The Bookish Bucket List Tag

This was certainly a pleasant surprise being nominated by someone I’m not personally acquainted with for a change. I thank Maya Joelle for this nomination and suggest you go visit her blog. She has many enjoyable book-related posts. Well-read people should not be passed over.

Here are the rules:

  • Link to the tag’s creator (Madison’s Inkwell).
  • Link to the person who tagged you (as seen clearly above).
  • Tag as many people you want (in my case that may be no more than three peoples).
  • Have fun. This is highly suggested in most things, but it’s a rule in this case. Anyone who fails to have fun will be disqualified and fined (okay, maybe not, but try to at least enjoy it a little bit).

I’m going to do just the same as last time. First I’ll answer the questions presented then Tobias will. That being said, let the games begin.

Jacob Unger

  1. What books (or series of books) do you find to be intimidating (because of length, density, subject) but you feel would be an accomplishment to finish?

    This may come as a shock to you, but I’ve never finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is especially a big deal considering my dad and my best friend are two of the biggest Tolkien fans I know, and even my little brother read the series at nine years old. I suppose I’ve just spent so much time reading twenty-first-century young-adult fiction that I am having difficulty adjusting to the slow and steady pace of true literature. I’ll get it done eventually though… I hope.
  2. What author would you like to co-author a book with?

    That is certainly a difficult one. All the best authors are too intimidating. Perhaps Lemony Snicket. His works are certainly intriguing, but he’s a tad more on the depressing side of things. As long as I get to write the end of the story, that would be enjoyable.
  3. If you could interview any one author on your blog, who would it be, and what’s one question you would ask?

    Well, there are a lot of authors in the world. I think I would go back and interview Ray Bradbury. I’d probably ask him if he had a time machine. Honestly, that’s the best explanation I have for how he managed to so accurately predict the future.
  4. What genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?

    Probably historical fiction. That’s a difficult one to pin down because of all the historical knowledge required. It is quite an intriguing idea, though. I hope to re-write the story of the Aeneid someday, or perhaps tell a Civil War story. Any nonfiction writing would be good for me as well.
  5. What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? (It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.)

    I think I’d have to go with the original printing of the Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve never taken much of an interest in special versions of any books, but I really like the look of the Narnia books. undefined
  6. Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?

    I want to collect all the Rick Riordan mythology series’. That’s the main thing that comes to mind right now, but I have a ton of books and book-related things I’d like to collect. It’s almost offensive to be asked to choose one thing (almost).
  7. Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)

    2nd & Charles. I’ve never been there personally, but I hear a lot of good things about it.
  8. What’s one bookish event you’d like to attend? (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)

    Actually, I’m not interested in attending any such event. Just reading my books is good enough for me. If I just so happen to get ahold of a signed book, that a nice bonus. I really don’t want to be lost in a crowd of overly enthusiastic fans.
  9. Your work in progress is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?

    There are far more colorful ways to describe it, but I’ll just put it this way: It looks like something very dead that sat in the sun for a couple of days before some buzzards ate it and puked it back up again. This is why I leave cover designs to Karl Bickerstaff, or just about anybody else I know.
  10. What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? (As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.)

    Wow, this would take an entire post. Let’s see…
    A) I want to develop a world and a history like Tolkien’s (there’s practically no chance of getting quite that good, but I can do the best I can).
    B)I want to publish a bestseller.
    C) I want to own a house with its own library that I will completely fill up over my lifetime.
    D) I want to beat Elisha McFarland in blog popularity (by far my most realistic goal).
    E) I want at least one of my books to become a movie.
    Wait, it says one goal? Let’s just go with A.

Tobias Hrothgar

  1. What books (or series of books) do you find to be intimidating (because of length, density, subject) but you feel would be an accomplishment to finish?

    Foldo Dankworth’s classic work, Shaking The Boundaries of Time, is a very informative yet intimidating work that I have been meaning to read for a long time. Karl Bickerstaff keeps telling me it’s an excellent work, but all I can tell is that this man has quite a lack of excitement in his writing. I suppose it’s not that bad for a nonfiction book, but I’m unaccustomed to such writing. At least history has some action to it.
  2. What author would you like to co-author a book with?

    Well, I’m already co-writing a book with Karl Bickerstaff, Torfis Teffleman, and Acacia Wright, so I’m not wanting in that area.
  3. If you could interview any one author on your blog, who would it be, and what’s one question you would ask?

    Ah, now this is something I’ve been considering for a very long time. I would go up to the greatest poet of our time and ask him, “Mr. Shel Silverstein, what is it like being the most well-known author to have no hair?” Of course, he always responded to me in rhymes in this daydreams, but it would be fascinating to know what his real response would be.
  4. What genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?

    Science fiction, perhaps. I’ve written very few fictional stories, so I haven’t had a chance to test out all the genres. Nonfiction is all I work on, but people say all my nonfiction has a certain fictional feel to it. Fiction may be a hidden talent I haven’t picked up on yet.
  5. What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? (It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.)

    I’d absolutely love to have a signed copy of my work in progress: The Ingenious Inception. It would mean I’m done writing it, and that would certainly be a relief.
  6. Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?

    All of them.
  7. Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)

    The Library of Congress, I hear, has an excellent supply of books. Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely I’ll be allowed near any significant government building for quite a while.
  8. What’s one bookish event you’d like to attend? (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)

    What would be nice is a festival in honour of the Recollections of 3. I’d be there in the shadows with a fake moustache on as a disguise.
  9. Your work in progress is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?

    I’d have to stand with Mr. Unger on this one, but I’ll refrain from any overly descriptive similes. Let’s just say any book cover I design is bad.
  10. What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? (As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.)

    I intend to write the most exciting history books to go down in history because, as I said before, nonfiction tends to be irrefutably dull.

Okie-doke, it’s time for me to nominate some nominatees. Nominees. Whatever. I just need to nominate them.

Now, of course, I need to ask you all a few questions:

  1. Based on an educated guess, how many books do you have, and what is the general genre of most of these books?
  2. What are five fiction stories you would highly suggest?
  3. If you were to write any nonfiction story, what would it be?
  4. What are your three favorite authors?
  5. If you are a writer, how old were you when you began to write?
  6. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type (’cause why not)?
  7. Describe your favorite character that you’ve written if you’re a writer, or describe what character you would like to write about if you’re not a writer.
  8. What is one of your fondest book-related memories?
  9. If you could choose any one fictional location to visit, where would that be?
  10. If you could visit any day in time, where would that be?

Okay, so that’s the end of my part of this chaos. It’s great to be nominated again, especially now that I actually have other people to nominate. Please enjoy the nomination, my nominee friends, and I’ll be back again soon.

Ever onward,

Jacob Unger.


3 thoughts on “The Bookish Bucket List Tag

  1. Thanks for the nomination, Jacob. I’ll try and get to this fairly soon–I’ve been busy lately, though, so we’ll see.

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