by Jacqueline Suskin
Source: Blogging for Books
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.
4.5 of 5 Stars
The first thing I really loved about this book was the artistic quality of it. The way the photos and drawing is put together it has a very home made feel which lends itself well to the simplicity behind the idea of the book. This is for sure a book to have as a hard copy because it’s so graphical in nature. I don’t think an ebook would do it justice at all.
When I first read about the book I thought it might be a bit like a gratitude journal. It is in a way, but it’s also more than that. It’s both pointing out things we enjoy to ourselves but also to others. Finding the things you like in an uncomfortable or tedious situation can make that situation more tolerable. But what I’d never thought of was how these lists can be shared with others. How better to get to know someone than give them a list of things you like?
It’s a very simple idea and a concept I enjoy a lot. I decided to try it myself as suggested in the book. I think this is one of those books that you take the ideas from and then share it with someone you think will enjoy it.
FTC Disclosure: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book and I was provided with no other compensation.