Author: Susan Campbell Cross
Title: FabYOUList: List it, live it, love your life
Description: Cross was about to turn forty and was feeling a little unfulfilled, so she made a list of forty things she wanted to accomplish before then. One of them was to write a book—this book, as it turns out, which describes each of the goals and how she accomplished it.
Source: Library Thing Early Reviewers
Writing style: Cross appears to have began her writing career as a blogger, and the style is very much a blogging style. She combines a little bit of humor with a didactic “you can do this too” kind of vibe.
Major ideas: Cross changed her life by doing these forty things (for example, ziplining, acting, camping with her kids, sunbathing nude, etc.), and she thinks that everyone has the same opportunity.
Wrap-up: I had mixed feelings about this book. A lot of it comes across as a bit superior/preachy. Some of her stories are interesting, but others are not. The idea of a bucket list isn’t new (I know, this isn’t technically a bucket list, but close enough), so I don’t think it’s revolutionary for someone to encourage people to have a bucket list and try to fulfill it. The stories of how it was done are what make this book unusual. By the way, if you would like to do this yourself, here's a great website! I also recommend Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber—a book on the same topic although it’s fiction. 2.5/5*