What’s On Your Bucket List?


Julie Murphy’s super clever SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY comes out tomorrow, and to help her celebrate, I’m posting my bucket list.  First, a little info about Julie and her book (which has been on my To-Read list since the nanosecond I heard about it, because OMG!)

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.

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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).




Now onto my bucket list!  I have to say I’m not someone who has really kept an official bucket list before, but there are a few things I have always secretly kept in the back of my mind that I want to do before I die.  Now seems like the perfect time!


1.  Get published!

2. Visit all the places in Europe I’m still dying to see.

3. Hug a monkey

4.  Witness a flashmob

5. Have a house with a library

6. Do one of those all day, all the treatments spa days

7. Buy a stranger dinner

8. Go to Comic-Con and Leaky Con

9. Get the second tattoo I’ve always wanted

10. Find the perfect jeans and buy 30 pairs of them so I never run out.


Thanks Julie, and happy book birthday eve!





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3 Responses to “What’s On Your Bucket List?”

  1. Dahlia Adler says:

    Ooh, now I wanna know both where you wanna go in Europe and what the second tattoo is! (And the first!)

    • liz says:

      Europe: All the places! Seriously though, I’ve been to Paris and Rome, but that’s it. I want to see all of the UK, more of France and Italy, German, Holland, Spain…pretty much you name it and I’d go there.

      Tattoo: I want a small heart with my son’s initial on it low on my torso. I currently have the ancient Egyptian word for love on my lower back. I designed it myself.

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