Saturday, March 15, 2014

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy & My Bucket List

Hey lovelies! 

I am bringing you a really fun post today! I'll tell you a little about a wonderful new book coming out soon, about the lovely author who wrote it, and I'll be sharing my own personal bucket-list! :) 

TITTLE: Side Effects May Vary
AUTHOR: Julie Murphy
CATEGORY: Young Adult
RELEASE DATE: March 18th, 2014

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. ~Goodreads


The first thing on my bucket list is to dig up real dinosaur bones! Ever since I was a little girl I have LOVED dinosaurs and fora very long time I contemplated becoming an Paleontologist. I decided not to due to a number of circumstances but I have never given up hope that one day I will be able to volunteer on a dig site! To be honest, I would probably pass out if I touched a real dinosaur bone!

My second goal on my bucket list is to learn to speak at least 5 languages fluently! Languages have always been a huge passion of mine. Currently I speak fluent English and Spanish, conversational French and Japanese, and beginners Korean and Arabic. I am currently attempting to focus solely on French for sometime so that I can work towards that fluency goal! :)

This is a pretty random one but I would love to spend a day working with penguins. I am so fascinated by them and not to mention they are SOOO adorable! I know there are some Aquariums around the country that have programs that allow you to do this. This one is more of a matter of saving up and having the time.

Fourth on my bucket-list is travel the world! Okay, I know that is pretty broad but I truly just want to see as many places as I can. I have traveled to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Korea, and Japan. Allowing yourself to be immersed in a culture, its language and its people is a beautiful thing. I REALLY would like to visit Ireland, Australia, Vietnam, Egypt, Iceland, London, and so many many more!

Last on my bucket-list is to collect currency from all over the world! I have a bag full of bills and coins from various countries that friends and family have given me. I love looking at the coins and seeing the subtle differences that distinguish each country. To be able to hold a little piece of that country holds me over until I have the means to travel some more!

Okay, so this by no means is my full bucket list! I could write 20 posts and still not get through it all but these are some of my top ones and the closest to my heart!  I think a theme throughout is exploring and learning new things. I think life and the world has so much to offer and I intend on spending everyday learning something new! 

Here is some extra info on our lovely author Julie and how you can pick up a copy of this wonderful book: 

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 (, tumblr (, or twitter (


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