My Bucket List Runneth Over

To celebrate tomorrow’s release of Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary (about a cancer survivor’s bucket list gone wrong), I’m offering my own BUCKET LIST… of sorts. I’m generally an “enjoy the moment without worrying about the big plan” kind of soul. That said, I do love me some lists!

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Here’s a bucket-full of things to do before I kick it:

Visit the pyramids.

Write a country song about trains, frogs, and drunks.

Travel around in an airstream, visiting every minor league ballpark in the US. (This one is really for my husband, the sports fan.)

Give a stranger an amazing, perfect, and perhaps over-the-top gift.

Post a poetry rant on youtube.

Have a mud-fight with all my kids at the same time.

Learn the secret of time travel.

Make a stop-motion video.

Sew a unique sock monkey for each of my kids.

Meet a friendly alien.

Make a salad out of vegetables I grow in the yard.

Dance in a flash mob.

Write an entire novel from my front porch.

Make a stained glass writing hut out of old colored bottles.

Be there for my friends when they’re celebrating or grieving.

Visit the home of Emily Dickinson.

Tour the Lake District.

Paint something I’d hang on a wall.

Paint something on a wall.

Get my entire house cleaned and organized at the same time. (This might seem stupid, but those of you out there with four kids can probably relate.)

Successfully rap something awesome.

Actually do one of those photography projects I like to dream up.

Kiss an old man in a park.

Get back to poetry.

Surprise someone by putting something beautiful in their yard.

See each of my kids do something unnecessarily kind.

SideEffectsMayVary_Jkt des4.inddAbout Side Effects May Vary

The Fault in Our Stars meets Sarah Dessen in this lyrical novel about a girl with cancer who creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list that sets off a war at school—only to discover she’s gone into remission.

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge as it is about hope. But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission, and now she must face the consequences of all she’s said and done.

Contemporary realistic fiction fans who adore Susane Colasanti and Jenny Han and stories filled with romance and humor will find much to love in this incredible debut.

Where to buy

IndieBound          B&N           Amazon

Julie Murphy Author PhotoAbout Julie Murphy
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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