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'Thrillingly honest, funny, incisive and hopeful, this is the perfect gateway into a discussion on mental health' Marian Keyes 'Truly one of the most powerful books about mental health that I’ve ever read.' Daisy Buchanan One of the Independent's top ten millennial memoirs of 2019 How not to be good? Let me list the ways… Are you a woman? Do you make to-do lists to stop you lo 'Thrillingly honest, funny, incisive and hopeful, this is the perfect gateway into a discussion on mental health' Marian Keyes 'Truly one of the most powerful books about mental health that I’ve ever read.' Daisy Buchanan One of the Independent's top ten millennial memoirs of 2019 How not to be good? Let me list the ways… Are you a woman? Do you make to-do lists to stop you losing your mind? Have you ever cried in the toilets at work, had a meltdown in the supermarket, or gone off the rails at a hen party? And have you ever been saved from any of the above by your truly brilliant friends? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this is the book for you. A moving, funny and brutally honest memoir of one woman’s millennial misadventures, The To-Do List and Other Debacles follows Amy Jones on her journeys through friendship, marriage and mental health disasters in a story that’s as relatable as it is riotous.


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'Thrillingly honest, funny, incisive and hopeful, this is the perfect gateway into a discussion on mental health' Marian Keyes 'Truly one of the most powerful books about mental health that I’ve ever read.' Daisy Buchanan One of the Independent's top ten millennial memoirs of 2019 How not to be good? Let me list the ways… Are you a woman? Do you make to-do lists to stop you lo 'Thrillingly honest, funny, incisive and hopeful, this is the perfect gateway into a discussion on mental health' Marian Keyes 'Truly one of the most powerful books about mental health that I’ve ever read.' Daisy Buchanan One of the Independent's top ten millennial memoirs of 2019 How not to be good? Let me list the ways… Are you a woman? Do you make to-do lists to stop you losing your mind? Have you ever cried in the toilets at work, had a meltdown in the supermarket, or gone off the rails at a hen party? And have you ever been saved from any of the above by your truly brilliant friends? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this is the book for you. A moving, funny and brutally honest memoir of one woman’s millennial misadventures, The To-Do List and Other Debacles follows Amy Jones on her journeys through friendship, marriage and mental health disasters in a story that’s as relatable as it is riotous.

30 review for The To-Do List and Other Debacles

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dee-Cee It's all about the books

    I don't know about you but I write lists for a lot of things, shopping lists, housework lists and the main ones are reading lists, what I want to read, what I've read etc. There's nothing more satisfying than ticking things off, it makes you feel like you've accomplished something and Amy Jones is a list maker, every day she has a list for all the things she wants to accomplish that day, everything is added to the list whether it be taking a shower, meeting friends or cooking a meal.In The To-Do 
I don't know about you but I write lists for a lot of things, shopping lists, housework lists and the main ones are reading lists, what I want to read, what I've read etc. There's nothing more satisfying than ticking things off, it makes you feel like you've accomplished something and Amy Jones is a list maker, every day she has a list for all the things she wants to accomplish that day, everything is added to the list whether it be taking a shower, meeting friends or cooking a meal.
In The To-Do List and Other Debacles , Amy Jones takes us through a very difficult part of her life and anyone reading this will feel some kind of connection to Amy, I know I certainly did. We've all had body confidence issues, we've all felt like what we're doing isn't quite good enough and Amy Jones has all of these and more.
It was actually quite frustrating at times reading this book, Amy is putting herself down, feeling like she isn't worthy or a bit of a failure and I could see she wasn't, in the book her friends and husband could see she wasn't and I wanted to reassure her, tell her she was great and to stop being so hard on herself but obviously that wasn't possible and I had to keep reading and see how she dealt or didn't deal with things in some cases.
Honest and quite raw at times this book gave me a lot to think about as I'm sure it will with everyone who reads it. Depression is a bitch, it really is and even though it's a tough read at times it's a blooming good one as well. I had so many emotions floating round while reading and the belly chuckles, oh boy.The To-Do List and Other Debacles is a powerful book about mental health, it's about getting the help when you need it and it's about hope, friendship and love. It's a book that will have you laughing and crying and crying with laughter. It's a truly inspiring story that everyone should read and definitely take something away from it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clair Sharpe

