On my other blog, I do have my Life Bucket List. It’s an amazing feeling to cross out some items on there, especially the bigger ones: road trip across the continental United States is one. And I did that twice! I know I won’t be able to fulfill all of them but that doesn’t stop me from trying.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday , we’re listing down the Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List (could be blogging related, book related etc. — meeting authors, reading x many books per year, finishing a daunting book, etc.)
1. Own a book-themed room. I already talked about my dream bedroom in a previous Musings Monday post. Aside from physical books, I have a lot of DVD sets and official merchandise. I want to display them and gather dust while being admired instead of having them under my bed gathering dust. I’m not asking for a library; I actually dislike lending books lol. I just want wall-to-wall shelving with a lot of storage area.
2. Have as many actors, EVAN WRIGHT, and/or the real Marines sign my uber special copy of Generation Kill. Here’s my tally so far: Stark Sands, Alexander Skarsgard, Jon Huertas, Rudy Reyes, Sal Alvarez, and Benjamin Busch. There were other times where I’ve seen and met other GK actors but I can’t bring this book everywhere. This is in my Life Bucket List as well. But right now, I think I have a good amount of people on there. Each signature has its own special story and my heart grows ten times in size every time I look at this book. Generation Kill, both the book and the mini-series, has impacted my life so much. I’ve met like-minded people as well as ones I consider life-long friends through this. It opened my world to new talents, to untold stories, and … I really have so much love for this.
3. Finish my “Nate Eyre” fic. Dude, I won NaNoWriMo 2010 with this piece. 2010! And I’m still not done. That’s 55,000+ words and counting. A little background on this; if you frown upon fan fiction, look away now — It is in the Generation Kill fandom, Brad/Nate, NC-17 overall. It is very loosely based on another one of my favorite works, Jane Eyre. I put the best of both words and I have to say, this is my most-inspired works ever. Unfortunately, I never finish a fic since. Lately, I reread what I have so far and I think I finally found out a way to crawl out of the loophole that I dug for myself. Now, I only have to put MS Word back into my Macbook Pro so I can work on it.
4. Work at a bookstore. Or in publishing. Or at least get a Barnes & Noble membership. Isn’t this almost a cliche now? A book lover, reader wanting a book-related job. It sure looks and sounds like fun but I heard from a couple of friends who have worked at bookstores before that it is anything but. I just want the employee discount lol. I always thought that I would own more physical books if I could afford them better.
5. Own all the original Nancy Drew Mysteries 56-volume series published by Grosset & Dunlap. This is the book series that started it all for me. My mom read it when she was young and she introduced this to me when I was young. Nancy Drew: The Sign of the Twisted Candles remains to be one of my favorites. If only space weren’t an issue.
I would put Going back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida but our own Universal Studios Hollywood will have one in 2016-ish. While it is a loooong time to wait, I think I can do that. But if someone offers to take me to see Diagon Alley and the other stuff they added since I went, I’m game! So…
6. Attend the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Universal Studios Hollywood. I already missed the announcement ceremony with the Phelps/Weasley twins. I’m forever kicking myself for not hearing about that. For someone who frequents the Universal Studios/CityWalk, I’ve never been to any special events held there. If I were to attend just one, this will be it.
7. Something simple, Finish reading all the series that I’ve started. And I have a lot of unfinished series: Fifty Shades, Divergent, Vampire Academy, Vampire Diaries, Sookie Stackhouse, Dollanganger saga, Outlander… it just takes a certain amount of dedication that I don’t currently have to go through a series back-to-back.
8. Go on a book-inspired trip. #1 on my list is the The Da Vinci Code tour, if that is still a thing. Hobbiton is always in the plans… if by my life or death, I shall go there one day.
9. Read Harry Potter in Korean. I have the entire series (e-book, really) in Korean. I can read Hangul. But my understanding of it is worse than a pre-school child. XD I have another book in Korean, 세상에 너를 소리쳐! I would want to read this as well but that will be after reading HP. 세상에 너를 소리쳐! doesn’t have an official bound translated edition.
10. This is not really a book but the material started out from a book so it counts, right? Be in a legit production of Les Miserables. I don’t care which part; I’d take the chorus if need be. (Eponine is my favorite vocal role though.) I’m absolutely in love with the music and the story. One day (more… lol), I will read the book. It might take all year but I will see it done. OMG, the LesMis puns!