Bout of Books Mini-Challenge!

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Good morning all you Bout of Books-ers!

I’m starting this Bout of Books Readathon off with a bang – by hosting one of the challenges for today! It’s going to be pretty simple, cause that’s howΒ I roll:

  1. You have to be participating in Bout of Books to be eligible to win the prize.
  2. What’s the prize, you may be wondering? A $15 Amazon gift card, or a book worth $15 from The Book Depository.
  3. Open internationally.
  4. This only lasts for 24 hours. I will close comments on this post at 1 AM Eastern time on August 20th.
  5. A winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday at some time. I’ll email the winner.

All you have to do is leave a comment below answering the following:

What is one bookish thing you want to do before you die? OR what is one thing you want to do before you die that was inspired by a book you read?

For example, my answerΒ might be that I want to go to the National Book Festival someday, or that I really want to take eskrima classes because of the book The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan.

Easy peasy, right?

And by the way, if you like the idea of a “bookish bucket list”, check out Rebecca and Allison’s 50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die.

Now get commenting! Good luck, and have fun readathoning!

~Sarah

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    1. I want to go to Amsterdam where Hazel and Augustus were in the book The Fault In Our Stars which is a book I totally love. I would like to get to know the ity and fall in love with the place as Hazel and Augustus did.

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  1. I think my BIGGEST hope is to have a large in-home library. I guess it’s sort of gluttonous for one person to have that many books, but oh well. I never said no one else could read them. Haha.

    As for things books make me want to do: I feel like they’re always inspiring me. To learn another language and an instrument and travel. Things like that.

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  2. I really want to go to Ann Patchett’s bookstore in Nashville, TN, Parnassus Books. Host a Night Circus themed party. Or follow an amazing road trip from a book like one of Steinbeck’s or Kerouac’s.

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  3. I want to be truly brave, like Tris in Divergent. I want to inspire, and ignite the masses, like Katniss in The Hunger Games. I want to find the ultimate friendships, like Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I want to disprove my stereotypes, like Wanda in The Host. And I want to always be positive, and find that total weirdo, who’s my perfect match, like Pat in The Silver Linings Playbook.

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  4. I think I’d like to dedicate a European holiday to really bookish things. I wouldn’t worry about the Eiffel tower or Piccadilly Circus – I’d just go to all those amazing libraries you see pictured online all the time, and visit the favourite writing areas or homes of my favourite authors or legendary book settings. To take 3 weeks or a month to travel around doing this would be AMAZING!

    Nice mini-challenge btw Sarah!

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  5. The bookish thing I hope to do is become a librarian! I’ll be graduating with a Masters in LIS in May! Woohoo!!

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  6. After reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, I’ve been wanting to tour Europe, and even the rest of the world. I want to see these places that some books talk about.
    I also have this bookish desire to fill a house with books. I want to see them on all the walls and furniture, and of course I want to live in it. πŸ˜€

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  7. 1. I want to create in my country (town) a free library. To encourage people to read. And I will do it someday.
    2. Travel around the world on air balloon (AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS)

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  8. I would love to go on a bookish tour, visiting the ten biggest libraries in the world. I would also love to visit The Strand in New York City.

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  9. Ooh I like this question!

    The bookish thing that I hope to do is take a Phantom of the Opera tour. Yup, take an actual tour of France according to the places that are mentioned in Gaston Leroux’s book, including the famous underground lake in the Paris Opera House.

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  10. Great question! I’m from Europe and we don’t have many book festivals, so before I die I want to travel to USA to visit Comic Con (I’ve heard there are lots of great authors signing their books!). That’s my biggest wish. I also saw on YouTube a video of Los Angeles Festival of Books so that’s the second place I want to visit. I have many wishes, but don’t want to ramble too much. It’s Bout of Books, so I need to go and read!

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  11. Ooh, ooh, oooh so many things! Ok, I’m going to do two:
    General bookish thing- Go on a pilgrimage to Wilkie Collins’s grave and leave a tract on it because LOL Miss Clack.
    Thing inspired by a book- I really really really want to go and see the cherry blossoms in Japan, which actually I guess isn’t inspired by one book in particular, but many books set in Japan in general. ALSO I want to go and see Uluru because of Down Under by Bill Bryson.

    (God, sorry for not shutting up! I just… Have a lot of goals!)

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  12. I’m dreaming to attend BEA or another convention in the US to meet authors and bloggers….for an european like me it’s a dream!! those covention are so different that what exist here i need to attend at least once!!!

    thank you so much for this simple and fun mini challenge

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  13. Hey chuck! This is a GREAT challenge to start the week, it really got me thinking and dreaming and wondering why I haven’t done these things yet!
    Here’s my answer:

    I think I have two things I’d really like to do book-wise before I kick that ol’ bucket. Number one would be to finally visit Shakespeare and Co. in Paris, which satisfies BOTH of these challenge criteria: it’s a famous bookshop, obviously, but I first heard about it years ago when I read ‘Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs’ by Jeremy Mercer. The second thing would be to meet an author I really admire IN PERSON and get a book personally signed. I know that’s not a big deal to a lot of people, but living out in the countryside in England, a long way from London, we just don’t have many big author events or literary festivals anywhere nearby! The sort of ‘target audience’ is completely different here, so the authors who do visit don’t tend to be really popular names or people I’m interested in seeing. 😦

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  14. I would love to go to a book convention, meet the authors and get signed books! Or just meet some of my favorite authors like Stephen King, Rick Riordan and J K Rowling! Oh and I would love to work at a book store or at a library! Great contest to start the read-a-thon!

