Go Ahead and Like It by Jacqueline Suskin
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from Blogging For Books; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: This scrapbook-style art book is an invitation to write lists of things you like: small things that bring delight, intriguing things that excite, and meaningful things that make every day special. It's a how-to guide, writing prompt, model for self-discovery, and beautiful inspiration for daily gratitude, with poet Jacqueline Suskin's personal lists intertwined with photographs, illustrations, and instruction. It's a self-help book for people who might not be drawn to standard self-help, and it's creative thinking for people who might not identify themselves as creative thinkers (What does it mean to "like" something in today's digital age, anyways?). Above all, it presents a simple, dependable method to notice the good that's all around us--even in a traffic jam or waiting in line--so we can inhabit our world more fully and smile more in the process.
Review: I'm one of those people that like lists, but I don't think I've ever sat down and made a list of things that I like. Who knows? Maybe I did as a child. I think when you're younger, it's easier to pick out the things you like - and often, they are quite simple. I like the idea behind this book. Suskin shares how remembering the things she likes often makes her feel better and more calm, and it's certainly something to try out when you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed. After all, with the bad, always comes some good. That's what I believe at least.
|page from the book - do not own image - source|
The set up of the book really does look like a scrapbook. The lists are often included over photographs or what looks to be pasted in pieces of paper. The whole book is flat, so don't go thinking you can touch any of the lists or photos - but all the same, it looks nice.
This is a quick book if you're just going through and reading. I suppose you have to try some of the advice or make some of your own lists to see how the book really affects you as a reader. As of now, I think it's a nice idea but it's not necessarily memorable unless you are going to use it.
To end though--
*the smell of books
*old TV shows
*Elvis Presley music
*driving at night, listening to music
*reading in the pool
*shopping for other people
What do you like?