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2DO Before I Die : The Do-It-Yourself Guide to the Rest of Your Life Hardcover – May 4, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031610972X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316109727
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors of this punchy, graphic-filled guide understand that "in the rush to consume life, rather than live it ... we sometimes lose sight of what's important to us," so they have created this inspiring guide to get readers thinking about what they would like to do with the time they've got left. In often stirring, one- or two-page essays, 30-something writers primarily from London and major U.S. cities share their own experiences fulfilling such dreams as "Help save an endangered animal," "Ask out a total stranger," and "Build something that lasts." All 100 suggestions fall under the chapter titles Roots, Explore, Experiment, Challenge, Give, Learn, Express, Love, Work and Legacy, which keeps the tone from becoming too vacation-focused or self-indulgent. Some of the pieces suffer from amateur composition, but many more are inspiring in their simplicity and forthrightness. Thelma, a Californian, writes of a life-long pen pal in Yorkshire, England: "We are now both 71 years old and have kept this precious friendship together for nearly 60 years." Also helpful are questions that prompt the reader to ponder what their life's dreams really are ("Who in your life has surprised you with the chances they've taken?"; "Which period in history are you curious to know about?"). Though the concept behind the book is simple, it is well-executed and empowering. Duotone Photos.
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Michael Ogden is a writer and producer of multimedia projects, Chris Day is an illustrator, designer and animator who specialises in marketing inter-active learning and animated shorts.

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I read this book whilst having a lazy morning.
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Peppered throughout the book are thought provoking questions... smartly illustrated... that enhance the reader's experience.
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I have to say that this little book is very moving at times.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LizzieBennet on October 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this book whilst having a lazy morning. And it was a perfect time to read it - actually making time to reflect on my life and what I really want to make of it!

This book is very provocative - it's essentially a collection of individual stories, hopes and thoughts, organized into 10 sections, combined with some helpful practical hints and tips. The aim is to enable each reader to begin, or to continue, planning what he/she really wants to achieve - whether that's making a major life change such as having a child, or daring to be spontaneous. I really liked the fact the wide variety of contributions from different age groups - it added to the book's legitimacy and its interest. It's also got some brilliant design which definitely added to the overall appeal of the book.

I strongly recommend reading this and it's also a prefect gift for someone - especially if that person is at a critical juncture in his/her life, either positively or negatively. Enjoy!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bill Sonsin on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While browsing in a book store on a recent trip, this little tome with its bright red cover and the cute drawings on the cover caught my eye. Having just turned the big 6-0 a few weeks earlier, I was starting to grapple with the reality that I was somewhere near third base on the trip around the bases called life. If there were things I wanted to do, I needed to start doing them. But what should they be? I wouldn't want to miss any that could be important. Inspiration was needed.

This little book proved to be just that. It's not a boring goal setting book with a kazillion exercises (most of which you'll never complete) designed to help you find your way. It's full of short essays submitted by people like you and me who have actually done the things they are writing about. And if those aren't enough, each section has some of those thought provoking questions about what is important to the reader as well as lots of other ideas of things to do in one's lifetime that didn't make the final cut to full essay status. It's an easy read but one that will keep you coming back to soak up the full richness of what the writers offer. And if the book isn't enough, the authors have a web site with more essays by people who have done the things you're dreaming about as well as the capability for you to submit your own.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on October 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Without a hint of the 'do as I say, not as I do' this is a very brave idea, project and now book. From conception to delivery it is a liberation - I would lend you my copy but know I wouldn't get it back. It dares to 'think small' and celebrates the pleasure - personal or wide reaching - that freeing yourself from your own expectations can so often bring. But there are absolutely no excuses made for excuses and as the book says it is less 'how to' than 'why not'.

People have been moved to tell their stories - lots of them. And these are sometimes funny or inspiring and not always perfect. This is a very generous book, in all ways.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raven Leck VINE VOICE on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I actually bought this book after I had already started my "life list." I was going through a period in my life when I was trying to re-discover what I wanted to do with my life, who I was. I thought it might help me make sense of why I wanted to do some of these things so badly, or maybe make some suggestions I wouldn't have thought of. It did both.

"2Do Before I Die" has a total of 100 stories/suggestions, split up into 10 different categories: Roots, Explore, Experiment, Challenge, Give, Learn, Express, Love, Work, & Legacy. After each section, there is a "winding road" of questions, such as: "Is there anything from your childhood you feel you should apologize for?" or "Name one thing you wish you had done more of when you were a teenager." (Roots) "If you used a false name, what might it be?" or "Name something you would like to try that would surprise someone you know." (Experiment) I kept a notebook/journal as I read this, answering the questions. It was very insightful & helpful.

This book also includes the author's reason for writing this, ways to start, and even a place for you to create your own list in the back. Part journal, part inspiration, part guide, this is a fabulous book you can read over & over, and take away something different each time. As we grow, our answers and lists may change, and "2Do Before I Die" helps you along the way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Thornton on May 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With this, their first opus, Ogden and Day have produced that very rare thing: a book one might read in the bathroom but that actually keeps you thinking after you have finished. My copy started out on the toilet shelf, and I duly chuckled at the funny pieces ("Streak Naked", "Be Eccentric") and sighed at the sad ones ("Find My Natural Mother", "Work With The Homeless") - but it was upon reading the nominally less-promising "Open A Restaurant" that I started to take more notice. For here was the tale of a life turned completely upside-down in order to follow one of those familiar 'what-if's, existing for months on nothing but insane confidence and friends' charity. After this, my book escaped the confines of the lavatory as I ploughed through the rest, finding whims that we often dismiss as impossible ("Live In Italy For A Year", "Start A Second Career In My Spare Time", even "Come Out Of The Closet") tackled with gusto and bracing humour. Refreshingly, the editors seem to have deliberately chosen stories that don't necessarily end happily or neatly: the new restaurant owner admits that his life has never been more replete with challenges and difficulties, but that he 'wouldn't change it for the world,' while the author of "Run A Bed And Breakfast" admits that her life has already moved on once more, but reflects back on the experience with an inspiring fondness.

Best of all is "Start All Over Again" - written while the writer was travelling to begin a new life in San Francisco, as if dictated over an aeroplane telephone.

A must.
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