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The FabYOUList: List It, Live It, Love Your Life

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  37 reviews
There comes a time in every woman’s life when she realizes that the dreams she had as a girl are growing farther away in the rearview mirror. What can you do to make those childhood ambitions a reality?

Join author Susan Campbell Cross as she tackles that very question in The FabYOUList: List It, Live It, Love Your Life, an inspiring, humorous and heartfelt story of reinven
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by February Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Let me start this out by saying its not a horrible book!

But if you are someone that wants realistic advice and not feel like someone that has a privileged life complaining about things that and getting things done through connections that no normal person has?
Maybe stay far away from this book...instead just write a list of things you want to do, and do them!

(hey look at me, i summarised the entire book in less then a sentence without repeating myself 1000 time!) (and yes thank you i am the que
I won this through the goodreads first reads program. I received an uncorrected proof.

I don't like the title, but I did like the book. It's best read as a memoir. She made a list of 40 challenges to complete before turning 40. Number 40 was to write a book.

Most of her list, I've already done or I'm not interested in doing. The reasons she had not already done the things on her list were internal reasons and I think more of my reasons are external (mostly money and time.)
It's vaguely inspiratio
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: just-finished
This is one book that when it hits the shelves in September will be a must for anyone who has a Fall 2013 to do list! Make this the first project once the kids are back to school! Even if you don't have kids make this the Fall read and start living your list! I believe you can pre-order on Amazon!

An enlightening, laugh-aloud read. . . . Filled with open, honest glimpses into Susan's real life, woven together with constant doses of humor.

The FabYOUList book is a breath of fresh air that will insp
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Catherine by: ARC from Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
This review is based on an ARC of this book which I received from the publisher.

Let me start out by saying that this is NOT a self-help book, although the title may lead you to think otherwise. Normally, I don't bother with self-help books, but I was intrigued by the description of this one. The author, Susan Campbell Cross, was feeling as if her sense of self was lost as she approached her 40th birthday. She was seen by others, and even saw herself, as a mother and wife, but who was Susan? Alth
Susan Campbell Cross
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Since I wrote this book, I would be biased in reviewing it. So I will put the Publishers Weekly review here instead.



The FabYOUList List It, Live It, Love Your Life by Susan Campbell Cross

In this deceptively simple yet surprisingly uplifting tome, Cross demonstrates the transformative power of a simple list. Right after her 36th birthday, she decided to compose a list of challenges and goals she would endeavor to check off before she turned 40. Ranging from the secular to the saintly, the 40-item list included simple activitie
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled when I received this book in the mail from a Goodreads raffle!!!

The premise of this book (creating a list of items to complete before the next big birthday)hit close to home. Prior to turning 30 I had my own similar list that I worked on however did not have as many entertaining items on mine as did the author. I enjoyed the concept greatly and its inspired me to create a mini list to accomplish this summer and a larger one to complete in the next 7 years before my 40th birthday.
Laura Jordan
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I got this book through the early reviewers program. This non fiction book is a fast and easy read. The author, Susan Campbell Cross, set out to achieve 40 goals before her 40th birthday. She chronicles the process and what she learns about herself while completing her list of personal challenges. Writing a book was the last item on her list. I like the idea of creating a list and feel it could be helpful as a starting point for many people. I haven't done a formal list, but realized I have push ...more
Mom of Awesome
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an inspiring story. Susan Cross was at a point in her life where her kids were getting older and she decided to concentrate on herself for the first time since who knows when. She decided to make a list of things she wanted to achieve before she turned 40 (go skinny dipping, try yoga, etc.). This book talks about her journey through each one and how it changed the person she was into the woman she is today. It's a great story and very motivational. I'll be starting a list of my own very soo ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun and funny book that will go by quickly. The goals that Susan Campbell Cross set for herself are everything from charitable to thrilling to a little scandalous. And they’re very relatable. I can imagine myself including some of the items on her list to my own. Overall, it’s a good summer read with a conversational tone and a great attitude.
Jennifer Campbell
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is not out yet but I was able to see a lot of it and I am really impressed. I love this author! She reminds me of Nora Ephron & Erma Bombeck. So funny! So well written. Highly recommend. ...more
Squirrel Circus
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
The bucket list. Seems like it's everywhere these days. The trick is to put a unique spin on it, and this book really didn't. Sure, Susan Campbell Cross learns a few things about herself that she didn't know before. She crosses off all #40 "challenges" on her list -- spoiler alert, #40 is writing a book. Awwwww, what a cool (read cliche) ending. Cross tries to portrait herself as an Everywoman, but she's anything but.

She challenges herself to "Invite someone to lunch whom I don't know well, but
I thought this would be a how-to, self-help kind of book, but it ended up being more part-autobiography and part-memoir of designing and completing all the goals on the author's 40 item (some wild, some simple, some meaningful) life list. Even though it wasn't exactly what I expected, I still found it to be a helpful book, since it's great to be able to watch and learn from others' experiences and get new ideas for what you might like to do with your life from them, so it definitely wasn't a tot ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
A coming of age book about a wealthy 30-something. Not a "how-to" book at all, which the title implies. It is really a memoir of sorts. Cross never gives details about how she can afford compulsive shopping or so many expensive get-aways or buying a new home in an exclusive neighborhood. Nor does she give details on how she conquered her compulsive spending. But she does complete her list of things to do before she turns 40. This is inspiring, especially since some of them take so much athletic ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
Overall this was an enjoyable and inspiring book. While I won it on a free giveaway, it is a book I would have purchased in the store and having read it I still would have purchased it. While her list of to-do items for her life are very different from what I would have on my list, she made some good observations about what she learned that I found helpful. Things about why she hadn't done certain things in her life and overcoming what was keeping her from accomplishing those things.

