Today’s review is going to be a bit different than usual, because this is not a young adult book – for once. But I got lucky enough to receive my first physical book from a publisher, this new experience I was very interested into, so I dove in head-first, and I am glad I did.
“The world is big and I am not but I am still enough.”
Pick Me Up is one of these bookish journal that you can, and should keep around with you on days you’re feeling blue, on days you’re feeling moody, on everyday you can and want to. It’s not a book you can, nor should read from page one to the last – hell, the pages aren’t even numbered, and that’s what matters. It’s a book you should live with, grow with, learn from, and get a little stronger everyday with. When I come to think about it, as I am writing this, it seems like the perfect book to end this shitty year with, a book filled with hope and pep talks for you, for now, for later, as the catch line is saying it.
“It can be scary or hard to be true to yourself. You may need to bide your time until the right moment.
But you only get one life and you deserve to live it. For real.”
Much like the Wreck This Journal, if any of you are familiar with this kind of famous journal you’re supposed to torn to pieces, burn, take everywhere, write in it and love it, Pick Me Up offers spaces to write your thoughts in, then leave it for later. Reflect on a moment, a second, take a breath, enjoy the silence with very simple words, not once ordered or bossed around, but at your own rhythm. It can take you a year to get through this book, a year to open it again at random to the same page where you wrote your feelings a long time ago, and reflect on these again. How you changed, grow.
It’s hard to review this kind of positive book, so I thought I’d leave you here with some quotes and pictures taken from the book.
Many thanks to Penguin Random House and Tarcher Perigee for sending me this book.
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Adam J. Kurtz, Pick Me Up: A pep talk for now or later, Published by Tarcher Perigee, October 4th 2016.
A quirky, creative companion that offers a pick-me-up on every page
On the heels of his internationally successful first book, 1 Page at a Time, graphic designer and illustrator Adam J. Kurtz delivers another intimate and engaging journal for anyone who loves to explore ideas, record thoughts and feelings, and capture those fleeting but amazing moments of everyday life.
Unlike a linear journal, this book can be opened up to any page, encouraging and engaging readers time and time again through continued use. Rather than simply complete tasks and turn pages, users are encouraged to leave their mark, and if they land on the same page days or weeks later, they can review, reflect, and revise their previous response.
Feeling lonely? Pensive? Peeved? Questioning? This deceptively simple book offers perspective, hope, and a twist of existential metaphor – and is perfect to pick up again and again.