Monday, May 14, 2012

Blog Hop | Bookish Bucket List + Giveaway!

The Bookish Bucket List Blog Hop is a fun event my friends and I decided to do, listing the top ten things that would be on our bucket lists if we could step into our favorite books for a while. I get to start off the hop (so you don't have anything to compare my post to yet, ha), and this is what I came up with:

1. Play Quidditch at Hogwarts

"The Chasers throw the Quaffle and put it through the hoops to score," Harry recited. "So – that's sort of like basketball on broomsticks with six hoops, isn't it?"

"What's basketball?" said Wood curiously.
-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

2. Impress a green dragon

No greater tribute could man be paid than the trust and companionship of the winged beasts of Pern. For the loyalty that dragonkind gave the chosen one of mankind was unswerving and complete from the moment of Impression.
-Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

3. Learn to make Sunshine's cinnamon rolls

"I have to get up at four A.M. to start the cinnamon rolls – cinnamon rolls as big as your head, it's a Charlie's specialty – but I don't mind. I love working with yeast and flour and sugar and I love the smell of bread baking."
-Sunshine by Robin McKinley

4. Listen to Kvothe play at the Eolian

There were a lot of places  you could go in Imre to listen to music. In fact, nearly every inn, tavern, and boarding house had some manner of musician strumming, singing, or piping in the background. But the Eolian was different. It hosted the best musicians in the city. If you knew good music from bad, you knew the Eolian had the best.
-The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

5. Tesseract

"Well, the fifth dimension's a tesseract. You add that to the other four dimensions and you can travel through space without having to go the long way around. In other words, to put it into Euclid, or old-fashioned plane geometry, a straight line is not the shortest distance between two points."
-A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

6. Go to Narnia (and not get turned into a statue)

"This is the land of Narnia," said the Faun, "where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea."
-The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

7. Eat pizza at Piscary's (though preferably without actually encountering the undead owner)

Ivy and I immediately picked our slices up. The smell of cheese was strong, but not enough to hide the odor of spice and tomatoes. I took a bite. My eyes closed in bliss. There was just enough tomato sauce to carry the cheese. Just enough cheese to carry the toppings. I didn't care if it had Brimstone in it, it was so good. "Oh, burn me at the stake now." I moaned, chewing. "This is absolutely wonderful."

8. Shop at Barrons' Books and Baubles

I stepped inside and stopped, blinking in astonishment. From the exterior I'd expected a charming little book and curio shop with the inner dimensions of a university Starbucks. What I got was a cavernous interior that housed a display of books that made the library Disney's Beast gave to Beauty on their wedding day look understocked.
-Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

9. Spend the summer at Camp Half-Blood

The landscape was dotted with buildings that looked like ancient Greek architecture – an open-air pavilion, an amphitheater, a circular arena – except that they all looked brand new, their white marble columns sparkling in the sun. In a nearby sandpit, a dozen high school-age kids and satyrs played volleyball. Canoes glided across a small lake. Kids in bright orange T-shirts like Grover's were chasing each other around a cluster of cabins nestled in the woods. Some shot targets at an archery range. Others rode horses down a wooded trail, and, unless I was hallucinating, some of their horses had wings.
-The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

10. Attempt to give Grendel a bath

Derek nodded at the vehicle. "Who is that?"

"Your replacement."

"You replaced me with a shaved poodle?"

"He's got mad skills."

Derek's eyebrows crept up.

"He can vomit and urinate at the same time and he doesn't make fun of my car."
-Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

And with that, it's time for a giveaway! The winner can choose any book from those on the list (or another book in the same series if you prefer). To enter, just leave a comment with one thing that would be on your bookish bucket list! Contest is open internationally, and all entrants must be over 13.

Be sure to stop by the rest of the blogs on the hop later this week!

May 15
Tiffany @ A Purrfect Read

May 16
Alison & Daphne @ Winged Reviews

May 17
Kayleigh @ K-Books
Guest Post by Renée on A Purrfect Read

May 18
Sonnie @ Lit Girl
Guest Post by Lindsey on Epic (Chocolate) Fantasy

May 19
Guest Post by Wendy on Winged Reviews

May 20
Jen @ At Random


  1. I want to go see all my favorite couples to see their HEA. Thank you for this giveaway and I'd love Goblet of Fire from the Harry Potter series.

