– 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. A 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.
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.
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, alone 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.
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.