Go Ahead & Like It | Jacqueline Suskin

Go Ahead & Like It by Jacqueline Suskin I Like:

– Early morning snuggles with my cat
– Green tea for breakfast
– Rainy Sundays
– Surprise days off
– New notebooks from my mom
– A really good pen
– Go Ahead & Like It

 

 

This was the book I’ve been waiting for but didn’t know it. Go ahead and like it bookA mix of Frank Warren’s PostSecret books in both intent and aesthetics, along with the tribute to our everyday joys is simply perfection.

Suskin begins by explaining how her lists came to be, intertwined with artistic versions of some of the lists she is explaining.

Not only is the book informative about how to make your own lists, why making these lists of likes are useful to us, and how these lists help us know each other better, the artful lists decorating the pages bring little doses of joy to the reader as well.

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Suskin delves into how these lists of likes can be useful for memory-keeping — both physically helping our brains become better at remembrance, and keeping a journal of happy things that we can go back through. These lists allow us to return to a happy moment, or remember a cherished thing that we’ve forgotten.

These lists of likes serve as a trip to our own past, and as a review of where we’ve been.

I also liked a portion where she mentions how these lists can help us to know each other better. Go ahead and like it book

Lists can be exchanged with loved ones or new friends — letting us be known in little intimate ways. Our lists of likes are a glimpse into how we see the world, what we enjoy about our lives, and what we focus on in our day to day living.

My mom was sweet enough to buy me a new notebook specifically for my lists of likes when I talked to her about this book and how desperately I felt I needed to start making lists.

It has been a blissful undertaking so far. I enjoy the moments I spend sat aside from the day to day, taking a moment to myself, Go ahead and like it bookalone with my best pen and my new notebook, recording what has made me happy today, and what I like in my life.

The lists become my moment of mindfulness, setting my path toward the positive and away from the grievances and annoyances that usually bring my mood down.

If you are someone looking for artful mindfulness, self-reflection, or just a really good looking book — Go Ahead & Like It is definitely worth checking out.

I’ve got quite the feeling you’ll like it.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

An artistic, smart self-help book that prompts and inspires readers to write lists of things they like–a simple yet profound way to collect and remember the good in daily life.

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.


 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Capture the Moment | by Sarah Wilkerson of Clickin’ Moms

If you are an educated professional photographer, this book is not for you.

If you are a hobbyist, photography fan, learning to become a professional, or even a new mom who just wants to figure out how cameras work to capture the moments of her new baby’s life — this book IS TOTALLY FOR YOU!

Sarah does a fantastic job pairing stunning photographs with helpful insight to help you create gorgeous photographs of your own. Each image is accompanied by the details behind the photo — the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, lens, and camera type are all listed beneath. This is helpful as you are starting out to understand a little more about the different situations you might be shooting in and what settings you need to capture them.

The book is centered around capturing moments in all kinds of situations. She delves into using natural light, properly composing your images, how to tell a story through photography, and how to capture even darkly lit low-light moments. If there’s a moment to be captured, she’ll help you figure out how to do so.

Like I said, as an educated professional, I didn’t find this book very informative. I did however find a lot of inspiration in the images and in Sarah’s words about storytelling and her own background. “The moment” is something photographers of all skill levels love and long after.

The title doesn’t lie, folks. If you struggle with capturing the moment, this book is for you.


 

This modern guide to photography pairs big, bold images with short, focused tips for translating everyday life into stunning works of art. Featuring contributions by the members of Clickin Moms, the photography industry’s largest social network of female photographers, this guide captures the beauty of family life—whether it’s a child’s unfinished bowl of cereal or a sunlit trip to the lake. With tips progressing from elementary to advanced, this book is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike, covering equipment, composition, posing, low light, natural light, black and white, still life, and lifestyle photography. Assignments for experimenting with lighting and shooting locations round out the chapters, providing photographers with both the inspiration and skills they need to document those unforgettable, frame-worthy moments in time.

Check out an excerpt here!


 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change? 

Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?

Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.

 

If you’ve struggled with a habit — no matter how big and challenging, or small and seemingly easy — this book will enlighten you. If you’re anything like me, you’re sitting there thinking, “Yeah. I’m sure this book is so super special and I’ll learn so much *eye roll*.”

But listen. I’m serious. Everyone can benefit from reading this book! I’m a big believer in learning as much about yourself as possible; I think it can only lead to better, more fulfilled lives. And let me tell you, I had several eye-opening moments learning about myself through the course of this book.

Gretchen does a fantastic job delving into the topic of habits, leading the reader through her process like a story. You go along with her on her research into why some things work for certain people but not for others. She illuminates her questions and her findings while you feel captivated and curious along with her. I can’t remember the last time I read such a truly fascinating non-fiction book.

For those who work in fields that help others — be it psychologists, life coaches, pastors, etc — this book will strengthen your connections with those people and give you insight into helping individuals based on Gretchen’s findings.

I wholeheartedly recommend it!

*****

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

If I Fall, If I Die

“Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and loving, full of art, experiments, and music—but confined to their small house.”

I’ll be honest. I did not finish this book.  I got about a quarter of the way in, and could not make it any further. The writing was wording and I felt like I was trudging my way through the story. I’m not one for terseness necessarily, but I also didn’t realize I’d signed up for Grapes of Wrath-style long-winded writing. If there’s nothing pulling me in by a quarter of the way through, I’m going to move on to something with enough initial plot to keep me going. From other reviews I’ve seen I’m not alone in this. This book is not for the busy or the casual reader.

The one interesting thing I did like from my reading was the little boy’s language — how he relates the world’s places he hears about to his own little world of the house.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Remote | “Office not required”

Remote | Office not required

The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.  Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo — more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

As a photographer I spend a lot of my work day at home, so this book really tugged at my soul. “Office not required” is a phrase that speaks to me. Having spent some years working in offices of different sorts, and knowing family and friends who work in the typical age-old work setup, I can see a lot of the antiquated failings of the system that they point out.

“Offices have become interruption factories.”

The authors do a great job pointing out the failings of the current system for a long list of job types that could benefit from remote work. They delve into reasons people are against adopting a remote work setup, and they give a lot of insight to making remote working work, tools for remote working, and the physical/emotional consequences of remote work.

In the beginning of the book I was bothered by their constant disregard for the types of jobs that cannot remote work and the simple fact that most companies, at least in my area, don’t believe in remote work for their employees. They did eventually address this but I still see it as one major shortfall of the book.

One interesting part that stood out to me was the idea of a virtual water cooler. They address the amount of downtime that one spends at regular jobs collaborating around the water cooler, and the importance of keeping some semblance of this in remote work. It struck me that the photographers’ groups I belong to serve this hole for me, and how much better my work has become for my collaboration with them.

If nothing else, this book is an excellent resource for business-minded individuals who feel trapped in the everyday grind, those looking to start or take over a business some day, and those who already work remotely. There are great chapters devoted to staying physically and emotionally fit when you work from home, online tools to help you collaborate with fellow employees and/or clients, and a generally helpful perspective of the future of our business world.

“Release yourself from the 9am-to-5pm mentality.”

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.