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The To-Do List Paperback – February 1, 2010
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8.7 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0340936757
- ISBN-10 : 9780340936757
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (February 1, 2010)
- Product Dimensions : 4.5 x 0.9 x 7 inches
- ASIN : 0340936754
- Language: : English
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The To-Do-List is funny, heartwarming, poignant and touching and mirrors everyone's transition to being "fully fledged adults" and not just teenagers playing grownup. Who knows what it really means to be a real adult? Is it having a 401K, an investment portfolio, designer furniture and being able to host a dinner party? What's on the checklist of things that we need to accomplish before leveling up to adulthood?
Mike tries and succeeds in answering this question. Maybe when you finish reading this book, you'll have a few items to add to your own to-do list!
This is actually not a work of fiction but personal experiences from the author's life.
The idea behind this book is that Mike feels he is not a proper adult although he has reached the "adult" age of 35 and has child no.2 on the way.
He writes a list of nearly 1,300 "grown up" items he plans to do by his 36th birthday, and the book is basically about doing these items.
Some of the items are very small (Item 141: Re-hang picture that fell down) but some require more work (item 963: Read war and peace) and others are of course on a more personal nature (make will, spend more time with parents etc.)
The book is written with a great amount of humor and has quite a few wise and interesting ideas. One outcome of this book for me was to write a very modest to do list of my own (item 56: write a review for "the to do list" - just kidding).
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The author has a really engaging style, a really light touch very appropriate to the story.
Recommended to those wanting something easy and mildly quirky. Also recommended to those who are thinking more seriously about getting more organised, downsizing or minimalizing as a light-hearted approach to some of the same problems.
It was only some way into the book that I began to realise that it's true! It was pretty "unputdownable", and so inspirational that I sat and created my own list of those things that I keep trying to remember to do, but never have pen and paper handy ~ I have a list of a whopping nine things to be done, and have already crossed off one! :O)
Actually, I read only half, couldn't handle reading anymore.
Will read some more of his books.