My Bookish Bucket List (Top Ten Tuesday)

March 25, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 30


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List. 

Some of these I know I’ll accomplish. Others are dreams which I may or may not be able to turn into reality.  In no particular order:

  • Organize my bookshelves (and maybe prune a bit.)
  • Catalog my books — the physical ones and the ebooks.  I’ve started this, but it’s a mammoth project.
  • Read the books I really want to read from my TBR pile and lists. My TBR list grows faster than I can read the books, but if I prioritize the ones I’m most interested in, maybe I could make headway.
  • Create a small library/reading nook in my house. (I’m partway there; my study/office has several bookshelves, but no reading area yet – and lots of clutter.)
  • Go to BEA and the book blogger conference.
  • Visit the New York Public Library to see the real Winnie the Pooh and his friends. (Hey, I could do that on the same trip!)
  • Go to some of the genre conventions for SFF, mystery, and romance. I’d especially like to attend Malice Domestic and WorldCon.
  • Live long enough to finish all the series I’m following.  Of course, in 40 or 50 years, I’ll be following different series, so who knows. But I should be able to complete all the series I’m currently in the middle of!  The corollary is, of course, that the authors need to live long enough to finish their series.
  • Meet the following authors. Getting to actually sit and talk with them for half an hour would be an even bigger thrill, but I’d settle for going to a signing: J. K. Rowling, Mercedes Lackey, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin McKinley, Laurie R. King (I did get to see her at a signing but would love a chance to actually talk with her), Tamora Pierce (ditto.)  The full list is much longer, and I’m always delighted to meet any author, especially one whose books I enjoy, but at the moment, those six are at the top of my list.  (The list would be even longer if more of my favorite authors were still living. Oh, to have met Sayers, Christie, or Marsh in their prime!)
  • Write and publish a book. This would be far more likely if I were actually, you know, writing on a regular basis.

So what about you? What’s on your bookish bucket list?

30 Responses to “My Bookish Bucket List (Top Ten Tuesday)”

  1. Kat @ NoPageLeftBehind

    Ahhh, to meet Patrick Rothfuss would be amazing!! And I’ve never thought about cataloging my books…that would probably be a worthwhile idea since I’m forever lending my favorites.

  2. Elisa Bergslien

    You took a much saner route than I did with your list. I always wanted to attend a Malice Domestic – I have been to some SciFi cons (I even won a Best of Show in the costume contest ages ago) – I wonder how they compare. The $27 million house with the library is a bit out of the budget but a book nook sounds like a lovely idea. I should focus on that 🙂

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I loved your list — especially that library at Skywalker Ranch! That’s now my dream home library. But yes, a book nook is much more affordable. And we have bookcases in every room — I saw one blogger describe that as a library home rather than a home library. It’s not as satisfying as a gorgeous room, perhaps, but more affordable and you can live surrounded by your books.

  3. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I’ve cataloged all of the book I own and have read on Goodreads and it took forever! It’s really awesome to have though and it makes things easier when you don’t remember if you’ve bought a book before. I want to go to BEA as well, but it’s so expensive. I hope you get to do at least some of the items on your list!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I’ve put a lot of the books I’ve read on Goodreads, but by no means all. But I use Calibre to catalog my ebooks and Book Collectorz to catalog my print books… only I’m way behind in the former, and never got through my older stuff in the latter.

      Some year, I will save enough to go to BEA and see if I can impose on one of my NY-area college friends to put me up.

  4. Greg

    I need a library as well, totally agree! I too would like to get to Worldcon one of these days, and perhaps some smaller genre conventions as well…

  5. Finley Jayne

    I think writing/publishing a book is one everyone’s list today 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m now following you!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I can’t believe that no one took me there when I was a child. (I lived in NY until I was almost 7.) I went to the zoo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the ballet, Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, but never the NY Public Library main branch.

  6. Angela's Anxious Life

    I love that you put live long enough to finish all the series. I sometimes think of that when I watch a movie series. You never know what can happen and when you will pass away and there are some series I want to finish first! LOL! I too would love to go to a JK Rowling book signing but being the US I am not sure if this will EVER happen. We’ll see.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      As I’ve reached the middle of my first century 😉 I’ve begun to think about that. I mean, what if I never got to read the third Kingkiller Chronicle?

      Oh, I’d love to go to a J. K. Rowling signing, but I doubt she does many anymore.

  7. Lindsay

    I didn’t know about the real Winnie the Pooh at the library. I’ll remember that for whenever I finally get to New York!

  8. Gail Park

    Was just looking at your “about.” Can one really follow so many blogs??? I feel overwhelmed sometimes trying to visit and keep up with the blogs I follow! What is an “indexer?” Is that related to genealogy? I am an indexer of that sort…just wondering if there was another kind.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I’m not able to keep up with all of them every day, so in that sense, no. But I try to check in on all of them every couple of weeks, and I have a smaller group that I do follow regularly. And yes, I do get overwhelmed at times. I should probably prune the Blogger/Google Friends list a bit. I use Bloglovin for following now, because it’s easier for me to sort blogs into categories. Most of the ones on the Google Friends list are blogs I now watch from Bloglovin.

      You’re a genealogist? Cool! I got interested in researching my family history at one point, but once I started homeschooling, then blogging, I didn’t really have time to keep going with it. But what I do as an indexer is create back-of-the-book indexes for trade and scholarly nonfiction books.

  9. whyicantstopreading

    Now living long enough to finish all my current series? That is a Mammoth task.

    I recently cataloged all my books. Took me a solid two weeks of nights.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      “Now living long enough to finish all my current series? That is a Mammoth task.”

      LOL and total agreement here. Good incentive to stay healthy, though!

      Yes, it would probably take me at least that long… and I wouldn’t have time for blogging or reading, so make it twice as long. But I do need to get back to it.

  10. Jennifer

    Great list! I think I agree with all of these especially meeting those authors and finishing all the series I’m following. And I’ll go to NYPL with you!

  11. Jay Riv

    Haha, I am currently trying to Catalog my books. I is going to take all year and then some. And pruning, yea I need to do a bit of that too. Great list of goals!
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