Bookit Review: What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? By Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingowod, Jonnie Penn, and Duncan Penn

I remember hearing about this group of ambitious guys a few years ago on the news. They had a bucket list of 100 things to do before they died, and were helping others to accomplish their dreams along the way. However, I had completely forgotten about them until I came across an inspiring short story posted by The Buried Life that a friend of mine had shared on Facebook.

Intrigued I did a little digging and found out they had recently come out with a book about their journey as The Buried Life.

From Goodreads:

It all started in a garage in 2006 when four friends decided they needed to make a drastic change.
They made a list of 100 things to do before they died, and began the journey to uncover their buried lives.
Get inspired. Make your list. Live your dreams.

I loved this book, and think what these 4 guys have accomplished is amazing! Their story is inspiring because it helps you to see that no dream is impossible. From ‘asking out the girl of your dreams’ to ‘getting on the cover of Rolling Stones’ their list contained a variety of life gratifying moments. We learn about what drove them to taking on this journey, and how they made their dreams and those of others possible. One of my favourite elements of their journey is that for every item they crossed off their list, they helped another person needing help accomplish theirs too. For instance they helped a man in a homeless shelter reconnect with his estranged son who he had not seen in 17 years. Like karma, the more they connected and helped others, the more others wanted to help and recognize them. Presented in a mix of diary entries, artistic images, photographs, and quotes, this book is a scrapbook of their story.

I am really looking forward to sharing this book with teens, and letting them know that the world is full of endless opportunities. Social media and the ease of communication and making connections played a big role in the success of The Buried Life. To learn more about them visit their website.

Overall it was a 5 out of 5 book for me.

Happy reading,


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 14:08:25

    Hi Brianne/Bookit girl, This is a great review. I’ve just added another stocking stuffer for my sons. They need to unbury their lives ! I hope you are doing well and making your dreams come true. Take care, always, Carole, the other book girl/woman, library tech person lol Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 17:08:09 +0000 To:


  2. booksintransit
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 20:09:55

    Aw, thanks Carole! I think of you often and hope you are doing well too! 🙂


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