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The Thirty List

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  452 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Everyone has one. That list. The things you were supposed to do before you turn thirty … Of course, sometimes real life doesn’t work out like that. And at thirty, Rachel has slid down every ladder she ever climbed. Jobless, broke, and ditched by her husband, she has to move in with grumpy Patrick and his four year old son, who've got problems of their own. So to cheer them ...more
Paperback, 411 pages
Published July 18th 2015 by Mills & Boon (first published June 18th 2015)
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Rea Cobb
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am counting down the weeks now until my thirtieth birthday and suddenly I am finding myself writing lists about what I had hoped to have achieved by this milestone and seen as it is something that is on my mind it seemed fitting to read The Thirty List by Eva Woods.

Rachel didn't expect at the age of thirty to be homeless, unemployed, with no money oh and not forgetting in the process of getting a divorce! Life really hasn't gone to plan and with few options available she finds an advert to liv
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a list maker – this book was always going to make my to be read list! I really enjoyed it. Rachel makes lists for everything.
She’s reached a crossroads in her life- out of work and getting divorced and moving into a box room in Patrick’s house. He’s a struggling single dad and had advertised for someone to help around the house in exchange for somewhere to live. Her life has planned out how she thought it would.
Her friends think that she needs to make a list to get her through her divorce, of
Hannah Manser
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light, easy read with warm likeable characters, even with their flaws.
Zoe Hall
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
4.5 stars.

This is easily one of my favourite books I've read this year. From beginning to end, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters and particularly the writing. In places, Eva's writing is sharp and witty and had me giggling with some of her one liners.

I thought it appropriate to honour my review of this wonderful book with a list of the reasons why I loved it so much!

1. The characters are well written and I actually felt like I cared about them.

2. The story's not pedantic, it does
This is a great book for anyone who likes to make lists for anything . . . bucket lists, things to shop for, reasons for doing things, reasons for liking someone, reasons for not liking them….. Take four relationships that are in turmoil, add in a list of challenges and you’ve got a great recipe for a brilliant novel. Considering the lists are so important in this book, the list of reasons I enjoyed this book include:

Thoroughly enjoyed the author’s style of writing.
Well rounded characters, full
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thirty List by Eva Woods is her first romantic comedy novel. Before Rachel gets married she wants to know these questions how do you know? how can be sure? About the person you marry. In a vintage-style dress, now Rachel will become someone’s wife. Dan and Rachel move to a new house in Surrey. Now Rachel Kenny at the age of thirty she is imminently to be divorced, moving out of the home they spent years creating. Enternal list-maker Rachel has a plan with plenty of new sets of challenges to ...more
Iqra M.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book that I have read by the author but unfortunately, this one was less successful than her 2017 published book called How To Be Happy. I much preferred it and gave it a five-star rating.
However, although this book made me somewhat scared to “grow up” and face “real life problems” , I love how raw and real it is. I love all the characters because they are so believable and likeable.
It was a little bit hard for me to finish this book at first since it was a little repetitive
Silvia Kay
I liked Patrick a lot and the whole idea with the lists was fantastic, but sadly it wasn't enough to redeem the book for me. I found the humour a bit try-hard and the main character obnoxious (she dropped the word 'sexist' on every other page and even though it was sometimes justified, it got tiring pretty quickly. I'm supposed to be reading a relaxing chick lit novel, not a treatise on gender relations). ...more
Catherine Edward
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book early last year and was planning on reading it straight away after. but as you can see, I didn't. When I finally close this book, I realized that this book teaches me a lot of things, one of them is that sometimes, it's better when you don't rush into things. It's better to take bits and pieces throughout a couple of days than just eat it all in one go. I'm glad that I took my time to read this one up. This is a gooden! ...more
alison medway
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this author!

This is the second one of her books that I’ve read and now I’m going straight to the Amazon store to see if she has written any more books. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes sarky humour, believable characters, and chick lit with some depth and realism.
Miss J A Findlay
Perfect romcom!

