The Bookish Bucket List Tag

Hey (: today I’m posting another tag and I’m very thrilled, and surprised, to be one of the first people to do this one. I was tagged by the wonderful and ever so lovely Madison @ Madison’s Inkwell who also happens to be the creator of this tag. So definitely make sure you check out her answers and have a look around at her other posts too; they’re fantastic! Thank you so much for tagging me in this.

The Rules:
  • Link to the creator in your post (Madison’s Inkwell)
  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Tag as many people you want
  • Have fun!
1. What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish? 

The series that immediately came to mind for me when I saw this question was The Lord Of The Rings. I tried to read them once when I was younger but rather quickly decided that the writing style wasn’t for me. Now I’m mostly worried that I’d end up finding them dry as a result. Having looked them up on Goodreads they don’t appear as long as I remember them being although, to be fair, they definitely strike me as one of those books that would have very small writing for some reason. That’s what I found with Great Expectations at least; it didn’t look too long but it took me longer than expected since the font in my version was literally tiny. Another book that would feel like an accomplishment to finish is Vanity Fair – being a classic, and a very long one at that, it seems rather intimidating to me but I still quite fancy reading it for some reason.

2. What author would you like to coauthor a book with?

One author that I think it would be amazing to co-author a book with is J.K. Rowling. How awesome would it be to see your name listed alongside hers? Plus it would maybe mean that I’d get to help work on the Lord Voldemort backstory that I so desperately want!

Another author that I’d love to work with is Melissa Marr. She’s the author that originally got me into fairies with her wonderful Wicked Lovely series so naturally I’d love to work on a similar project with her. I also imagine that she’d have lots of good suggestions when it came to other books about the fae!

Honestly I could probably come up with reasons for a hundred different authors :L

3. If you could interview any author for your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?

Wow this is a tough one. There are loads that I’m sure I’d have hundreds of questions for but as soon as I try to think of them my mind goes blank.

I think I’m going to go with Rachel Caine. I’m not sure what made me think of this, maybe mentioning Shakespeare in my earlier post this week?, but I really enjoyed her Romeo & Juliet retelling and thought she did a fantastic job of putting a new spin on the tale. Plus she managed to include some of the original language without letting it become too overwhelming for any other readers like me who don’t get on well with Shakespeare. I’d like to ask her for her opinion on Shakespeare’s work, mostly due to the way that this story was written. I’d also love to ask her: ‘what made you decide to make Benvolio Montague the central character of your novel and how did you come up with his backstory?’ I’ve really loved some of her other series too so I’m sure I could come up with plenty of questions related to those as well.

4. As a writer, what genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?

Anything I’ve written in the past seems to have contained some magical or supernatural element to it so I think the genre that I’d love to write, which is out of my comfort zone, would probably have to be contemporary. I’m worried that without having all things supernatural to fall back on that I wouldn’t know what to write. I just have this overwhelming fear that without magic my writing would be dull. Although I do want to stress that this doesn’t mean I find contemporary novels dull – I really enjoy them when I read them – I just wouldn’t know how on earth to write something as compelling within the genre :L

I think thrillers could also be quite challenging due to how difficult I imagine it must be to weave a mystery together. It must be so challenging to create a story that keeps the reader second guessing everything throughout without making events seem utterly implausible. Sometimes I look at some author’s twist filled novels and think to myself ‘how on earth did they do that?’

5. What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc. 

Maybe this will sound bad but I don’t think I’ve ever really thought much about this before. I’ve always mostly just contemplated what books I want, rather than what version of them that I’d like. Naturally I’d really love to get some of my books signed because that would just be so amazing!!

The two specific books that sprang to mind when trying to answer this question though are: the Throne Of Glass Collector’s Edition and the Fairyloot edition of Finale. Both of them I saw on Instagram and instantly fell in love with because OMG they’re so, so beautiful!! I seriously love the sprayed edges on Finale too!! It just looks so awesome! So yes my reasons are totally shallow but it’s a total case of cover love with these two books. To be fair I do love Throne Of Glass and wouldn’t feel too bad about owning more than one copy of it as at the moment I only have it as an eBook. And I do need a copy of Finale too so why not the one with such beautiful sprayed edges?

I haven’t included a picture of ‘Finale’ as I’ve only really seen it on Instagram but it’s the version with card symbols sprayed onto the page edges.

As a side note I’ve also always been very envious of the US covers for The Graces, especially since my Kindle updated my copy to the latest UK version of it.

6. Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect? 

I feel like I’m majorly in the minority saying this but I don’t really collect bookish items. That being said I would really love some sort of Harry Potter merchandise as I adore the series so, so much! I’ve recently seen a Harry Potter teapot that I liked online and I think I’d probably get some jewellery linked to it one day, maybe. I really love pretty, themed bookmarks too though so I’ll probably end up getting those one day, I hope. Basically I feel like if I bought merchandise it would end up being items that I could see myself using. So bookmarks, jewellery, mugs maybe bags? That sort of thing.

