Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish bucket list

Top 10 TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday poses another interesting question this week: What’s your bookish bucket list? Do you want to read a certain book, or a certain number of books? Meet specific authors? Find the optimally comfortable position for reading in bed? (Actually, I’d quite like to achieve that last one!) Here, in no particular order, are ten book-related things I’d like to accomplish in my life:

1. Go on a tour of Jane Austen’s England. I want to visit Chawton House, Bath, Steventon…all the places Austen lived and worked and wrote about! And no, it’s not just because Mr. Darcy is totally dreamy (although, to be fair, he IS).

2. Read every book I own. This is a big one…right now, I’d say I’ve read maybe two-thirds of my books. Which still means I have a few hundred just sitting there on my shelves, unread. Good thing I’m starting relatively young!

3. Join (or start!) a real-life book club. Much as I love reviewing and talking about books online, I’d love to be able to discuss literature with people face to face. Plus, I feel like it would be a great way to make like-minded friends!

4. Write a novel. This has been a goal of mine forever, and I’ve tried many times to participate in NaNoWriMo, but I’ve never gotten past week one. Maybe WriMo isn’t the right approach for me, but someday I hope to find a method that works.

5. Explore a career in publishing. I’d love to somehow get paid to read all the time!

6. Read War and Peace. It’s a daunting task, but I really want to do this someday.

7. Visit the Strand in New York City. It’s a famous used bookstore that claims to have 18 miles of bookshelves…which is definitely something that I need to see for myself!

8. Find a great used bookstore in my area. I’ve been to a few that are fine, but I crave MORE (see #7)!

9. Have a library in my house. Granted, I don’t actually have a house yet…but when I do, there will be a library, dammit!

10. Read the complete works of Shakespeare. I’ve read lots of his plays, but there are still several I haven’t gotten to — and I’ve probably only ever read the sonnets that were assigned in school.

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25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish bucket list

    • Christina says:

      Ugh, so true! I heard somewhere that if every Chinese person in the world lay down in a line on the ground (head to foot), the line would never end because the rate of population increase is so high. I’m pretty sure my TBR bookshelf operates on the same principle.

  1. Caitie F says:

    This is a great list. I need to read the books I own too, but I know it won’t happen. I just keep buying more. Careers in publishing are awesome, but it takes a lot of determination!

  2. Frances says:

    Also, I have to disabuse you of #5: people in publishing (most of them, anyway, unless you’re a lucky editor or something) barely have time to read what they want!! Sad but true…

    • Christina says:

      Interesting! I had forgotten that you worked (work?) in the industry for a while. Do you mind if I e-mail you sometime and ask a few questions? (Haha, sorry to put you on the spot — I’m just fascinated!)

    • Christina says:

      I did read that book, and I remember liking it quite a bit! I can’t remember if I knew about the Strand already at the time…but the book definitely made me even more curious!

  3. Jenny @ Reading the End says:

    Oh, the Strand. I wanted to love it so much more than I actually loved it. The shelves are too high! And it is so crowded! It has many, many, many books, but you can barely turn around.

    Your other ones sound awesome though!!

  4. The Lit Girl says:

    We have lots of similar things on our bookish bucket list! I also have dreams of a personal library, a real life book club, reading every book I own, and writing my own novel. Funnily enough, all of these things don’t seem as big of an undertaking as tackling War & Peace! 😉

    • Christina says:

      It’s a pretty big book. 🙂 But for me, I definitely think the hardest goal is writing my own book. Or reading every book I own. Either way, I’m going to be busy for a looooooong time!

    • Christina says:

      I totally want to! But most of my friends who live nearby are not into reading, or they don’t want to read the same things I want to read, or they’re super busy. I guess it doesn’t hurt to ask, though!

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