Have you ever wished that you could somehow teleport yourself inside a book?
Because I definitely have! After all, it’s hard to read about all these amazing fantasy worlds or high-tech, sci-fi inventions without wishing that I could be the character that got to experience all of that fun stuff. Let’s face it — if I had it my way, I’d definitely be a Hogwarts graduate by now.
But alas, I’m stuck here in the real world, where there is no school of Witchcraft and Wizardry hidden in the European countryside and “magic” means nothing more than some sleight of hand and card tricks. That hasn’t stopped me from making my very own fictional bucket list, though! If I wake up one day and discover that I’ve somehow acquired the power to insert myself into the stories I love to read so much, this list itemizes the very first things that I would do with that newfound power. (Not included in this post, but equally as important, would be finding a way to share this power with all my fellow bookworms!)
Before I dive into this post, I want to mention that I got this idea from Danielle over at The Reading Closet, who wrote her own version of a bookish bucket list a few months ago. You can check out her work at the link I provided. Thanks for the inspiration, Danielle! Now let’s get into the list. 😄
1. Attend Hogwarts
Considering that I mentioned wanting to be a Hogwarts graduate in the introduction to this post, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this is the number one item on my list. The Harry Potter series was probably the most influential set of books I ever read — not only did it kickstart the love for reading that I still harbor to this day, but it also inspired me to try my hand at writing my own novels, a hobby that I’ve continued ever since and hope to turn into a career as an author someday. So if I had the chance to attend Hogwarts, I’d say yes in a heartbeat (after nearly fainting from shock and excitement, probably). After all, who would turn down the chance to be a wizard?
2. Have Kady teach me how to hack
Kady from The Illuminae Files is one of my favorite female characters of all time. Not only is she a genius-slash-computer-whiz, but she knows how to stand up for herself and doesn’t have to rely on anyone else to save her when she gets into tricky situations. It would be an absolute honor to meet her, and I would love for her to teach me some of her computer hacking tricks while we hung out! I’m pretty interested in computer science myself, and I’m considering doing a CS minor in college, so learning from the master of hacking herself would be quite an experience. I might not have a slightly-murderous AI to practice those skills on like she did, but I’m sure they’ll still come in handy somewhere down the road.
3. Visit the Tower in NYC
Out of all the books I’ve read recently, the unofficial award for Most Captivating Setting has to go to The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, where New York City has been forever altered by the construction of a thousand-story tower where Central Park used to be. The story is set 100 years in the future, and the Tower is chock-full of inventions beyond my wildest dreams: contact lenses that perform all of the functions of cell phones, for example, or personal skiing drones that pick you up from the bottom of a mountain and fly you to the top in mere minutes. I would have a field day playing with all that tech if I could actually visit! In fact, this is probably the bucket list item that would take the most time, because I’m sure once I got to McGee’s NYC, I’d have a very hard time tearing myself away.
4. Fly M-bot
I talked about this in my recent Really Specific Things I Love in Books post, but I LOVE reading about snarky robotic sidekicks. There’s just something about their flawless sarcasm and boundless wit that gets me laughing out loud every time, and M-bot from Skyward by Brandon Sanderson is my favorite AI companion so far. He’s a spaceship that the main character, Spensa, discovers hidden in a cave one day, and he’s the humor powerhouse of the whole novel. I would love to get to meet and fly with him! Sure, I may have absolutely no experience whatsoever when it comes to piloting an aircraft, much less flying a spaceship, but I’m sure I’d be able to pick it up quickly. Plus, just getting to talk with M-bot and hearing some of his iconic sass in person would be a dream come true. I know he’s just a machine, but I have a weird feeling that if he were real, we would be really close friends!
5. Go on a “dive” to Earth
Just in case I haven’t spent enough time ranting about how much I love Syzygy by J.K. Ullrich, I’m back again to remind you that it’s an awesome novel, and you should check it out if you can! I probably won’t do it justice with the brief explanation I’m about to attempt, but I’ll do my best.
The story takes place in a near-future world where Earth has been devastated by climate change and a genetically engineered species known as Spores. The last remaining humans are living in a lunar colony, working to restore the biodiversity that they once had access to on Earth by obtaining samples of plants and animals from “dives” down to Earth’s surface. These dives are dangerous — everything on Earth, from the Spore-infested air to the newly evolved species that now roam wild, would kill you if it could — but also fascinating. (I’m not sure why, but the idea of hunting down plant samples among the crumbling ruins of the planet I now call home is oddly compelling to me.) So, even though I doubt I’m cut out for the job, I would jump at the chance to go on one of Ullrich’s dives, if I could!
6. Have a date with Prince Kai
I’m not saying that I want to steal him away from Cinder or anything, but… I want to steal him away from Cinder! In case you didn’t know, Prince Kai is one of the main characters in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, and the love interest of Cinder, another main character in the series. But, more importantly, he also happens to be my book boyfriend. 😉
I loved his character from his very first appearance in the books: his loyalty to Cinder is adorable, and his confidence is… well, let’s just say that if he were a real person, I’d find him pretty attractive. Hopefully I would be able to convince him to go on at least one date with me!
7. Play a few rounds of Epic
When I was in middle school, I discovered a trilogy by Conor Kostick called the Avatar Chronicles, which followed the adventures of a guy named Erik as he attempted to make a name for himself in a video game called Epic. In the books, Epic was a virtual questing game that had the power to affect the real-life social standing and income of its players, and it sounded like it would be an absolute blast to play. From fighting dragons to collecting magical items to just adventuring around the virtual world that exists within Epic, I just know that I would have a ton of fun playing the game, and I really wish it existed in real life so I could try it out!