    In The To-Do List and Other Debacles, video producer and acclaimed writer Amy Jones lifts the lid on what like is really like for 20- and 30-something women today covering everything from work to friendship to love to body image. I must admit, I signed up for this blog tour purely based on the title and the cover of this book and until I sat down to read it, I didn’t really know what to expect. I think I thought it might be something to do with using the art of list writing to help get my act tog In The To-Do List and Other Debacles, video producer and acclaimed writer Amy Jones lifts the lid on what like is really like for 20- and 30-something women today covering everything from work to friendship to love to body image. I must admit, I signed up for this blog tour purely based on the title and the cover of this book and until I sat down to read it, I didn’t really know what to expect. I think I thought it might be something to do with using the art of list writing to help get my act together! It isn’t about this, although Amy does use lists a lot in her life to help manage things. It becomes clear by the end of the book that perhaps they aren’t the best thing for her… This a memoir of a short period of her life and my goodness it is funny! She is a fantastic writer who draws you into her confidence and makes you want to become her best friend (or maybe I just wanted to mother her!) But there is a very serious side to this book: Amy has for some years suffered with her mental health. She has a lovely husband and a cat, some great friends and is successful in her job but in her head she just doesn’t feel she is as good as everyone else. What I realised as I was reading it, was that many things I thought were only in my head, were perhaps being thought of by other women as well. I’m 46, so a bit older than maybe the target audience of this book, but I found it immensely eye opening. I think some of Amy’s issues also apply to me but as I’ve got older I care a little less about them! The first half of the book, is like a diary of Amy’s life. She talks about her struggles with her weight including body envy and the “right” food choices. She talks about always striving for the perfect Instagram moment and how annoyed she feels when a weekend with her husband isn’t as picture perfect as she hoped. She talks about feeling unappreciated in her job but having no confidence in applying for anything else. Then after a hen weekend, which is about as far out of her comfort zone as she can get, she has a breakdown. When she gets home, she realises she needs help. She starts seeing a counsellor and we hear about these sessions and how they help her, and although she isn’t completely “recovered” by the end of the book she starts to get a better idea of how to cope with her feelings. A bold, brave and honest memoir that is laugh out loud funny while being deeply moving. A great read, especially for those of the millennial generation who may be struggling but will hopefully realise they are certainly not alone!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    These are hard won “lessons in life, love and losing my mind”, all seen through the eyes of Amy Jones, contemporary woman and entirely honest narrator of a fictional version of mental health issues. This is not really a self help book, though it does include a section of “Useful Links” for help with mental health issues. It is perhaps difficult to sort fact from fiction in this book, but ultimately that does not matter as it is such a strong testament to the real everyday problems of living with These are hard won “lessons in life, love and losing my mind”, all seen through the eyes of Amy Jones, contemporary woman and entirely honest narrator of a fictional version of mental health issues. This is not really a self help book, though it does include a section of “Useful Links” for help with mental health issues. It is perhaps difficult to sort fact from fiction in this book, but ultimately that does not matter as it is such a strong testament to the real everyday problems of living with body image problems, depression and even suicidal impulses. It would appeal to anyone who looks on social media or just around themselves at friends and others who seem to be winning at life, especially in terms of jobs, clothing, confidence and so much more. It is about those familiar questions of whether certain foods are healthy or provoke feelings of guilt, if the present job is the only option, why clothes and other things always fail, why even changing energy supplier seems like a bridge too far. Featuring events in the life of a woman who seems to have so much, apart from mental wellbeing, this is a fascinating study of what it can feel like to live in the twenty first century. I was pleased to have the opportunity to read and review this unusual and timely book. The book opens with Amy rather mournfully going through her latest to do list, a list of things she has assembled that seem rather obvious, but such is her mental state that she proposes to do “mindful baking” as well as “put the washing on”. She realises that her coping strategy of writing lots of lists can make sure that she remembers what she must achieve, as well as give as give a sense of completion when she does manage to tick things off. As she struggles to think through what she can do before going out, it is obvious that she is struggling with every task. When she meets her friends, we discover that they care deeply about her , and do their best to support her. She analyses what she finds scary; talking to a large group of people or appearing on camera does not worry her, but simple pieces of life administration makes her anxious. Her relationship with her husband is strong, despite his shift work which means he often sleeps when she is at a loose end, or works at the weekend. Thus she has a lot of time alone, and looks at social media to see her friends and others enjoying photogenic moments. At specific times she really struggles; she becomes so upset at a hen weekend that she comes to the realisation that she must seek professional help. This is a terrifically honest book, as Amy talks about swimming and looking at other people, her family and their quarrels, her work and reactions to everyday situations. There is a lot of humour in this book which eases the difficult subject matter. The members of her family are frequently very funny, especially the argumentative grandmothers. This is a book which is often painfully honest, which makes it a good read, sometimes uncomfortably so, as Amy plunges into despair. I found it a fascinating read, giving new insights into another person’s mindset, and finding some recognisable elements of discomfort with some everyday situations. This is an immensely powerful book, with some humour, some hope, but a lot of genuine friendship and love. It can affect the way we look at the world, and reassure us that we are not alone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen Huxtable

