Go Ahead and Like It.

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I was thinking my oldest son is ready for some daily journaling. He’s done plenty of copywork. He’s ready to start writing what he wants to. In that spirit I requested a copy of Go Ahead and Like It by Jacqueline Suskin, which promised writing prompts. I was hoping the book would be chock full of little questions he could answer in 3-5 sentences to finish up this school season and to start into the next. It was not. Instead it was a teeny tiny bit full of four suggestions that may spark some lists.

Once I wrapped my mind around what this book is, a pretty, hardly any text included whatsoever book to inspire little bits of happiness on tough days, then we just went with that. I’ll continue my journaling search elsewhere. (Any suggestions?)

In the interim we have created a few lists of things we like. It’s nice to see them challenged beyond the four things they listed first (above.) As we continue making lists every week or so we are revealing new things, deeper things, not just the things we always quote as our favorites or things we can easily see.

The intentions of this book are very deep. They are encouraging you to see happiness in mundane situations. To clue in on the beautiful flowers while you are stuck in traffic, for instance. It’s a very nice sentiment to share with my boys. However, this book had so much potential, could have gotten incredibly inspiring, and instead… just stopped.

It’s the type of book that will pass hand to hand to bolster moods between friends. While it didn’t even come close to my original expectations, we are still writing lists for school time. I hope this is a habit that will stick with us for years to come.

Go Ahead & Like It by Jacqueline Suskin.

(I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.)

3 thoughts on “Go Ahead and Like It.

  1. my favorite book for the essential writers notebook by Natalie Goldberg. It is a journal with prompts and I have used it many times throughout the years…first as a college student studying creative non fiction writing, then as a public school teacher in my writing club….and then as a homeschooling parent. Hope you like it…

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