3.25.2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Things On My Bookish Bucket List

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is "Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List."

I've never considered a bucket list, much less a bookish one. So this is possibly going to be a bit odd. But here goes!

1. Try to read more consistently.


I generally aim for a couple of books a week. But if I'm reading a book I don't connect with, if I get busy, or if I'm just really tired and despondent, I can sometimes take a couple of weeks to finish a book. Which wouldn't be so terrible, except whenever that happens I tend to lose momentum. The excitement I had for that huge stack of TBR books turns into intimidation - even resentment. I find myself foundering around, picking up and putting down books, no idea where to go from there. It's tough, but I need to learn to deal with difficult reads better and just force myself to either DNF or sit down and finish the bloody things already.

2. Come up with more discussion post ideas.

The problem isn't that I don't have ideas - it's that the ideas I have and things I'd like to chat about have already been done. And while I very much believe that it's fine to put your own footprints on well-trodden ground, if there are already a bajillion posts on a topic that say the same thing, there's not a lot of point. So what's a girl to do? Answer: get better ideas or a new take. I'm workin' on it, guys. I'm workin' on it.

3. Finish series.



I have a tendency to start a series and.... just stop. I still haven't read Allegiant, for example. Though that might be a bad example because I don't actually want to read it. But still, you get my point.

4. Comment more on other blogs.

I'm pretty good about replying to comments on my own blog, but I subscribe by email to my favourite blogs rather than cruising on by. While this is great because I never miss a post, it does mean that I'm generally too lazy to swing by when I'm done and post a comment. So no one knows I'm actually reading them most of the time. I am, I swear!

5. Remember to vary my reading.




I get super stoked about all the books the bloggers are talking about, but a lot of the ones I follow are YA bloggers. Absolutely  nothing wrong with that, but it does give me tunnel vision. And while I love YA books and will always have a ton on my TBR and review lists, I would like to vary what I'm reviewing a bit more. If for no other reason than if I review a decidedly adult book, I don't want everyone to be all, "Isn't this a YA blog? What's this doing here?" I would like variation - everything from kid's books to classics to YA to erotica - to be the norm here.

6. Meet some of the book bloggers and authors I'm a huge fan of.

I haven't met many authors, but there's a long list of authors I'd love to have tea or beer with. Though I'd probably be horribly tongue-tied (probably should make it beer), but I'd like to imagine that eventually I'd regain the ability to speak and not make a total ass out of myself.

There are also so many book bloggers who are smart, funny, friendly people and I'd love to have like an international book blogger's hang out or something. You guys are fantastic. (I'd also really like to make Gillian Berry over at Writer of Wrongs my best friend whether she likes it or not. Which probably sounds really stalkerish if you haven't read her blog yet. But trust me, once you have, you'll get it. She's hilarious, super smart and totally awesome.)

7. Move to London and spend my days in the reading room at the British Museum.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:British_Museum_-_Great_Court_roof_and_Reading_Room_-_geograph.org.uk_-_475758.jpg

http://www.bestonedesign.com/reading-room-interior-design-in-british-museum

Seriously. That place is beautiful.

8. Get beautiful, hardcover editions of all my favourite children's books.

There's something special about the books we read as a child, and having beautiful copies of those books makes them even more special. I have a few really lovely copies of some of them (The Secret Garden, Matilda, The Railway Children, Anne of Green Gables), but someday I'd like to have a bunch more.

9.  Read more classics.


I haven't read nearly as many classics as I should. I haven't forayed far into the Russians, I've only read one Dickens, I've never tackled James Joyce - I haven't even read any Sherlock Holmes. While I have read a bunch, I feel like there are some major gaps that need seeing to. So I would like to get into some more challenging reads.

10. Go back to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

I went there once, but it was under renovation (apparently so many people go through there that they had to strengthen the foundations or something) so I couldn't see all of it. I'd like to go again. It was a really intense, overwhelming experience, and I think a second visit would not only allow me to see the bits that were closed, but really experience it.

Oh, and own a library. Of course.

That was easier than I thought! What about you guys? What bookish dreams are on your lists?

4 comments :

  1. I would love to read more classics. There's so much great literature out there already, but I'm constantly being distracted by what's new! Haha

    Finishing series is another big one for me. I'm participating in a series challenge this year, which is helping, but I've just got so many on the go and no end in sight! It would help if authors wrote more sci-fi/dystopian standalones!

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    1. I'm the same way! Also classics, by dint of being older and language evolution, aren't as accessible. I know that if I push through the first few chapters I'll get into it and reading will become easier, but it can be such tough going - particularly when it's been years since I've tackled similar language!

      This isn't a big enough one for me to do a challenge - I think that would end up making me feel stuck. I guess it's more of just reading through a series in one go. I've found if I switch out of it to another book I *think* I'll come back and finish it, but I never do. Whereas if I just stick with the series the momentum will get me to the end. This does mean I have to wait until a series has been published before starting it, though! And yeah, I would like more stand-alones in certain genres! A series feels like such a commitment.

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  2. I want to get better at post ideas and commenting too. There are just so many things to do in a day. Regarding discussion post ideas, it is just so hard to feel like what you're doing is original/interesting. And every time I go over to Book Riot and see all of these insane, amazing posts, I just hate myself a little more. A lot of my bookish bucket list came from a place of guilt, which probably isn't the best haha. I have to get more excited to change things up.

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    1. DUDE. Book Riot kills me! Everyone over there is so smart and witty and funny and original. It's like they're the Book Gods and we're all mere mortals. I have enjoyed writing response pieces before, sometimes to BR posts, and that can be fun. It's so hard to come up with totally new ideas though!

      Oh, the guilt of the book blogger. I'm so right there with ya. I feel guilty that I don't post enough, that I post too many link-ups, that I don't read fast enough, or the right books, that I don't have funny enough reviews, that I don't do enough discussion posts, that I haven't created a meme, that I don't have a good enough blog template, that I don't know enough HTML, that I don't comment enough.... oh man. That's just the beginning. I try to deal with each new bout of guilt as it comes. There are some decisions I've made to help curtail the guilt - like I rarely accept review copies these day (except from my favourite publisher who I just connected with) so there's not as much pressure and I can read what I want. I also only do one review a week most of the time because that way I usually have at least one or two in the pipe in case I hit a reading slump.

      It's easy to get caught up in comparing, but at the end of the day my life isn't anyone else's. I have no idea how people maintain stellar blogs with jobs and kids. But for me, working full time, commuting two hours a day and fitting in all the other stuff of life means my time is limited. And I enjoy my book twitter. So at the end of the day, I try to keep reminding myself that this is for FUN. End of story. Anyone who's not happy with it can bite me. Though nearly all the feedback I get is positive - all the guilt is self-imposed!

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