50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die

In March of 2013, I was chatting with Allison @ The Book Wheel and somehow we came up with the idea for a sort of bookish bucket list, which we’re titling 50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die.

Most of the list we had in common, like these 35:

  1. 20 DIY bookish (& sophisticated) crafts
  2. Participate in creating or create my own Little Free Library
  3. Read 50+ classics
  4. Visit author/book locations (homes, parks, etc.)
  5. Do 10 new activities inspired by books
  6. Go to a book blogging conference
  7. Have cards in 10+ countries
  8. Stamp 100+ books – Completed!!!
  9. Send/Receive 100+ PostCrossing cards
  10. Do 10+ video blog posts – Frankenstein,
  11. Plan a few book-themed dates
  12. Have a book-themed party
  13. Host an in-person book club
  14. Meet 20 authors – Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Ayana Mathis, Debbie Berkelhammer, Junot Diaz, Michelle Obama
  15. Make blog bookmarks
  16. Consistently volunteer or work at a bookstore or library
  17. Work a Friends of the Library sale
  18. Guest post for a big deal book website or magazine
  19. Edit a published book
  20. Write thank you notes to authors whose books make a difference
  21. Make postcards for the blog for PostCrossing
  22. Get 1,000 Likes on Facebook – yay!!!!!  
  23. Get 1,000 followers on the blog
  24. Have a review posted/published by a national publication/website
  25. Be asked by Amazon to be a Vine member
  26. Be invited as a guest speaker for a blog/book-related conference
  27. Make enough money from blog to break even with blog costs
  28. Get 1,000 books donated to a cause
  29. Participate in online author discussions – Piper Kerman,
  30. Plan a trip to meet other book bloggers
  31. Read the top most banned books
  32. Participate often in BookCrossing
  33. Have a stamped book/leave a card in every state
  34. Have a stamped book in 10+ countries
  35. Participate in as many blogging events (Bloggiesta, read-a-thons, YoRWtFIW, etc) as I can

Then, there were some that we decided on independently.  Here are my 15 individual goals:

  1. Make a deeper, personal connection with an author
  2. Read 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
  3. Visit as many libraries as I can in as many cities as I can
  4. Read a book in another language (besides English)
  5. Read 10 books of poetry
  6. Read 20 books of short stories
  7. Write a children’s book
  8. Fill my wall of bookshelves with books
  9. Keep my Goodreads To Read list up to date and accurate
  10. Record videos of children’s books being read aloud for the internet
  11. Give out ALL business cards
  12. Volunteer more than once for Librivox
  13. Create my own blogging event (like Bloggiesta, read-a-thon, YoRWtFIW)Weekday Read-a-thon with The Book Wheel
  14. Read 10+ graphic novels – Maus, Persepolis
  15. Host a book swap party

So Allison and I are challenging you!  Create your own bookish bucket list!

Can’t think of 50?  Think of however many you can!

Feel free to take my logo (below) or Allison’s logo and create your own 50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die!  Just make sure to link it back to Love at First Book or The Book Wheel!

Love at First Book

Then share it with us (there’s a linkup below)!!!!!  And check out Allison’s list of 50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die!

Connect with 50 Bookish Things. . .

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26 thoughts on “50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die

  1. I have referred to this list twice now. I may not come up with 50 on my own but love several of yours. I have printed the list and it is up in my office. Will let you know when I post my own! In the meantime, thank you for letting me live through yours.


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  11. After coming up with ten for this week’s TTT – I love the idea of making a longer list. I’ll work on mine and then link it up. 🙂 This is such a great idea. And I love that your list is achieveable. It’s not just fantasy and for me that adds to the fun.


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