I haven’t actually read Alice In Wonderland but I also seriously love some items that are themed in such a way. They’re so beautiful and lovely and just… I definitely need some Alice stuff one day!!!

7. Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)

Apparently my knowledge of bookish places is appalling as the only thing that immediately comes to mind is the Waterstones that I went to once in Oxford. From what I remember it was four or five stories tall (or my brain is mis-remembering which is equally possible) so I’d love to go back as that’s one hell of a lot of books to browse!

I’ve got to say that I also love the idea of visiting some of the places that I’ve learnt about from Madison’s blog! Hay-on-Wye sounds fantastic and basically like a book lovers heaven so I’ll definitely have to try and go there one day (thank you so much for mentioning it in your post Madison, it sounds amazing!). I’ve also fallen in love with some of the libraries in another post on her page: ‘Extraordinary Libraries of the World’ which you should definitely check out!

8. Name one bookish event you’d like to attend. (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)

Definitely Bookcon but honestly? I don’t think I’d cope at an event like that. On the one hand it sounds amazing to go somewhere and meet loads of authors, see all the panels, get all your books signed and pick up some fantastic ARCs but then it sounds unbelievably busy and I don’t think my social anxiety could handle it. Actually I’m certain that it couldn’t. I haven’t even been to an author’s signing before though so I guess a good goal would be one of those for now.

9. Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?

This is another really hard question! Actually it’s probably the hardest of them all and I’m honestly not sure how to answer it. I don’t really have a WIP just a few ideas at the moment (how on earth do people plan an actual entire novel? That’s the part that always stumps me most) and I’m not sure what the cover for any of them would really be like. For some reason I can’t picture a cover for my fairytale based ideas at all /: although actually I’m going to go for that one because as soon as I wrote that it started to slide vaguely into place. I want a light purple background with most, or all, of the details to be done in silver. I think I’d want a glass slipper on it but for the pumpkin carriage from Cinderella to almost be caging it in, if that makes sense? Then I’d throw in some smaller details around the edges, probably items like swords. And I’d want a little bit of blood dripping from the title but in silver, not red. I think? Oh I honestly don’t know; I’m not very good at this :L

10. What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.

So I’d love to be an author but I honestly don’t know how to start. I’m terrible at planning novels and just… I don’t know. How do you plan one? I get snippets of ideas (some big, some small) but putting them altogether kind of overwhelms me. I’m planning to try and do some research sometime for my fairytale ideas so hopefully that’ll help and my other two ideas I really need to start jotting notes down for more regularly.

Other than that, I’m not sure? I’d love to catch up on my TBR! That would feel like a massive achievement considering the size that it’s grown to be :L And maybe meet some authors? That would be wonderful if I didn’t tense up and completely lose my voice.

This was a really fun tag to do with a lot of different and intriguing questions (:

I tag these amazing people who have such fantastic blogs which you should definitely check out:

Sophie @ Me And Ink
Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner

As always it’s up to you whether you take part or not; if you do I really look forward to reading all of your answers. Also I hope it’s okay that I’ve tagged the first Sophie in two posts so close to each other; I remembered reading that you’re a writer so I thought some of these questions were perfect for you but don’t worry if it’s too much. Thanks again to Madison for tagging me in this.

Also, just as a side note, I’m probably not going to be online for a week or so (I don’t know exactly how long). I’ve fallen into a really bad reading slump so I kind of want to take a step back and really try to work passed it so I’m going to try and read more in my free time over the next few days. It’s not the books I’m reading – I love them – just me, falling into a really frustrating pattern of convincing myself that I can’t concentrate every time I have a few days away from reading. I also don’t really want to use the computer atm because I’ve been on it, catching up, quite a lot today and in this heat I’ve practically melted feeling all of the heat radiating off of it. So I kind of want to minimize my time online until this heatwave passes. Of course if it goes on for too long I’ll be back before it. I have my monthly book releases for July set up to post on Sunday though.


29 thoughts on “The Bookish Bucket List Tag

  1. Thanks for doing this! 😆 it’s cool to see someone else do the tag I came up with. I was a bit intimidated by LoTR too, mostly because I didn’t enjoy The Hobbit that much and didn’t think the writing would be to my taste but I ended up enjoying them. And the same thing that happened to you with Great Expectations happens to me all the time with classics—the font is always so much smaller than I expect! I haven’t heard of Melissa Marr before but I love books about Fae so I definitely have to check the Wicked Lovely series out. And I feel the same way about contemporary! I don’t read them much and I don’t think I could ever write one. I actually have the Throne of Glass collectors edition and it’s BEAUTIFUL! It came out on my birthday last year and I couldn’t resist going to get it! I don’t mind having multiple copies of my favorite books. I totally agree about the bookish items thing—mugs and bookmarks are my thing but I don’t collect other things like funko pops that I see on insta. I absolutely love the idea for your book cover, it sounds magical and amazing. And thank you for linking to other posts of mine!! Your answers were fantastic, I really enjoyed reading them. I hope your break helps your reading slump 😊🖤

