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Twenty-one Truths About Love [Read] ➵ Twenty-one Truths About Love Author Matthew Dicks – Thomashillier.co.uk This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family But Dan doesn t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family s finances he wants to This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family But Dan doesn t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family s finances he wants to do something specialDan is an obsessive list maker his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan s hilarious sense of humor, unique world view, and deeply personal thoughts When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling Twenty-one Truths Kindle - to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he s willing to do anything for the love of his life.


10 thoughts on “Twenty-one Truths About Love

  1. Meredith Meredith says:

    I was going to create my own list comprised of twenty one truths about this book, but I realized I only needed one I loved Twenty one Truths About Love Twenty one Truths About Love is a humorous, quirky, and endearing read about one man s fears, anxiety about impending fatherhood, feelings mostly of inadequacy , and the minutiae of daily life all detailed in the lists that he makes constantly throughout the day and nightDan makes lists Dan writes lists mostly about his financial proble I was going to create my own list comprised of twenty one truths about this book, but I realized I only needed one I loved Twenty one Truths About Love Twenty one Truths About Love is a humorous, quirky, and endearing read about one man s fears, anxiety about impending fatherhood, feelings mostly of inadequacy , and the minutiae of daily life all detailed in the lists that he makes constantly throughout the day and nightDan makes lists Dan writes lists mostly about his financial problems, failing business, lying to his wife Jill about his business and their finances, Jill s first husband whom Dan feels he will never live up to, his father who walked out when he was a child, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, and books, amongst other tops Dan s lists reveal that he is a lovely person who loves his wife and family and will do whatever it takes to make them happy, even if it means robbing a bunch of senior citizens at Bingo night When I first started reading Twenty one Truths About Love, I was a little upset when I flipped through the book to see that the entire book is made up of lists I made some faces and grumbled a lot about how I wasn t going to like this book, and then started reading And I read and read and read Before I knew it, I was of the way through and enjoying every minute of it Somehow, through these lists, Dicks creates a multidimensional character in Dan he is flawed, lovable, and relatable Dan stumbles a lot but through his ups and downs, he offers up bits of wisdom about life and love This book is filled with humor, heart, and lots of love I recommend for a light, fun read I won a copy of this book through a GoodReads giveaway


  2. JanB JanB says:

    Twenty one truths about this book 1 It s often hilarious 2 Except when it isn t3 I LOVE lists4 But an entire book written in list form gets annoying after a while maybe like this review 5 Read it as you would a book of essays and set it down in between.6 My husband wasn t annoyed when I read some of the items on the list out loud, and actually chuckled7 Dan loves his wife8 Dan s wife is pregnant9 Dan s wife is sweet10 Dan is jealous of his wife s dead husband11 Dan doesn t share wi Twenty one truths about this book 1 It s often hilarious 2 Except when it isn t3 I LOVE lists4 But an entire book written in list form gets annoying after a while maybe like this review 5 Read it as you would a book of essays and set it down in between.6 My husband wasn t annoyed when I read some of the items on the list out loud, and actually chuckled7 Dan loves his wife8 Dan s wife is pregnant9 Dan s wife is sweet10 Dan is jealous of his wife s dead husband11 Dan doesn t share with his wife that they are in financial dire straits, however.12 Dan can t be all bad because he loves reading and booksAND.13 Dan owns a bookstore 14 However, Dan doesn t like their dog which makes me not like Dan15 Dan s friend Bill is delightful16 Dan comes up with a ridiculous and unethical plan to get out of financial trouble which makes me want to smack him17 Dan is an idiot 18 Dan is annoying19 Dan is weak20 A whiny man is an unattractive man21 I had to speed read through the boring lists The End I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