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  15. ooh I love this challenge! I think the two bookish things I need to do before I die is meet at least one of my favourite authors and get a signed book by them (simple i know, but I’ve never got to do it), and also go to some kind of book event, meet-up or festival!

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  16. Oh, there are plenty of book related dreams! But I think the one that dominates the others is to travel to New York, find amazing and cute coffee house, take your favourite book from your back, and spend the day sipping all different kinds of coffees while reading. This would be so perfect – I really need to make it come true one day!

    Thank you for the great challenge! It was so much fun to go through all your bookish dreams. πŸ™‚

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  17. Oooh fun mini challenge! Can’t wait to read all the answers!

    My bookish dream is to tour London and all the Harry Potter related goodness there… like Platform 9 3/4!

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  18. The bookish thing I want to do is visit London and follow the guide of Writing London to visit the place that famous writers like George Orwell and H.G.Wells wrote theirs books or got inspired. It would be amazing πŸ˜€

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  19. I think I would like to visit places that inspired famous authors, or famous scenes are based on, (well not just famous, ones that I love). i.e. I would love to visit King’s Cross and see the platform 9 3/4 sign πŸ™‚ along with many other places.

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  20. I would like to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. I have friends who went and friends who are going soon and I am so jealous! After reading Nevermore and Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh I would also like to visit Poe’s grave and really Baltimore in general.

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  21. Ooooh great challenge! πŸ˜€

    Okay, the absolute, most important goal, that I am determined to fulfill is going to BEA! Just imagining all those BOOKS and AUTHORS and BOOKS make me go crazy, and living in India, you dont see stuff like that a lot.

    And some day, I’d love to travel around Europe, visiting all the little libraries and second hand book shops and the Jane Austen’s House Museum and the Anne Frank Museum and Shakespeare and Co. Lol that seems like a lot! πŸ˜€ But I’ll do it one day! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hey! I live in Bath πŸ™‚ Shame on me for not visiting the Austen-related attractions yet. If you do visit maybe you should come during the Bath Literature Festival – there is almost always an event or two focused on Jane Austen.

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  22. If I can get a bit fantastical I would love for someone to build an actual Night Circus so I can follow it around the world. If I need to stay more grounded I’d love to live within three blocks of a huge library with a historic reading room and countless alcoves to explore and declare my Favorite Reading Spot (this week).

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  23. What is one thing you want to do before you die that was inspired by a book you read? I want to chase the sunrise as well as the sunrise, inspired by two things Christian and Anastasia did in Fifty Shades of Grey series.

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  24. I want to have a room full of books, with a ladder and everything. Or own a bookstore. But if I owned the book store I could never sell my babies. Hummm…..

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  25. I want to visit southern France & the Pyrenees, the setting of Kate Mosse’s Languedoc trilogy. I want to see al the historical places she mentions and the landscape she describes so beautifully (Okay, I’ve seen some of it on TV, but I’d love to visit it in person). And 101 other things. But this one seems actually doable some day.

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  26. Great challenge.

    I want to write novels and get them published and that’s probably 90% due to the books I’ve read.

    My ultimate bookish goal is to travel the world, but in a bookish way. A tour of the greatest libraries and bookshops if you like.

    Another thing I’d like to do is learn a new language, only so that I can read a book from the country in it’s first language and have nothing lost in translation. Maybe I’ll start with Spanish?

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  27. There are so many bookish things on my bucket list! Just to name a few off the top of my head: go to San Diego Comic Con to see the author and cast of the latest book adaptions like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, etc. Get my favorite books signed. Get an ARC. Design a book cover for a published book. Own a copy of The Hunger Games in all the languages it’s been translates to.

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  28. I’ve been to BEA once, but I’m dying to go again. I also want to go to other book conventions like YALLFest.

    My ultimate bookish goal, however, is to own a bookstore one day. I’ve got it all planned out. I can retire from my current job when I’m 55 or so, which will give me PLENTY of time to still do what I love!

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  29. I’ve been reading a lot of Sophie Kinsella/British Literature lately, and I would love to travel to London and the British countryside and experience the areas that the characters live. I’ve been to London before so I wouldn’t mind missing the tourist-y things and going straight to the church from “I’ve Got Your Number” or the hospital Lexi wakes up in from “Remember Me?”

    I would also love to travel to the countryside and visit Briarwood and other country cottages mentioned in Jill Mansell’s books. And of course, I would have to visit Hampshire and pay my respects to the Queen of Writers, Jane Austen.

    I know there’s a chance that some of the places don’t exist, and I’m fine with that. But there still has to be something that inspired an author to make up such places. And that would be a perfectly acceptable substitute to me.

