What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?, by The Buried Life.
(Jonnie Penn, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn, and Ben Nemtin)
This book is a little more unusual than others I've reviewed here, in that it's more of a collection of pictures, with some short stories weaved in, rather than a novel.
The book is by The Buried Life, a group of young guys who have become a phenomenon. In 2007, they came up with a list of things they want to do or accomplish before dying, and set out on a road trip to try and cross some things off their list (#19 on the list, by the way, is to write a bestselling book). So far they have accomplished about 80 of the things on the list, including playing (basket)ball with President Obama and #66, walking a red carpet, in which they snuck onto the red carpet of the VMAs (Video Music Awards).
I had never heard of The Buried Life before reviewing this book, but they have an avid following, looking at their Facebook page, and they actually used the "sneak footage" of them at the VMAs to pitch a show about themselves to MTV, ironically. These guys are also big-hearted: for each "task" that they accomplished, they try to help others live their dreams as well. The book is a compilation of stories from their "bucket list" and words from others about what they would have on their lists, with illustrations accompanying it, and is definitely a good "coffee table" book, as the pages are glossy and colorful.
I read this book in about an hour, so it won't take you long to get through; you might find yourself re-reading it, however, when you want to motivate yourself or perhaps make a "bucket list" of your own.
What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? will be in stores on March 27th.
*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book to review. The opinions listed, however, are my own.