Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Bucket List


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and Bookish: the bookish bucket list.

1. Complete some oeuvres. Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot come to mind as authors I’m close to “finishing” but haven’t quite. Each of these authors still has two or three (or in the case of Dickens, five or six) novels that I haven’t read yet. I’m a completist, and it gives me satisfaction to read everything an author wrote.

2. Complete some lists. A few I’m working on and would like to someday finish: the Newbery Medal, the Printz Award, the Caldecott, and Fuse #8’s Top 100 Children’s Novels.

3. Organize my bookshelves. When I was younger, I knew where every single one of my books was located, even though there was no organizational pattern. But I don’t have room in my brain for that kind of thing anymore. Just last week I bought a copy of a book I already owned and currently can’t find two books I really want to read that must be on my shelves. I need to organize!

4. Entirely eliminate the YA Shelf of Shame. Okay, that’s probably impossible. But just typing these words, I thought of three more authors who should be on my Shelf. Must. Start. Reading. More.

5. Do more literary travel in England. I have already done a bit–visited Virginia Woolf’s house, Vita Sackville-West’s garden, Jane Austen’s house. But I would also like to visit the countryside where Elizabeth Bennett travels in Pride & Prejudice, the moors around Haworth, and the Lake District.

6. Take a Laura Ingalls Wilder tour. I actually live in the same state as DeSmet (little town on the prairie), and I have driven through and peeked at the (closed) museum. But when you’re talking about a state as gigantic as South Dakota, it doesn’t mean much if you live on one side and the attraction you want to see is on the other. There are many other Little House spots to visit too in Minnesota and Missouri.

7. For that matter, reread the Little House books. Hey, it’s a bookish bucket list item I could actually finish this year!

8. Read War and Peace. I have started many times. And quit many times. Is it really worth it?

9. Meet some of my favorite kidlit and teaching bloggers and Twitter friends in person. Preferably while attending an awesome reading-related conference!

10. See my older son become an honest-to-goodness avid reader.  He continues to struggle so much with reading that it’s hard to imagine this will ever happen, but my dream is to see him lost in a book that he’s reading by himself.


22 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Bucket List”

  1. Jackie Avatar

    I too have started and quit War and Peace several times, but something in me just refuses to give up on it!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Glad I’m not the only one! I keep thinking that if I can just make progress closer towards the middle, I’ll be hooked. But I also think I need a different edition, silly as that may sound. I have this paperback with very tiny print that smudges my hands when I read! No wonder I can’t read it!

  2. […] by a post at one of my new favorite bookish blogs, the dirigible plum, and part of The Broke and the Bookish blog hop, here’s my bookish bucket […]

  3. Caitie F Avatar

    I adore your list! I am such a completest too – it can be a problem. Your YA Shelf of Shame has some of my favorite books on it – I highly suggest Spinelli as a perfect way to start!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I am sure that if I would ever just READ the books on my YA Shelf of Shame, they’d be my favorite books too! I just checked out a couple of Jerry Spinelli books from the library–hoping to read Stargirl and Hokey Pokey in the next couple of weeks.

      1. Jackie Avatar

        My daughters read Stargirl last summer and LOVED it!

  4. Rebecca Scaglione - Love at First Book Avatar

    OMG a literary travel in England would be amazing! So many amazing authors have come from there!!!

    I love how this is a Top 10 Tuesday! You may also want to link up to the original Bookish Bucket List, too!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks for the link to the original Bookish Bucket list!

  5. Daisel Tamayo Avatar
    Daisel Tamayo

    Love your list! Good luck w/ everything. I have something similar to #9 in my list!
    Here’s my TTT

    Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s hard for me to find people as crazy about books as I am–but I KNOW my Internet friends totally get it!

  6. kateposeyphd Avatar

    I want to do more literary travel in England too! Even though I studied there twice, I have not been to Bronte country, and really want to go. The Laura Ingalls Wilder tour would also be wonderful–I love the Little House books. When I drove across the country with a friend the summer before last, we stopped at the Oz museum in Kansas–it was fun! 🙂 Great list!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I didn’t know there was an Oz museum! I was very surprised when I finally read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at how different it was from the movie. I need to reread it and maybe read some others in the series too. I totally want to walk across the moors and scream Heathcliff’s name.

  7. Elizabeth Avatar

    I think War and Peace is over-rated. There: I said it! I did read it about ten years ago and just couldn’t understand the fuss.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Well, that hardly makes me want to bother with it! Maybe I’ll tackle Moby Dick instead!

  8. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard Avatar

    I’m impressed that you’re working your way through all those book lists. And I love traveling to literary places, too. We stumbled across the Minnesota Little House site (the setting for On the Banks of Plum Creek) while driving from the East Coast to Canada a few years back, and it was great. (I even wrote it up for my blog.)

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I am very eager to visit the setting for On the Banks of Plum Creek, my most cherished favorite of the series. It’s not even all that far away from me. (Well, relatively speaking–it’s in the adjacent state, but these are ginormous states!) Off to read your post about it!

  9. Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books Avatar

    LOL @ Shelf of Shame – I think I have one too.

  10. carriegelson Avatar

    I would love #9 for you to come true for you – so that I can meet you! It is so wonderful when we get to meet our blogging/twitter friends in person – feels like we have already met and lots to talk about! Love your list!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I was specifically thinking of you! I’m hoping to find a conference in your area sometime in the next year! Or maybe you’re thinking about coming to NCTE sometime?? Washington DC in 2014, and Minneapolis the year after, I think!

  11. ejmam Avatar

    It took me several tries to get traction on War and Peace, but once it got traction I loved it. Maybe you should get a different translation?

    My oldest son was a pre-reader from age 4 until almost 8, and I was starting to get really nervous. But he loved stories, loved being read to, loved audio books, and finally something clicked in his head and he started reading on his own. I’m glad I managed to hide my nervousness and not crowd his reading so that he continued to love stories throughout this process. I have to say that school was not very helpful in this area.

    Anyway, now he is 15 and an avid reader.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I was wondering about the translation. I think I will invest in the Pevear and Volonkhosky translation and see if that helps. I totally agree with what you say about school–we had to deny ELL services for my son this year because what they were doing in pull-out services was destroying reading for him. I can’t say his reading has improved much this year but at least he is loving story time and readalouds at home (and in the classroom). He has only been learning English for 3 years, so I am hopeful that something is eventually going to click for him too–if school can just get out of his way! Love to hear stories of kids who become avid readers! I cling to those stories, LOL.

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