So late last night on tumblr, I stumbled upon this post on effyeahnerdfighters (dftba!), then I tweeted “what I really REALLY want to do. annotate and scribble and highlight a book and then send it to the author. with some cookies.” (oh yes, I’m delightful like that on twitter #notreally) Then the wheels (I don’t have gears, apparently) in my brain started spinning.
And this is what it churned out (through the holes, obvs)
(things I want to do sometime in my blogging lifetime)
Let’s face it, I probably won’t be blogging for the rest of my life (ha!). I don’t even know if I’ll be blogging 3 years from now (because in all honesty, I frankly can’t picture myself in 3 years), but why not jot down a list of stuff, some stupid, some fun, some ambitious, some unlikely, some frankly impossible… stuff I dream of doing through the book blogosphere. Starting with #1.
1. Annotate and scribble and highlight a book I really loved and send it to the author. I’d mark my favourite quotes. Parts that made me cry and laugh and smile and ache.
2. Search for a book and an author worthy of #1.
Side note: I have contacted in my lifetime, 7 authors. Twice for an interview, three times to say something about their upcoming book, once to say how much I enjoyed a series she wrote when I was young, and twice to completely… it’s not really fangirling, but really, it was to say how much their books meant to me or how much I truly loved their books. (yes, the math adds up wonky, but ha! It’s a puzzle!). “How much I truly loved their books” really doesn’t equate, but you get the picture.
3. Find a book that makes me cry like a loser. Both when I’m reading and when I sit down and write the review.
4. Interview an author in my Holy Trinity (plus one, plus God, plus one) of YA authors. Melina Marchetta. John Green. Sarah Dessen. Courtney Summers. Markus Zusak. Patrick Ness.
And a good interview too. Not just some standard interview questions, I want to ask something thoughtful and note-worthy, and then be completely blown away by whatever answer I get.
5. Write a blog post ranting about inane things and stuff that will make people hate me. Look back on it and cringe, may or may not delete.
7. Send a fangirly email a book blogger who doesn’t know I exist.
8. Get as many people to read Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta as I possibly can. If you’ve read the book based on my recommendation, you make me happier and prouder than I can ever say (even if you didn’t like the book)
And somewhere along this list, the line between blogging bucket list and book-related bucket list blurs.
9. Leave a nerdfighter note or a fangirl-note or a buy-this-book-note or a this-book-sucks-note (yes, I’m not afraid of doing that) in books at a bookstore.
10. Randomly run into an author I know and recognize at a bookstore. Squeal and fangirl and be a fool and make a memory.
11. Browse bookstores and eat cheesecake and talk books (in real life) with a blogger.
12. Build my own bookcase. Paint it. Scrawl the titles of my favourite books or my favourite quotes all over it.
13. Name my kid after a fictional character. But that’s a big commitment, (the kid is, not the naming part) so how about a pet? And if all else fails, I’ll name a stuffed animal after one.
14. Read a book on a beach in Europe or Australia. Get sunburned but decide it was worth it because the book was brilliant. Take a picture.
I'd love to know what would be on your blogging bucket-list :) Make your own list if you'd like, you can never go wrong with lists.