20 Before 20 (Bookish Edition)

If there’s one video I’m seeing going around a lot lately on YouTube, it’s the immensely popular 30 Before 30 tag, where the vlogger makes a list of thirty things they want to achieve/do before they turn thirty years old. Now, I’m not going to be thirty for over another eleven years, but as a goal and list-orientated person, I absolutely loved the idea of setting a list of aims for myself that I want to achieve before a set date. Due to that, and the nature of my blog, I’ve decided to make a 20 Before 20 list – but a BOOKISH VERSION! I’m going to be listing twenty things that I want to have done before I turn twenty in May 2019. That gives me just under a year and a half, and I think many of these are achievable before then.

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1) Read a graphic novel – Self-explanatory, but something I’ve never done! If you have any recommendations for good graphic novels I would absolutely love to hear them, because I don’t really have a clue where to start!

2) Go to the midnight launch of a book – Despite still considering myself part of the ‘Harry Potter Generation’, I wasn’t quite old enough to go to any of the midnight launches. Since then, I’ve always wanted to go to one, regardless of the book, just to experience the atmosphere of bookish people gathering together in anticipation!

3) Post a piece of my own fiction on my blog – I enjoy writing a lot, and can definitely see writing fiction as a career path that I would love to go into in the future. Due to that, I’d love to go out of my comfort zone and post something I’ve written (even if it’s only a short excerpt) on my blog. Why does it seem so much harder to publish fiction online than a standard blog post?!

4) Read a novel by Charles Dickens – But which one?!

5) Visit The Elephant House in Edinburgh – This is a sneaky one, because this is something I am already 99% sure I’ll be doing this year anyway when I visit Edinburgh with Emily!

6) Read The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien – I adore Tolkien’s works, but I have never once read The Silmarillion, despite knowing how much I’m going to love it when I do. I definitely can’t start my twenties without having read this.

7) Start a bookstagram account – As well as being a fan of books (obviously!), I also enjoy photography a lot. One of my new year’s resolutions was to learn more about my DSLR, and as part of that I think I’d love to try and put any new skills I learn into practice through creating a bookstagram account.

8) Visit the Brontë country – Now that I am at uni, I don’t live quite so far from there as I do when I’m back home, and as Wuthering Heights is my favourite classic novel of all time I am desperate to go and visit the Yorkshire moors and towns that inspired it.

9) Read a novel by Stephen King – There are so many of his novels that I’m really interested in reading, again it’s just the question of where to start!

10) Compile a post about independent bookstores – This post idea has been in the back of my mind for a while, as one of the things I love to do most when I visit anywhere new is seek out quirky, independent bookstores. I already have a few in various cities that I could definitely talk about, but I’d love to create a really comprehensive post about some of the absolute gems I plan to find over the next twelve or so months.

11) Take part in a blog tour – I think that the collaborative nature of these just sounds so much fun!

12) Read The Belgariad by David Eddings – It’s not an exaggeration to say that I’m pretty sure my entire family on one side has told me to read this series. It’s something of a family favourite, and as a huge fan of epic fantasy, I can’t believe I still haven’t read this!

13) Finish reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac – So here’s the thing. A year or so ago, I became kind of obsessed with researching the Beat Generation writers, and as a result picked up On The Road. But I never finished it, and I MUST!

14) Attend YALC – This is a big one for me. Last year, I read longingly about everyone’s experiences at YALC from the comfort of my living room. This year, I desperately want to be there myself to experience all of its bookish glory and meet some of the bloggers that I’ve only ever spoken to online.

15) Read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – Yet another series that I know I’ll love, that I should have read when I was younger, and that my brother keeps telling me to get on and read. I’m really, really looking forward to this one.

16) Outline a novel (even if it’s one I may never write) – This ties in with my desire to publish at one piece of my own fiction on this blog. In order to gain more writing experience, I’ve set myself the challenge of outlining one book by the time I’m twenty to see if I can!

17) Participate in NaNoWriMo – This is possibly one of the most ambitious goals on this list as I know what a commitment this is, but I intend to at least undertake the challenge of writing something every day this November, regardless of whether I write all 50,000 words.

18) Request and receive an ARC – It seems like so many bloggers receive ARCs, and I’d love to give requesting one a go so that I can, for once, be aware of new and upcoming releases.

19) Read the autobiography of an influential person – I think I’ve maybe read one autobiography in my life, and I feel like there’s plenty of people that I would love to understand a bit more and the contributions they’ve made to the world.

20) Redesign and reorganise my blog – This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a few months, as I feel like my blog could do with a bit of freshening up. I’d love to have a blog with a new look that’s completely organised into more easily searchable sections by next year.


Woah, that was a long one! I can’t even explain how much I enjoyed thinking up this list – it’s so motivating to set clear and exciting goals for yourself! I’d love to see what other people come up with, so it would be amazing if you left a comment with some goals of your own! Are you a list-orientated person? Are any of your goals the same as mine?

– Bex

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7 thoughts on “20 Before 20 (Bookish Edition)

  1. Love your post! I participated in NaNo one year and regretfully did awful. It is a really fun experience though, and I definitely recommend it. I hope you plan than I did though! I also want to read the Silmarillion and start a bookstagran account at some point as well. Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite classic novels, so I think it’s really cool how you want to visit the Bronte country. If you’re looking for a Dicken’s novel to read I would highly recommend A Christmas Carol or A Tale of Two Cities.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! It’s a shame NaNoWriMo didn’t work out for you last year but I guess the beauty of it is that everyone can try again another year if they want to. Thank you for the recommendations, I was thinking about picking up A Tale of Two Cities!

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  2. NaNo is an awesome experience! You should definitely try it. The first Stephen King book I read was The Eyes of the Dragon. That’s an epic fantasy, so it might be a good choice for you. My personal favorite is THE STand, but that’s a pretty big commitment. Good luck with your list!

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