Welcome! Rebecca and I worked very hard on this concept and list. Before creating it, we searched high and low for a similar list and found absolutely nothing. Within weeks of posting our lists, we began to see lists with the same title pop up on various blogs and social networking sites.
Unfortunately, there are several blogs that did not link or credit us.
Please help us keep the integrity of the book blogging community by crediting our blogs and/or using our logos to help spread the fun in an honest way.
We encourage all book fans to create their own lists, but request, once again, that you link us up. Like I said, we worked very hard on this concept.
Back in March, I was chatting with Rebecca @ Love at First Book and somehow we came up with the idea for a sort of bookish bucket list, which we’re titling 50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die.
- In progress/Ongoing
Most of the list we had in common, like these 35:
- 20 DIY bookish (& sophisticated) crafts
- Participate in creating or create my own Little Free Library
- Read 50+ classics – See progress
- Visit author/book locations (homes, parks, etc.)
- Visited Stanley Hotel (The Shining) 2013
- Do 10 new activities inspired by books
- Go to a book blogging conference
- Scheduled to attend BEA 2014
- Have cards in 10+ countries
- Stamp 100+ books
- Send/Receive 100+ PostCrossing cards
- Do 10+ video blog post/podcasts
- Plan a few book-themed date
- Have a book-themed party
- Host an in-person book club
- Meet 20 authors
- Met: B.A. Shapiro, Brad Meltzer, Eli Saslow, Michael O’Hanlon, Richard Lamm, Fred Abrams
- Make blog bookmarks
- Consistently volunteer or work at a bookstore or library
- Work a Friends of the Library sale
- Guest post for a big deal book website or magazine
- Host a blogging event (see the Weekday Read-a-thon and Book Club I’m doing with Love at First Book)
- Write thank you notes to authors whose books make a difference
- Make postcards for the blog for PostCrossing
- Get 1,000 Likes on Facebook
- Get 1,000 followers on the blog
- Have a review posted/published by a national publication/website
- Had an excerpted review in an advertisement for The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber in the New York Times Book Review (July and September 2013) – Also seen in Goodreads newsletter/advertisement.
- Be asked by Amazon to be a Vine member
- Be invited as a guest speaker for a blog/book-related conference (2016)
- Make enough money from blog to break even with blog costs (2013)
- Get 1,000 books donated to a cause (I’m currently working on this one at Books for Soldiers)
- Participate in online author discussions
- Piper Kerman (G+)
- Plan a trip to meet other book bloggers
- Read the top most banned books (see my list)
- Participate often in BookCrossing
- Have a stamped book/leave a card in every state
- Have a stamped book in 10+ countries
- Participate in as many blogging events (Bloggiesta, read-a-thons, YoRWtFIW, etc) as I can (I’m hosting a Bloggiesta mini-challenge March 2013!
Then, there were some that we decided on independently. Here are my 15 individual goals:
- Discover new and debut authors
- Go inside the reading room at the Library of Congress
- Visit Presidential Libraries
- Read Pivotal Books (Silent Spring, The Feminine Mystique)
- Visit the Top 10 Libraries in America
- Write a personal history
- Have built-in bookshelves, preferably with a ladder
- Order business cards with my personal email (my current ones have no name or email)
- Attend a Great Gatsby Gala (themed)
- Edit a book that will be published
- Ever Rising, Ever Falling by J.R. Williams)
- Own a first edition classic
- Vanity Fair, Roberts Rules of Order, Roberts Rules of Order Revised
- Read a book about every U.S. President
- George W. Bush, Bill Clinton
- Get involved with starting a Changing Lives Through Literature chapter (check it out here)
- Host a “Blind Date With a Book” party
- Read more “essay” collections
And, a few extras:
- Stay at the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon and get the Books by Your Bedside package
- Visit all of the Gatsby/F. Scott Fitzgerald attractions in Minneapolis, MN.
- Own an uncut book
- Meet a Pulitzer Prize winner
- Eli Saslow, 2014 winner for explanatory reporting
So Rebecca and I are challenging YOU! Create your own bookish bucket list!
Can’t think of 50? Think of however many you can!
Feel free to take my logo (above) or Rebecca’s logo and create your own 50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die! Just make sure to link it back to The Book Wheel or Love at First Book!
Then share it with us!!!!! And check out Rebecca’s list of 50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die!
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