would have been a blip on my radar. Now I look forward to attending further events!
So, those are my examples. I would love to hear yours.
Come and play!
OH, and so you don't think this post is way too boring,
I've included a picture of how you should see yourself when you look in the mirror.
Have a great weekend!!!