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    1. I was happy to do it, it was a really interesting tag (: Oh that’s good to know 😀 I’ll hopefully get to them eventually, I really do want to catch up on a few more recent books first though :L I am sorry that you didn’t enjoy The Hobbit. Yes it’s so annoying; you feel like you’re getting nowhere because it takes so much longer to read a page when the fonts that small. Oh you so should, I love that series so, so much 😀 I’m planning to re-read it soon too as there’s a prequel coming out sometime. Yes I feel like it should be easy because it’s real life but it’s so much harder. Omg that’s amazing; I bet it is, it always looks so good in pictures! It must be even better in real life. Ah that was a good birthday treat then (: Yeah I really want to get some bookish mugs sometime; they’d be amazing (: do you have a lot of them? Aww thanks 😀 I kind of feel like I should have said pale blue , as it’s the colour that you see associated with Cinderella a lot, but my favourites purple :L It’s okay (: you had some fantastic bookish places mentioned on your blog and I didn’t really know many :L Thank you so much and yes, I hope so too. I only wanted to answer a handful of comments quickly now as I had to come on anyway to post a quick review elsewhere but I’ll definitely be off for a little while once I’m done. I look forward to catching up on your posts once I’m back though 😀

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      1. I have a ton of mugs but not a lot of bookish ones. I’ve recently started collecting bookmarks from this artist on Etsy who’s amazing though. They’re not even bookish, they’re sort of witchy and faerie themed and I love them. They’re the first bookmarks I’ve ever really started “collecting”.

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      2. I have a few but not over many. I have a fairy one that I love though 😀 Ooh whose the artist? I’d love to look them up as they sound like the sort of bookmarks I’d love. I hope you enjoy getting them then (: I only brought two pretty ones this year for the first time. The ones I was using before I’d had for years.

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      3. Her name is Lady Viktoria and she’s amazing. She does bookmarks and prints. I have several of the prints hanging in my room, too, because her artwork is so magical. You can see some of her stuff on Instagram too her @ is @ladytor. It was the same for me. Before I found hers I was using bookmarks I’d had since I was like 11 lol

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      4. I just googled her, I’ll look at the Instagram when I catch up on there later, and her artwork looks beautiful. I can see why you have some of it on your walls. Have you heard of Victoria Frances, Cris Ortega or Melanie Delon? I don’t know over many artists but I love their work.
        I think that’s the same for me, I had one that I got from Cadburys World years ago and just used that. Oddly I lost it right after getting the new ones and can’t figure out how /:

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      5. I haven’t heard of those artists but I just looked them up and I’m OBSESSED. They’re incredible, exactly the type of art I like to look at for story inspiration. I especially love Victoria Frances’ stuff.

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      6. I’m so glad you ended up liking them ❤️❤️ I only found out about them as some of their arts available as jigsaw puzzles. I’m glad I told you about them though, especially if it’s the sort of art that inspires you (:

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  2. i really enjoyed this post! the only bookish collectibles i want to collect are funko pops because they look really cute on my bookshelf. i’d really like to try collecting bookmarks, but i always come back to using the same bookmark every time, haha. also, you should totally read alice in wonderland! it’s not for everyone, but i found it so charming and fun.

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    1. Thank you (: you should definitely check out the creator’s answers too 😀 Ah well I really hope you manage to get some then, there seem to be hundreds of different ones around. I can understand that, I’ve only got a couple so far but have a favourite already :L It’s on my TBR and I know that I can get it from the library so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

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  3. I would answer like all of the questions to this tag in the same way ! but a bookish place that I would really like to visit is the Oxford Library! I’ve seen pictures, and I feel like I would cry if I actually got to go. same, bea and BookCon is like the book event, but I’m an international blogger so the chances of me getting to go some time is really low hahaha

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    1. Omg that’s amazing :L I actually felt the same way with a tag that I read on someone else’s page the other day. Aww well I really hope you get to go there one day then 😀 If you like looking at beautiful libraries you should totally check out the post of Madison’s about them which I linked to; some of those are just breathtaking. Yeah I live nowhere near it so I doubt I could ever go travel wise either. I really hope you get a chance to one day, despite the odds.