  3. Liz Liz says:

    The premise of this book intrigued me a book made up completely of lists But what sounds good in principal didn t quite live up to its potential Despite being told purely in the form of lists, it doesn t take long to get the gist of the story 1 Dan has left teaching to open a bookstore 2 The bookstore is losing money and they re on the verge of going broke 3 Jill doesn t know this 4 Jill wants a baby and becomes pregnant 5 Jill is a widow 6 dan writes lists about every idiot thou The premise of this book intrigued me a book made up completely of lists But what sounds good in principal didn t quite live up to its potential Despite being told purely in the form of lists, it doesn t take long to get the gist of the story 1 Dan has left teaching to open a bookstore 2 The bookstore is losing money and they re on the verge of going broke 3 Jill doesn t know this 4 Jill wants a baby and becomes pregnant 5 Jill is a widow 6 dan writes lists about every idiot thought he s ever had.Why I dislike Dan1 I don t care about 90% of what Dan writes 2 Dan not only hides their financial condition from Jill, but doesn t seem to have any meaningful communication with her at all 3 he dislikes Jill s dog 4 Dan is a total wimp 5 Dan is a complete Idiot when it comes to thinking of ways out of his financial difficulties 6 I like thank you notes I think one of the few things that Dan and I agree on is that The Alchemist is a horrible book It s an extremely fast read Parts are funny, although not as many as I would have liked My final thoughts on the book 1 it s hard to really like a book when you think the main character is an idiot 2 the lists format got old and started irritating me 3 I couldn t believe that a real person would be writing so many damn lists especially while doing other things 4 I loved Bill Donovan and wish I had a friend like him My thanks to netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advance copy of this book


  4. Fran Fran says:

    We lie most often to the people we love Time passes, lies multiply, and arguably a situation worsens Case in point, Dan Mayrock s expenses which are outpacing his income at the bookstore he opened after leaving teaching Jill, his pregnant wife, is being kept in the dark, led to believe the bookstore is profitable Financial disaster is looming on the horizon.Dan is overwhelmed and anxiety ridden His former therapist suggested that he log his feelings Dan does so in the form of obsessive We lie most often to the people we love Time passes, lies multiply, and arguably a situation worsens Case in point, Dan Mayrock s expenses which are outpacing his income at the bookstore he opened after leaving teaching Jill, his pregnant wife, is being kept in the dark, led to believe the bookstore is profitable Financial disaster is looming on the horizon.Dan is overwhelmed and anxiety ridden His former therapist suggested that he log his feelings Dan does so in the form of obsessive lists Everything, even the minutest occurrence, is on some detailed list Dan and Jill met at a school faculty meeting He thought Jill to be the most competent teacher ever He didn t think he was skilled as an educator Leaving teaching behind, he opened a bookstore Realistically, Dan found it difficult to turn a profit Watching great books go unread and terrible books sell like hotcakes was disheartening.Dan could not believe that Jill blindly accepts me for exactly who I am Jill was a widow when they met There will always be a part of Jill s life that will remain a secret to me because you can only tell your second husband so much about your previous life with your dead husbandI feelso insecure Will he ever measure up to Peter Desperate times call for desperate measures Reading through Dan s lists, it is clear that he waffled while creating a ridiculously, outlandish plan to procure money quickly Twenty One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks was written in a unique style Read the lists and discover Dan s resolutions Dan s anxieties, feelings of abandonment, failure and desperation are palpable I enjoyed meeting Bill at the Bingo Hall and Clarence, the labradoodle Dan s outlook was changing, but, in what ways Thank you St Martin s Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Twenty One Truths About Love


