Saturday, March 15, 2014

What's on Your List?

I've been excited to read Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy for ages, so when the author requested that bloggers join a campaign to celebrate her novel's release, I immediately signed up. Before I get started, here is some information about the book.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.
In keeping with the book's subject matter, Julie asked us to share our own personal bucket lists. Before joining this project, I had never thought about making a list of things to do before I die—maybe because death seemed so far off or maybe because I didn't want to be disappointed if I didn't get to check everything off. Either way, I had to quickly cobble a compilation together, and as a result, it is meager and in need of more goals. But here it is—feel free to leave suggestions of things I should add because I need them!

My Bucket List
1. Take a European trip in which I visit as many countries as possible. 
2. Learn Spanish well enough that I can converse with locals in Spain on said trip.
3. Gain enough directional intelligence that I don't get totally lost while in Spain.
4. Drive around Indianapolis, visiting all the places mentioned in The Fault in Our Stars. (I live in Indianapolis, so this will be my celebration if when I ever get a driver's licence.)
5. Take a road trip with my friends.
6. Learn how to drive a car without having a panic attack or crashing into anyone so I can actually do the previous two items.
7. Stay awake for 24+ hours because I'm doing something better than sleeping.
8. Actively do something to support a cause I'm passionate about, rather than just ranting to the people around me.
9. Read (and love) Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy!

There you have it: my bucket list as it stands right now. Let's hope I get the chance to do everything I listed, and let's hope you can complete everything on yours.

What's on your bucket list? What should I add to mine? Have you read Side Effects May Vary? Let me know what you thought of it!


  1. #1 is definitely on my bucket list as well! I just think being able to travel around Europe would be sooo much fun! But in all honesty, I basically want to travel everywhere so haha. #2 is another one of my goals except instead of Spanish, it's French. Road trips are something I've wanted to do as well and so is staying awake for 24 hours. I don't know why I want to be able to achieve that so bad, maybe it's just because I literally cannot go each day without sleeping at least like eleven hours.

  2. I haven't read this book, but I've seen it on a couple of blogs lately. I like your idea of an European trip, except instead of visiting Spain (because I live there), I'd like to go to the UK, Ireland and Italy.

  3. #1 is definitely on my bucket list, and I hope that we'll both be able to cross that off our list some day. :)

    #4 sounds awesome, and I'm a bit jealous that you'd be able to do that.

    I don't have my learner's permit yet, so I can't say anything about driving, but even the thought of it freaks me out a bit, so I'm with you on #6.

    Love your list, Emily!

  4. I have heard good things about Side Effects May Vary. I am glad you posted about this book.
    I am 23 and just learned to drive. Don't worry, the more practice you get, the better and more confident you will be (I still haven't gone on the highway yet though lol).

  5. I have heard a lot of buzz about this book and have added it to my TBR. My bucket list is super long...I want to speak French fluently and am working on that. I have many dreams...and reading loads of books is one of them :)


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