Top Ten Things on My Bookish Bucket List
I’ve been following Top Ten Tuesday posts for a while and I’ve finally decided to do my own, yay! My list includes some goals/aims/dreams (delete as appropriate) that are pretty easy to achieve, and a few more “chunky” ones that will take a little more planning (and a lot more money). In no particular order, my Top Ten Bookish Bucket List is:
1. Get new bookshelves and jazz up my “keeper” collection: How amazing is this bookcase? A girl can dream… Long-term I have so many ideas for how I see my book-nook, but short-term I just want to update my shelves and modernise it a little. Currently, I’m using a cheap bookcase I bought when I started Uni, and it just isn’t cutting it any more. I tend to only keep books that fall into three categories; those I know I will read again, those I’m not sure if I’ll read again but they are significant or mean something to me (signed books, coffee table books, gifted by someone special) or if they are part of a series/collection by a favourite author. I’m planning a before-and-after post on my book-nook when it’s done.
2. Do the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London: I’d love to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the US, but that just isn’t realistic for me (I live in the UK), so the Harry Potter Studio Tour will have to do! I’ve been an avid fan of Harry Potter since I was 9 years old. It was a massive part of my childhood and I hope the Studio Tour lives up to expectations! I should be able to do this in the next year or two.
3. Keep Confessions of a Book Geek active: I’ve been blogging for just over a month now (it feels like longer) and I’m still very much full steam ahead, so I’d like to think that I can keep this little corner of the Internet alive and kicking. Since I’ve become involved in the online community, either through blogs or Goodreads, I’ve had some great conversations with like-minded Book Geeks, and one of my favourite authors responded to my comments on one of her posts – that gave me butterflies! So, I’m excited to see where this goes…
4. Go to a Book Conference or Book Event: I see so many of the American book bloggers attending amazing events like BEA and I get super Book Geek envy! Unfortunately, in my small part of the UK we don’t have events on the same scale as this, or anywhere close to it (as far as I know, I did a little research). Even for me to attend an event in London would require a plane ride and hotel stay, and it isn’t cheap! I’m hoping someday there will be a good event closer to home that I can go to, I’m on the look-out!
5. To be “blurbed” in a book: How great would it be for a snippet of your review to make it on the cover or in the pages of a book?! Especially if it is by one of your favourite authors… If it does happen does the publisher tell you? Do they just do it without you knowing? Are book blog snippets used often? So many questions!!
6. Read more of the “classics”: I think I’ve got this one under control. I’ve always wanted to read more of the classics, partly to see what all the fuss is about and partly to see if I actually enjoy them. I haven’t exactly done much about this one yet, but I have committed myself to The Classics Club, so that’s a start…
7. Make a dent in my to-read pile and successfully complete my Goodreads 2014 Challenge: I have a considerable to-read pile of books and it seems to be ever growing, I just can’t stop purchasing, especially when there is a great deal, discount or offer to be had (I’m blaming you Book People!). My to-read pile by my bed has now become affectionately known as my “wall of books”, yes, it is seriously that substantial. Hopefully, #1 will help me deal with this, because once I’ve read them, I need to have somewhere to put them! As for completing my Goodreads Challenge, I’ve set myself a target of 52 books in 52 weeks. I’d like to read more than this (I’d like to read all the books!) but I work full-time and I am also completing a post-grad diploma this year, so it isn’t likely. I fell off the book-reading bandwagon for a while over the past few years, I definitely read a lot less than I did when I was younger, so I’m hoping this blog will inspire me to keep reading.
9. Actually read S. in full: I’m going to devote a whole post to this book, but I’ll introduce it briefly here. I was blown away by the concept of S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, and I purchased a copy in January 2014 but have yet to read it. S. has been described as “a love letter to the written word”, it is a fictional book called Ship of Theseus written by a fictitious novelist named V. M. Straka. Within this book (designed to look like an old library book), two college students, Jennifer and Eric, begin a written conversation in the margins. S. is a book within a book, and a story within a story, where the themes and plot-twists are intricately and subtly interwoven. If that isn’t enough, throughout the book in specific locations, physical elements have been added that make the story come to life in an entirely new way, they include items such as: postcards, handwritten letters and even a hand-drawn map on a napkin. The level of detail in this book is mind-blowing, and I keep putting it off knowing it is going to be a super-intense read and hoping it isn’t a disappointment. Even if I somehow never read this book, I’ll always keep it as a work of art.
10. Have a bookish/literary themed wedding: I wouldn’t want to go completely over-the-top, but there are some really amazing ideas out there for ways to incorporate bookish themes into your big day, whether it’s having an engagement/wedding photographer open to incorporating quirky literary ideas, naming the tables after literary classics or infamous characters, or having artsy prints of the most romantic and heart-wrenching lines from your favourite books on display for guests to browse and take home… I could happily get lost browsing bookish weddings… I may need to find a fiancée first though…