Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is to discuss our bookish bucket list. Participants can discuss book, blog, writing, etc… related goals. I thought I could get really specific and discuss number of books I want to read or a particular series, but I thought that was kind of limiting. I’ll be 34 next month and I’m hopeful I’ll live until I’m at least 80. I don’t know what path my reading will take between now and then. I’ve tweaked this a bit to make it my bookish goals to complete by my 40th birthday (which will happen 27 April 2020).
1. Complete my Classics Club challenge of reading 100 Classic Books: I hope to meet this goal by April of 2017. I am considering a classic as a quality book published prior to 1965. I know that is sort of an arbitrary number, but I didn’t want to get into the “modern day classic” debate as the purpose is to read older things. I may do a different challenge after this one and read 100 modern day classics.
2. Apply to Graduate School: Sam is working on his undergraduate degree in Art Education and we have two small kids; needless to say the idea of graduate school while Sam is studying and we have little ones is daunting. We did decide that I will apply for graduate school when Persy enters Kindergarten in 2018. I know I want to do one of two things: 1). Get my Masters in Library and Information Science and keep working in libraries OR 2) get two graduate degrees, an MFA in Creative Writing and then a Masters in Clinical Counseling and work with teaching creative writing in therapy. I also really like the idea of teaching college-level creative writing.
3. Successfully complete NaNoWriMo: I’m going to try this year!
4. Travel to England: For our tenth wedding anniversary (January of 2020) I’d like to go to England purely for bookish enjoyment. I want to visit bookshops and literary landmarks.
6. Have a sacred space in my home solely dedicated to books and reading: It can be a room or a nook. I’m picturing a cozy chair, nice lamps, shelves of books…. Not a room of books littered with office papers and other random pieces of junk (totally my current situation).
7. Impart (or attempt to impart) on my kids a love of reading: Bedtime stories, summer trips to the library every Saturday, bookish gifts for birthdays and Christmas. I’ve accepted that Hope is not a reader. She is very kinetic; she feels about running the way I feel about books and that is OKAY. Maybe Persy and /or Atticus will be my bookworm(s)?
8. Actively work with literacy based-charities: I plan on applying to be a World Book Night giver every year and I am also coordinating our library as a book box pickup site. I’d also like to get involved in our public library’s Friends of the Library group. In addition, I’d like to keep doing our library’s book drive every Christmas.
9. Fill a journal every year: I keep a journal and I try to fill one up every year. I write about day to day things, but I also try to include mementos, quotations, recipes, etc… I have to make it a priority to write at least 3 times a week or I tend to put the journal down and not pick it up again.
10. Meet a famous author I love: Margaret Atwood, Susan Hill, and Sarah Waters are top contenders. Even if it is a cursory meeting at a book signing I would be pleased as punch.
What’s your bookish bucket list? Let me know in the comments!