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  30. I would like to read the entire published works of the Bronte sisters. Also, inspired by The Fault in Our Stars, I would like to visit Amsterdam.

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  31. Well ever since I started blogging I learned about BEA and always see everyone going to it. Sooo that is what I want to do. I want to go to BEA and experience it first hand. Get all the books and just have a good time!!

    Angie
    My Bout of Books Goals

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  32. I’ve made a list of 10 bookish things I want to do. Of course, not all of them are achievable (like visiting Narnia). Probably the top of my list is to attend the Fforde Ffiesta in Swindon, England. Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors, and a weekend of Fforde-inspired silliness would be great!

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  33. I want to be in your TBR pile!! (My work in progress, that is πŸ˜‰ lol)

    My absolute bookish goal is to write my own YA or NA book and have it be one that is excessively blogged about because my readers want to devour my characters as much as I do…and I’m working on it. It is a slllllooooowwww process because I’m a stay-at-home working mom of two boys…BUT, it is a process that I will NOT give up ;).

    Jen
    My Bout of Books Goals via Written “En Vogue”–http://wp.me/p1G6rD-on

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  34. My ultimate bookish bucket list item before I die would be visiting at least five of the best public libraries in the world! Coming from a country with no — if I may say — decent public library, this is really a treat. On top of my list is the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. The rest would be the one in NYC, in Stockholm, in Paris, and the Portuguese Reading room in Rio de Janeiro. I wish I could win the lottery to make it happen πŸ˜‰

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  35. I want to read as many books as i can before i die. I want to have a Library room in my house or at least all the walls in my office covered in book shelves. Also read and own every book written by my favorite author Danielle Steel.

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  36. One bookish thing I want to do before I die is do an Austen’s tour of Hampshire and Bath. I want to see the places mentioned in her books and the ones that inspired her stories. I still need to read the rest of her books first though.
    One other thing I want to do is visit Platform 9 3/4 on King’s Cross station. It’s the next best thing, since Hogwarts is out of the question…

    And like many others here, I would also love to one day attend a book convention/festival.

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  37. I would love to do two things: (1) Create a large library similar to the one in Beauty and the Beast, where I have to use a ladder on wheels to reach the top shelves, and (2) Read all of the books that Rori Gilmore from Gilmore Girls read.

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  38. I would LOVEloveLOVE to go to BEA in New York!! But if I could only pick one thing, it would DEF be to visit Harry Potter world in Florida! That would be like a dream come true!

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  39. I desperately want to visit Austen’s house (Stevenson) and go to BEA. If I don’t accomplish those two things by death I will be sad forever. I also would like to make all the cake recipes in The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. They sound amazing!

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  40. What an awesome question. I honestly think my biggest bookish goal would be to eventually have a house with a huge library. I would love one with a baclony/second story and a metal spiral staircase or maybe one of those sliding ladders so I can pretend to be Belle.

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  41. One bookish thing I’d like to do is to have a library. I have always dreamed about having an entrie room just dedicated to books in my house… Ahhh, that would be just too awesome ;__;

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  42. Just one? That’s not very fair, but actually it makes it very easy. I could easily list something on going like to have my own library I’m happy with or manage to read all the books I own but there is a big one thing I want to do – attend BEA at least once! I live in the UK so it’s not like I can just purchase tickets, hop in a car and drive there. Nope, its plane tickets, hotel room, taxi’s, food and then shipping the books back home.

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  43. When I finally own a house, I want to build my own library inside. One room with wall to wall bookshelves. Books will be alphabetised and in sections. And yes, I’ll make people sign them out if they want to borrow them!

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  44. I think one of my bookish goals is to attend as many book events as possible! As well as author events my goals include Bath Lit fest, London Book fest, Edinburgh book fest and BEA!
    My bookish-inspired thing is just to travel. Because people in books do awesome things and sometimes without fear, and I think we could all learn from that.

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  45. I would love to travel to the UK and visit places that inspired the Harry Potter series, like King’s Cross and Leavesden Studios.

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  46. I’d like to go to an author signing. I’m not really into this but I’d like to do it just once. The only author signings I ever hear about in my area are authors I’m not interested in. I don’t care enough to go to an author signing to travel just for that; I’d have to be in the area on vacation already. I need authors I like to come closer to me!

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  47. I love this idea! Two of the things on my list I have already accomplished, I wrote a fan fiction piece and the author told me that she absolutely loved it and thought it was perfect! πŸ˜€ And I won an ARC of a book I was waiting with bated breath for, so I got to read it three months before it released!!!

    As for things I saw in a book that I want to learn to do: While there are several, the one that came to mind right now is learning to kayak because that’s something the characters did in Stranded by Dani Pettrey πŸ˜€

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  48. Right now, I am writing my first novel, and before I die, I would like to at least get something I write published. I would also like to have a collection of all of my favorite books, and have a special room in my house devoted completely to reading. (Bookshelves, comfy chairs, etc.)

