Side Effects May Vary: My Bucket List!

I am sharing my bucket list today in honor of the release of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy.  What does a  bucket list have to do with this book?  Well, here’s a little bit about it:

SEMVSide Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Category: Young Adult
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: 3-18-14
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? – Goodreads













Although Alice’s bucket list is a bit different than you normally see, Julie asked me to share my personal bucket list.  Since I feel like I’m a little too old to get back at my ex-boyfriends, I went for a mix of  shoot for the moon type items and some that I could probably easily achieve if I wasn’t so lazy.  In no particular order….


Sing in a band (again).

Well, I was in an emo band in college.  Yeah.

Anyway, my bucket list item is to sing in a cover band.  Just a fun, pop or 80s cover band.




Have my own show on NPR.   

Ok, I know this sounds weird, but I have always dreamed of having an interview show, ala Fresh Air, on a local NPR station.  I love interviewing people and digging out their stories.




Run a half marathon

This one is pretty self-explanatory.  No, I’m not crazy.





Go to BEA










I’m not sure it’s really the convention for me.  I’m more of an ALA gal, myself, but I would like to go at least once, just to experience the crazy.


Learn To Sew

I mean, it’s a useful skill, right?  I can’t even hem pants, or anything.





Go on a Jane Austen Tour of England

I know they exist and I want in!  I feel like I could meet other awkward people who just want to obsess about Darcy and Captain Wentworth.









Learn how to make a decent pie crust from scratch.


Again, a useful skill.





Kiss the Blarney Stone


In case you don’t know, the Blarney Stone is a big rock in a castle in Ireland. Legend has it that anyone who kisses it receives the gift of blarney, which is a lot like being able to BS people, basically.  The thing is, you can’t just kiss it, you have to lie on your back and hang upside down to kiss it.  Also, you should try not to think about how many people have kissed it, spit on it, and probably peed on it, too.  Gross.  But, it’s a famous thing you do while you’re in Ireland and my mom used to tell me stories about the time she kissed the Blarney Stone.  She was really good at talking me into eating my vegetables, so maybe it worked……


So, there you go!  There’s my bucket list.  In honor of this list and Alice’s list, I am giving away one finished copy of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY to a lucky winner!  You must be 13+ to enter, open internationally.  Good luck!

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41 responses to “Side Effects May Vary: My Bucket List!

  1. Christina R.

    Go skydiving with someone I love, in tandem, so it’s like we’re flying together!! Also go to each and every tour stop of my favorite band, like a road trip.

    Thank you 🙂

  2. Ami

    Love your list, now I want to SEE and maybe kiss that Blarney Stone too! I have a 4-8 day solo vacation on mine as something do-able & as something a little out there: win an Oscar but without dealing with fame stuff!

  3. Backpack through Europe with the two loves of my life–my son and daughter. Maybe working at little cafes for spending money, staying in hostels, having fun and taking trains!!

  4. Hillary R.

    One item on my bucket list…can I say two? I would love to attend a book tour because I still haven’t gone to one. And if it were in NY and I could go that would be awesome! Something else I would like to do someday is go on a road trip with someone. Like Andrew and Camryn in The Edge of Never/Always. Just not sure I’d meet an Andrew, but I still think it would be fun 😀

  5. Hmmm…lots of bucket list items, but I guess I really want to go to Europe before I die. Especially Italy. There are so many cool places I want to go to in the world. I guess it’s actually to see as much of the world as I possibly can. I also would love to be able to sew. The only thing I am capable of is sewing on buttons. I have no idea how to do anything else.

  6. Awesome bucket list, I love the gifs! BEA always makes me think of that line. I had never heard of the Blarney stone, that sounds like something I would definitely want to do, if I could get past my germophobia. 🙂

  7. Great list! I went through a bit of an alternative stage through high school. Times sure do change fast, don’t they?! 🙂 I want to eventually go to BEA too. I absolutely adore YALLFest in Charleston but it doesn’t quite have the caliber like BEA/ALA do. Someday! I seriously need to start running again. I used to run cross country in high school and running a half marathon was much more feasible than it is right now. You can do it, girl!!

  8. Tanya

    I love that you want to learn to sew! It really is a useful skill. One of the things on my bucket list is to complete a triathlon. Good luck completing your bucket list 🙂

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  11. Suzie Williams

    Mine will be to visit Japan. I’ve always wanted to go there.

    On a side note, the gif for the run a marathon made me crack up rather loudly!

  12. Krizia

    Probably a tour around the world! Would really looooove to see all those breathtaking places I am seeing in pictures <3 and maybe a shopping spree? 🙂 thanks for this awesome giveaway! 😀

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