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The To-Do List Paperback – Feb 3 2010
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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
It's a bright read for any dull winter's day―News of the World
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.―Bookseller
Give it to your boyfriend straight away―Look
Brilliantly funny―Daily Mail
A hilarious tale of a man's struggle to maturity―Now
A funny, inspirational book―Daily Record
About the Author
Previously an Agony Uncle, 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 bestselling novels.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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).