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  49. Hooray for Bout of Books and this awesome mini challenge! I would definitely love to attend BEA and any and all bookish conferences. I’d also love to visit as many libraries and quaint little bookstores as possible in my travels, especially that library in Kansas City whose exterior is books. How cool is that?!? And that link to the 50 Bookish Things to Do is amazing! I love lists like that. Now I’m off to compile my own list! πŸ™‚

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  50. I’m back to reading for pleasure and fun! I’ve been reading a lot of books over the past three years to review and decided enough. So the Bookish Thing I want to do before I die is interview one of my favorite authors – Emma Holly. I found her website and contact info. and have been nicely stalking her so now just to ask for an interview for next year. πŸ™‚

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  51. I think the thing that most inspired me were the roadtrips in John Green’s books. I really want to pack up my best friends in a car and just go exploring with them. And then also seeing Russia with my own eyes, thanks to Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Richelle Mead.

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  52. One thing before I die? Okay, so there is this hotel in NY. It is a book/reading/library themed hotel. Before I die, I want to spend a few days there, soaking in the atmosphere, enjoying being around people who think like me. I think that would be awesome!

    That, and to complete the Rory Gilmore Reading list.

    Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader

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  53. The one bookish thing that I’d like to do, if I had to choose only one (horror! haha), would be to get published as a YA Author. I read so many YA books throughout my teenage years. Loads of Meg Cabot, Cathy Cassidy, Sarah Dessen, James Patterson, Rob Muchamore. I remember finishing school when I was sixteen and trying to wrap my head around what I want to do; I’m good at art, science, I’m currently studying biochemistry and am looking at doing a doctorate, but the one thing that will satisfy me the most is writing. It’s creative, I have express my views to a large audience, thanks to social media I can communicate with readers. I’ve been working on something for a couple years and love it; I can’t wait to make it a reality!
    – Nin xx

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  54. Yay for challenges!! The biggest thing on my bookish bucket list is to get myself down to the Wonderful World of Harry Potter AND the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. However, If I could add something from an actual book to the list it would be to simple take a walk with Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. To have a conversation with her could truly be a dream come true.

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  55. I really want to go to BEA and ALA this year. I really want to meet the bloggers I’ve talked to on Twitter finally. Plus meeting some of my favorite authors and getting books. What more could you ask for?! This is def the top of my book bucket list!

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  56. I want to travel, like Elizabeth did in Eat, Pray, Love (even though I didn’t love that book). I would also like to have a home library filled to the brim with books, BUT I have to have read them all. So when family/friends come over I can talk about them all.

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  57. I want to go to vidcon and meet my booktube friends. I also would like to finish the whole 39 clues series. lol. Yes.

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  58. I’m considering right now to start writing a romance. I’ve read so many great ones that writing keep coming back. But life is a mess right now and I can’t start a project. But in the future is definitely a thought.

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  59. I feel really lucky in that I’ve already been able to visit many awesome libraries and bookstores around the world and meet some of my favorite authors. And I already have an awesome bookish job (librarian!). So I guess my bookish bucket list item would have to be attending BEA. I would love to do that!

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  60. So many bookish things! I would love to visit some of the places I’ve only read about in books — like, go to the places where Anna goes in Paris in Anna and the French Kiss, or follow a road trip like in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I’d also love to build some floor to ceiling shelves in my home … or host a book club! Or … maybe write a book!

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  61. I have a goal to read at least a million pages in my life which is harder than I though it would be.
    Another bookish thing I want to do is take a “book-cation” where I visit places I’ve read about-Paris, London, New York, etc.

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  62. It might sound cliche, but I really want to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando! One thing on my bookish bucket list was to read the Game of Thrones series and I’m almost done with the 5 books that are published, so once the final 2 books are released I can cross that off, too! πŸ™‚

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  63. I want to have a library in my house. My blog is obviously based on this life long desire but I need at least one room dedicated to books and book reading!

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  64. I really want to have the money to be able to attend BEA and the bloggers convention that goes on after it. I would also like to visit some book stores in other countries and collect a book from their language. I already have a Twilight book in the Philippine language as my first book in that collection..lol. πŸ™‚

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  65. Hooray for bookish bucket lists!

    I have a million and one things I’d like to do that involve books. As for one inspired by a book, though: I want to go on an epic roadtrip like Amy and Roger in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour! πŸ™‚

    (Also answered here in my goals and updates post!)

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  66. There are so many things that are on my bookish bucket list, but one thing I would love to do is combine two of my favourite books- On the Road by Jack Kerouac and American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and road trip across the USA to the locations mentioned in American Gods. I know that someone has a kickstarter and is actually planning to this trip, and I am really envious because it just sounds heavenly. I’m from the UK and I’ve always had romantic notions about travelling the US by car- you could drive for days without stopping. Here, you’d be stuck in traffic for 4 hours and would still end up at the coast before night fall.

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  67. I think I’m going to have to be boring and say publish a book. My love of reading makes me want to just, give back, in a sense. Reading books has given me a brilliant imagination, and I’d like to think I have something in my head that someone out there might enjoy.

