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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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iamcarsonThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I loved this book. I loved the unique way it was written and I loved the charachters. I read it in 5 days ending on an airplane where I cried with abandon. I hate to cry but I loved crying over this book. 5 months ago

iamcarsonThe Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

Forced into a humbler life with relatives in Ireland after the sudden death of her father, spoiled sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin discovers a diary of future entries written in her handwriting that she hopes will reveal the truth about her mother’s troubling health.

It was an easy read and pretty interesting. 5 months ago

themarta 23 months ago

iamcarsonThe Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I’ve been hearing about this book for months so I thought I should read it. I’m about 100 pages in and I’m wondering if I should abandon it. The characters don’t do anything and I’m not sure they are very … interesting. 9 months ago

iamcarsonThe Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

I enjoyed this book. It was a bit disorienting in the beginning but, once I realized that the chapters didn’t follow a normal timeline, it was even better. 10 months ago

iamcarsonMr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan

A charming novel about a bookstore clerk who discovers the books in the back room are not ordinary and neither are the people who check them out. This book started out really well but got a bit tedious and far fetched. I LOVED that the book cover glowed in the dark! 10 months ago

sea_storm 12 months ago

sea_stormI want to keep an ongoing list here

I’ll edit this entry and update books from red to green as I complete them.

Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forrests – Derrick Jensen and George Draffan(EXCELLENT BOOK, EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!) Due 10/1/14
A Language Older Than Words – Derrick Jensen Returned, never read it
Silent Spring – Rachel Carson Due 10/1/14
The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability – Lierre Keith returned, never read it
Introduction to permaculture – Bill Mollison Due 17/1/14
The depression cure : the 6-step program to beat depression without drugs – Stephen S. Ilardi Returned
12 months ago

iamcarsonCall My Zelda by Erika Robuck

This fictionalized version of Zelda Fitzgerald’s time at the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital and her friendship with her nurse is overly dramatic and unbelievable. I wouldn’t recommend it. 12 months ago

iamcarsonMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I didn’t make it to the end of this book (which, btw, was in the teen section!). I enjoyed the beginning and the middle but then I found it a bit boring. Apparently Tim Burton is going to make the book into a movie. 13 months ago

iamcarsonGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

When I went to get this book from the library, I heard a customer loudly ask to a librarian how she was supposed to like a book where she hated both main characters. When I asked my librarian where I would find Gone Girl, she told me that was the book the loud customer was talking about. Well, I didn’t really like either character but I really DID like the book. It was a quick read and, I don’t think it’s a very important book (ie, I’m not going away from it any wiser or smarter) but it was well written and surprising and I was a little sad when it was over. 13 months ago

iamcarsonThe Paris Wife by Paula McLain

I was pretty disappointed with this book – it’s slow and gets pretty boring once Hadley and Ernest (Hemingway) get to Paris. I was a little reluctant about this book because it’s historical drama but was desperate at the airport bookstore to find something I hadn’t already read. 15 months ago

iamcarsonThe Dinner by Herman Koch

This book started out being so interesting – it’s about a man and his brother and what they were going to do about the awful situation their sons were in. The book goes through the dinner where they are going to work this out and has chapters with flashes to the situation with the sons as well as other explanations of their past. Somewhere in the middle, the book fizzles out and I was left feeling very unsatisfied. I think back to the book I started out loving and I don’t feel like I finished reading it. 16 months ago

iamcarsonIn One Person by John Irving

I loved John Irving’ middle run of novels – from Garp through Owen Meany and then I didn’t enjoy his late run books much (except for The Door in the Floor). But I kept reading. I did enjoy In One Person but it’s definitely different from the ones I loved so much. 16 months ago

iamcarsonWinter of the World by Ken Follett

The Second in his historical trilogy covers WW2 and is really interesting showing HOW Germany could have happened. I enjoyed the book and felt like I learned a lot about the tone of this era. 16 months ago

Princess Xena 17 months ago

SimplicityInTheLBC 22 months ago

SimplicityInTheLBCRecent Reading Roundup, 5.4.2013

1) Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Fun and funny. I haven’t seen the movie, so I didn’t walk into this with any particular expectations – having just Googled it, I see that Michael Cera was cast to play Nick, and I can totally see that (although I think Nick in the book was a little cooler than Michael Cera would play him). I could only read this in short chunks though, because the drama and ridiculous self-absorption of being a teenager can get grating after a while.

