I read a book yesterday that had me both shaking my head and realizing that pretty much anyone can pen a book. The book’s name is “Go Ahead and Like It” by Jacqueline Suskin.
I knew it wasn’t going to be a work of fiction or a memoir, but literally it is page after page of photos of handmade lists of things that the author likes; anything from eating grapes off the vine to driving alone.
At 72 pages, it was the shortest book I have ever reviewed. So I felt compelled to read it again. Since I believe whenever I am asked to review a book and at the end of reading it I am left annoyed, perplexed or shaking my head, I feel the need to go back and read it again.
About midway through the second time, it began to dawn on me that perhaps the author’s decision to write a book about lists of things she liked was to share how she acknowledges things having meaning for her and of the importance and significance for all of us to slow our lives down for even a moment and “jotting it down”.
So maybe the book wasn’t as “far out” as I thought it was…plus it smelled really good and was made of great paper. Hmmm, maybe I should start a list. ” I like small books that smell good and are made from great paper”. My first entry!
Years ago I started a Gratitude Journal. Maybe it is time for me to get back to it.
***I was given this book for Review by Blogging for Books.***
About Go Ahead & Like It
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.