  2. i would love to see Barron'shop....books so many books what a dream, i also would like to speak with ben from mercy thompson world.. he can seems to be a jerk but he is just hurting and i hope he could help me.

    thanks you a lot for this giveaway.
    all the best


  3. Great list, I think you and me will have some of the same ones (great minds and all). You'll just have to wait until Wednesday for mine :)

  4. Some books from my bucket list...
    - Hitchikers guide to the galaxy (think I'm up to book 4?)
    - soul screamers by rachel vincent (cause I love her)
    - The women of the otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (Have only read about 2 I think)

    Oh dear, this could turn into a very long list!

  5. I read the Harry Potter series, but I'm sorry to say that the films were better! This list will take a while to get through!
    (you can win a copy of masquerade by cambria hebert at my blog :) )

  6. Oh! I love your list Kate :D If I could do one thing, I would want to be in Percy Jacksons world and be a child of one of the Gods. I don't know, having those powers and living the way they live seems pretty cool :)

  7. Oh shit I forgot, my email is emmahoopt@hotmail(dot)com and I would also like to be in the Sookie Stackhouse books for a day and fix those people in Hotshot, I mean.. the way they live is just disgusting.

  8. Awesome list Kate!! Just wanted to tell you I enjoyed it :)

  9. Awesome list, Kate! I too would love to buy a book at BB&B! My bucket list includes going through a training session with Aiden from Jennifer Armentrout's Covenant series!

  10. Love your list Kate!
    Hmm, I would go back in time with Michele in Timeless. :)

  11. I would love to enter harry potter's world and experience all of those magical adventures!

  12. I would want to attend Hex Hall!
    I loved your bucket list. The idea of this blog hop is great.

    veronicam46 at hotmail dot com

  13. I like your list! As I recently read Anna and the French Kiss, I really want to have my husband buy me a book from Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris. I think that would be super romantic =)

    a.librarians.library at gmail dot com

  14. What an awesome idea I love it!
    I would love to visit Bilbo at Bag End :)
    It'd be great if you could follow me back :)

  15. I would want to read A Wrinkle in Time. I heard it was good, but have yet to read it!


  16. Fantastic giveaway! I would either want to go to Rivendell (LoTR) or eat at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe!

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. These are fab Kate. Love the HP one and Narnia.. oh to meet Mr Tumnus!!!

  18. I love the Piscary's quote! Makes me hungry :P I would love to do that too :D

    I think most of us will have a "Fever" one on our lists!

  19. Excellent ideas! And eating at Piscary's would be on my list. I remember reading about Piscary's and thinking--this would be a cool place to hang out!

  20. Since I can really only pick one, I'll pick this: I would like to be a previous victor of the Hunger Games, and land a spot as a tribute in the Quarter Quell of Catching Fire. There I'd become allies with Katniss, and fight by her side up until the end of Mockingjay.

  21. WooHoo. Love giveaways. Bucket List books: Harry Potter Books. I really need to get to those.


  22. I want to take flying lessons at Hogwarts!!! This is a great hop! Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!


  23. I loved your post! I want to go to Narnia, too. I will also want some training with Dimitri from vampire academy.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    artgiote at gmail dot com

  24. There's a lot of Harry Potter-related things that dominates my bookish bucket list. Playing Quidditch and visiting Hogsmeade are definitely on top of the said list. :D

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    - Noely Jeleen

  25. I would go on a run with Rachel Morgan and Jenks from The Hollows by Kim Harrison.

  26. Quidditch with Harry! Gosh! That'd be awesome!!! But I'd really like to see Aiden's dimples in Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Thanks for the giveaway!

    me_winy AT yahoo DOT com DOT ph

  27. I would love to train with Aiden St Delphi from the Covenant series by JLA. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tasnim-sheikh at hotmail dot com

  28. fly a huxley like deryn in leviathan by scott westerfeld

    witchvela at web dot de

  29. I'd love to go shopping in Diagon Alley :) It always looks (on film and in my imagination) so exciting, alive and full of fun things to try/look at/eat, lol!

    kate1485 at

  30. If I win I would choose Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. For the bucket list: I would want to speak with Alaska (Looking for Alaska by John Green) and find out what happened, was suicide or an accident?!! because I am a mystery breaker like that :) well not really.. I like mysteries but this time I am really curious.

  31. I'd love to eat pizza at Piscary's!!!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  32. Attempt to give Grendel a bath...? I'd actually prefer to help Kate destroy Curran's slut hut. :P


  33. There would be anything and everything from Harry Potter on my Bucket List!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  34. On my bucket list... hum..
    I would like to 'study' at St. Vladimir's Academy (Vampire Academy)

    Ty for the giveaway!