2) Below the Equator by Anna Scott Falcon
This was another one of those that actually had some good ideas, but they were all poorly executed. I was more interested in the story told in the flashbacks, until we got to the end of the book and the flashback sequences had little to no effect on the present story being told. Lots of weird jumpy plot points, hateable/undeveloped characters, blargh. I wasted a lot of time on this one.

3) How To Fail by Aaron Goldfarb
Very funny, and really sad in places as well. The author calls this a “self-hurt guide” (as opposed to a self-help guide), using his own life’s adventures as examples for how NOT to live your own life. There are times when you get angry at him for continually fucking up (or maybe that’s just me?), but the stories are entertaining enough that it’s not something that gets in the way of enjoying the book.

4) Finding Financial Freedom by Kelly Crawford.
NO. Just no. I’m going to get financial advice from a woman who refuses to get a job, and then touts herself as “letting God be sovereign over my womb”? GTFO. This book is essentially Dave Ramsey regurgitation mixed with your standard stay-at-home-mom couponing bullshit. On the plus side, I only spent half an hour reading it, so at least I didn’t invest a lot of time. 19 months ago

Ana Belle 20 months ago

SimplicityInTheLBCRecent Reading Roundup, 4.22.2013

1) Relative Malice by Marla Madison
A kidnapping with some weird (sometimes unnecessary) twists and turns. Another one of those mysteries where there’s lots of interesting detail in the investigation portion of the case, and then once they figure out whodunit, everything wraps up in a few pages. I suppose I prefer that to dragging it out with stupid fight scenes and car chases.

2) Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon
LOVED this! Teenage girl discovers she has superpowers and joins up with the local superhumans who work for the city. Interesting plot line, fun characters, and the author did a nice job of thinking out some of the complications that would go along with being a working superhero at the age of 16. Oh, and when one of the main characters (and the love interest) died, HE STAYED DEAD. I think there are other books in the series; I may take a look at those too.

3) This Twentysomething Life by Jon Rance
I think this was an excerpt, as it was quite short. Some funny bits, but I think I’m far enough past my early 20s to no longer identify with a lot of the emotional and pseudointellectual nonsense inherent in relationships between two people who don’t have much relationship experience. Maybe the sequel, This Thirtysomething Life, would be more my speed. (Or perhaps not, since it probably involves the trials and tribulations of having children, which I also can’t identify with.) 20 months ago

SimplicityInTheLBCRecent Reading Roundup, 4.12.2013

1) The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher
Was rather liking this one until about 2/3 of the way through, when it deteriorated into talking heads and needless drama. About five chapters could have been pulled from the end to improve it. Predictable romance chick lit.

2) Next Year In Israel by Sarah Bridgeton
I suppose I get what I pay for, and this was a free Kindle book. SO. BAD. I will never get that three hours of my life back.

3) As a Decade Fades by Joshua Fields Millburn
Written by one of the guys behind the website The Minimalists (although this is a fiction work, rather than his normal essays that you see on the site). Many good moments, nice character development. He has some writing idiosyncrasies that I don’t mind in the infrequent essays he publishes on his site, but when they appear multiple times over the course of a book, they get annoying. The structure made it a bit hard to read as well – lots of jumping around through memories and such, making it difficult to follow any kind of timeline. 20 months ago

SimplicityInTheLBCRecent Reading Roundup, 4/6/13

1) Bullets for a Ballot by Nik Morton
Short story, silly and predictable. Dislike being pandered to as a female (romance figures more heavily than plot).

2) Murder on the Mind by L.L. Bartlett
Thin plot, definitely could have done more with it. Much like a Philip K. Dick novel: good idea, not very well written.

3) The Geronimo Breach by Russell Blake
Political thriller, mostly interesting, could have done without a lot of the bullshit inter-character interplay that ultimately didn’t impact the story.

4) Death by Drowning 2 by Abigail Keam
Not as good as the first Josiah Reynolds book; seemed like several short stories cobbled together.

5) Simple Ways to Be More With Less by Courtney Carver
Ahem. VERY simple ways to be more with less. If you haven’t considered these already, then you are on a different planet than I am.

6) Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1) by Trisha Leigh
Dug this one, may try to find the rest of the series.

