My Bucket List: in Honour of Side Effects May Vary

To help celebrate the upcoming release of Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary, Julie has asked us to share what's on our bucket lists. Now I have a lot of things I want to do in my life, so here's a fun selection of some of these things.

Some of the fun things on my Bucket List:

- Road trip to a concert by my favourite band, The Avett Brothers (preferably in their home state of North Carolina)
- Meet said favourite band - September 2013. Seriously, the nicest guys ever. So sweet, so friendly.
- Go snorkeling in crystal clear blue water
- Finish writing a novel
- Get a job in publishing (marketing and publicity, here I come!)
- Visit Berlin (among plenty of other locations... listing them all would take way too long. Berlin is just one of the top places)
- Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome
- See a show on Broadway - May 2013. Chicago. Loved it.
- Rappel down a waterfall
- Zip-line somewhere tropical
- Learn how to make sushi
- Eat fish & chips at an old English pub (this summer!)
- Learn to love my hair (it's a mess... this one will take some work)
- Attend a masquerade

Those are some of the most fun (and random) things I want to do in my life.

Now, a bit about the book:
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy.

To be published: March 18, 2014
by: Balzer + Bray.

Goodreads Synopsis:
What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? 

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? 

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

About the author:

Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she's not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie's debut novel. Julie can best be found on her website (www.juliemurphywrites.com), tumblr (www.andimjulie.tumblr.com), or twitter (www.twitter.com/andimjulie).

IndieBound: www.indiebound.org/book/9780062245359
B&N: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/side-effects-may-vary-julie-murphy/1115554719?ean=9780062245359
Amazon: www.amazon.com/Side-Effects-Vary-Julie-Murphy/dp/006224535X

I want to know: What's on your bucket list? Are you excited to read Side Effects May Vary?


  1. This is such a cute and fun post! We have quite a few things the same on our bucket lists and you also added some on mine! I have to admit, the Trevi Fountain gained a spot on my list after watching the Lizzie McGuire movie many, many moons ago :)

    1. Thanks, Summer! Now I really want to see your bucket list! And yes, the Lizzie McGuire movie is totally why the Trevi Fountain is on my list, too. How could I not want to visit it after that?! :)


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