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GUEST POST: Lynsey James’s Ultimate Bucket List (& Giveaway!)

Last month I reviewed Lynsey James’s new book, The Season of Hopes and Dreams (which you can find my review of here) and today I’m thrilled to also be taking part in her blog tour. This book was really fun and light-hearted and also covered some really important topics and situations. One of those was a bucket list, that the main character, Cleo, had made after she lost her way in an accident and her dream of being a dancer was shattered. I’m hosting a guest post from Lynsey today where she’s sharing her very own bucket list! You can also find information about the book and a giveaway to win a copy at the bottom!

Lynsey James’s Ultimate Bucket List

In my new book, A Season of Hopes and Dreams, the heroine Cleo digs out her old bucket list after twelve years and is inspired to make a new one. She thinks about all her wildest dreams and writes them down, eager to complete them and change her life.

With that in mind, I decided to sit down and think about what would be on my ultimate bucket list. So here they are!

1. Travel the world

I have so many places in the world I want to visit: Venice, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Las Vegas to name a few. I’d also love to go back to Dublin as it’s my favourite city of all time, plus visit every DisneyWorld resort. One day, I’ll definitely pack my bags and head off to see the world.

2. Meet Matthew Gray Gubler

I really want to meet this guy and give him a big hug. He’s an incredible actor and comes across as a really funny and kind person. Doctor Spencer Reid has to be one of my favourite TV characters of all time, and I absolutely love Suburban Gothic, Band of Robbers and Hot Air. If I’m ever lucky enough to run into him, I’d like to think I’ll keep my cool, act completely normal and not turn into a fan-girl mess…

3. See my books in my local bookshop

This is one of my biggest dreams. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve gone into my local bookshop (used to be Ottakers until Waterstones bought it) and I’ve dreamt of seeing my book in there. Just to walk in and see my name on a paperback (or hardback if I’m lucky enough) would be absolutely incredible. I signed with an incredible agent last year, so hopefully this dream will be ticked off in the near future!

4. Spend time living in a different country

I’m a homebird at heart, but I’ve always had a desire to live in a different country for a little while at least. I absolutely love Dublin and it’d be great to live there for a bit, or maybe get myself a beach house in LA. I like the idea of being in unfamiliar surroundings, meeting new people and experiencing new things. If I want to spend time living in either of these places, I’d better get selling a lot of books…

5. Conquer my body issues

I’m with Cleo on this one – I’d really love to conquer my body issues and improve my self-image. In the past few years, I’ve lost nearly three stone, which wasn’t easy because I have PCOS. Like Cleo, I kind of expected everything to be solved once the pounds dropped off but, also like Cleo, I discovered this wasn’t the case. Confidence isn’t solely linked to weight loss; it has to come from within, and I’d love to build mine up a little bit more. I still have days where I feel like I’ve put every pound of the three stone back on or where it feels like my body is weirdly out of proportion. On those days, I try to remember everything else I’ve achieved – both weight-loss related and in other areas – and this helps give me some perspective. I’d definitely like to work on making my self-image a bit more positive and develop my confidence more too. I’ve come a long way, but there’s still more work to do.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

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Author bio: Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…


If you want to win a copy of the book The Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James, just click HERE to take yourself to the Rafflecopter! It’s open internationally and there will be 3 lucky winners. Good luck!


Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.


  1. Seeing my book in a bookstore is one of my ultimate goals. I just have to write it first…
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

    1. Haha get writing then! Would be the dream wouldn’t it xxx

  2. I love all of Lynsey’s bucket list ideas, and I share almost all of them, especially a year or two living abroad! This book sounds really fun too, I love the cover design. I’m going to check this out as Lynsey’s from near me and is *sob* actually younger than me – this is a good inspiration to get writing though!
    Beth x

    1. Haha! The book is very good (: definitely recommended xxx

  3. Isabel says:

    Oh this book looks right up my street for when I’m looking for a less heavy read (sometimes I read too much history and my brain gets a bit full up!) I think I shall add it to my Goodreads tbr! 🙂

    1. Haha it is a good book! (: xx

  4. carolineontheglobe says:

    Such a lovely bucket list. Living in a different country it`s a really great experience. Sometimes I feel like changing places all the time and exploring different countries by living there. It`s much better than being a tourist but also more difficult. Have a good week.

    1. I’m not sure if I could live in another country; I’d be so conscious about the language barrier. But if I was, I’d probably choose Germany (: xxx

      1. carolineontheglobe says:

        I think language barrier nowadays is nothing to be worried about especially when English is spoken by most of the people in the world 🙂

  5. lisamclachlan says:

    What a great idea, to have an author of one of your blog tour books do an interview – I loved reading Lynsey’s bucket list. I was lucky enough to live in Florence for a month (not long enough, never long enough!) when I was 21 and it was amazing. And how lucky was she, to work for a chocolate fountain company – I’m not jealous at all, haha! X

    1. Wow really?! That’s amazing; what got you to Florence? xxx

  6. This sounds like a really interesting book! I love your bucket list and we have some things in common – I also want to travel the world and conquer my body issues!

    1. I hope you manage it! It was a great book (: xxx

  7. I love your list!
    Just imagine, seeing your own book in your local bookshop?? Wow.
    Cora ❤

    1. Haha wouldn’t it be amazing?

  8. Oh I love this post. I can only imagine how amazing it would be to see one of your own books I the book store would be. Its a dream we both share. Amazing post love.
    Em xxx

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