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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.

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nawatramani in Irving is doing 25 things including…

read every book I own

20 cheers

 

nawatramani has written 39 entries about this goal

Completion

I am going to mark this done since I have read 100 books in 2007. My TBR pile has over 80 books and likely to grow. Online or offline, I cannot resist a bookshop specially one offering a deal. I realize that this will be an on-going goal for me. But it is the one of the most enjoyable ways for me to spend my time and hence always a pleasure.



A sense of achievement

98. Nine Tailors – Dorothy Sayers

A great book! One learns a bit more than one would want about bell ringing or charge ringing but I like learning new things so it is all good.

99. The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling – Lawrence Block

An enjoyable book, light reading that does not require one to go through mental gymnastics to keep up with the plot and/or characters. This was my book by this author and I will probably intersperse his books among the more “heavy” books on my list

100. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy Sayers

Interesting story and once again, you gain insights into the world of advertising along with a juicy mystery.



Moving along...

96. Samurai Girl

Interesting premise and a promising start but it fizzled out and ended so abruptly that I was almost convinced there were pages missing from my copy of the book. It could have been so much better.

97. Bahama Crisis

I always turn to my tried and tested authors when I read for comfort. This re-read of an old Desmond Bagley book helped me get past an upsetting incident with a friend. Books are true friends indeed.



Another update

In the last week, finished a few books, loved some, some were OK.

92. Jigsaw – Ed McBain
93. There was a Little Girl – Ed McBain
94. The Man Called Noon – Louis L’Amour
95. CSI Miami: Heat Wave – Max Allan Collins

While I love the 87th precinct books by Ed McBain, I have trouble getting into the Mathew Hope books by him. Maybe because I have become weary of legal thrillers after the glut by John Grisham, jus like medical thrillers lost their grip on me after too many Robin Cook books.

Still love forensics though :)



#91 - The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin

The first half was bit of a plod (no pun intended) but the second half picked up speed. The solution seemed a bit contrived. It was not the author’s best work but a nice read, nevertheless!



More

Ahh.. I knew I was missing books from my list:

88. The Mystery of Terror Castle – Alfred Hitchcock (Ok so it is a children’s book – I still love it!)
89. The Riddle of the Third Mile – Colin Dexter
90. Women and money – Suze Orman



Ruth Rendell

Just finished Kissing The Gunner’s daughter and I am looking forward to reading more of Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford series.



Catching up...

I have lost track of the books I have read in the last two months but I will try to list them here:

61. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
62. Crime Beat – Michael Connelly
63. Kissing The Gunner’s Daugher – Ruth Rendell
64. Black and Blue – Ian Rankin
65. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
66. Bad Luck and Trouble – Lee Child
67. Garden of Eden and other criminal delights – Faye Kellerman
68. 18 seconds – George Shuman
69. The Hanged Man’s Song – John Sandford
70. Excavation – James Rollins
71. God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
72. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
73. Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
74. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
75. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
76. Stalemate – Iris Johansen
77. Icon – Frederick Forsyth
78. Faithless – Karin Slaughter
79. Mephisto Club – Tess Gerritsen
80. Judge and Jury – James Patterson
81. The Messenger – Daniel Silva
82. The Innocent Man – John Grisham
83. False Impressions – Jeffrey Archer
84. My Experiments with Truth – M. K. Gandhi
85. Retribution – Jillian Hoffman
86. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
87. Private Eyes – Jonathan Kellerman

Currently reading Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin. I am beginning to like John Rebus!



How...

... is one expected to do this if one continues to buy books and get more from the library? :) And PBS is not helping!!! Oh but I am loving it!!!!



800+ books to read

Ok! On one hand, my inventory of books is well over 1600 which I have finally managed to organize by getting bookshelves and building my long-awaited “library”. So that is something. The problem is that this goal is taking a serious beating because of the number of books I still need to read which is about 800+.

I am serious trouble on this one. But I can sincerely say this is one of the best goals and far the easiest one for me because I LOVE books. I will be making inroads into that pile, never fear. :) I have reduced my book intake rate a bit so that should help.

Next – Make a list of all the books I have read since I went on vacation to India!!!



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