    Thank you to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour and to Ebury Press for my gifted copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review. I was attracted to this book immediately when Anne posted the tour as I, like Amy love a to do list. I have notepad to do lists and I have electronic to do lists and I still write more. I loved Amy straight away, any woman who lives in a head like mine deserves love ! Anxiety and depression is exhausting and Amy is honest about it all. Amy has supportive Thank you to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour and to Ebury Press for my gifted copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review. I was attracted to this book immediately when Anne posted the tour as I, like Amy love a to do list. I have notepad to do lists and I have electronic to do lists and I still write more. I loved Amy straight away, any woman who lives in a head like mine deserves love ! Anxiety and depression is exhausting and Amy is honest about it all. Amy has supportive friends and family who help her through her crisis times. The over sharing, the feelings of failure and the desperation when things don't turn out the way you plan ( when do they ever ) ! I was hooked and I will be recommending to everyone and anyone that I know. I can not remember a book where I laughed out loud so much my OH asked if I was OK. The description of her romantic weekend had me crying with laughter one minute then feeling really sad the next when it did not go the way she planned. After she hits a crisis she starts to get help and her therapy sessions were truthful and candid. I felt that this book could be really helpful to anyone who had not had therapy and so that they could read how it can be and how it is possible to work out strategies sometimes to help us cope better. So much of the book resonated with me and Amy's humour and senstivity about the subjects turned it in to really cracking read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    Audiobook review. What a fantastic listen! Sometimes things happen that are so weird you start to truly believe in fate. I switched on the radio a few weeks ago, something I rarely do, and an interview with Amy Jones was just about to start. In the interview Amy discusses her obsession with to-do lists and her new book based around this and her struggles with her mental health. This interview ticked a whole load of boxes for me and I downloaded the audiobook immediately. I wasn't disappointed. Am Audiobook review. What a fantastic listen! Sometimes things happen that are so weird you start to truly believe in fate. I switched on the radio a few weeks ago, something I rarely do, and an interview with Amy Jones was just about to start. In the interview Amy discusses her obsession with to-do lists and her new book based around this and her struggles with her mental health. This interview ticked a whole load of boxes for me and I downloaded the audiobook immediately. I wasn't disappointed. Amys passion for this subject shines through in her narration and what starts as a kind of quirky look at to-lists and organising of ones life turns into a truly gripping personal story that had me hooked all the way to the end. I've read synopsis's of this book which appear to target women in the main. Whilst I fully understand this I still felt I got so much out of listening to it and can draw a few parallels with my own life. I'd urge any man stumbling across this to do the same. Amy quite rightly points towards useful links for both womens and mens mental health at the end and I applaud her for that. I hope any future readers of this book get as much out of it as I did. Thank you Amy for having the courage to go through all you have and to then produce something of this calibre.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elsa Evans

    Through the first couple of chapters I though it's another one that some young London chicks complaining about their lives. I'm glad I didn't stop and carry on. It rings true about mental health, it feels real. I don't have a mental health problem but a close relative has had stress and depression. I generally think 'pull yourself together' but reading this I realise how unhelpful that can be. Being politically correct I will never say that to people's face but that's what I thought. I know bett Through the first couple of chapters I though it's another one that some young London chicks complaining about their lives. I'm glad I didn't stop and carry on. It rings true about mental health, it feels real. I don't have a mental health problem but a close relative has had stress and depression. I generally think 'pull yourself together' but reading this I realise how unhelpful that can be. Being politically correct I will never say that to people's face but that's what I thought. I know better now. The only complaint about this book is the constant swearing f***.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    God I love Amy's writing. This is a fictionalised memoir about mental health, being a woman in your twenties and feeling like you're failing at everything, and about trying to cope through endless to do lists. It's true to life, sad, and heartwarming all at the same time - the story is unflinchingly honest about mental health, body image and not feeling like you're enough.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cath

    Lovely brilliant fun book, I laughed a lot with some of the excerpts of the book, I just love how the author put witty fun points for a book that's about a very important and serious topic. This book creates awareness of the different aspects of mental health and it's a good way to understand mental illness from a perspective of someone who isnt a doctor but actually living it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I felt profoundly SEEN by this book. The woman writing it resembles me in so many ways it felt like I had been cosmically ordered to buy it from the book shop. It was genuinely perfect, in all ways except I hate the cover design and had to immediately remove the dust jacket and recycle it. Other than that, amazing book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate Henderson

    **Listened via audible** Based on the blurb I thought that this book would be amazing and right up my street but found it really quite dull. There were some great bits but not enough of them! I don’t feel like this book will stick in my mind.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    I read the first two thirds of this when I got the proof a couple of months ago and then got sidetracked for a while but just finished it today and it’s BRILLIANT. Amy is hilarious, and brutally honest. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one thinking all these things, and that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Review to follow

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Has to be the most honest and open book I have ever read (listened to). I cried and laughed in equal amounts and I am completely in awe of Amy Jones for conveying brutal honesty in this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stevie

    A thoroughly honest look at living with depression. I adored this book. Poignant, relatable, and accessible.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Really made me think and hit home many times

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    Rachel

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    Christina Sweeney-Baird

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  22. 5 out of 5

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    Caroline Murphy

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    Frances Scott

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