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  68. One of the things on my bookish bucket list is to stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Oregon. Each room has a different theme based on an author. I want to stay in the Jane Austen room or the Herman Melville room.

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  69. This may sound completely extreme. But I want to build… and live… in a hobbit hole. My boyfriend and I have been obsessed with tiny house/sustainable building with natural materials for a while now, and I am determined that our future house will be a hobbit hole. It will be done and I will have my big round door!

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  70. I want to have a huge house with an enormous library. One potential reference could be Elinor from InkHeart, but not as obsessed. I would also like to have a few signed copies by some of my favorite authors, of which I currently possess none.

    @TheBookFeed_

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  71. I’ve got a few bookish goals. First, I want to read one million pages (already over 150,000 pages down). Second, I want to meet so many different authors, but life always seems to get in the way. I really need to try harder at that one. Finally, I want to travel to the places from my favorite books: Spain, Italy, Greece, Boston…

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  72. I want to spend time in Oxford, England, and visit the Library. I’ve also heard the used bookstores in England are amazing, so a bookstore binge would be a must.

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  73. I want to go to the Sherlock Holmes museum so badly. I also want to have a room dedicated to every single book I’ve read with wall length bookshelves and sofas and chairs where I can curl up with a book

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  74. I would love to go zip lining, because the way it is described in Divergent it just sounds fun. And also I am not very brave and I’m affraid of heights. I would like to feel brave like all the dystopian novel girl leaders just once and zip lining would make me feel that way

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  75. One of the things on my bookish bucket list is to stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Oregon. Each room is decorated with a different author theme. I want to stay in the Jane Austen room or the Herman Melville room.

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  76. Here’s my bookish bucket list! Visit Shakespeare & Co in Paris, visit Hay-on-Wye whilst the book festival is on, not just before it or just after it, open my own bookshop, visit the New York Public Library, build my own home library!

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  77. One day I’d like to be able to afford an apartment with an extra bedroom, which shall become my library. It will have floor to ceiling bookshelves on all of the walls and big leather armchairs. There will also be a shelf with fine scotch. Basically, I’m thinking a Victorian gentleman’s study. πŸ™‚

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  78. I think I would love to read as many books as possible, attend lots of book related convention/conference/festival, and maybe travel to locations where some of my favorite books take place. πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting this great challenge.

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  79. Oooh, so many bookish goals! I’d love to visit The Anne Frank House. I’d love to start an in-person book club. I want a library to rival Belle’s from The Beauty and the Beast πŸ˜‰

    Great challenge lady, thanks!

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  80. I would love to do a couple of book-inspired trips. London for Harry Potter is probably more likely. So the real bucket list item is seeing some of the Lord of the Rings stuff out in New Zealand. Sure that’s what’s seen in the movie, but you have to admit they look exactly like you pictured them to in the books.

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  81. Just one? That’s not very fair, but actually it makes it very easy. I could easily list something on going like to have my own library I’m happy with or manage to read all the books I own but there is a big one thing I want to do – attend BEA at least once! I live in the UK so it’s not like I can just purchase tickets, hop in a car and drive there. Nope, its plane tickets, hotel room, taxi’s, food and then shipping the books back home.

    Lauren
    Bout of Books: Day 1 Challenges
    Bout of Books: Goals and Updates

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  82. I just really want to attend BEA at some point. I mean, let’s be honest. Everything bookish goes down there!

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  83. I have always wanted to create my dream library in my home. A room, all ceiling to floor books, with only two spaces NOT covered by books – the door…. and a window with a beautiful view of a lake (preferably).
    I imagine it multi-floored… with the need for those sliding ladders to reach books….
    I have always dreamed of creating a perfect library… one I could truly ‘escape to and in’….
    A perfect comfortable chair… with the most comforting throw blanket, a side table for coffee…
    A roll-top desk when I’m inspired to write myself…. highlighters, pens, and notebooks….
    Absolutely NO electronics…. no computers, no phones, no television, not even a CLOCK.
    I hope I will create this dream room for myself sometime before I die.
    πŸ™‚

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  84. Great challenge! I’d like to work in a library or a bookstore, and also attend some of the many book festivals and expos! I was supposed to go to BEA in June but my passport was expired so I couldn’t go…there’s always next year, though!

    I’m loving reading everyone else’s bookish bucket lists!!

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  85. Before I die, I pray that I have memorized the Quran; and, that I have inspired other Muslims to memorize it.InShAllaah (God willing).

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  86. I want to read the 1001 books I must read before I die, but since there are, at least, 3 lists it’s more like I have to read 1300 books. Only read 33 up until now, have a lot more to go. πŸ˜€

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  87. I’ve always dreamed of having a huge library in my house. And I’ve always wanted to write a book. I don’t care if a lot of people read it as long as the few who do actually like it. lol

    I think that most of the books I read inspire me to be brave, to take chances and not back down. That’s something I struggle with and I feel like the strong characters in books always give me a little push.

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  88. I would have to say that one of the bookish things that I have to do before I die is to travel to England and visit all the Harry Potter book sites, and visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I also want to open a used bookstore in my town sometime in the future.

