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Have you ever finished a book and said “Man, I wish I could ________ like that?” Bookish Bucket List is a semi-regular feature for the things I’ve put on my bucket list and the books that made me do so.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares cover
Title: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Summary: [from GoodReads]

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Bucket List Entry: Pass notes with a stranger (anonymously)


First of all, I have an obsession with the hand-written word. I love writing with pen and paper myself – I almost always brainstorm that way because it makes me feel more creative. The idea of getting to know someone through hand-written notes? Even more thrilling!

Secondly, I am terrible at meeting people, so I love the idea of getting to know someone anonymously before meeting. I’m a pretty concise writer, but that is NOTHING compared to how I am when I meet someone new in person. Mostly I just don’t talk, because I’ve been known to piss too many people off without meaning to (I have an odd sense of humor, and most people can’t tell when I’m joking.)

Thirdly, anonymous means they would have NO EXPECTATIONS about who I am whatsoever. As someone who has lived in the same town and known the same group of people for 20+ years, that is a big deal. It means there’s nothing to live up to, which means I get to just live a little instead!

What’s on your Bucket List?

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2 Responses to “Bookish Bucket List: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares”

  1. Yes! I thought that was the best part of this book … of course, it worked out that Dash and Lily were the same age, but still. A great bucket list addition! I miss passing notes in general.

    • Anne says:

      Yeah, I know it works out pretty conveniently in the book. It wouldn’t be a good story if it didn’t. But I still have dreams of going to the library and tucking a note inside one of my favorite books, just to see if I could do it too :)

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