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The To-Do List [Paperback]

Mike Gayle
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Feb. 3 2010
Would a proper adult ignore the spilled milk under the fridge for weeks? Would a proper adult take three years to post a solitary Christmas card? Would a proper adult have decades-old underwear in active service? Mike Gayle is nowhere near being a proper adult—even though his 10th wedding anniversary is looming; his second child is due any moment; and in less than 24 hours he is going to be officially closer to 40 than he is to 30. Appalled by this lack of maturity, Mike draws up a To-Do list containing every single item he's been meaning to do but just keeps putting off. He's got a lot of stuff that needs doing. But unlike previous To-Do lists, he promises himself that this one will actually get DONE. And along the way, Mike will learn stuff about life (323), love (999), friends (1004), and family (9), and finally work out what it means to be a grown up (846).

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Brilliantly funny Daily Mail A book guaranteed to appeal to disorganised slackers everywhere Mail on Sunday 'You'll laugh out loud throughout this brilliant and utterly hilarious read' ***** Closer I gave this to my chick-lit reader not realising it was non-fiction. She loved it, quite fell for Mike and was inspired to make her own list. I tell you this to reassure you his fiction fans will love it. Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller Give it to your boyfriend straight away Look A book guaranteed to appeal to disorganised slackers everywhere Mail on Sunday A hilarious tale of a man's struggle to maturity Now It's a bright read for any dull winter's day News Of The World A funny, inspirational book Daily Record

About the Author

Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times Style, and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of eight previous novels, including Dinner for TwoMr. Commitment, and My Legendary Girlfriend.

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By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
I've always loved Lad Lit and having read and chuckled through a few Mike Gayle novels several years back, I was happy to find the same quality and humour I've come to expect with his novels. This To-Do List was equal parts charming and hilarious. I loved the story and haven't been able to stop making lists ever since - although mine aren't nearly as ambitious!

I could relate to Mike's list, although not quite on such a grand scale and could feel the sense of accomplishment he had whenever he checked something off. It's a feeling I know well. I've even been known to add things to my lists that I'm in the middle of or even something I've already finished just so I can cross it off. I also have a million tiny things like Mike does that I want to keep up with, but never do, so I could completely understand his initiative.

This novel even inspired my 2011 To-Do List which I blogged about so could be held accountable, just as Mike did with his mass email. I didn't go crazy with my list though. I know my limitations, and although I'd love to learn Spanish, organize my photos and try a half marathon, I'm certain this isn't the year for that. I do however have some goals that had been floating around in my mind over the last few months of 2010 that I put to paper. Now I'll be put to the test to accomplish them.

The To-Do List has me thinking about a bucket list. I've also started creating lists each week which are keeping me focused, helping with my writing as well as get everything I need to done. All in all, this was a great read and a fabulous motivator!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy, I loved this book : ) Jan. 20 2013
By Billy Bunter - Published on
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Don't we all feel a bit of a fraud sometimes? We have adult responsibilities and teen tendences? Well this is about trying to bridge the gap when usual behaviour is much more comfortable. I loved the audio book so much I bought the book as well, and like the previous reviewer I made a To Do List of my own upon finishing the book, so good was the afterglow. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read April 16 2012
By MrGuy - Published on
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I have read quite a few books by Mike Gayle in the past few years, and this was one I really enjoyed.
This is actually not a work of fiction but personal experiences from the author's life.
The idea behind this book is that Mike feels he is not a proper adult although he has reached the "adult" age of 35 and has child no.2 on the way.
He writes a list of nearly 1,300 "grown up" items he plans to do by his 36th birthday, and the book is basically about doing these items.
Some of the items are very small (Item 141: Re-hang picture that fell down) but some require more work (item 963: Read war and peace) and others are of course on a more personal nature (make will, spend more time with parents etc.)

The book is written with a great amount of humor and has quite a few wise and interesting ideas. One outcome of this book for me was to write a very modest to do list of my own (item 56: write a review for "the to do list" - just kidding).
Highly recommended!
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly one of the most boring books I've ever read May 8 2014
By Daysy - Published on
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This book is basically about a guy who writes a list of everything he needs to do and takes the reader through the process of completing each of these items. This sounds like it could be interesting, but... its literally things like cleaning the gutters, seeing his mum more etc. Its dull enough having to do these things in real life, let alone reading about someone else doing them. I also found the characters very annoying. The main character, Gayle himself, spent way too much time deliberating over what he needed to do and deciding whether he could actually do these things, while his wife was incredibly passive and not very believable. I wouldn't be surprised if he actually rewrote her character to make his wife happy with her representation in the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, must do! Dec 22 2013
By Steph - Published on
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A brilliant read and inspires you without you even realising! I found myself doing things I'd left unfinished and now wanting to make a list and complete the rest!
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