Review: Pick Me Up by Adam Kurtz

Posted January 5, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Pick Me Up by Adam KurtzPick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later by Adam J. Kurtz
Published by TarcherPerigee on October 4th 2016
Genres: nonfiction
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

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.

This book reminds me of a grown up version of a Wreck this Notebook. It’s designed to make you really think about your goals and what you want out of life. Each page has a way for you to creatively engage with the book by making a list, drawing a picture or some other small writing assignment.

It’s really really hard for me to even think about writing in a book. I remember, when i was in elementary school, I drew a triangle in the front cover of a book. I don’t know why. What I do know is my mother’s reaction. She told me in no uncertain terms, “We DO NOT write in books.” That lesson has stuck with my my entire life. The idea of writing in a book, even one that is meant to be written in, really bothers me.

With that in mind, you will have to understand how tempting this book is! I wanted to complete the prompts! The style of this book made me want to write in it.

four-stars

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