7) Betrayed by Jeanette Windle
Would have enjoyed a lot more if it didn’t delve deeply into Jesus territory about halfway through the book. Good story though.

8) A Smudge of Gray by Jonathan Sturak
Really good up until the “twist” at the end, which I just typed as “twits” and really, that’s an appropriate description. Disappointed, to say the least.

9) Village Books by Craig McLay
Very funny, enjoyed all the characters immensely. 20 months ago

SimplicityInTheLBCRecent Reading Roundup, 3.30.13

1) Bright Lights, Big Ass and Bitter is the New Black, both by Jen Lancaster

One of these books was written AFTER the author had found herself unemployed and living in a new area of the city. I preferred that one, because she was less of a terribly snarky bitch at that point. In the first book, she was whining about having to do things like give up their expensive penthouse apartment, or selling her designer label bags. I have a hard time feeling any empathy for someone whose value system is so totally different than mine.

2) Stranger in Town, Cheryl Bradshaw

A mystery that would have been way more interesting without the stupid love story that looked like it was added at the last minute to appeal to female readers. I wish they had gone deeper into the process of actually retrieving the lost children, because it seemed like once they found out who the kidnapper was, everything wrapped up really nicely and neatly.

3) Black Flagged, Steven Konkoly

Entertaining read, even though I felt that many of the fight sequences were unnecessarily detailed. I liked the inside-mole angle that the author took with a few of the characters.

4) Progressive Dinner Deadly, Elizabeth Spann Craig

I’ve read one of this series before and enjoyed it, and this one was fun as well. It’s meant to be light reading, and I like that the author doesn’t take herself or her characters too seriously. Also, no stupid romantic interests getting in the way of the actual plot line.

5) Prison Nation, Jenni Merritt

Storyline revolving around dystopian universe where most of the nation is incarcerated, including their offspring. The first part of the book, inside the prison, was pretty well written and I liked it. I lost interest a bit after she got outside, because it seemed like the main conflict point had disappeared (and I got the feeling the author wasn’t quite sure where to go after that). 21 months ago

bluepeashooterThe Perfect Summer

by Luanne Rice – March

This book made me yearn for the kind of friendship the 2 main characters share, the kind that carries you through the most terrible of life’s storms – a philandering partner, a passionless marriage, broken trust, ‘friends’ who betray you, even tragic death.

Truly a beautiful read. 21 months ago

SimplicityInTheLBCMarch 16th - book roundup

Since I started this goal, I’ve blown through a couple of Kindle books (despite the fact that I’ve had very little free time).

1) Bloody Mary (J.A. Konrath): enjoyed this one, a little different than your average murder mystery. More along the lines of a psych thriller.

2) Shot of Tequila (J.A. Konrath): liked the characters, entertaining plot line, bored to death by many many many descriptions of fights which of course the hero won.

3) The Second Amendment #1 (John Matthews): Mildly entertaining, mostly contrived, annoyed that it ended right when things were getting interesting. Not going to pay money for the second book.

4) The Stranger Beside You (William Casey): Fun, if a bit long, and relatively well told. A couple of plot twists I hadn’t guessed.

5) Don’t Let Me Go (Catherine Ryan Hynde): I don’t know if it’s just because the story centered around performing and teaching, but I really liked this one. The two main stories being told (Billy and Grace) were characters I found really interesting. I could have done without the whole-building-makes-friends feel-good portion of the whole thing, and I thought it wrapped up kind of hastily, but definitely an enjoyable read.

6) A Day in the Life of a Minimalist (Joshua Fields Millburn): authored by one of the two driving forces behind the website The Minimalists. The writer has some quirks in his style that bug me, but most of the essays were well thought out and refrained from regurgitating the same information that you’ll get in most decluttering books. Rather than giving you a how-to, JFM gives you WHY-to (or rather, Why-I-Did), which is nice. 21 months ago


The Swan Kingdom
by Zoë Marriott

Interesting story but the writing style was not very enjoyable for me 22 months ago

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iamcarsonBefore I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

The main charachter has severe memory loss and can’t remember anything from day to day (her memory is erased every night). I’ve just started the book and I’m really enjoying the journey as she tries to figure out her life as a married 40-something. So far, everything is a mystery and it’s not certain who is trustworthy. It seems like a cross between 50 First Dates and Memento. 2 years ago

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