Fall Book Bucket List

Fall Book Bucket List

I found myself reading less than I used to and I wanted to change that during the summer. I created a summer book bucket list to tackle when I wasn’t working. If you want to see how I did with that list, check out my summer book check-in.

One thing I mentioned in that post is that it was hard to complete the list because I didn’t currently own all of the books on it. With bills to pay and cats to feed, I couldn’t justify spending money on books when I know I have plenty on my shelves.

So for my fall book bucket list, I found books that I’ve been meaning to read that I haven’t gotten to yet. Once I get through the unread books I currently own, I can look to purchase some new ones for a future list. Or I can finally sign up for a library card. Shooting for the latter this winter because I know when it’s snowing I’m not going to leave my house.

The Fall Book Bucket List

  1. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
  2. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  4. We Are Liars by E. Lockhart
  5. Before I Knew by Jamie Beck
  6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  7. The Rule of One by Ashley Saunders & Leslie Saunders
  8. Happy Doomsday by David Sosnowki
  9. Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
  10. Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky

I’ve been waiting to start reading these books until I finally wrote this post so that I didn’t cheat. Now that you know what I’m planning to read this fall, I can get cracking!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books. Or if you have some suggestions, leave me a comment and maybe I’ll check it out this winter!

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Summer Book Bucket List Check-In

Summer Book Bucket List Check-In

Reading has always been a way for me to wind down. I love getting lost in books. But since I quit my job, I found I had less time to read because I was always working. That’s one of the downsides to being a freelancer. In order to strike a better work/life balance, I vowed to get back into reading.

Back in June, I posted a list of books I wanted to read this summer. I was used to devouring a book a week so 10 books to read in 3 months seemed like an easy task. Let’s just say I was out of practice.

My Summer Book Bucket List

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  3. We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
  4. All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler
  5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli
  7. And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz
  8. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  9. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  10. The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

If you’re keeping score I read five out of 10 books. Good not great.

One thing that held me back from reading them all was my budget. I couldn’t justify spending all that money on books when I had bills to pay and cats to feed.

That made me realize that if I made a book bucket list for every season, I’d end up running into the same problem. Unless I decided to read one of the books that I haven’t cracked open already on my shelves.

But there is a solution. I don’t know if it’s taboo to admit that I’ve never had a library card. Sure in high school and college I could check out books from my schools’ libraries with my ID. But the regular old county library is a place I haven’t visited.

Maybe I add getting a library card to the fall book bucket list?

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Summer Book Bucket List Check-In

Summer Book Bucket List

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. I could get lost in a book for hours. Still can, actually. But I don’t read as much as I used to.

I’d like to say I have a library that rivals my DVD collection. I went through a phase where I collected all the classics I should’ve read but hadn’t yet after finding a website that sold them for a couple dollars each. That was in college and I still haven’t tackled many of those.

Even though I’ve been accumulating new reads, I haven’t yet devoured them. But it shouldn’t be shocking since more than half of the DVDs in my collection are still wrapped.

So, in addition to everything else I want to accomplish this summer, I’m also going to challenge myself to read more.

Here is my summer book bucket list that I hope to get through by this fall.

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  3. We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
  4. All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler
  5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli
  7. And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz
  8. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  9. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  10. The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

If you can’t see a trend with my list, I’m still really into Young Adult books. I’m not 30 yet so I’m still a young adult, right?

I’ve also got a slew of books I got for free because of Amazon First Reads and my Prime Membership. Since Kindle books are easier for me to read on the go, I might swap titles out as I go, but I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!

What are you reading? I’d love to get new recommendations so that I have more summer reads to add to my summer book bucket list.

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Reflecting on my Quarter-Life Bucket List

Reflecting on my Quarter-Life Bucket List

bucket listBack in the day, I made a video about the 25 things I wanted to do in my 25th year. It was a video bucket list, of sorts. I posted the video right after my 25th birthday and if I’m being honest, I never thought about it again. Which is really a theme for my life.

Since I recently turned 29, I decided to revisit said video to see exactly what I’ve accomplished from that list over the last 4 years. Rewatching the video and transcribing the points was difficult because damn was I annoying. For some reason, I didn’t come up with 25 things, which is also on brand for me.

So let’s take a look at the bucket list I laid out for myself to see where I’m at and what I should have crossed off by my 30th birthday next year.

1. Watch More Netflix

I know this was a joke, but it’s one of the only ones I can say I successfully accomplished. I’ve watched so much Netflix it isn’t funny. I should get paid for the amount of time and effort I put into it. Or I should be committed because it’s not healthy.

Even though, as I mentioned both in this post and the video, this was a joke, I’m leaving it in here because I needed to make this list as close to 25 as I can.