  5. Larry H Larry H says:

    Things I enjoyed about this book 1 The fact the book was written entirely in lists was really creative.2 Amidst everything that went on in the book, it s really a story about love, fear, and family.3 Many of Dan s thoughts are surprisingly on par with mine.Things I didn t enjoy about this book 1 The list format started to wear me down.2 There was one particular plotline that I found really irksome 3 Darned book made me cryDan left his teaching job to run a bookstore It wasn t as easy Things I enjoyed about this book 1 The fact the book was written entirely in lists was really creative.2 Amidst everything that went on in the book, it s really a story about love, fear, and family.3 Many of Dan s thoughts are surprisingly on par with mine.Things I didn t enjoy about this book 1 The list format started to wear me down.2 There was one particular plotline that I found really irksome 3 Darned book made me cryDan left his teaching job to run a bookstore It wasn t as easy or profitable as he thought it would be Of course, he thought teaching would be easy, too, but He s afraid to reveal the extent of his financial struggles to his wife, Jill.Much of Dan s life is characterized by running away from his problems He s the master of not saying what needs to be said He has feelings about his father, who is suddenly trying to reconnect with him after years of estrangement He has feelings about the specter of Jill s first husband, who died, hanging over their heads.When Jill gets pregnant he knows he must do something to get money or he ll lose her but his idea is a desperate one He struggles with the reality of the situation and every possible solution, but he keeps coming back to the least certain and riskiest one And he knows the ramifications of his actions may be worse than his current situation Twenty one Truths about Love is a poignant, sometimes scattered, sometimes disturbing look into the mind of a man who is struggling in so many ways While some of the lists in the book illustrate where Dan s heart and mind are, some are a little quirky and bizarre And some are downright funny.Matthew Dicks is a great writer his Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend still haunts me I loved the concept and the heart of this story It s just, the list thing dragged the story down a bit, to the point where I skimmed through the lists when the subject seemed extraneous Some of the lists ran way too long, too Despite my ultimate weariness with the lasting power of this concept, this was a really creative twist in storytelling and I ll think of this book for a long while.NetGalley and St Martins Press gave me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available The book will publish on November 19.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at


  6. Cheri Cheri says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 StarsSeven years ago I read Matthew DicksMemoirs of an Imaginary Friendand loved it, so I was anxious to check out his latest,Twenty one Truths About Love While the idea of a novel written entirely in lists sounds a bit out of the ordinary, the reality is that this one allows the reader to slowly get to know Daniel Mayrock, his personal insecurities about his marriage to Jill, the potential success or failure of his bookshop, bills that are nowimposing si NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 StarsSeven years ago I read Matthew DicksMemoirs of an Imaginary Friendand loved it, so I was anxious to check out his latest,Twenty one Truths About Love While the idea of a novel written entirely in lists sounds a bit out of the ordinary, the reality is that this one allows the reader to slowly get to know Daniel Mayrock, his personal insecurities about his marriage to Jill, the potential success or failure of his bookshop, bills that are nowimposing since he left his teaching position, as well as his outlook on life and the way we often fail at maintaining the love and life we had envisioned for ourselves and those we love And, of course, he makes lists of the way he feels he s failing And then, when he sees their bank accounts draining away, and feeling guilty over their pending financial disaster from crashing their dreams, Jill s dream of having a baby is just beginning to come true Of course, this sends Daniel into somewhat of a tailspin, questioning his worth as a husband, future father, especially since his father abandoned him as a child Adding to this is the specter of Jill s deceased first husband, whose presence is strongly felt, and to whom Daniel is sure he can never measure up.More charming than this is sad, there are moments of humour throughout, and characters that enter into Daniel s life add some much needed, fatherly moments of advice that remind him that after all, what truly matters is love Pub Date 19 Nov 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by St Martin s Press


  7. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Told entirely in list form, Matthew Dicks manages to flesh out a fallible but entirely endearing main character in Dan, owner of a failing bookshop and soon to be dad The love he has for his wife is felt palpably, even through the lists, and so are all of Dan s feelings his anxiety and his robust sense of humor.While at times I wished for some traditional narrative, I was in awe of all I felt about the characters and how connected I was to this story Overall, I was grateful for this depiction Told entirely in list form, Matthew Dicks manages to flesh out a fallible but entirely endearing main character in Dan, owner of a failing bookshop and soon to be dad The love he has for his wife is felt palpably, even through the lists, and so are all of Dan s feelings his anxiety and his robust sense of humor.While at times I wished for some traditional narrative, I was in awe of all I felt about the characters and how connected I was to this story Overall, I was grateful for this depiction of a man with a simple, straight forward life, and so much love and goodness in his heart.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader


