First they played basketball at the White House with President Obama, then they asked out Taylor Swift, and now the cast of MTV's The Buried Life have set their sights a little higher: They want to make the New York Times Bestseller List!
Releasing their first book, What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?, on March 20, Ben Nemtin, Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn and Dave Lingwood are attempting to cross off No. 19 on their list of 100 fulfilling things they want to do before they die.
And their project appears to be off to a good start. Shortly after making their book available for pre-sale orders on Amazon.com Tuesday, the four co-authors found their work ranking among the top 10 most motivational books on the e-commerce site.
In addition to highlighting life "bucket lists" from fans worldwide through illustrations, the group — who is currently working with MTV to develop a new TV series — also included inspirational stories and detailed their own struggles experienced while chasing their dreams.
"When we started Buried Life we all got inspired by different things that made us believe we could do anything. We gave ourself permission to go after our biggest dreams. We want this book to give that feeling to anyone who reads it," says coauthor Nemtin, who has been collecting materials for the book over the last five years.
The group tells Us they were especially inspired by stories like Jonnie Penn's interaction with a woman whose life goal was to travel across the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat, or that of Jamie Tworkowski, who founded the charity To Write Love on Her Arms.
"The weird thing about the question 'What do you want to do before you die?' is you get answers you honestly can't believe because they're heartbreaking, offensive, funny or so ambitious," Jonnie Penn tells Us. "Each dream [included] is a glimpse into some extraordinary person's life."
To pre-order the group's first book, visit Amazon.com.
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