What does your inner bookworm dream of? A home library like Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast? Traveling to literary locations or author’s homes? Attending Book Expo of America? Writing a book of your own?
There are so many “bookish things” I’d like to do that I’m giving you my book bucket list…and I want to hear what is on yours too! I love encouraging people to read, whether you read to escape reality, you read to learn and grow or you read to your kids, I just hope you create your own book bucket list and pursue those bookish dreams!
Allison at The Book Wheel and Rebecca at Love at First Book are hosting a challenge and linkup to take our love of reading outside the pages of a book. I’ve been meaning to compile my list of bookish things I’d like to accomplish, a book bucket list, and there’s no time like the present! Some of my ideas I snagged from my gracious hosts and from perusing other participants lists and some I’ve had in mind for a long time now, feels good to get them off my chest. What’s on your book bucket list?
Check out my book bucket list, a free printable I created so you can create your own book bucket list and some fun ideas to help you along.
My Book Bucket List
1. Finish Classics Club Reading Challenge (read 50 classics by 2/27/2018).
- Read 12 so far
2. Finish Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge (read 50 books from around the world by 6/30/2019)
- Read 38 books in 15 countries so far.
3. Make a respectable dent in the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.
4. Read 50 Nonfiction books.
- Read 10 so far
5. Grow my in-person book club.
- We doubled in size by reading the Harry Potter series and inviting our kids to discuss the books with us. 🙂
6. Start an online book club with these helpful tips – Travel the World in Books monthly readalongs/group reads
7. Write a children’s book for my oldest son (it’s drafted but my Superhubby illustrator needs to finish pictures).
8. Write a children’s book for my middle son.
9. Write a children’s book for my youngest son.
10. Get blog business cards or bookmarks.
11. Attend a book blogging conference.
12. Host a reading challenge/blogging event. – done, I co-host Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge and Readathons!
13. Write an e-book.
14. Narrate an audiobook (I’ve lent my voice to one iPod preschool learning app my Superhubby and a friend developed but it’d be fun to do more).
15. Interview 10 authors for my blog. – Done! I’ve hosted 13 author interviews and guest posts so far.
16. Donate books to a Free Library.
17. Volunteer to read at kids’ school or a local Reach Out and Read program. – Done! I hosted a book club for my middle son’s class and even took Batman along!
18. Take my kids to volunteer to read to other kids.
19. Get involved with Pratham USA, a volunteer organization to promote literacy and education in India
20. Get involved with a local literary organization like the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA)
21. Do 10 children’s book inspired crafts/activities with my kids.
22. Meet other book bloggers IRL. – met Becca from I’m Lost in Books and Donna from On D Bookshelf
23. Sign up for Post Crossing.
24. Get an international pen pal for each of my kids and help them write to them. Do schools still do this? I used to love having them growing up.
25. Volunteer at the library.
26. Write thank you notes to authors who made a big impact on me.
27. Dress in costume(?) and visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando with the family.
28. Visit 5 book/author inspired locations.
29. Make postcards for the blog for PostCrossing
30. Get 1,000 Likes on Facebook – Done!
31. Get 1,000 followers on the blog
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32. Get 1,000 Google + followers.-Done!
33. Have a review posted/published by a national publication/website
34. Meet authors IRL.
- Diane Chamberlain, a Rheumatoid Arthritis patient and genuinely nice lady. Consequently, my favorite author.
- Brad Meltzer, a great author signing event, he writes thrillers for me, comic books/graphic novels for Superhubby and the Ordinary Heroes Change the World series for my kids. An author we all loved meeting and my youngest son’s illustration of Brad got my baby his first 15 minutes of fame on Twitter.
- I met Kimberly Belle* whose every book is a suspenseful thriller type I’ve read and loved and Barbara Claypole White* who brings mental illness to the forefront in her novels
35. Get 10 autographed books – Done! I have lots now, you could say I collect them.
36. Host a book swap party.
37. Host a children’s book drive to donate books to Reach Out and Read or similar youth literacy organization.
38. Guest post for 5 other blogs.
39. Start a feature for other book bloggers to guest post on my blog. – Done, many of the guests for my weekly Be Our Guest Fridays feature is book bloggers and authors.
40. Start a bookish meme. – Done!
- I hosted Small Victories Sunday weekly linkup for several years. It was not exclusively for book bloggers, but bookish posts were most welcome!
41. Send/receive 100+ Post Crossing cards.
42. Visit NYC Public Library.
43. Have a photographer follow me around the world taking pics of me reading at famous locations (from Alysia at Little Pocketbooks but I thought it was cute!)
44. Read all the books we already own.
- Read 35 so far but over 200 more to go!
45. Giveaway 50 books on my blog.-Done, check out my Book Giveaways page!
46. Start a Goodreads group. – done, Travel the World in Books Goodreads group!
47. Get asked to join the blogger network for SheReads – done!
48. Make or buy art of my favorite quotes
49. Get caught up and review every book I’ve read on Goodreads.
50. Keep calm and read on!
51. Read 1,000 books with my kids, future grandkids or anyone else’s kids who wants to listen. – Read 343 so far, see my 1,000 kids books shelf on Goodreads ,
Whew, there you have it, the 51 bookish things I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime.
What’s on your list? Don’t forget, whether it’s 10 or 50 things, share your lists with our hosts Allison and Rebecca! There are some great ideas out there and ways to share our love of reading!
Updated: May 19, 2016
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Fun Ideas to Create Your Own Book Bucket List
Here are some fun ideas to help you create your own book bucket list.
- Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge
- 25 Reading Challenges to Unleash Your Inner Bookworm
- Reading Activities for the Whole Family – think you don’t have time to read? Make reading a family activity with these great ideas!
- 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores In the World from Flavorwire
- America’s Best Bookstores from Travel + Leisure
- Check out author signings at your favorite local independent bookstore
- Follow your favorite authors and book bloggers on Twitter and chat with them
- Check out book blogging events like readathons to get your reading mojo going
Whether you want to Travel the World in Books, catch up with the classics, visit literary destinations or meet authors in real life, make time to read and create your own Book Bucket List and achieve those reading goals!
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