2. Commit to Making Videos Regularly

It took me a year to really get started with this one, but I did consistently post one video a week for a little more than two years. It was on a different channel than this video was posted on but, it was by far my most successful time on YouTube. Until it wasn’t anymore.

I miss making videos. I know I’ll start doing it again. If only YouTube would get it’s shit together, maybe it would actually be something fun to participate in again.

3. Do More Things That Push Me Outside My Comfort Zone

Could I have been vaguer? I don’t even know what I meant by this but I guess I’ve done plenty over the last four years that could qualify for this.

4. Keep Learning New Things

This is another vague one that I’m going to say I accomplished in some capacity. Over the years I’ve taught myself many things. I started learning ASL online. I’ve learned to code (minimally, but I get by). And there are a few other things that are also further down this list so I think it would be cheating to mention them here.

writing5. Write A Book

Nope. Not even close. I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for at least two of the four years since this video came out but I’m no closer to having a full-length novel written than I was then.

6. Blog More

I used to blog frequently here. But then I switched my hosting company and lost the content since I didn’t know how to backup my site. But I’m getting back into it now and that should count for something, right?

7. Learn Photography

While it’s definitely taken me longer to explore my DSLR camera, I’m finally learning more about photography. I’ve gotten more familiar with the settings on my camera. I’ve upgraded my lens collection to include ones outside the kit lenses that came with my T3i and 80D.

8. Volunteer for a Charity

Of all the things I haven’t accomplished on this list, this is the one I’m most ashamed of. I’ve definitely donated more of my money to different charities and causes that matter to me, but I haven’t given any of my time.

Please shame me.

9. Run a Marathon

Hahahahhahahhaah

Need I say more?

10. Explore More

This is another one that’s left me scratching my head. I don’t know what kind of content I was reaching for when I made my list, but cool I’ve done more exploring around the town I’ve lived in for the last 20 years or so.

11. Be An Honorary Member of the Holy Trinity

Does the Holy Trinity still really exist?

12. Get in a Relationship

But if I get in a relationship how can I continue my successful career as a Cat Lady?

13. Get Fit

I did get into the best shape of my life after this video and then somehow I ended up in the worst shape of my life and I don’t know how or when that happened.

However, I’m happy to report that I’m finally back on track. I did a stint with a physical trainer but I spent more time almost passing out than I did losing weight. Instead, I’ve been working out when I can but ultimately, intermittent fasting has been the answer I’ve been looking for.

14. Do Something Reckless

Seriously, Brittany? What did this even mean?

15. Travel More

By traveling period would’ve meant I’ve traveled more. Since posting the video, I’ve been to many different states. Some were for a reason I’ll touch on later and others were for vacation.

I’m also happy to say that I’ve got more travel in the near future.

16. Write a Screenplay

Why did I set myself up for failure?

17. Inspire Others

How does one even quantify this? If anything, I think I’ve inspired people to eat more burritos.

18. Teach Someone Something New

Does teaching your mother to use her phone count?

19. Build a Community

When I said this, I was in the mindset of becoming YouTube famous. While my intentions might not have been the purest, I think that over the years, I have built a small community of like-minded people. But as a 29-year-old, I realize that by a community, I really mean friends.

20. Try New Foods & Drinks

In my quest to become one of Yelp’s Elite, I’ve definitely explored more restaurants and cuisines in my area. I even went a little crazy in New Orleans last November because why would you head to a city like that and not taste the local delicacies. (Yes, I’m talking about turtle soup.)

21. Go to a Convention

Like Pringles, I haven’t stopped going to conventions. In my video, I mentioned VidCon, Playlist Live and comic cons. I can proudly say that I have done all of that. I’ll be head to VidCon in a couple of weeks and I’ll be back at New York Comic Con in October.

There isn’t a photo booth we haven’t taken over. #squadgoals #vidcon2016

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Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

22. Meet New People

Yes, I have encountered and befriended new people in the last four years. And only a couple of my new friends are cats.

23. Start Working Outside an Office

Well, does quitting my job count as a success? Because I did that too. More about that to come soon.

So there you have it. The (almost) 25 things I wanted to do in my 25th year. It’s probably the saddest bucket list you’ve ever come across but I was young and naive when I created it. And clearly I wasn’t producing the best content when it came to YouTube videos. At 29, I’m kinda surprised I’ve crossed off as many as I have. But also, as an intellectual, I acknowledge that a lot of these things were bullshit resolutions that I would’ve accomplished whether I made a list or not.

As I’ve entered the last year in my 20s, I don’t really have much that I want to accomplish before turning 30. I’m pretty content with how life is right now so why fix something that ain’t broke?