Friday, March 14, 2014

Promo: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (+My Bucket List)

Hey guys! So in honor of the upcoming release of Side Effects My Vary by Julie Murphy (more info below), I've been asked to help by sharing my bucket list, either of completed items or of things that are still on my list. Now, I don't actually have a running bucket list or anything, but there are some things I've always wanted to do. Some I've achieved, and some I haven't, so this is my way of sharing one or two of those things.


1. Play at Carnegie Hall--It is the dream of many musicians to play at Carnegie Hall. I've been fortunate enough to have played there not once, but at least 2 or 3 times. No, I'm not that good at the violin, but the youth orchestra I was a member of played there, so hey! (I promise I'm in the picture, somewhere in that mess. Hehe.)

2. Go to a book expo--Sadly, it was not BEA (Dang it! I WILL GO ONE DAY), but it was actually in Brazil, which was really cool. This was before I was a blogger, and it wasn't as fun as it could have been because almost all the books were in Portuguese, and I'm not that good at reading and understanding Portuguese.

3. Go horse-back riding--I'm kinda scared, but I've always thought it'd be fun, and I assumed correctly!

4. Go zip-lining--I don't have any pictures, so you'll have to take my word for it, but I'm pretty it was ziplining. I actually know the word in Portuguese but anyway. Climbing the tower thing to get to the platform at the top is still one of the scariest moments of my life thus far (don't laugh at me), but I did it, and it was so much fun (zip-lining, not climbing up that thing)!

5. Go to competition for dance/get onto the competition team for my dance school--After years of dreaming about it, I've finally gotten onto the competition team for my dance school. I'm beyond happy, and we did really well at our first competition. The picture below isn't the greatest but a) the professional pictures haven't arrived yet and b) I don't want to include someone's picture here if they don't want me to put it on here so.

6. Go to a concert--I've been to two, but I only have pictures on my computer from one of them. The first concert was for The Goo Goo Dolls because my aunt had an extra ticket. I still don't know many of their songs, but Switchfoot opened for them (I didn't know who they were at the time), and the lead singer actually climbed right over me (he put out his hand so that I could help him over), and then stood like two feet away, albeit facing away from me, and sang. That was pretty cool. But the second concert was even more amazing. My best friend and I went to The Wanted's GMA concert a while back. We were so close to being in the front, and we almost got to meet Max. It was just so amazing to be there, especially with my best friend. I didn't even mind waking up at 4:00 to go. 

7. Finish the first draft of a novel--NaNoWriMo 2013. That's all I have to say.

There are so many other things that have been checked off of my hypothetical Bucket List, but I think it's time to move on to the ones that have yet to be completed.

Still on the Bucket List

1. Travel all over the world, starting with some US states and then starting in Europe--Old and historic cities fascinate me, and they are just so amazing to me. I got to go to Quebec City this past summer, and I just fell in love. I love the atmosphere and air of being in an old, historic city, and that would probably be #2 on my list of places to live. (I'm a city girl, and I think NYC would have to be #1.)

2. Go to a midnight premiere of a movie--I was so close yet so far from going to the midnight premiere for the final Harry Potter movie, and I was devastated when I wasn't able to go. D:

3. Go to BEA--I don't think this needs to be explained.

4. Be published someday--I tell myself this will never happen, but I'm holding out on the hope that it'll happen.

5. Meet all of my online friends face-to-face, including/especially one of my best friends in the whole wide world--No explanation needed, I think.

6. Go to all the Harry Potter movie locations and meet the Harry Potter cast and meet J.K. Rowling and just all things Harry Potter--Again, no explanation needed.

7. Find a job that I love--Right now, my dream job is to work at the UN, but I've heard mixed things about working there, so I'm leaving this open right now. Besides, maybe I'll still change what I believe I'll major in. :)

8. Go to a movie or TV show set--How awesome would that be???

9. Write a screenplay/script/musical/something--My friend and I are thinking of adapting a book into a musical, but our plans have been pushed back, so we'll see!

10. Be happy and content and love myself through and through--I'm putting this on the still on the bucket list side because I think the bad days currently still outweigh the good, and I'd like that to change some day.

I didn't mean to end off on a sad note, but I hope this bucket list gave you a little bit more insight into who I am, what I wish for, what I love, and my experiences. Please feel free to share some of your bucket list items in the comments below!


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
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?

About the Author: 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. 


  1. I LOVE your bucket list and u r SO lucky with the things you have completed like playing at Carnegie Hall

    1. Thanks, darling! I am really lucky. In terms of Carnegie Hall, it just sucks that I don't play violin regularly anymore. :/ But I'm sure everyone has great accomplishments too, regardless of how big they are in comparison.

  2. Ahhh what an awesome list! I really should have put more about traveling on mine. I did put Hawaii, but I also should have put NYC on the list. I MISS horseback riding. I haven't done it since I was a kid and wish I could just do it again, right now. Whyyyy did I not put BEA on my list? I am dying to go and was hoping I'd be able to do it this year. I did get to see The Hunger Games at midnight. That was an awesome experience. One that I hope you'll be able to experience someday.

    Loved this!

    1. Thanks, darling! :) NYC <3 I'm still a bit scared to go horseback riding, but it's fun. I hope I can make it next year while it's still in NYC, but with my dance schedule (and I think it's another long school year), I doubt if. *cries* Ooo, nice! I hope I get to go to one someday.


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