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,


Show Me How To….

I may have found the ultimate coffee-table book….

The entertaining book,  Show Me How by Lauren Smith provides bright, fun, visual instructions to accomplish a wide variety of projects (500 in total, ranging from useful to down-right wacky!).  Need to know how to treat a snake bite? No? Well how about twisting balloon animals? Or, how to make the perfect bed?

Since the instructions for each entry are somewhat limited, the book should not be used as the ultimate how-to reference source for any subject. In my opinion, some of the entries could have benefited from being a little more detailed. I am not comfortable with the idea of reducing the life-saving Heimlich Maneuver to five pictures, coupled with vague instructions. Overall, you can gain a general idea of how to do something, but some of the diagrams cannot stand alone.

 Click here to see a sample for yourself (courtesy of Amazon). My favourite is the ‘How to Identify Men’s Facial Hair Styles’.

As you can see, this graphic art/reference book would be awesome for those with short attention spans, and those who love learning. It would also make a great graduation gift or perhaps Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy teen on your list.

Even though I’ve had this book for quite a while, I still find myself picking up and flipping through this attractive, fun, informative step-by-step instruction book to learn new skills.

After all, you never know when a gal needs to get out of a straight jacket.

***FYI: Volume 2 of Show Me How (Because there’s a lot more to know) will be available October 2010

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