Bookish Bucket List

Fridays are meant to be fun, so I plan to have some fun every Friday here on the blog. That fun will come in bookish and non-bookish ways, but I thought I’d start out with some of the items on my Bookish Bucket List

Friday Fun

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 Dedicate an entire room as a library
My Pinterest board is full of different library set ups, though I have an image of exactly what I want in the perfect home library: built-in bookcases covering 2 walls, the third wall will have a window seat banked by free-standing bookcases, the fourth wall will have a small writing desk, a large clock, and book related artwork. In the center of the room will be a large rug (over hardwood floors), a chaise, and 2 comfy chairs with a table between them.

Read the entire In Death series by J.D. Robb
I started the series a few years ago and have read the first 5 or 6 books, but there are so many more in the series and the prolific Ms. Robb continues to write more and more. I love seeing how the main characters, Eve and Rourke, grow and develop over the course of the series.

Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
I may not be able to get to London to see the Harry Potter Studio Tour, but I would love to visit the Orlando or Hollywood theme parks. I have a couple of friends who have been to the Orlando park {one lives nearby and goes frequently}, and I swoon over their pictures. I would just love to feel like I am inside the story in person {and if it lives up to what is in my mind}.

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Own all of my favorite childhood books
I’m not sure if all of my childhood favorite books were from the school library or if my parents gave away the books as I got older, but I don’t own any of the books I loved as a child. I would love to acquire copies of my favorites for my own library, especially the Little House series, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and others like these.

Meet some of my favorite authors
I would love to attend a trade show or a book store signing event to meet some of my favorite authors. I even lived in the same city as a few of them for a while {Seattle}, but was unable to attend any events. At the top of my list is Nora Roberts {of course}, but also Suzanne Brockmann, John Green, Sylvia Day, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jayne Ann Krentz.

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Complete a full 24-hour read-a-thon
I participated in a 24-hour read-a-thon in March this year, but there were some difficulties and I was not able to complete the full time. I would love to be able to devote a full 24 hours to reading with just a 10 minute break each hour for bathroom trips, snack refills, and stretching.

Read 250+ books in a year
Over the last several years, I have been so tied up with working long hours {or having long commutes} and my reading seriously slipped. In the past 3 years, I have not completed more than 30 books in a year. Since I am currently not working, I have already completed more than 30 books this year and my goal is to hit at least100. I really want to get to the point where I am able to finish much more than that, so my next goal will be 250!

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Write and publish a book
I have had this dream since I was a little girl. I have started and scrapped several manuscripts, but I still really want to complete and publish a book in my lifetime. At this point I am not 100% sure whether I want it to be fiction or nonfiction {leaning towards fiction}, but I know that I want to write something.

What is on your bucket list?

Favorite Authors~ Nora Roberts

There are some authors that draw us in and make us fall in love with their characters and their style of writing. As someone who would gladly live inside some of the stories I read, I have developed a great appreciation for the authors who create these worlds. These are the authors whose books I pick up without ever reading the synopsis because I just know that it’s going to be great. These are the authors who have made me into the reader I am and who keep me coming back for more. Each week I will be celebrating one of my favorite authors, starting with the incomparable Nora Roberts.

Favorite Authors

I was first introduced to Nora Roberts through the shorter romance novels she wrote for Silhouette. From there, I discovered her full length novels and the glories of her trilogies (and quartets). I instantly fell in love with the families and friends that make up the trilogies, especially those with a bit of Irish Magic. Ms. Roberts seamlessly weaves romance with the battle between good and evil in her paranormal works. And she is the author of the only vampire hero that I actually like {and adore}, Cian from the Circle Trilogy.

When I hear news of a new Nora Roberts trilogy {or even a stand alone title}, it goes immediately on my TBR list, and I work to get my hands on it. Luckily one of my aunts is also a fan, so if I am not able to pick up the books, I know she will and lend them to me.

It’s not just the series books that I love though, the stand alone novels are equally as good. Each story is full of atmosphere so that you feel like you are actually there with the characters, experiencing everything that they experience.

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”
Nora Roberts

If you have never read a Nora Roberts novel, here are a few of my favorites to get you started:

The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy {contemporary w/ mild paranormal}

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)               The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro, #2)                The Perfect Hope (Inn Boonsboro, #3)

The Circle Trilogy {paranormal contemporary & historical}

Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1)              Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy, #2)               Valley of Silence (Circle Trilogy #3)

And if you prefer a bit more suspense over romance, check out the In Death series by Nora Roberts’s alter ego J.D. Robb!

Page vs Screen #1

When I first started contemplating making the switch to a book blog, I knew that I wanted to incorporate a series that looked at the movies based on some of my favorite books. Because if there’s one thing {aside from cats of course} that comes close to my love of books, it’s my love of movies.

Page vs Screen

Before I start talking about specific adaptations, I wanted to talk about my philosophy regarding movies based on books. I think we can all agree, if we’ve read the book and watched the movie, the book is going to be better 98% of the time. Books are able to delve so much deeper into the story line than a movie can. Books can also look deeper in the personality, thoughts, and psyche of the characters. That being said, I still generally enjoy the movies as well {with a few notable exceptions}.

