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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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Michele15. The Nerd Who Loved Me (Vicki Lewis Thompson)

This had been on my wish list for a few years. I liked it a lot. It was fun with a bit of romance and mystery in it. Great summertime read. 3 months ago


Michele14. After the Storm (KGI series, #8) (Maya Banks)

Book 8 in the KGI series.

Yes, I started not with the 1st book, but with the 8th, and from reading this, that is okay because the book stands well on its own.

I enjoyed this story very much, but am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. 4 months ago


Michele13. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories (Marina Keegan)

This was a fantastic book…from front cover to back. It is a shame that Marina’s life was tragically cut short, as this book is proof that she had so much literary potential. 5 months ago


Michele12. Freddie & Me: A coming-of-age (Bohemian) Rhapsody (Mike Dawson)

High Fidelity meets Wayne’s World in this utterly charming graphic memoir about a young man’s life-long obsession with the rock band Queen.
All of us have had that one band with which we identify, the band that was always there for us during good times and bad. For Mike Dawson it’s always been Queen and Freddie Mercury. Not unlike “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Freddie & Me takes readers on a rock-opera-like journey—from Mike’s childhood in the UK, through high school in New Jersey, and into the nineties, when grunge ruled the day and Queen was terminally uncool. As Mike works to navigate the trials and tribulations that accompany the road to adulthood (with Queen behind him every step of the way), he must grapple with the fears we all find ourselves facing: committing to one person for the rest of our lives, pursuing our dream job, coming to terms with our familial responsibilities, and even facing our own mortality. With humor, sensitivity, and some wonderfully imagined appearances by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, George Michael, and Andrew Ridgeley (among others), Freddie & Me is a touching reminder of how our favorite music is the soundtrack for so many of our most important memories and moments. And how one note can bring them all flooding back. 5 months ago


Michele11. Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour) (Olivia Cunning)

Wow.

Of the books in the series, this was the hottest yet. You get not just a steamy story full of sex but you also get a deeply touching backstory that makes Jace even more endearing and easy to love.

This series is wonderful and I am looking forward to getting, and devouring the next books in the series. 6 months ago


Michele10. Disconnected: an eshort story (Jennifer wiener)

A nice short story for my airplane trip. Totally surprised at the end which makes for a good read. 6 months ago


Michele9. Rock Hard (Sinners on Tour, Book 2) (Olivia Cunning)

Sexually charged.

Trapped together on the Sinners tour bus for the summer, Sed and Jessica will rediscover the millions of steamy reasons they never should have called it quits in the first place… 7 months ago


Michele8. U2: The Illustrated Biography (Martin Andersen)

I always enjoyed U2s music but recently starting listening to them again, and realized how little I knew of them.

This book is a GREAT guide to the band and their music, from the beginning to 2011. The pictures are awesome as well! 7 months ago


Michele7. Carolina Isle (Jude Deveraux)

Ariel and Sara never imagined their high-spirited attempt to step into each other’s shoes would cause such upheaval. The lifelong pen pals, who look exactly alike, meet for the first time in their twenties and embark on a daring adventure of changing identities. Southern belle Ariel is determined to win the heart of a man who doesn’t know she exists, while Sara yearns to leave behind her hardscrabble existence and taste the good life that fate has denied her. But in pretty Arundel, North Carolina, nothing is as it seems—including the dangers that are closing in on their new dream lives, as the deepest of fears and darkest of secrets and betrayals come to light. 7 months ago


Michele6. The Last Letter From Your Lover (JoJo Moyes)

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper’s archives for a story, she doesn’t think she’ll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband – and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man. In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can’t remember anything – her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for. Ellie and Jennifer’s stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel – interspersed with real ‘last letters’. 7 months ago


Michele5. Don't Go (Lisa Scottoline)

When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a warrior, but a healer.

However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparent household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. His medical practice is in jeopardy, and he is a complete stranger to the only family he has left – his precious baby girl. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.

Ultimately, Mike realizes that the most important battle of his life faces him on the home front and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save what’s dearest to him – his family.

This book is deeply emotional, and thrilling. You will not want to put it down! 8 months ago


Michele4. Si-Cology 101 : Tales & Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle (Si Robertson)

I really enjoyed this book. Si is really a funny guy and his stories will make you laugh and smile. He talks about growing up in Louisiana; his time in the military and many other things. 8 months ago


Michele3. Morning Sunshine! How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too (Robin Meade)

What a great book…inspiring and full of great advice on how to be more confident. Robin also shares her own experiences with self-confidence (yes, this gorgeous and talented woman once had issues with her confidence).

Now if I can take the advice she has given and use it in my own life, that would be great! 8 months ago


Michele2. The Heroin Diaries (Nikki Sixx)

This book is not for the faint of heart or queasy. Detailed; depressing..it’s a serious and deep look at addiction from the eyes of someone who experienced it, and maintained a journal throughout.

What Nikki Sixx has shown is a life of decadence and debauchery. I’m sure not every 80’s rock star lived this life, but many did, and it’s sad.

