When I first started blogging, I noticed several blogs had tabs for their bucket list goals. For a while, my original blog did as well because I thought it was the Thing to Do. It’s fun to read what other people hope to accomplish in their lifetime and it’s fun to dream about the things you want to do as well.
But because I’m me and I love books a lot, I came up with an idea to make a bookish bucket list. All the book-related things I want to accomplish. Series to read, number of books to read, book lists to complete, bookish places to visit, etc.
I came up with a list and wished I had the type of blog to spread the world like wild fire. I wanted other people to latch on to this idea. To share their own lists and create this bookish community of bucket lists that we could cheer each other on in ways that Top Ten Tuesday link up does or the old Beautiful People writing link up did.
But I don’t have a bazillion followers on here or Instagram. I don’t have the time or energy to make an effort at spreading the world. And at this point, I don’t know if I care if all the book blogs in the world share their bookish bucket list.
I’m tired of waiting to do stuff until it matters because of follower count or traction. I want to share it now. And you know what? If you read this and feel inclined to make your own list and share it, that’s awesome! I would love to read your list. So feel free to drop a link in the comments so we can attempt to share this glorious (and very unoriginal) idea with other readers.
But otherwise, here’s my bookish bucket list.
Things with check marks are what I’ve accomplished already. I will probably periodically add to this as things come to mind. Nothing is in a specific order and I don’t have dates listed for everything I completed.
✓Read The Silmarillion (completed 2019)
Read all the Sherlock Holmes stories
Visit the Library of Congress
Visit Hobbiton (New Zealand)
Visit Prince Edward Island
✓Read all the Anne of Green Gables books (complete 2018)
Visit the Sherlock Holmes museum
Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s House in Minnesota
Visit the Globe Theater
Read every Shakespeare play
Visit Kensington Gardens
✓Read Peter Pan (complete 2015)
✓Read 100 books in a year
✓Read 200 books in a year (completed 2021)
Read the Chronicles of Narnia with my children
Visit Platform 9 ¾
Read every book I own
✓Get books signed by my favorite authors
Meet my favorite authors: ✓Leigh Bardugo (completed 2016), ✓Marissa Meyer (completed 2016), Maggie Stiefvater, Lisa T. Bergren, Jill Williamson, Mary Weber, Nadine Brandes, Emily Bain Murphy, Ashley Poston
✓Read Les Mis in one year (completed 2016)
✓Read all the Fullmetal Alchemist volumes (completed 2015)
✓Read The Count of Monte Cristo (completed 2021)
Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
✓Sign up for a book box (completed 2017)
✓Start a book blog and find a way to get free books (completed 2011)
✓Start a bookstagram (completed 2017)
✓Write 100 book reviews
Listen to all of the Odyssey Award winners and nominees
Read all the Newbery Award winners and nominees
Read all the Printz Award winners and nominees
✓Write a novel (completed in like 2007)
✓Win NaNoWriMo (completed 2011)
Publish a novel
Publish a series
Have my own library in my house
✓Work at a library (completed 2015)
Read everything by C.S. Lewis
Read everything by J.R.R. Tolkien
Read as many classics from [whatever that list is]
✓Start a book club (completed 2019)
✓Start/participate in a writing group (completed 2018)
✓Attend a writing retreat (completed 2021)
Attend a book/writing convention
✓Read the Bible in a year (completed 2012)
5 thoughts on “Bookish Bucket List”
I had a book bucket list at one point, but mine didn’t include activities—it was only books that I wanted to read. And I found that some of the books I had added to my bucket list were books that I thought I *should* read, and not ones I actually *wanted* to read, so I stopped tracking it. I love your idea of including things like visiting bookish places and meeting your favorite authors!
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When I found my original list I made a while ago, I had a bunch of books on there that I thought I should read too and took them off when I updated my list to post. Life is too short to read books I don’t care about XD
This is true! And it’s why I didn’t bother re-updating my book bucket list… my tastes change too frequently. 🙂
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I love the idea of a Bookish Bucket List! We often make year lists, but I like the idea that you’re making yourself a more longterm list that includes both reading and other bookish goals. Nice!
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Thank you! Year lists sound like a cool idea as well 🙂