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  89. BEA! Is a most excellent bookish event.
    London is the setting for TONS of books I’d love to see…from Shakespeare to Chaucer to Morrill’s Meant to Be.
    Be a Bad Ass, like all the bookish heroines I love.

    Amy @ bookgoonie
    bookgoonie at yahoo

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  90. I would like to travel to London and visit all the sites from Harry Potter, and visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I would also like to open a used bookstore in my town sometime in the future.

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  91. There are so many things I’d love to do that are totally bookish, but the top thing on my list is to write a novel or two and have them published. Lofty goals, I know.

    Next on my list would be to attend BEA or any other book festival and meet all my favorite authors as well as some of the great blogger friends I’ve met online.

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  92. Wow.. I love both questions…so ill try both. For a book thing, i’d really really like to make some progress on the “1001 Books to Read in Your Lifetime” Challenge that I have posted on my site. Not all are in English, but it’s be awesome to read about 25%. πŸ˜€ As far book inspiration, i saw a book where a photographer took a picture of every country in the world. I’d like a picture of myself reading in every country…haha. That might not be doable. lol Thanks for the awesome questions!

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  93. One bookish thing I want to do before I die is to walk into a bookstore and pick up every single book that I have not yet read on a row of shelves and buy them without even thinking of the price!
    Also, one thing I want to do before I die that was inspired by a book is to go travelling with my family all over the world, making memories:D

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  94. I have lots of little bookish goals, but the one on the top of my list is to visit the Harry Potter portion of Universal Studios! Supposedly the Universal Studios in CA is getting one in the somewhat near future so maybe this goal will be accomplished much sooner than I had anticipated! (Flights from Utah to Florida are expensive!)

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  95. I want to visit Shakespeare and Company in Paris. I was just talking about this to someone today actually. I’d also like to go to Miami Book Fair International and since I’m moving there next year that is very likely!

    Thanks for sharing the bookish bucketlist. Some awesome ideas!

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  96. This is a great challenge Sarah, there is so many bookish things that I want to do before I die, on the top of my list is read as many books as possible, I’m always trying to cut down on my tbr pile, but this is always forever getting bigger. I would also love to attend some book event of some sort, we don’t have any big ones in the UK, so maybe something like ALA or BEA in the US would be fantastic. And attending this event would be even more better, if I got the chance to meet a lot of my reader friends too! πŸ™‚

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  97. I keep wanting to go to BEA, which I’m really hoping to be able to do next year. NYC isn’t far, but working the timing out with work always seems to be the problem.

    I’m hoping to go to the National Book Festival this year…at least, it’s on the calendar!

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  98. Oh, goodness, I have several! One of the big ones, I hope to go to NY and be able to go to the BEA. I have heard about it for a few years. I would love to be immersed in the wonderful world of books there.

    I also hope to one day have a wall of floor to ceiling bookcases and do my level headed best to fill every part of them with books.

    And my final goal/wish, publish a book. I always have stories buzzing around my head and write things down as they hit, but I hope to have it complied into a book one day.

    Thanks for hosting! Great question!

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  99. Oh man! So many options! This deserves a blogpost (which WILL follow!).
    For now..I still want to visit the biggest annual book market here (Deventer, 1st of August, guess I just missed it). NEARLY 4 MILES OF BOOKS! That asks for a red wagon. Or wheelbarrow. Or not living in a tiny home. Or building a tiny home out of books. (Though that will hinder my ability to read it. And is probably not-so-waterproof)
    I know there are things I want to do because I read them in books, like make butterbeer. And go to the set(‘museum’) of the Harry Potter movie in London. Or do something a character would do but that’s the things I can’t think of at the moment. Point being: Books, they make me do stuff man! (Peace!)

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  100. Well, bookish things I’d like to do before I die, but are quite remote these days… there’s attending a big book fair, like BEA or Frankfurt’s Book Fair, or something like that. It would be wonderful and so much fun… I think I would be drooling the whole way through.

    There’s also the dream I have of maintaining a private library in my home, with a specific room of the house destined for my many books, and having them cataloged and properly ordered, instead of the mess I have now. That would be something fabulous.

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  101. There are so many things I can think of! I couldn’t pick just one, sorry! I would love to meet either Katherine Paterson or J.K. Rowling before I die. Or both. Both would be good! I’d also like to finally have all my books set up on shelves in an in-home library/office. Get them all in one place, ordered and alphabetized and categorized. One day!

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  102. You know that feeling you get when you walk into a library or bookstore? Like you are someplace holy, sacred, and all you want to do is stand there and soak up their presence, despite the looks that you are sure to get from people passing by? Well, my bookish goal is to travel the world and walk into any and all bookshops that I can findβ€”old, new, popular, second-handβ€”and just experience it. To explore the shops and enjoy the company of their books. I would not even have to buy anything (though, let’s be honest, I probably will); I just think that traveling to different places across the globe and taking part in something like that would be wonderful, awe-inspiring, and pretty darn amazing.

    I would also like to attend BEA or some other book festival as well as acquire enough books to create my own little library of sorts, one day.