She also poi
Cody Doll
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
**This book was given to me by Goodread giveaway**

While I did really enjoy this book I do have issues. First, this IS NOT A SELF HELP. If you want to learn how to achieve your dreams/bucket list/whatever this isn't the book for you. Two, it really should be listed as a memoir. Three, it is organized by category. Not that it's important but it would be neat to see which goal she was able to achieve first and etc. Four, this isn't for my age of people (20) and is better fit for older adults. Five,
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this Uncorrected Proof from a giveaway on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book by Susan Campbell Cross. It was a fun, quick read and held my interest throughout. It's a cross between memoir/self-help/inspirational. Three genres in one book! I am not easily motivated to do something like Ms. Cross did: make a list of 40 things she had always wanted to do and to set a time limit which was to do them before her 40th birthday; however, I am giving it some thou
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
I picked this book up from the library, as I've been considering making a "life list" of my own and thought I would get some inspiration. I ended up making my life list before reading the book.

To me, the author's list seemed pretty simplistic, but a theme of the book is that a life list has meaning for you alone. Perhaps some people could relate more to some of what she writes than I did.

The other thing she points out is that sometimes it's just important to try. For example, she has a goal of
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, self-help
This is a memoir of a woman who as she approached forty decided to make a list of things she wanted to do before she hit that milestone. She shares her list of (coincidentally?) 40 things, and how she accomplished them. Among her list were things like get "googleable", have an article published, do something to honor my parents, perform on stage in a play or musical, get to know the neighbors, sunbathe topless, go zip-lining, go wine tasting, etc. As she checked the various items off the list, s ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like lists, memoir readers
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves making to-do lists and feeling pride when crossing those things off.
I had laid to rest the fact that I was reading from the self-help shelf early on while flipping the pages. This book seemed to read more like a story-telling rather than a self-help novel. I may have been a bit disappointed had I been more in the mood for something more from the self-help genre.
Albeit, not for the original reason I checked this one out, I did enjoy the fairly quick
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: new, owned
I received this book as a first reads copy. I was interested because I often use lists to remember everything I need/want to get done in a day or at the store etc. Susan wrote openly of her experiences in crossing items off her list. I had thought it would be more extreme items and bucket list type items. I was happy to see that much of her list was not over the top and that she is very clear on making your list your own. She gives you ideas of areas in your life to explore such as making friend ...more
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned, read-2016
A very interesting premise that just fell totally flat for me. I tried, I really tried to get into this book. But it didn't read as the instruction manual the jacket tells you it is. It's really a memoir of a woman who seems to be either trying to recapture her youth and/or brag about her amazing family and friends and acquaintances. I just couldn't connect. I still love the idea of a challenge list, but I just couldn't finish this book. Which is a bummer, as I had high hopes for it when I check ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Overall it was really inspiring and gave me some really fantastic ideas for my life. The author is super funny at times, like when she talks about playing "bitch's bingo" and What-Would-Cameron-Diaz-Do?

There were times that I found myself annoyed at the authors somewhat cushy life, but she seems like a really great person and writes very well - so I still give it five stars! I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. It documents a "to-do before 40" list. While I'm not there yet, I'm a year away from turning 30, and It hit home for me. A lot of the things that the author wanted to complete might seem "different", or kind of silly {like trapeze}, but she had a great story for everything she put on the list. :-) I also received this book as a "goodreads" giveaway, and literally received it less than 48 hours after I had won!

It was a treat to read--I definitely recommend it!
Received for review on Good Reads. Part memoir, part self-help. I enjoy list making as a way to organize your life, so for me this was common sense advice for life. I have always believed if you write it down, it is more likely to happen. This book is a quick read, written with humor and insight. There is some self-congratulation, after all her ultimate goal was to write a book by 40. Overall a good-read.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great book!! Really enjoyed reading it!! Susan writing is very easy to read, very passionate and funny. I felt like I could really relate to her reasons for starting her list and many of the things that she put on her list,. It very much inspired me to start a list of my own. Great read, would recommend it to anyone!
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
FabYOUlist is the story of how Susan Campbell Cross created a bucket list before turning 40, and she shares the details of how she completed the 40 items on the list. Unfortunately, the book fell flat for me, as I had difficulty relating to the author or the items on her bucket list. Because of this lack of connection, the book failed to inspire me or entertain me.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Somehow I thought this book would be more about creating your own list - probing questions, prioritizing, etc. But no, this was Susan Campbell Cross' list and her journey through it. This might not have been so bad had her list been somewhat interesting and inspiring, however, it was neither. Not one I'd recommend
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would definitely consider Susan Cross an inspirational woman. The FabYOUList is an excellent idea! I am planning on making a list of my own. She wrote about not only about how she accomplished everything on her list, but also the reasoning behind it.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it is truly inspirational! The author does an amazing job walking you through her self discovery journey with great humor while also relating how to apply her experience to your life. I already have my list going and loving the changes its bringing for me.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book via the Goodreads First Reads program.

If you've got a bucket list, read this book! The author takes life by the horns, and actually finishes her bucket list. This is an inspirational - yet humorous - account of her journey to complete her bucket list.
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Susan Campbell Cross was born in Washington DC and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before moving to California to attend UC San Diego. After graduating with a degree in writing she married her college sweetheart. They moved to Los Angeles and had three kids in less than five years. Cross quit her job as a copywriter in order to be a stay-at-home super mom, but once the kids were older and more ...more

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