  8. Katie B Katie B says:

    When I read the publisher synopsis for this one, I instantly was intrigued The entire story is told by lists the male protagonist, Dan, has written Yes, lists At first glance when you flip thru the pages, it sure doesn t look like a typical story But give this one a chance as somehow the author manages to pull off a pretty decent story while doing so in an unusual way.Dan loves his wife Jill and he can t entirely figure out what an amazing woman like her is doing with a regular ol guy like When I read the publisher synopsis for this one, I instantly was intrigued The entire story is told by lists the male protagonist, Dan, has written Yes, lists At first glance when you flip thru the pages, it sure doesn t look like a typical story But give this one a chance as somehow the author manages to pull off a pretty decent story while doing so in an unusual way.Dan loves his wife Jill and he can t entirely figure out what an amazing woman like her is doing with a regular ol guy like him He quit teaching awhile back to fulfill his dream of owning a bookstore Unfortunately things aren t going so well and he is basically hemorrhaging money He knows he needs to tell his wife he has been dipping into their savings but he s ashamed and feels like a failure So what is Dan willing to do to turn things around Frequently when I first start a book it takes awhile before I have a good feel for the characters and what is going on, and that certainly was the case here It helped tremendously that the lists are like journal entries, in that they are in chronological order so eventually it really does feel like a typical story List by list, I started to feel like I got Dan and understood him I definitely didn t agree with many of his actions especially the whole keeping things from his wife stuff However, while he could be frustrating, he certainly felt realistic.The humor is one of my favorites aspects of this book and I definitely had a few laugh out loud moments And while I definitely liked the story, it got a bit messy towards the end when it became pretty outlandish However, the author manages to turn things around and there truly are some good moments at the end So I guess you could say it was almost worth it to read the kinda unbelievable stuff in order to get to the real heart of the story This might not necessarily be a perfect read, but I finished the book with a smile on my face which is always a good thing I do recommend this one for anyone who appreciates it when writers switch things up a bit and try something different Thank you to St Martin s Press for sending me an advance reader s copy I was not obligated to post my review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion


  9. Bkwmlee Bkwmlee says:

    This will be a very short review because, well, I ve never read a book that consists entirely of lists before and I honestly don t know the best way to go about reviewing this one On the one hand, I applaud the author Matthew Dicks creativity in telling Dan s story entirely through the lists he compiles in his journal, where he talks about candidly about everything happening in his life from his anxiety towards impending fatherhood to his insecurity with his marriage and not being able to me This will be a very short review because, well, I ve never read a book that consists entirely of lists before and I honestly don t know the best way to go about reviewing this one On the one hand, I applaud the author Matthew Dicks creativity in telling Dan s story entirely through the lists he compiles in his journal, where he talks about candidly about everything happening in his life from his anxiety towards impending fatherhood to his insecurity with his marriage and not being able to measure up to his wife s dead first husband, to his regrets over the various decisions he s made, etc I liked the premise, though didn t like the characters very much with the exception of Bill Donovan loved that guy , however I do feel that Dicks did a good job in the way he was still able to strike an emotional balance to the story some parts made me laugh and some parts had me near tears despite the lack of actual narrative prose On the other hand though after a while, the list format became way too much, to the point of being overkill also, some of the lists were way too long and were about things I was not even remotely interested in, such as rules of gunfighting and Newton s list of sins and the complete I think lyrics to a song named Code Monkey, etc I actually skimmed a lot of these sections, as my mind was already starting to wander after just reading one or two bullet points I was interested in Dan s story, but I felt some of these longer lists ones that I felt weren t all that necessary detracted from the story.I honestly think that I would ve enjoyed this oneif the list thing had been scaled back a bit and perhaps turning itinto a hybrid format with a few pages of narrative pose interspersed throughout so it would feel a littleconnected and a little less all over the place Overall though, this WAS a fun read and a quick one of course and even though it wasn t necessarily a format I preferred, I did appreciate getting to try something different for a change Received ARC from St Martin s Press via Edelweiss.


  10. Kristy K Kristy K says:

    I think your liking of this book will be largely dependent on if you can read a whole book composed solely of lists I will admit it got old after a while, but Dan s quirks and self actualizations made it worth the read Dan reminded me a lot of Don from The Rosie Project and he had me laughing out loud one moment and feeling empathy for him the next Overall, this was a quirky, touching novel I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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