Top Ten Things on My Bookish Bucket List

  1. Have my own library – I’ve always wanted my own library. I just want it to be a place where I can collect books and read in peace. I have two major dreams attached to this idea. I think it would be cool to renovate an attic, and turn it into a reading nook. I also think it would be cool to find a house with a nice lofted area, and turn that into a reading nook. I’d settle for a room with built-in bookshelves, though.
  2. Work in a library – This is actually going to happen at some point. Right now, I don’t even care what kind of library (actually, yes I do). I just want one to hire me!
  3. Run a library – My ideal way to have this is to end up in a school library. That is my focus, after all. I would settle for working my way up in public libraries though. I know I definitely want to work with youth right now. Who knows, though? Later, I might like to be a director somewhere. I kind of like being in charge.
  4. Collect rare books or first editions – This will probably never happen. Either Ben or I would have to start making some serious money for me to get into this. It would be awfully cool, though.
  5. Talk to an author – If you were ever around me when I met authors, you’d be like, “why is she so awkward?” I feel like I always have so many things to say to authors before I meet them., but I freeze up when I’m actually in front of them. I felt a little better about this a couple of weeks ago when I met Margarita Engle. I think it was mainly because she did most of the talking, though.
  6. Own all the Penguin classics hardcovers – I love those cloth hardcovers. I think they’re so pretty, and I want them all. I’m actually working on this one. I have a few, but I’ve got a long way to go.
  7. Own all of the Harry Potter books in hardcover – It’s kind of sad that I haven’t gotten around to getting these. I did find these cool ones with house book jackets. I kind of want them. Not all of them, obviously. I should get on Pottermore and figure out which house I’m in.
  8. Read Gone With the Wind – It’s one of the chunksters sitting on my shelf. One day!
  9. Read Les Miserables – I actually started this one a couple of years ago, and I was really enjoying it. I just had too much going on to finish it. I will, though!
  10. Research gender representation in youth literature – I was telling one of my professors the other day that I found something I’m really interested in researching. The way we (as a society) think about gender bothers me. I’d really like to do some research with children’s literature (mostly picture books, I think) to see how genders are represented.

That’s my bucket list! What’s on your bookish bucket list?



    1. A friend and I created a blog to talk about library issues; I think if I dig into that research I’ll probably post about it on that blog.

  1. I see you are a budding librarian! I sometimes wish I’d followed through on that dream. Good for you for going for it! As for having a library in your home, that’s actually do-able. I like your attic idea, but make sure the supports are up to the weight of all the books. Don’t rule out the basement, as long as it’s not damp. Or you can just do what we do at our house, and have bookcases in every room. 🙂

    1. I would love that. My boyfriend, however, wouldn’t be so keen on it. Right now, I’m stuck with one bookcase and a shelf in a closet because we’re in a little apartment. 🙁