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  103. My dream is probably going to sound strange but it was the first thing that popped into my mind so I’ll go with it. When my son was a infant, I started reading to him while sitting in the rocking chair and nursing him. As he grew we attended mommy and me at the library. He was thrilled when he learned to read. My husband and I read to him each night.

    Now he is 29 and I don’t think he could tell you the last actual book he has read. Just papers, magazines and stuff like that. My dream is that he will once again find his love of books! I could expand my dream to include a book loving girl for him and a future grand baby for me to read to! πŸ™‚

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  104. What I would love to do is to tour the United States and visit different author signings in every state I go to. I know this would cost a lot and require a lot of planning, but It would be so fun. Because you are not only meeting all these authors and fellow readers, you would also be touring (at least for me) the country you live in and learning new stuff about it. I also know this will most likely never happen, but it’s fun to dream about it :D.

    As for something that I want to do because of a book I read, I can’t really say, because there are so many things I want to do because of books. Maybe take an astronomy class from Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout. When the Main Character was in this class it reminded me how much I like astronomy.

    Thanks for the giveaway πŸ˜€

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  105. It’s not original at all, but yes, of course I want to create a library in my future home. Also, I don’t want it to be organized in any particular way. That would ruin the fun. I want to have an entire section devoted to children’s books for my kids to read, so they never have to go to the public library. And also so they become smart on their own (:

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  106. I’ve actually added a 50 Things bucket list to my blog, inspired by Allison and Rebecca’s list πŸ™‚ One of the things I’d like to do is to host an in-person book club.

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  107. I would love to spend my summer going to book conventions. I’m always envious of folks who are able to go to back-to-back-to-back cons. I can only manage to go to 1 a year but I guess one is better than none.

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  108. I would like to wake up one day amd find out that I am a princess. Like the Princess Diaries. Seriously, imagine the shows! Also being escortted to a fancy dance by the man of my dreams — who is looking dapper — is up there. And that’s found in many books.

    Good luck everyone!

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  109. I really want to go to BEA and I really also want to go to signings of many of my favorite authors. I never really got into that stuff until I started blogging. It’ll be much easier to do when we move back home to Tennessee and are in the city πŸ˜€

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  110. I want to attend BEA AND I want to meet Anne Rice..ok, that’s two book related items but yes! I want to do both!

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  111. 1. I desperately want to attend a BEA

    2. I want to visit some of the historic castles and grounds from the Tudor-era books I love so much AND go to Istanbul and visit some of those historic places like the Hagia Sophia.

    3. I want to go to Hogwarts at Universal Studios Florida!

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  112. I want to read a book on the beach in Fiji. And I MUST read Harry Potter. I just bought the books last week, so I’m one step closer to accomplishing that goal!

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  113. I have a couple –

    I want to read ALL the books that have won the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

    I want to read ALL the unread books in my house. *Currently over 1,000.*

    I want to visit the Library of Congress – because, seriously, it has to be heaven, right?

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  114. I would like to actually finish reading the 2000 plus books on my goodreads “to read” list…but I keep adding more books to it than I place in my “read” list sooo, yeah.

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  115. I would like to cook my way through an entire cookbook and then travel to the best restaurants to try the professional take on those most beloved recipes.

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  116. I hadn’t really thought about making a bookish-bucket-list, but it sounds like fun!!

    I do have various lists, WordDocuments, Blog post drafts, lists in notebooks, of books that I want to read, so one of the things that I would like to do it to combine all my list, and check every book off.

    But I think the thing I want to do is have a big library of books in my own home. THINK BEAUTY IN THE BEAST LIBRARY, that is what I want. I want to be able to have a variety of books library, where my children and my grandchildren and greatgrandchildren can have any book available. πŸ™‚

    -Adri

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  117. My biggest book dream is to have a seriously awesome library in my house one day. The house that we have right now is too small for something like that, but a room that I could use for a kick-ass library is definitely high on the list for the next time we go house hunting! I don’t really collect anything, so I’m try to start to think of the books I own as a “collection” that I want to keep growing throughout my life.

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  118. I’m really bad at bucket lists due to the whole “before I die” clause. The one bookish thing that I’d really like to do is, not die until I’ve read all the good books that exist. That’s not too much to ask, is it? πŸ˜‰ Although, I will settle for being a ghost and haunting a library.

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  119. One book-related thing I’d love to do before I die is visit all of England’s Jane Austen landmarks, most notably Chawton House and the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. I’ve also been inspired to do a cross-country road trip, hopefully a couple summers from now, thanks to Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

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  120. From inspiration from “the Truth about Forever” by Sarah Dessen, I’ve always wanted to work at a quirky job with quirky people where every day will be an adventure like the catering business in the book πŸ™‚

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  121. Ummm…I’m LOVING the idea of a bookish bucket list. Seriously making one for myself.

    One bookish dream I have to is to have an AMAZING library in my home decorated with quotes from some of my favorite books and filled with lots of comfy chairs!

