Here’s a Bucket List Anyone Can Afford

22 May
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Image Courtesy of Irish Welcome Tours’ Flickr Stream

Is there anybody alive who hasn’t heard of Bucket Lists, as in the bucket that shall be kicked by every one of us? I thought not. Between out-of-the-way places to visit or rare experiences to arrange, it can be very expensive to get out of this world. You may have no money left for that genuine Viking funeral you wanted. Pity.

Have no fear. Here’s a list anyone can afford, and you needn’t wait until you’re middle-aged to start. I call it the Bucket Book List. All you need is a library, a library card and a list of classic books you wish to read before meeting your Maker. Heck, they don’t even really need to be classics. Just books you’ve always wanted to read. They can be fiction or non-fiction or poetry. Read a cookbook if you’d like. And if you MUST, you can buy them if you wish.

Actually, I prefer buying. Books make wonderful companions and look marvelous in bookcases or just stacked up on a desk or the floor. And they’re a whole lot less expensive than airfare to Borneo. Or Chicago for that matter. But it’s more than the money. It’s like time-travel. Exploring the greatest stories and ideas from human history. Ideas and stories that get deep inside your mind and into your very soul. Ideas that shaped civilizations. Stories that escorted you into dreams. And still can.

I’m working on my Bucket Book list now. I am 60 after all. The Bible says I have about ten more years to go. I’m hoping for more. Whatever the actual number is, it’s past time to get going. There’s so much to read. I like both fiction and non-fiction so I’ll need two lists to start. Well, three actually. I like so-called “children’s” books. So I’ll need adult fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction. Should I sub-divide things any further? I probably will.

For now, in fiction, I’m looking at the Divine Comedy by Dante, Paradise Lost by John  Milton, The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer, of course. Oh, and don’t forget Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In non-fiction I’ve got Will and Ariel Durant’s The Story of Civilization (not all 10 volumes, though), Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking Peoples and Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg. I will also be putting together a list of American classics as well as children’s classics. I’ve got some work ahead of me.

So what do you think out there? Does this sound like a good idea? Let me know what you think. Tell me what books you’d put on your list. Or give me a few additions for my own. I’ll keep you posted as I develop this further.





Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized, What I'm Reading


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6 responses to “Here’s a Bucket List Anyone Can Afford

  1. Sartenada

    May 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Your idea is great and suits for many, but not for me. Why? I have been learning French by reading French books during 40 years and I own 1500. My library do not have any of those book which I love. So not possible.

    • Rob

      May 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Wish I could learn a language! I’m sure there are many French classics, some of which you’ve already read. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. jubilare

    May 27, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Sounds like a great list to me, so far! My list is hopelessly long at this point, plus I have writing a few books on it. God, give me time and a better work-ethic than I’ve had heretofore!

    • Rob

      May 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      I’ve just begun my list so it’s sure to get longer. But I have to keep it to absolute essentials at my age. Whether or not I’ll succeed . . . ?

      As for my work ethic; Oy!

      • jubilare

        May 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

        Audio books help me, as it saves time… I can focus on listening to a book while doing mindless things like housework. 😉
        Not everybody likes/gets much from audio books, though.

      • Rob

        May 28, 2015 at 10:10 pm

        Actually, I love audio books. When I did road sales I always listened to them. Hmmmm. Thanks for the idea!


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