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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luckymeghanBooks to Read

1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened 3 weeks ago


luckymeghanThe Phantom Tollbooth

Read lots of positive reviews so here we goooooooo!
Started reading this morning – hope it’s as good as I’ve heard :) 3 weeks ago


sunnisea 2 years ago


RuLet's Pretend This Never Happened

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson

This will probably be my last book listed here (I now have two on the go, because my funny bone is full of darkness and quirk and needs some love right now).

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments-the ones we want to pretend never happened-are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.
4 weeks ago


ttySThe Fault in Our Stars

Good. Uh, it was a little, like, Gilmore Girls-y. Quick dialog, characters without relatable flaws. It didn’t rock me, or anything, despite the fact that I’ve done the Children’s Hospital thing and the Amsterdam thing. And the poetry thing, and the consider the universe through math thing. Will not see the movie.

Where did I put that Patti Smith book . . . . . 4 weeks ago


Maurice Nelson 4 weeks ago


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I think I’ve managed this. I read books much more often than I did. 4 weeks ago


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kinorkaholJune 2014 - 6

I finished reading Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. I thought the Holocaust-related material was powerful and gripping. However, I was not attached enough to most of the characters, and found Styron’s choice of narrating the story primarily through the eyes of an American, non-Jewish 22-year-old interesting. Maybe the narrator represented the majority of America’s initial understanding of, and attitudes towards, the Holocaust. At the same time, Stingo (the aforementioned youth) had a lot of typical 22-year-old male thoughts. Though I didn’t regret reading it, ultimately, this book will not place on my list of all-time favorites. It was a complex book that I felt covered only the Holocaust and Holocaust qua South comparison really well.

Total books finished this year: 6/12 1 month ago


RuFugitive Pieces

I blazed through the zombies vol. 1 – 3, axes flying. I’m on the list for #4, but there’s a wait. I need a book-book to read, so I delved into the Pre-Bookcrossing box and came up with this one.

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the Lannan Literary Fiction Award, & the Guardian Fiction Award.

“In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. And although by all rights he should have shared the fate of the other Jews in his village, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist, who does not recognize the boy as human until he begins to cry.

With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption. As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose, Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.”
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myseay2000 1 month ago


ttySThe Slave and the Free, Widows of Eastwick, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fault in Our Stars, Just Kids

The Slave and the Free was recommended by a friend. It’s this sort of out-there post-apocalyptic feminist fiction.. I had problems with it because so much of the action was explained by the narrator instead of acted out by the characters. I didn’t get anything from the style, and I don’t know that I got much from the plot. Fiction for a different era, maybe.

Widows… Updike again.

I’m quickly finishing The Poisonwood Bible. I love the first-person teenage girl thing! Because I was once an insolent teenage girl. Plus I’m learning about the Congo. Someone once told me this book is overrated, but I don’t think so.

I just got The Fault in Our Stars from the library. It feels a little overwrought and, like, contrived. But an easy read.

I borrowed Just Kids by Patti Smith. I don’t have a good impression of it yet. 1 month ago


codeguru 1 month ago


RuZZZZZZZZZZZombies!

Well, I need some escapism (and us grown-up types have been missing our Sunday night zombies), so I’ve grabbed the first three Walking Dead comic collections from the library. (I’ve also explained that not all comics are for kids, so we won’t be adding these to the bedtime reading list).

  • Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye (#1–6) ~ Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore
  • Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us (#7–12) ~ Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
  • Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars (#13–18) ~ Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

Okay… not exactly “books” but that’s okay. And just for fun, I checked – the zombies on the covers align when you put them next to each other! Wheeee!1 month ago


OasisOfCalmhmm

Since I started reading the book I’m supposed to be reading I haven’t read hardly any of it. I guess I just need to get into the habit of it (hadn’t read a book for quite a long time), especially reading before trying to sleep maybe. Have been reading some magazines recently though.

Just writing this here as a reminder to start reading it properly! 1 month ago


user6976 1 month ago


ryanblytheBook 3! :)

Finally finished my 3rd book. I haven’t been doing really large books because I don’t want to lose the momentum, but I just might hit across one very soon.

Book 3 was “How Starbucks Saved My Life”. I would say it was definitely a good read :). I was also surprised that they plan to turn it into a movie, especially with Tom Hanks in it :). Looking forward to see whether they manage to capture all the emotions in the movie as well. :) 2 months ago


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