5 Important Things I have learned from Books

…and by books, I mean classic fiction, not factual books.

I’m not even sure if this learning was conscious, they were just important lessons that are now embedded in my brain.

1. If you’re in deep snow and you start to feel all warm and sleepy YOU ARE ABOUT TO DIE! So don’t succumb and lie down in it. (White Fang by Jack London)

White Fang by Jack London

2. If you need to make some quick money – ideally to save your family – you could cut off your hair and sell it. (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

3. Turkish Delight is the most delicious, enticing sweet in the world. This is TRUE. (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis.)

4. If you keep very still and try to look as if you are grass and trees, you will be able to tame wild animals. (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

5. Never wish that you could fly, it will only get you into hideous trouble – especially if your wings are the sort that vanish at sunset! (Five Children & It by E Nesbit)

Five Children & It by E Nesbit

Of course, I’ve never had to test these out – except for the Turkish Delight – so I don’t know if they’re true.

Do you have any important lessons you feel you’ve learnt from books? And have you ever tried them out?

9 thoughts on “5 Important Things I have learned from Books

  1. I learnt how to shoo geese away from Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallowdale’ – to such effect that when I was on holiday with my parents and my gran’s Girl Guide troop, the much older Guides used to come to the tent and ask the “little girl” to come with them through the geese that blocked the way out … I also slapped the school bully when I was in primary school (not that I usually recommend violence!) after I read somewhere that bullies are often cowards. Apparently he was scared of me after that, but I can’t say I noticed…

  2. I learnt that you can scare off wasps by burning coffee. I can’t remember what book that was in but when we went to Greece, I found out that it actually works! All the restaurants do it 😀

    • Well, now that’s two replies that attest to the effectiveness of what we randomly find out from books. But was that in fiction, I wonder? (Note to self – coffee/wasps: remember this one!)

      • Yeah it was fiction. i can’t remember the name or much of the sotyr but it was about a boy who went to stay with his Grandma for a summer and had adventures etc. 😀

  3. Reblogged this on Kim A Howard and commented:
    I really enjoyed this blog from Girls Heart Books. I heartily endorse all of these facts, apart from the one from TLTW&TW. This just proved to me that sometimes books tell lies!

    Hope you enjoy it, too.

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