The Book of Awesome
The book of awesome can only be expressed as one word, AWESOME. From the moment I started reading The Book of Awesome I knew that author Neil Pasricha was extraordinary. His observations on life's little joys are at once simple and deep. He brings to these observations the keen eye of a writer, the wit of a humorist, and the openness of an eternal optimist. This is just an unbeatable combination. This book will bring a glimpse of beautiful things that are often unappreciated in life. To date this book has had almost 12 million hits, won 2 webby awards, been on CNN, BBC and the front page of The Toronto Star. The best part is it is suitable for any age group, therefore enjoyed by millions. The author creates a atmosphere of easiness and relatability. It is a high five for humanity and a big celebration of life's little moments. I’ve talked a lot about any small victory being worth celebrating. That’s what I saw in Pasricha’s book: it’s a litany of the small pleasures in life that make it so good at times, provided we can slow down enough to acknowledge them. Life is hard and lots of people get cynical and bitter. Pasricha’s lists of small pleasures are not sentimental, sappy little quotes. He’s an optimist, that is for sure. I’d recommend spending some time over on Neil’s blog. If you like what you’ll see, you’ll definitely love the book.
Amazing book, it was made to appreciate the little things in life.
the author came up with brilliant little things that we have to enjoy in our lives but I found he dragged on with his subjects too long in each chapter. Although overall a pretty good book, very funny subjects :)
The tone was often too self-centred and self-absorbed for me to enjoy - or finish!
Very entertaining . shows you some of the best things of life.
Soooooooooooo cool! (*cough cough* and AWESOME!)
Liked the book; there were certain entries that I could personally relate to.
The book of awesome is...let's say it all together... AWESOME!!!!!
I love this book! It shows how the little things in life, can make that much of a difference and make you happy. This amazing book makes you feel good about the world and really appreciate everything wonderful around you.
funny feel good moments you savor at the moment and then don't think of again
A burst of optimism! The examples got pretty deep near the end but that just made you appreciate all our blessings.
This inspiring novel still leads my son and I to create new lists of Awesome moments in our lives. Refreshing to be enthralled in positivity.
Funny, entertaining and very interesting. Loved it!
A funny yet insightful look at the ordinary things in our lives that are truly awesome. Sparks a chuckle or two as you recall being in similar situations.
this book is so funny it makes you think of the little things that make your day
This book was awesome! It made me smile and laugh, although some of the stuff did not apply to me(yet) I still imagined myself in the future smiling on those events. This book will change the way I do stuff from now on. I will pay attention to every small thing that makes me smile. This book taught me how to cherish life! Awesome!
Makes me appreciate life in more depth. The title is pretty appropriate.
This book is very inspiring! It makes you stop and think of all the small things we don't pay attention to. I loved this book!
Great selection, OLA. Love the premise of how this book began as a blog.
The kind of book you pick up when you've only got a couple of minutes to read. Sort of interesting in that it outlines things that we should be grateful for, but also kind of predictable and slightly boring if read for any length of time.
I bought this book for my sister while I was on vacation. I took a read and enjoyed what had to be shared on the small things in life.
Good to read while in public transit or waiting at the airport. It can definitely get tiring at some points, but it helps it is organized in separate entries.
Really good book. It's the kind that you can't read all at the me time read a bit each day. Great book to read when you're feeling down. An awesome read trust me I read 4 or more books a week & more during summer when I don't have school
What a disappointment! I had heard about this book, even heard an interview with the author. Sounded great! It says he is a comic writer. Well, he is not funny. His descriptions of the Awesomes (awesome things) are simply boring. What a disappointment!
Okay book. I did like the list of awesome" things, the description of why such things are awesome gets a bit tedious. We don't need a 3 page reasoning for why bubble wrap is awesome.
Picking up this book: Because a bunch of people including myself said so. AWESOME!
Heartwarming. It's amazing how easy it is to forget he simple pleasures of life.
It's interesting how this book forgot to mention itself.
Reminded me of the awesome things we take for granted every day. Though some were not that awesome.
The book has some stuff that are awesome, but some stuff aren't awesome at all. Still a good book to read =)
this book is ok. some parts i agree it was awesome but others were ok. when neil explain how is it awesome. it wasn't too intersing to read at all.
Fun to read and I agreed with many of the "awesome" things listed. (Except for gym pain. I hate gym pain). Looking forward to reading the next one!
