the bookish bucket list tag // my reading dreams + plans

Hello, my friends! I haven’t done a tag in a while, but I saved this one in my email because it looked like lots of fun, and I figured I should probably actually do it someday…

I found this tag on Marie and Nyx’s blog, Drizzle and Hurricane Books, and they left it open for anyone who wanted to do it!

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// the rules //

  • link to the tag’s creator (Madison’s Inkwell)
  • link to the person who tagged you
  • tag as many people you want
  • have fun!

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// the questions + my answers //

Cover art1 // What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?

Swallows and Amazons - WikipediaHmm. Well, there are a lot of series that I started when I was younger but never got around to finishing. Two that come to mind are Five Little Peppers and Swallows and Amazons.  I don’t know if I’ll ever return to either, but it would definitely be a huge accomplishment to go back to the books I stopped reading and complete the series. (I do want to know what happens to the characters, I just… never found out.)

I also have, for a long time now, been meaning to finish Les Misérables. I really, really want to finish reading it so that I can watch the movie and listen to the musical soundtrack (so far I’ve only heard “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” which is so beautiful).

If only Victor Hugo wasn’t so fond of writing about Waterloo.

2 // What author would you like to coauthor a book with?

I’ve never actually coauthored anything, so I don’t have much experience with it and might me a terrible coauthor (I very much like to do things myself).

But, assuming we could work together well — J.K. Rowling (because she’s very good at planning, something I struggle with) or N.D. Wilson (for the sheer awesomeness of it).

3 // If you could interview any author on your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?

I’d like to interview Nadine Brandes, and I’d ask her to please write more books! Especially more like her Out of Time series.

Honestly, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I really don’t have many burning questions to ask authors, except these three categories (applicable to all authors):

  • What will happen next in your book/series? (Also: will this character survive? Will these characters end up together?)
  • Why did this thing have to happen in your story? (Never mind that it’s already published and won’t change; I must know.)
  • Thank you so much for writing your story; it’s really awesome and has changed me.

And while all of those things would be nice to ask/tell authors, they’re not very helpful to anyone.

4 // What genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?

I’ve only tried contemporary once, but I’d like to go for it again. I actually have a new story idea that’s contemporary, so maybe I will.

I’m also very wary of historical fiction — all that research! — but it would be amazing to actually accomplish writing some.

5 // What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? (It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.)

I would love to own a first edition of The Lord of the Rings. If it didn’t cost about $45k.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – 20th Anniversary Ravenclaw Edition (Hardback)6 // Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?

Books: yes, indeed, I’d like to own almost every book that I have read and liked.

Bookish items: Once I figure out which Hogwarts house I am (currently I’m stuck between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw), I think I’d like to have house-themed merchandise.

7 // Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)

I’d like to visit the Rabbit Room. I know, I know, the original Rabbit Room is actually a room in a pub, not a bookish place, and my motivation for wanting to go is definitely because of Lewis and Tolkien.

But the online community called the Rabbit Room is a favorite haunt of mine, and not just because of its Inkling roots. They recently raised money to open a physical location, North Wind Manor, and that’s where I’d like to visit.

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8 // What’s one bookish event you’d like to attend? (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)

Hutchmoot.

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Do I really need to explain what Hutchmoot is?

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Seems like the name says it all.

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Well, all right. Let me go check the website and see what it says.

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According to the website:

It’s a gathering. A meeting. A retreat. A conference. A powwow. A shebang. An entmoot, without the ents.

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But Maya, what happens at Hutchmoot?

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According to the website:

Food. Good food, prepared by our resident Rabbit Room chef, John Cal. Quality time among fellow Rabbit Room readers with whom you’ll develop friendships that will last until you’re 87. Sessions led by a variety of writers, artists, and musicians, including the roster of Rabbit Room contributors. Intimate group discussions on writing, songwriting, and more. Nightly conversation with dessert and coffee. And a lot of great music.

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And yes, apparently, pipes are smoked. I don’t think I’d mind.

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If you still don’t understand what Hutchmoot is, check out the website.

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9 // Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?

Last year, I had the amazing experience of working with Grace Pedersen to design a cover for my WIP Remnant. The gorgeous result:

I love it so much! I’m not sure that’s what I’d pick for the published version, if/when that happens, but it’s beautiful.

10 // What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? (As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.)

I want to inspire others to long beyond themselves.

I’ve seen the entire spectrum refracting off the ripples beneath my bare feet from the edge of this weathered dock, and thought, God, there’s got to be more than this.

I have no idea what to believe, but beauty pulls me beyond myself like I don’t even have a choice, so I know I don’t believe in nothing.

Where, my love, does the beauty inside of a tree reside, made up of atoms, identical and colorless, where the light of the sun merely vibrates in waves toward our eyes, striking tissues and moving along nerves like a telephone wire, to their endings, like telephones? I do not know. There is no actual color in the atoms of which the tree is composed, or in those vibrations. Shape, size, color, touch and the like are simply the names we call our sensations, and no amount of study can ever bring the notion of beauty to the tree…

When I don’t know how, help me embrace the mystery.

// Levi the Poet, Correspondence: A Commentary, “Chapter Seven: Orphan Theism” //

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I want to do for others what the above quote does for me.

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// the tagged ones //

I tag…

The questions for you…

  1. What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?
  2. What author would you like to coauthor a book with?
  3. If you could interview any author on your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?
  4. What genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?
  5. What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? (It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.)
  6. Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?
  7. Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)
  8. What’s one bookish event you’d like to attend? (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)
  9. Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?
  10. What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? (As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.)

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// in conclusion //

Thanks for reading my answers to this tag! I’ll see you next time.

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P.S. Have you been to Hutchmoot(or do you want to go now)? Which Hogwarts house do you think I’m in?

19 thoughts on “the bookish bucket list tag // my reading dreams + plans

  1. Well, I am working on 3 WIPS. It is Tale of the Cattail Forest I am most invested in—-on its 5th draft. It is a middle grade children’s fantasy about Sparkle, a 12 year old Fairy Frog and her friendship with Marge, a toad her same age. A cycle of friendship begins when the two of them try having all the Fairy Frogs befriend the Toads. However, what happens when Sarge, Marge’s older cousin tries to prevent and breakup this friendship. Right now, when I think of a cover for Tale of The Cattail- all I know is that it has to have Sparkle on the cover.

    The book that actually intimidates me the most is War and Peace. When I read Les Misérables, the unabridged version, I never once felt intimidated= that was due to the knowledge I had of the musicals.

    One place I love is Malaprops in Asheville. It is this sections where all those books are wrapped in brown paper with just adjectives. You pick the book from those words, and you basically are left with a mystery book. You can’t peek at what book you got until after you left that bookstore

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  2. Hi Maya! I just realized I never followed you back?? That’s changing today XD
    I love this tag so much … I haven’t started doing tags yet but I will DEFINITELY do this one if I end up changing my mind! Your answers were really fun to read and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog ❤
    power to the local dreamer ||-//

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    • Thank you so much! I’d love to read it if you do it.

      So… random question, but I know you like TOP. What’s the best place to start with their music? I just started listening and discovered that I like “Addict With a Pen” and a few others, but I don’t really know what to try next.

      And what does the ||-// mean? I see it all around and have no idea what it means XD

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  3. Not gonna lie when I read Les Mis I TOTALLY skipped almost the whole Waterloo section, and the sewers, and the chapter on French slang….I think it’s the only version I wouldn’t mind an abridged version of XD

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  4. This post is lovely. I have read Swallows and Amazons, and I quite enjoyed it–and, “I want to inspire others to long beyond themselves” is the most beautiful thing.

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