Ride a camel. Pick your own apples. Go diving. With these few and scattered ideas, I’ve started a bucket list for Baby.
Not because I want to crowd her future with checklists, or confine her dreams to popularly accepted must-dos. I’m simply scribbling down experiences that we read about in her picture books. Because if I could plan the perfect life for my daughter, it’d be one that travels easily between imagination and possibility.
Don’t we all wish the same? So whether you’re a list junkie, or just want a few ideas for rainy Sundays, here are 10 books to help build your Bucket List:
1. How Full Is Your Bucket? – No matter how basic or elaborate your own Bucket List is, go back to the basics with this New York Times bestseller. Learn about the symbolism behind the metaphorical ‘bucket’, and how to better fill it with positive relationships and experiences.
2. The Big Bucket List Book – It wouldn’t be a BL if it didn’t contain a few epic objectives. Catching an open-air opera and making your own cheese are two of 130-plus ideas mentioned here. And don’t worry, they may be big, but they’re also budget-friendly
3. More Than A Bucket List – Another title that focuses on the motives behind those massive BL actions. With a bit of spirituality mixed in, this book offers altruistic to-do ideas that can brighten your life and the world, too.
4. 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life – “Kids who learn to travel will travel to learn.” So NatGeoTraveler editor Keith Bellows created 100 Places to highlight the world’s most unique and influential destinations. Written for kids, but just as inspiring for adults.
5. 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die – Anyone who likes to taste new things will benefit from this list of the world’s greatest cuisines, ingredients and eateries. Along with mouth-watering descriptions, you’ll find suggestions and recipes on where to find (or make) the dishes yourself.
6. Travel Between The Lines – Add a flash of imagination to 47 iconic scenes in Europe, Asia and the Americas, captured for adult artists-in-training. The couple behind Travel Between have turned their own photographs into black and white sketches, just waiting for your creative touch.
7. 100 Must-Read Prize Winning Novels – Pulitzer and Man Booker winners mingle with critically acclaimed novels in every genre of nonfiction. Whether you read these for creative enrichment or to gain insight into literary pop culture, they’re a worthy reason to use that library card.
8. 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen – Keep old classics on your list, but leave room for these under-appreciated movies from the last few decades. Compiled by film critic Leonard Maltin, the book includes foreign films, documentaries and cult classics.
9. 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die – Spanish illustrator Ricardo Cavolo’s book is both a comic “story of music,” and a list of the artists who contribute to it most. Expect unknown or unfamiliar names mixed in with the favorites, like Johnny Cash and Nirvana.
10. The Wish List – Half journal, half checklist, Barbara Ann Kipfer collected both big and small “wishes,” which are “meant to plant seeds.” From emotional achievements to travel itineraries, cultural must-dos and simple daily goals, her list allows you to fill in blank lines with your own personal dreams.
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