Searching for a light, funny, feel-good read that physically makes you nod in agreement? Then look no further than The Book of Awesome. Neil Pasricha has gotten a lot of press for being one of those blogger-turned-author success stories (1000awesomethings.com) but the recognition is well-deserved. Tired of reading headlines about melting ice caps, world wars and a crashing economy, Pasricha compiled a list of everyday awesome experiences that he describes in a comical, relatable style. Granted, some of the mini-chapters border on the lame and/or cheesy (When you didn't play the lottery and your numbers didn't come up, Rain hair, The smell of gasoline) but others are true gems - things you never think about but, when they're pointed out, make you exclaim, "yeah, that IS awesome!" A few personal favourites: * Laughing so hard you make no sound at all * Remembering what movie that guy is from * Multitasking while brushing your teeth (I thought I was the only one who did this!) * The parking lot pull-through * Transferring the laundry from washer to dryer without dropping anything (is this even possible?) * Squeezing through a door as it's shutting without touching it
This book made me smile. :) This book can be enjoyed by everyone.
This book is really fun for the first little while and then it peters out. Having said that the online version is swell because you can get back to it slowly over time, like a treat. If you borrow this from the library like I have, you're on a schedule and you have to read a bunch at at time to get through it. This completely destroys the magic of it. Don't take this out of the library, either view it piecemeal online or buy it and only read a lil' now n' then. Incidently, who doesn't think that the last little corner of the chip bag isn't the very best part? Awesome!
The Book of Awful might be a better title. Pap!
Shall I say it? Of course i will! This book was awesome! Some of the items on the list didn't apply to me, like perfectly parallel parking (try saying that 5 times fast) but I got the gist that it was a pretty awesome little thing to happen. My personal favourites are popping bubble wrap, squeezing through a door as it's shutting without touching it, pushing those little button on the soft drink cup lid, the Five Second Rule, planning for snoozes, gym pain, getting something with actual handwriting on it in the mail, When you're watching one of your favourite movies and you realize you don't remember how it ends, picking up a Q and U at the same time in Scrabble, and that friendly nod between strangers out doing the same thing. This really helps you appreciate those little things in life that can be the difference between a bad day and a good day.
This book is definitely not awesome. Try to avoid actually reading what the author has written and just read the titles of each awesome thing if you want any hope of actually finding this book enjoyable. The book itself is something anyone could write given the opportunity. In fact write your own list of things that you find awesome and you'll probably enjoy that more!
The book of awesome isn't so awesome. While I liked reading the "list" of awesome things itself, I didn't care for the blurbs underneath where he discusses them and justifies why they're so awesome. I didn't find the author funny, even though he was really trying to be.
My hyper heightened expectation of this book might have been its downfall. Reminders of little joys are pleasant but it is not as extraordinary as everyone says.
AWESOME!! (it really is! everyone's got to read this!!)
This was a really good book! I open it anytime I need a reminder about how good the little things in life are. From not having to stop at any red lights on a drive home, to strangers farting in elevators (yes, that really is in the book!), Neil Pasricha has thought of everything to make you laugh and remember the good times.
Loved it so much that I'm buying a copy to keep at the office.
I loved this book! I wish I owned it, because it's one of those books you can just leave on a coffee table somewhere for entertainment anytime. It left me with a bubbly, satisfied feeling after finishing each entry. The humor was so real and down-to-earth; I loved the whole combination! Also, check out the blog if you haven't already. It's (you guessed it) AWESOME!
A great premise as a web site, but annoyingly repetitive as a book.
I was expecting something different. I, like some many others, like the blog and check it daily. I was surprised that some of my favorite comments and postings were missing from this book. It was tiresome in some places and it made me want to log onto the website to read the blog. For those who have not been exposed to this website, they will love this book.
I read the blog for quite some time before the book came out, and I was a little disappointed to see parts of it changed or my favourite posts left out. It really is a good book and so easy to pick up and read anywhere!
I enjoyed this book and found myself agreeing with many of the awesome things. It also woke me up to some everyday things that really are quite wonderful. The only annoying thing is now that when I say something is "awesome" my husband always asks if that was in the book :)
Read the review of this book on Chapters website and had to read it, myself. Makes you appreciate simple things and wonderful things. Full of trivia as well. Bubble wrap was originally supposed to be wall paper? Subjects run the gamut from the thrill of a cool pillow to finding money in your pocket. The concept started with Pasricha asking his parents for simple ideas and grew and grew and grew.
Neil Pasricha is hilarious, honest, insightful, and witty. This book is universal and hard not to love. Each page made me smile or laugh out loud. Truly unique and a great gift. I recommend this to everyone!
A great feel-good book that you'll recommend to anyone and everyone you know. And the cherry on top is that you'll find yourself appreciating the little moments of happiness in your own life a little more, maybe even inspiring you to compile your own list of awesome!
On a particularly bad day, near the end of a rotten week, in the middle of a horrible month I decided I NEEDED to own this book and like most things in my life - when want truly becomes need *poof* there it was! Literally. A darling friend, with very little "heads up", managed to somehow buy this book and secretly deposit it on my balcony. She then went home and sent me an e-mail telling me to "look outside". I have to say it.. it was AWESOME! : D