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  4. This tag was so fun and I loved the questions and your answers. 💛
    I always find the lord of the rings books look intimidating too so I’ve never picked them up but I love so many quotes from them so I am tempted to read them one day!!
    I think thriller would be a really hard genre to write too– coming up with all the twists and pacing it correctly– it sounds so hard!!
    I would be shallow when picking book covers– I just want all the pretty covers 😂 and I think you should totally buy the covers that you want!!
    I agree that the Alice in wonderland merchandise looks incredible– it wasn’t a book I loved but the merch always incredible!! 😍
    I really like how you described your book cover– it sounds so great and enticing to readers!!
    Thank you so much for tagging I really appreciate you thinking about me!! And it is completely fine that you tagged me in two things close together, it is really nice!! I can’t wait to do this tag– it looks great!! I don’t know when I will post it but hopefully soon!! 😊
    And sometimes it is nice to have a break from the internet and focus on what you want!! I hope you get to do the reading that you want to do!! 💛💛

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    1. Aww that’s great 😀 You should check out Madison’s if you haven’t already.
      I’m not sure if I’ve seen that many, I’ll have to look them up :L but they’re such popular books that I do think I should try them one day. Plus I love fantasy as a genre so they should work for me. Hopefully.
      Yes definitely. You have to make it gripping and have a sensible solution that has no plot holes and is also believable but not obvious. I have no idea how some authors manage it!
      I can’t really blame you for that; some books are just too beautiful not to want to buy :L Thank you 😀
      I still need to read the books sometime but I know I love the setting at least. And there’s just such a vast range of beautiful merchandise within that range.
      Ooh thanks 😀 I wasn’t sure then it just sort of came to me :L
      Its fine (: I loved the questions on it and can’t wait to read all of your answers (: I hope you enjoy doing it.
      Thank you 😀 I shouldn’t really be on here right now but I had to come on to post a review elsewhere so I thought I’d quickly catch up. I’m definitely staying off for a little while now though and will hopefully get back into my reading. I look forward to reading your posts when I’m back 😀

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      1. Yes I will now!! 🙂
        I’ve seen quotes on pinterest and that and I thought they were really nice!! Yes they are big famous fantasy books so it does make me want to try them out as well!!
        There is so much to think about when writing a thriller like you said. The authors are really talented to get a good plot for a thriller!!
        I know books can be so pretty!!
        You’re welcome!!
        Aww.. thank you!! I am sure I will enjoy writing it!! 🙂
        I hope you get back into reading too!! Aw.. thank you so much Charlotte ❤

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      2. Yay (:
        Aww that’s good 😀 yes definitely and the film series is so popular. I just tend to panic around older books :L
        I definitely agree. It amazes me that so many handle them so spectacularly.
        Definitely 😀 I saw a super pretty book the other day actually. It had sprayed edges but instead of being completely sprayed they were done in gold in a diamond-ish pattern.
        That’s good 😀 Thank you, me too as I’m really missing it right now. It’s okay, it’s the truth ❤

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      3. Yes me too!!
        Yes they do really well when writing thrillers!!
        Aww… that sounds so pretty— I know waterstones have released a book with floral sprayed edges and that looks amazing too!!
        It is horrible when you not into reading– I definitely miss it during those times too!! 🙂

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      4. I’m definitely going to look that up! I figured out what it was after my first comment from another one of your posts but I didn’t realize the suit thing. Yes, irritating as that is :L


  5. This tag is super cool and I love all your answers! The LOTR is super intimidating but I read them once and loved them (although I don’t think I am mentally prepped to read them again, probably only once every 20 years or so I assume). Thriller would be so hard to write, although all your blog posts are so good I’m sure you could nail Thriller too! BookCon would be amazing but the closest and only thing similar is in Australia and that is super far away! Although it would be great to visit my friend there sometime! Hope that the heatwave passes for you (you are more than welcome to steal our winter) and looking forward to seeing you online after next week!
    -Emma 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much (: you should definitely check out the creator’s post too. That’s really good to know that you loved them 😀 you’re the second person to say so, so perhaps I should try to get on with them sometime. Why’s that? It sounds slightly worrying :L Omg thank you so much, that’s such an amazingly sweet thing for you to say 💛💛 Yeah finding big book events within travelling distance can be incredibly hard to do! I hope you get to go one day though, and visit your friends at the same time 😀 it sounds like it would make a lovely trip. Thank you. It’s just the humidity that gets to me I think :L Thanks again (: I look forward to catching up on your posts when I’m back online next.

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  6. Thanks for tagging me! Really liked reading your answers and I am looking forward to doing this tag very soon 🙂
    I haven’t read Lord of the Rings and I don’t plan to. To be honest that series intimidates me a bit as well hahahah. I would LOVE to co-author a book with JK Rowling 😀

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    1. It’s okay, I love what I’ve read of your blog & I also saw that you’re an aspiring author so I thought it would be interesting to see your answers to the writing based questions (: Yeah I can understand that, I want to try it again sometime to see what it’s like compared to the films but it’s definitely a daunting prospect. Yes it would be amazing 😀

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