Quick Picks from CMCL

January 24, 2014

Checking In: Things to do, places to go, people to meet

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin. Let’s assume you’ve got a handle on your tax preparation for this year, so maybe you can work on your bucket list. What, no bucket list made yet? Things to do, places to go, people to meet. Here are books that will help you compile your list of those things you want to get to after you finish your taxes and before you . . . well, you know.

First, let’s start with all the books you’ve been meaning to read. Those classics that you were supposed to read in high school or college and you used the CliffsNotes1001 Books instead. There is 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. For lighter fare, 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die.

1001 Natural WondersNearly everyone wishes for more time and money to travel. As that Eurythmics song goes, “Travel the world and the seven seas; everybody’s looking for something.” Need a guidebook for that “something?” 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die by Michael Bright, 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die; 1001 Escapes to Experience Before You Die; and 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die all have destination suggestions for your travel itineraries.

Didn’t recognize the above-mentioned Eurythmics lyrics? Maybe you need to put earphones on and dial up the music with 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Lister’s Life List by Tom Moon or 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die.

1001 FoodsAnd what fun is a bucket list if you’re not going to eat and drink your way to the end? 1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die; 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You 1001 SongsDie; and 300 Beers to Try Before you Die! By Roger Protz will satisfy your palate.

What would life be like without great films and a bucket of buttered popcorn? 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of filmmaking and lists each film’s director and cast, presents a plot summary and production notes, and cites interesting, often little-known facts relating to the film’s cast, storyline, and production. If you like living life on the edge . . . of your seat that is . . . then check out 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die or 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die.

What really makes life worth living? Dr. John Izzo has the answers and shares his findings in his inspirational book The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die. It’s a collective wisdom to a happy and purpose-filled life distilled from listening to stories of hundreds of people who have found happiness and meaning in life. the-five-secrets

1001 MoviesIn one of the great movies “The Shawshank Redemption”, Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, says in a conversation with Red, who is played by Morgan Freeman, ” It comes down to a simple choice, get busy living or get busy dying.” How about get busy reading too.

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