Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is: Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List. Where do I even begin? There are so many bookish things that I’ve come across over the past few years that I don’t think I can condense everything into one list of ten items.
1. Build my perfect library. Like any bookworm, I’ve been amassing books for as long as I can remember. Currently they’re stored between three different houses in boxes and on sad, albeit sturdy, shelves. My dream library would include floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, solid wood bookshelves. One side of the room would have a book nook with large windows and plenty of comfy seating where I could relax and read the days away. And if the sky’s the limit budget wise, I think I’ll add a nice baby grand in the centre of this room just to make my oasis perfect.
2. Own a piece of book inspired clothing or jewellery. I see lovely scarves, necklaces and earrings all the time with bookish themes. I think something like this would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe.
3. Get a literary tattoo. I’ve been dreaming of this one for YEARS. I really don’t know what I’m waiting for. Kurt Vonnegut’s quote “so it goes” has a lot of meaning for me and I’d like to have this constant reminder for myself. One of these days when I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll make this commitment.
4. Travel Europe to visit places of literary importance: Jane Austen’s home, the world of James Joyce, whatever I can find and see. I’ve backpacked Europe for tourist pleasure, but I want to return to see those places I’ve heard and read about. I want to find inspiration in the places that the greats found inspiration.
5. Pass on my love of literature to my children. So much of who I am today was shaped by the books that I read growing up. My parents were dedicated to reading to me and with me and I’d like to do the same for my own children. In today’s world when we see kids growing up reading less and less, I’d want to take the time to instill a love of reading in my own children one day.
6. Write again. I want to finish writing the manuscript that I’ve been working on for years. Although I should say finish editing it. It’s been written but rejection the first time around made it difficult for me to continue polishing this story up. I want to take the time to make this novel perfect and hopefully, one day, get it published.
7. I’d like to read all of the greats of the Twentieth Century. It’s an era of writing that I love, but haven’t read much of. Starting from the turn of the century, I’d like to make my way through decade by decade.
8. Collect as many unique editions of 1984 as I can. I keep finding lovely covers of this book that I want to own. I need to start owning them and showcasing them.
9. Have something book related at my wedding. I don’t know what it is, but I think books are so romantic and I’d love to incorporate my passion into my own love story.
10. Own a working typewriter. The one I own now is from the 1930s. I’d love to take the time and the care to fix this baby up and get her working again. It’s a beautiful piece of machinery, but it definitely needs some tender loving care.