A “bucket list” is a wish list of achievements and experiences you want to enjoy before you die (aka kick the bucket). By the way, I did some research on why the phrase “kick the bucket” is used to mean death. I discovered that a) there are many theories, b) the possible reasons are gruesome, and c) do yourself a favor and don’t look it up.
Why create a bucket list?
Putting together a list of dreams you’re ready to fulfill clarifies what’s important to you. It also allows you to focus on how to make it happen. And posting the list in a visible place helps you stay on track, especially if there’s a time limit.
Why a bookish bucket list?
Life coaches and productivity experts recommend making lists of things you want to do by season, decade, or interest. If reading is important to you, make a bookish bucket list to celebrate one of your favorite activities.
What should I add to my bookish bucket list?
That sounds horrible. What else you got?
Decide which experiences or achievements would bring you joy and satisfaction. The list doesn’t have to be long; it just needs to include milestones or challenges that are significant to you. Here are three suggestions to spark some ideas:
Do something bookish
Does your favorite author do book signings? Make a plan to meet her. It’s a great excuse for an epic road trip! Is one of your goals to attend a reader weekend, tea or luncheon? Put it on your bookish bucket list and then figure out how you can make it happen.
Share your love of reading and get involved with a book charity or literacy program. You can find a list of organizations at Book Riot, Bustle, and HuffPost, Want to make a difference by donating books? The American Library Association has a list of organizations that distribute books to other countries.
See something from a book
Visit the towns and cities that you first discovered in literature. Follow the footsteps of beloved characters and see the spots that inspired the story. Take a guided tour and immerse yourself in the world of your favorite series.
Want to add film locations or tourist attractions on your list? Go for it. This is your bookish bucket list and you get to make the rules. If you want to visit The Lord of the Rings’ “Middle Earth” in New Zealand or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in California, this is the closest you’re going to get.
Challenge your reader status
Is there a long-running book series you want to read from start to finish? Decide what it would mean to you as a reader when you accomplish your goal. For example, if you want to understand the history of the romance fiction, choose a list of books that are considered historically or culturally significant to the genre. Once you know why the challenge you choose is a priority, add it to the bucket list.
Here’s another challenge that defines you as a reader: Establish your expertise and share your knowledge about books with others. Start a YouTube channel, podcast or blog. Compile your definitive list of books in your favorite subgenre. Do you have a lot to say about an author’s body of work? Create a must-read resource or fan site.
I don’t think a bookish bucket list is set in stone. It should evolve as you cross off items or reprioritize. A bucket list doesn’t have to be written down, although it helps! I’ve been fortunate to visit famous bookstores, libraries and literary landmarks. I’ve met the authors who’ve had a powerful impact on my life and I’ve attended memorable reader events. I enjoyed strolling along the places I recognize from stories and discovering more about that world. I’m glad I had these experiences.
Take the time to create a bookish bucket list. Half the fun is considering all the possibilities!
Searching for more? Here’s a list of social cataloging sites and online communities for romance readers!