Saturday, May 19, 2012

So, it's been a while since I posted, but I have plans to get back into it in the near future.  As a sort of spring board, several of my GReeps have gotten together to plan, The Bookish Bucket List Blog Hop.  The idea is to list the top ten things that we would do if we could enter the worlds of our favorite books.  Tomorrow ends the hop, but it has been running all week long, so be sure to check out all the fabulous lists from some of my most favorite people in the GR community.  Without further adieu, here's what I came up with:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
1.  Zero G training with Ender.

"War games.  All the boys are organized into armies. Day after day, in zero gravity, there are mock battles. Nobody gets hurt, but winning and losing matter..."

2.  Run a marathon through the mines of Moria with Gandalf and company.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein
"Only once before have I seen them from afar in waking life, but I know them and their names, for under them lies Khazad-dum, the Dwarrowdelf, that is now called the Black Pit, Moria in the Elvish tongue."

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
3.  Dawn a MacHalo and do a happy dance with Mac.

"My iPod began playing 'Bad Moon Rising' by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and I did a little dance, giddy with success. I had one more weapon in my arsenal to make me safer, and I'd thought of it myself.

I whirled around the bookstore, miming the epic fighter I was now going to be, armed with my clever MacHalo, no longer afraid of dark alleys in the night. I leapt chairs and darted around bookcases. I pounced sofas, I hurdled ottomans. I stabbed imaginary enemies, immune to Shade-danger by the brilliance of my own invention. There's not much room in my life for good, plain, stupid fun, and there hasn't been much to celebrate lately. I take advantage of both when I can."


A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
4. Drop a water balloon off the Wall with Tyrion, Jon Snow and Ghost

"The largest structure ever built by the hands man, Benjen Stark had told Jon on the kingsroad when they had first caught sight of the Wall in the distance. 'And beyond a doubt the most useless,' Tyrion Lannister had added with a grin, but even the Imp grew silent as they rode closer. You could see it from miles off, a pale blue line across the northern horizon, stretching away to the east and west and vanishing in the far distance, immense and unbroken. This is the end of the world, it seemed to say."

5. Channel my inner Irwin by escaping a zombie horde on a motorcycle with Georgia

Feed by Mira Grant
"The only thing more dangerous than a fresh zombie, is a pack of them, and I counted at least 18 before I realized that it didn't matter and stopped bothering.

I grabbed my helmet and shoved it on without fastening the strap. If the bike went down, dying because my helmet didn't stay on would be one of the better options.  I'd re-animate, but at least I wouldn't be aware of it."

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
6.  Create a tulpa construct with Rachel at Dalliance in the Ever After.

"'Well, When you're done, bring Gally in to separate your construct from your conscious thought. Let him in, Rachel. Ignore the fact that he will see everything. Moment by moment, every little desire and hate you have, your soul sifting through his fingers as he pulls the construct free. What he doesn't see might be left here, so let him entirely in,' she thought, and I had a moment of perfect panic. 'It's rather more intimate than pinning you to the wall for a kiss,' she mocked."                                                                           

7.  Go on a scavenger hunt with Jenny... err... I mean Harry and friends in the room of requirement 

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
"He was standing in a room the size of a large cathedral, whose high windows were sending shafts of light down upon what looked like a city wither towering walls, built of what Harry knew must be objects hidden by generations of Hogwarts inhabitants. There were alleyways and roads bordered by teetering piles of broken and damaged furniture, stowed away, perhaps, to hide the evidence of mishandled magic, or else hidden by castle-proud house-elves."

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
8.  Babe watch with Bob the Skull

"Bob's eyes fluttered from orange to red. 'Oooooo,' he leered. 'Is she pretty?'

'Dark skin,' I said. 'Dark hair, dark eyes. Legs to die for. Smart, sexy as hell.'

Bob chortled. 'Think she'd like to see the lab?'

'Get you mind out of the gutter.'

'No seriously,' Bob said. 'If she's so great, what's she doing with you? You aren't exactly Sir Gawain, you know.'"

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
9.  See Lestat live in Concert

"Right now I am what America calls a Rock Superstar. My first album has sold 4 million copies. I'm going to San Francisco for the first spot on a nationwide concert tour that will take my band from coast to coast. MTV, the rock music cable channel, has been playing my video clips night and day for two weeks. They're also being shown in England on 'Top of the Pops' and on the Continent, probably in some parts of Asia, and in Japan. Video cassettes of the whole series of clips are selling worldwide."

10. Ride Shai-Hulud with Chani and Paul "Muad Dib" Atreides

Dune by Frank Herbert
"He had not ridden the maker.

Oh, he'd gone up with the others for training trips and raids, but he had not made his own voyage. Until he did, his world was bounded by the abilities of others. No true Fremen could permit this."

And now a little lagniappe.  Seems my oldest didn't want to be left out of the fun. She prepared a list of her own!  Thanx, Kay.  So glad you put this together for us :)

1)  Participate in the Tri-Wizard Tournament with Harry Potter
    - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

2)  Solve a mystery with Harry Dresden
    - The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

3)  Go hunting with Katniss and Gale
    - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

4)  Easter egg hunt with Parzival and Art3mis
    - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

5)  Attend school with Tavi
    - Academe's Fury (The Codex Alera) by Jim Butcher

6)  Ride polar bears with Lyra
    - The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) by Phillip Pullman

7)  Visit the Circus of the Damned with Jean Claude
    - Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake) by Laurel K. Hamilton

8)  Attend one of Gandalf's fire works shows
    - The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

9)  Hunt vampires with Magiere and Chap
    - The Noble Dead Saga by Barb and J.C. Hendee

10)  Fight alongside Aragorn against the forces of mordor
      - The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

As I said above, don't forget to check out the other stops on the hop!!

May 14

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. Brill Chris!! Love the marathon in Moria!! And the Mac Halo.. I would also like to see you in a mac halo :)

    And Kay's list is great too.. love the Aragorn one!! Although if it were me, I'd be doing 'differnt' things with Aragorn ;)

  2. Great list! The sad thing is that from both lists I've only read the Hunger Games!!!

  3. MacHalo!!! I'd totally wear one and happy dance too! :D

  4. Chris! These are awesome! I love the one about Bob and escaping zombies on a motorcycle. Although I'm not sure how I would feel about riding a giant worm :)

  5. Love it! I want a Mac Halo too!

  6. I'd like to see the mac Halo happy dance