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  122. Ever since reading Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares I have wanted to visit the Strand Bookstore in New York City. I LOVE used bookstores, and to visit one of the biggest would just be amazing! Second, I would love to go to BEA. Both are in New York City so hmmm….
    Third I would love to meet John Green, though I have no idea what I would say if I actually did. Lastly, I believe my desire to travel especially to Europe has been influenced heavily by books that I have read. Someday, someday…
    Well i could go on… I think a good portion of my bucket list has been influenced by books… but I think I’ll leave it at that.
    Hope everyone is having a great first day of bout of books!

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  123. Before I die, I would like to meet one of m favorite authors. I know its not that exciting, but Ive never met anyone famous. Let alone authors of the books that freaking change my life everyday! I would also like to have a HUMUNGOUS library in my house one day.I have a lot now, but would totally kill to have like 10 shelves full of books. πŸ™‚

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  124. Before we die – Hubby and I wrote a children’s book when my oldest son was born. He’s in middle school now, but it’s on my bucket list to finish it (we’re waiting on my illustrator hubby to finish his amazing drawings) and then write two more books for each of my other sons. Realistically, I hope to get through reading the Harry Potter series.

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      1. Before we die – Hubby and I wrote a children’s book dedicated to our oldest son when he was born. I would like to finish it once my amazing illustrator hubby can work on the pictures. Then write and illustrate two more books dedicated to my other two sons. Realistically – Read the harry potter series.

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  125. I love the idea of a bookish bucket list! I’ve actually thought of several awesome places I’d love to visit … all book inspired of course. πŸ™‚ Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home& museum in South Dakota (I actually saw a deed to her home in the National Archives in DC and nearly wept!), Louisa May Alcott’s home where she wrote Little Women in Massachusetts, Margaret Mitchell’s ah-mazing home in Atlanta, Beatrix Potter’s home, Walden Pond. I’m telling you it would be an amazing trip … just a little all over the place!

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  126. I saw this go ‘live’ last night/early morn today, but it’s taken me this long to return in order to compose my thoughts properly! I have a rather extensive ‘bookish bucket list’, not that I ever attached myself to that terminology before, but it’s true enough! I think it would have to be a spilt between following in Jane Austen’s footsteps by taking a full-on Regency touring of her life + world! From being able to ‘step in’ to the literal footprints of where her stories came alive for her and what real-life counterparts are still visiable and able to be experienced! As much as to get into the core of who she was a woman, as a living person! Aside from Ms. Austen, I’d love to follow a Downton Abbey inspired tour — complete with a guided tour of Highclare! I am not sure if this last bit counts, but Julian Fellowes did release the ‘scripts’ which are in bound-book form, so perhaps by a hair?! Laughs. Most of my bookish dreams are forevermore hinged to England! {or the Highlands of Scotland!} I already accomplished the inspired by a book tick off the list: as a young woman first coming into her own, I discovered the parfum “Chanel No. 5” via Rosamunde Pilcher’s “The Shell Seekers”!! That’s a prime example of fiction bleeding into the real world! [entry for Book Depository book!]

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  127. 1.Go to Paris with someone who has been there, and speaks French (Inspired by City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare)
    2. Have a huge library of books
    3. Meet John Green!!

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  128. The biggest bookish thing I want to do before I die is get something I wrote published. I have always wanted to be a writer and now I am trying to get serious about it.

    The other bookish thing I would like to do is travel to London and visit the sites that were popular in the Sherlock Holmes books.

    Love your site by the way and I am a new follower through bloglovin. Great challenge.

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  129. I want to be a farmer. Yep, I said it. Why you wonder? I love Steinbeck and Tolstoy and their books are full of reflections and introspections of the rural life. They make it seem poetic, beautiful, honorable. Farming is hard work. Not exactly glamorous. And yet, when I visited Robert Frost’s farm in New Hampshire I was taken with the quietness and the simplicity of it. Farming is difficult but aren’t the greatest things in life? You have to struggle for peace. Like finding a quiet place to read and be yourself.

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  130. I want to find out who I am and find my place in the world. This is inspired by every book I have read because in almost every single book the main character finds their place in the world.

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  131. There are so many things to choose from, honestly. I want to read everything on my bookshelf (much like Alaska’s life library from Looking for Alaska). I want to have an edited manuscript completed, not necessarily published. Ever since I read Kingdom Keepers as a kid I’ve wanted to spend the night at Disneyland. And finally, I just want to live my life surrounded by books and words and storied.

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  132. I’d like to go to a city’s Festival of Books, a BEA convention, maybe a specific genre convention…better yet, all of the above. Also, there is a hotel in Oregon that uses the Dewey Decimal System for room numbers/floors.

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  133. I would like to visit Comic Con and BEA. I would also like to finish the Harry Potter series (I’ve only read the first one…) I would love to meet Richelle Mead and maybe we can become ginger best friends ;P And I would LOVE to become a published author.

    great question!
    xo
    Stephanie

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  134. I would love to have a really cozy and extensive library someday, just surrounded with wall to wall shelves packed with awesome books. I’d want there to be super comfy chairs in it that are perfect for reading, and a window seat would be lovely too. πŸ™‚

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