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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thecynthesizer9Finished Salt, Sugar, Fat

Started The a Crime of the Century. Bought Kindle 6 months ago

littlelamblostTo backtrack or not to backtrack, that is the question.

Starting this goal in the middle of the year leaves me with two options, backtrack and try and play catch up or ignore the first five months of the year.

Seeing as I’m also trying to read twenty five books in the next six months I might as well backtrack, and hopefully sooner rather than later I can actually catch up. 6 months ago

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The secondchair is meant for you 8 months ago

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Melissa 8 months ago


January – Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
February – The Pearl by John Steinbeck 9 months ago

thecynthesizer9 9 months ago


Okay, I’m starting to pick up and read too many books at a time!!! 9 months ago

AnjaaaThird week of Feb

I’m halfway through a unique collection of short stories called Seven Japanese tales by Junichiro Tanizaki. I am also reading a much lighter title, Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs.

When I was younger, I couldn’t understand how people read several things at a time. Each book was a world and it joggled me to live in multiple realms at a time, reality included. My grandmother, on the other hand, would have a book to read in each area of her home. You could find a biography in the kitchen, a classic in her bedroom, and a contemporary title in the living room. She liked ones set in New York. Needless to say, reference books found their place in the bathroom. Now, I can read two or three books at a time. This actually makes me feel like I’ve graduated and moved on to a higher class in some intangible reading course. It makes me feel like I’m part of a group of readers that my late grandmother belonged to. 10 months ago

AnjaaaFirst week of Feb

I just finished The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. on my Kindle, and I’m not quite done digesting insights, projections, questions and implications. I picked this up because it is touted as an invaluable inside look into a particular guy’s mind as it picks apart his thoughts and attitudes about women and relationships. Nathaniel P. is a soon-to-be celebrated, serious author. Lives in Brooklyn. Middle-class. Of impressive educational pedigree. Assumes he is forward-thinking with regard to social matters, including matters involving women and getting with women. Constantly guilty.

This book didn’t immediately win me over. I only got invested in it at the 70% mark, which is so unusually late that I was surprised it happened at all. But as I read the final paragraph last night, I was very moved, and I felt that it had shown me things – true things about people and about myself. It showed rather than stated aspects of the man-and-woman conversation in ways that made me aware of my judgements (that were long up for evaluation). Ultimately, the reason why it took me so long to deeply care about what the hell was going on is the fact that the main character and his friends aren’t… well.. part of my tribe. Yes, I do enjoy books and ideas and culture. But I do not live in the world of ideas quite like they do. In short, I’m not an intellectual. But it turns out that this did not at all prevent me from appreciating the book. I’d recommend it to friends. I’m pretty sure that a week from now, I’ll still have The Love Affairs on my mind (and emotional digestive track). 10 months ago


This month, I finished Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It was a crash course in technology and online security, a coming-of-age, and a peek into a particularly geeky group of teens. The book is shamelessly geeky. The group of teens are so into what they do, it makes you want to give something like LARPing a try. The novel sells its brand of geekiness as a form of cool, but the slang used throughout the pages isn’t always convincing. 10 months ago

springforwardJanuary 2014

The Thin Woman’s Brain: Re-wiring the Brain for Permanent Weight Loss
by Dilia Suriel 10 months ago

AnniekM 10 months ago

LiittleTortilla 10 months ago


So I completed my January book yesterday about Mary Tudor very good read now I’m moving onto Northanger Abbey. 10 months ago


Jan’s book of the month! I’m just past the half way mark with a day to go! That’s progress! 10 months ago

Kloser51 11 months ago

Kikialus 11 months ago

SeanStone 11 months ago

Makatack 11 months ago

mazarrowsmith86Mary Tudor - January's book

I read 3 chapters and the prologue yesterday so far the book is focusing on her grandparents and parents prior to Mary’s birth interesting stuff! 11 months ago


I’m going to start my book on Mary Tudor today :-) 11 months ago


Oh noes, starting to read too many at once. :D 11 months ago

kirstyleebi 11 months ago

vale22 19 months ago

beckraFirst Book- Strong Willed Child

Self explanatory, right? Potential (preliminary) reading list:

1. The New Strong Willed Child- Dr. James Dobson
2. Dare To Discipline- Dr. James Dobson
3. Our Unmet Needs- Charles Stanley

I’d like to throw in some fiction, but honestly, I have no idea what to read. Hmm. Library time is coming up. My mom had some books she loved…maybe I’ll try to find out what they were and check out the series. 11 months ago

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