Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Donna is doing 42 things including…

Read 10 books in 2008

16 cheers


Donna has written 18 entries about this goal

18. Transgressions Vol. 1 edited by Ed McBain, 2006 (Mass Market Paperbound)

Two novellas in this paperback: “Forever” by Jeffery Deaver, and “Keller’s Adjustment” by Lawrence Block.

The second one reminded me a bit of a Carl Hiassen novel, amusing in a sick-funny way. The first one was predictable, I thought, until the twist was introduced. Good fun fast read.

17. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1892 (Berkley Medallion Books, 1963)

Missed out on reading these as a student. Enjoyed every minute I spent reading these adventures. Timeless!

16. Jackdaws by Ken Follett (Signet, 2002)

Another great Follett novel set in WWII. The strength and wit of the main character (Flick) was almost of comic-strip proportions, though.

15. Weiner Dog Art by Gary Larson (Universal Press Syndicate, 1990)


14. Hound of the Far Side by Gary Larson (Chronicle Publishing Company, 1984)

Fabulous. Must read.

13. Beyond the Far Side by Gary Larson (Chronicle Publishing Company, 1983)

Absolutely wonderful!

12. The Carousel by Rosamunde Pilcher (Warner Books, 1982)

This book was given to me by my MIL. We usually like the same stories. It didn’t do too much for me. However, I did like this quote: ”...And when you do settle down with a man, it is absolutely vital that he makes you laugh. Chips [her lover] and I laughed all the time, even when we were poor and unsuccessful and didn’t know how we were going to pay the grocer’s bill.” So true.

11. Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron (Warner Books, 2005)

Margaret Maron does not disappoint me. This book chronicles the next stage for Deborah Knott, one of my favorite characters in the “female as mystery-solver” genre.

I got to read most of this book while I waiting as a potential juror yesterday.

10. Vanishing Point by Marcia Muller (Warner Books, 2006)

The next installment of Sharon McCone. Hmm, I think I’m outgrowing this female detective series—perhaps even the genre itself.

I breezed through it, waiting for more suspense, but it didn’t happen.

9. Cape Perdido by Marcia Muller (Warner Books, 2005)

This standalone novel (not one of the McCone series) was just okay for me. It was a fast read and diverting enough, but nothing too suspenseful.

It did give me some quotes, related to assuaging recent guilt for leaving my hometown many years ago:

Page 161: ”...[they] would have married and moved to one of the far-off cities they’d talked about so often. When they came back to visit Cape Perdido, they would get together with the others and bask happily in the light of their collective accomplishments.”

Page 235: ”...had been an outstanding student, reputedly destined for far better things than Soledad County could offer…”

Page 305: “Recent events had taught him that one’s past was best accepted and then left behind.”

Donna has gotten 16 cheers on this goal.


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