Because the characters are generally the most important aspect of a story for me, and because when I read I create an image of how each character should look, I tend to enjoy a movie more if I watch it before I read the book. This means I’m usually a bit late to the party with some really great books, because if I know a movie is coming, I’ll wait. If I don’t wait, about 70% of the time I am completely disappointed in the casting; even if the actor is great, if they don’t fit my image of the character, I have a hard time enjoying the movie.

I have found that most books adaptations fall into three categories for me:

*The movie does not do justice to the book at all and is incredibly disappointing {Fifty Shades of Grey}

*The movie follows the book and represents the story well {The Perks of Being a Wallflower}

*The movie uses the same characters but deviates from the story line and some key plot points but creates a film that can stand alone and be enjoyed separately from the book {Insurgent}.

In my personal experience, most movies based on books fall into the second or third category, with only about 15% being a complete disappointment. In truth, the major disappointments have always come after reading the book first.

A Community of Readers

Before taking the leap into book blogging, I started reading several book blogs {and then several more} to get a general feel of what was out there, what I liked, and what I didn’t. I quickly discovered that the book blogger community is immense, and that it lacks the feeling of competition that I noticed in the blogging community I was previously a part of.

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Don’t get me wrong, there are so many amazing healthy living bloggers out there and I made a lot of friends in the community. I still follow several healthy living blogs {and I just discovered a wealth of cat blogs, but that’s another story} in addition to the book blogs that I am following now. But I feel like the book blogging community has a mellower vibe and I don’t see a lot of the copycat posts or bickering that I experienced before. Maybe it’s there and I’m still too new to see it. But the community as a whole feels very welcoming and open.

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I’ve already found some favorite bloggers in this community, and have slowly started interacting with them. I know that it will take some time before I am fully immersed in the community. It will also take some time to build a follower base in my new niche. But I am already having so much fun! I’ve participated in challenges and read-a-thons and am looking forward to more.

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There are several memes that I have discovered that I can’t wait to link up with! My three favorites are Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish, Stacking the Shelves from Tynga’s Reviews, and The Sunday Post from Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’m looking forward to my first opportunity link up with them! And to get to know my fellow book bloggers!

 

Monday Update #1

Each week I want to share with you what I am reading, what I’ve finished, and what new books I’ve started. Right now I have a ton of books that are in progress. I go through phases where I start all kinds of books and alternate them through the week, then I go through other phases where I try to read just a few books at a time. I am trying to shift from a ton of books to a few books right now, so my list of current reads is quite large this week. I will be finishing up quite a few of these over the next week or so and will only be starting new books in certain genres. {It helps that I am running out of the books that I currently have available to me until I make a trip to storage}.

Monday Update

Currently Reading {in no particular order}

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman
Every Day is a Blessing by Aaron Zerah {re-read}
The MacKade Brothers: Devin & Shane by Nora Roberts
Five Good Minutes by Jeffrey Brantley, MD & Wendy Millstine
Organizing Your Day by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Choose to Be Happy by Rima Rudner
This Year I Will… by M.J. Ryan
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Grey by E L James
Run Like a Girl How Strong Women Make Happy Lives by Mina Samuels
One Year to a Writing Life by Susan M. Tiberghien
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin {re-read}
A Whole New You by Brett Blumenthal
Bloggers Book Camp by Charlie White & John Biggs
365 Health and Happiness Boosters by M.J. Ryan
52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal
Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard
Being Single in a Couples’ World by Xavier Amador, PhD & Judith Kiersky, PhD
Your Best Year Yet! by Jinny S. Ditzler
The 52-Week Life Passion Project by Barrie Davenport
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling {re-read}
Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler
The Best Year of Your Life by Debbie Ford

{I told you it was a lot of books!}

Recently Added:

The Girl on the Train  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins {Library find}

Recently Completed:

 The Memory Keeper's Daughter The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

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A Whole New World

If you’ve visited this page before, you might be wondering just what the heck is going on. Where did all of the content go? Where are the rambling lifestyle posts? Does the website have a new owner? Of course if you’ve been paying attention over the last few months, you’ll have the answer.

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This is still my little place on the internet, it’s just an {almost} entirely new place. All of the old content has been removed to create a fresh page on which to write a new story.

Red heart on a old opened book

My heart lives in the stories; the chapters, pages, and words of each story I read draws me in. I experience life, love, heartache, and adventure with each character. And I want the story to go on long after the final sentence. Here with you, I will share my life among the pages of books.

Blue and Gold Cover Book on Brown Wooden Shelf

My reading interests are varied, so I will be sharing a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction. Some of my favorites include Romantic Suspense, Adult, Travel Memoirs, Young Adult, Self-Help, and Food Memoirs {to name a few}. As I have rather large bookshelves and a backlog of books to be read, I will be sharing a collection of new releases and titles that have been out for years.

Thank you for reading along with me!