I loved this book, it was just the right blend of comedy and story to keep me gripped and wanting more at the end of every chapter. As a thirty-something female with a penchant for lists and a less than tidy life I felt like this could have been written about me. Great read!
Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)
Check out my full review here:

The Thirty List has a great cast of characters, an honest and at times fun story line, and a nicely paced plot that saw me get through a 400+ page contemporary in what felt like no time at all. As is common in “chick-lit” or “women’s fiction”, certain aspects of the book were reasonably predictable, and a couple of elements were just slightly unbelievable, but it’s definitely not the most fairy-tale-esque adult fiction I’ve re
The author has obviously never been to Walt Disney World in Florida and so that whole section really bugged me. Also, the end got so depressing and then tried to wrap up too quickly. It left too many questions.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different look at love. From the soon to be divorced Rachel. For once she was normal and not innocent. I enjoyed this side of the book but it dipped at the end where is suddenly got so predictable. Shame coz 95% of it was lovely to read.
Claire Boughen
Apr 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok as a chick lit read but I found it a little depressing and predictable. I've read a lot better. ...more
Devi Sykes
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it from start to finish!
Isabela Ueda
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had real fun with this one! And reading it so close to my own 30's birthday made it even better! ...more
Angela Free
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really funny romcom, will look out for more from this author.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the stories Eva Woods write. The dialogue is fast and witty. The storyline is perhaps a little obvious but the events make the story to a page-turner. Nice and easy reading.
Kara Williams
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book. I was hooked on every page and wanting to know more. It was almost light hearted book with a deep centre.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another fab read!

Another amazing novel by Eva...each page keeps me captivated in the story. Can't wait for the next releases to add to my collection
Anshika Sattavan
It reminds me of TATBILB
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been really looking forward to this book. It sounded just my sort of thing, plus the main character shares my name, and I'm only a year older than her. I figured it may give me any idea of where my life should be going! Rachel's life though is quite different from mine though, and apart from Patrick, I think I prefer my life.

I found Rachel to be a hard character to fully like, yes she is going through a divorce, and I appreciate that must be hard, but she seems to be just a bit whiny, and
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced, hilarious and heart-warming, The Thirty List is the irresistible debut novel from the fabulous Eva Woods!

Never in a million years had Rachel imagined that she would be approaching her thirtieth birthday and be unemployed, broke and divorced! Life had taken her down an unexpected path that had thrown a lot of disappointment and heartbreak her way, but Rachel is tired of feeling dejected and heartbroken. She’s grown weary of constantly letting life pass her by and vows to do something
Cheryl M-M
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the disaster called Rachel's supposedly perfect life, well at least it used to be. From the very beginning it seems as if Rachel has made hasty decisions or at least ones made in doubt. She has built an image of a perfect relationship in her head and lives it outwardly for society.

To be quite frank she needed to buck up and stop being the perpetual doormat for the people around her. Instead she goes when she is asked to leave, she gives up house and home, because hey Dan asked her to.
Angela Clarke
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love lists. I make lists for everything from shopping lists, to lists of things I want to do in the coming year. They help me remember, clarify and stay focused. Forget the iPhone Generation, when I think of the ‘listicles’ that appear on Buzzfeed I know we’re the List Generation. Which is what is so initially appealing about The Thirty List: a romantic comedy that tells the story of Rachel, newly separated from her husband, who draws up a list of all the things she’d meant to do before turnin ...more
Ems. (afternoonbookery)
Rachel always has a plan, and failing that - a list, so when she finds everything she has falling apart and suddenly she needs a new list, because the one titled the reasons that suck about been divorced isnt getting her very far, shes got no job and no house - things couldnt be much worse really. As she sets about seeking shared houses and flats, she comes across all sorts of people, ones she shouldnt be living with at her age.

When she meets Patrick and his ideal arrangement surely its too goo
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six Reasons why I loved this book:
1. The main characters were sincere and believable – and I loved them.
2. The supporting characters made you want to join them in the pub for a few beers.
3. It made me laugh out loud on the train whilst reading about the completion of one of the items on Patrick’s list.
4. The story, whilst familiar and comforting like a well-loved teddy bear, brought a new spin to a classic format. Rachel felt her life was over at thirty following a divorce, she meets a new guy,
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1 I liked the book
2 I really liked the book
3 I really really liked the book

In an age of predictable romantic novels with Prince Charming and Snow White and Bella Swan and Edward Cullen ,The thirty list has a fresh and realistic take on becoming 30 and trying to cope with relationships and life's problems.Whether it be between friends, spouses or divorces relationships are not straight forward and I think Eva Wood captivates this beautifully.The relationships in this book are so real and I love h
Rebecca Haslam
I had read about this book in Cosmopolitan magazine and so was curious to see why they thought so highly of it. I was able to finish this book in three days, which is about average for me, and sadly, I can't say the book exceeded my expectations. Don't get me wrong, as I approach thirty myself and am starting to look back on things I wish I had done as well as thinking about those things I want to do, I could find myself nodding along with various comments throughout the book. However, with that ...more
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Eva Woods lives in London, where she writes and teaches creative writing. She likes wine, pop music, and holidays, and thinks online dating is like the worst board game ever invented.

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