Top 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.