Nikki is very detailed in his journal entries about his feelings even when he was out of his mind, and I really wonder how anyone can knowingly abuse their body this way.

It’s definitely worth the read. 9 months ago


Michele 21 months ago


MicheleDidn't make it

While I managed alot of reading in 2013, I fell short of my goal again. Time to try again this year. 9 months ago


Michele1. Picture Perfect (Butler Island #1) (Nikki Rittenberry)

What a fun little romance. I wish I had kept better track of the books I have read over the years though because the story seemed very familiar to me, at least parts of it did. 9 months ago


Michele 9 months ago


Michele#32. Wise Guy: A Christmas Tale (Joseph Bottum)

A fun and short, heartwarming Christmas Story. 9 months ago


Michele#31. The Longest Ride (Nicholas Sparks)

This took me a while to read, but not because it wasn’t good, but because I just have not been into reading that much.

As usual, the story is beautiful and will bring you to tears, at least it did me. Highly recommend, especially to people who have read other books by Mr. Sparks. 10 months ago


Michele#30. The Color of Water in July: A Novel (Nora Carroll)

Jess has not been back to the lake house since she was seventeen—the summer she fell in love with Daniel—the summer when a tragedy caused her to flee.Now, she is back, and the beautiful Victorian overlooking the lake belongs to her. Will the old house give up its secrets?

As Jess sifts through trunks filled with old letters and photographs, she tries to unlock the mysteries of the past, and maybe, just maybe, the secret to her own heart. 12 months ago


Michele#29. Can't Live Without (Joanne Phillips)

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great story of tragedy and romance. 12 months ago


Michele28. Faithful (Kelly Elliott)

The 3rd book in this series by Kelly Elliott. This one picks up where “Wanted” and “Saved” left off. The main focus is on Heather and Josh but all the other characters are here as well and the love stories continues. 13 months ago


Michele27. Life and Death in Assisted Living (A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones)

Joan Boice, a retired school teacher afflicted with dementia, hoped to hang on to her dignity and safety when she checked into Emerald Hills, a facility run by America’s largest assisted living company. What she and her family got was an introduction to what many think is the country’s next great health crisis.

Having had a grandmother living in Assisted Living with Alzheimers, this book caught my eye when I saw it on Kindle Singles. It is sad to find out that “Emeritus” was so grossly negligent in the way they operate their facilities…from undertrained staff to low budgets…everything they did in this case was wrong and it is obvious that what was important to them was the money these patients brought in.

I feel that before you choose to move any loved one into a facility, do your research. Dig as deep as you possibly can; ask questions, becuase if you don’t you can find your loved one neglected and dying as well. 13 months ago


Michele26. Not that Kind of Girl (Susan Donovan)

3rd book in the series. I really enjoyed. The characters are believable and the men in the series are easy to fall in love with. There was a major twist at the end of the story that caught me off guard but I don’t mind because who wants their book to be completely predictable?

As a bonus, I picked up some tips on training my puppy! 14 months ago


Michele25. The Night She Got Lucky (Susan Donovan)

Book 2 in the ‘dog walking friends’ series. This one revolves around Genevieve, otherwise known as Ginger.

Her marriage is over. Her newspaper career went belly up. And it won’t be long before her two teenage sons are off to college…and then what? Sometimes it seems like the only thing Ginger Garrison can count on is her beloved Bichon Frisé and the loyal women in her dog-walking group. But her luck is about to take a wild turn. . .

A diplomatic snafu has sidelined the globe-trotting nature photographer Lucio “Lucky” Montevez, a man known as much for his wild personal life as his wildlife images. Now stuck in the States and forced to shoot pet portraits for a living, his prospects look downright tame…until Ginger enters his world (along with her boys, her spoiled pooch, and her egomaniacal ex-husband). Lucky’s always been a love-her-and-leave-her kind of guy, but something about the spirited, sensual Ginger makes him want to stick around. But will Lucky’s playboy past end up costing him the only woman he’s ever really loved? 14 months ago


Michele24. Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legact as the Duck Commander (Phil Robertson)

What a great book!

Phil Robertson tells his story of trials and tribulations; faith and family in this great book. He covers his humble beginnings, and what brought him to find God. A very inspirational book and well worth the read. 14 months ago


Michele23. Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale (Holly Black)

This took me a little longer to read than I wanted it to. There were too many other distractions. I had wanted to read this as last year I had read the two previous books in the series. This was good, but I wish I had not drug it out as long as I did. 15 months ago


Michele22. Ain't too proud to beg (Susan Donovan)

A fun story about a group of women who, while walking their dogs together, have sworn off men. But one of them, meets a man who fits all the requirements of her wish list, and we go on to learn that no matter what your past may hold, being honest is always the best policy.

I really enjoyed this, and since this is book 1 in the series, I need to get my hands on books 2 & 3. 16 months ago


Michele21 Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City (Holly Denham)

I liked this one more than the first book, but my only complaint is, that for as the long as the book is, the ending seemed rushed 16 months ago


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