Review: Go Ahead & Like It by Jacqueline Suskin
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Ten Speed Press
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. (Goodreads)
I still enjoy taking pen or pencil to paper in a world filled with computers, tablets, emails, and texts. Go Ahead & Like It is a scrapbook/collage style inspirational book centered around writing lists of things you like. Jacqueline Suskin writes, “This is my practice of sustained elation”. She uses these lists as a way to celebrate life, recalling memories, and taking notice and appreciating the small things in life. I enjoyed this quick read full of photographs, lists of likes, and journal ideas. The simple cover is striking and the layout makes sense and reads in a fun experimental way.
However, it lacked paper or a space for us to begin writing our own lists of likes. There is one page dedicated to writing a list, but it doesn’t feel like a true space where one could write without ruining the book. What would have put this book on top would have been the inclusion of random scrap papers, or collage type papers for the reader to begin creating their own lists. It would have added to the experience of the book. Additionally for the retail price ($16.99) it seems rather short, so a change in price would possibly make this book more appealing.
Overall I rated this self-help/happiness book 3 Stars!
Jacqueline Suskin operates a performance poetry piece informally referred to as “Poem Store” – a project that consists of exchanging on-demand poetry on any subject composed on a manual typewriter in exchange for a donation. Her first book of poetry is The Collected (Publication Studio, 2010). She lives in Los Angeles, California.
I received this book from Blogging for Books, for this review.