TTT – Bookish Bucket List


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Bookish Bucket List

Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List (could be blogging related, book related etc. — meeting authors, reading x many books per year, finishing a daunting book, etc.) – This topic in particular as seen on Cherry Blossoms & Maple Syrup 

1. Manage to read 150 novels in a year

This is currently my goal on the Goodreads Reading Challenge and I was doing okay until I went away for a week (to a book judging conference! I was one judge of eight to decide the Australian Children’s Book Council) where I’ve now fallen a bit behind. Motivation! This high number of books is in hopes to…

2. Clear my ‘To read in 2014’ list of novels (link)

Which I’m failing at abysmally so far. I seem to collect good books – once I know I’ll love a book, and I own it, it’s then mine and I can go forth to collect other books instead of, y’know, reading and enjoying them. The books I have read on it (four) I’ve really, really enjoyed. So I need to become so much more stricter with that.

3. Attend more Australian conventions

I would have loved to attend SwanCon this year but I just don’t think it’s possible. Conflux, however, I think I can manage! I’ve already promised Tehani that if I’m there, she has a free slave for the Dealers Room, as that’s easily where I’m most comfortable.

4. Meet…

I’m not sure! I’ve met many lovely and fantastic authors, Scott Lynch being one of the most awesome, Robin Hobb being one of the most thoughtful, and Patrick Rothfuss and Mary Robinette Kowal being some of the most funny.

I suppose I’ll hold Scott to someday meeting again, and buying him a drink or two. Dream would be playing cards or some sort of tabletop game.

Actually – Tansy Rayner Roberts. I adore her books, and would love to thank her some day for writing exactly what I love – especially her descriptions about clothes and food!

5. Write a Book set in Tokyo

Even if it never sees the light of day, I want to write something I’m happy with, that’s set in Tokyo, because that is an excellent excuse for travelling there again sometime soon. I adore the place so much but my memory is atrocious, and I want to write something that is so emotive of the place in its essence.

6. Get a short story published

To do this, I need to start writing again with gusto.

7. Have a bookish place in the first flat/home I own

Even if it’s just a corner of another room shut off by fabric. It will have a lovely chair and book-related things on the walls. I am determined to make this a reality. A full study would be preferred, but I don’t want to seal myself into something impossible – I just want this to happen in the first place I own, and then on from there!

8. Judge… something else!

I’ve judged the Aurealis Awards for three years now, and have almost completed a stint judging the Australian Children’s Book Council (which is pretty dang big news, and shall hit 70 years next year!), and I also take part in the free verse judging sets such as the Hugo Awards, Locus Awards, etc etc …what shall I take part in next! I adore participating in book judging, and all the better when you get to read every book entered in that category and make a perfectly informed decision on the ballot or discussing/judging rounds. It’s addictive, and I adore it.

9. Read more graphic novels

I used to be so into the whole graphic novels scene but now I’ve been out of it for so long, only reading the big name things that come by such as Fables and Saga. I don’t want to set a tally on this – say, read 20 graphic novels in 2014 – I just want to feel part of it all again, and if that takes four graphic novels, or 60 – so be it.

10. Write more

Simple, really.

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