The Book of Awesome

The Book of Awesome

Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things

Book - 2010
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Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration that skips the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: "When you push the button for the elevator and it's already there," ("Ding!"); "When the boss goes out of town" ("Who's up for a three-hour lunch?"); "Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics" ("Welcome to the world, remote control"). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life's unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to "share a universal high five with humanity."
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399156519
0399156518
Characteristics: 393 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.

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writermala
Sep 16, 2020

This is a book for your bookshelf, because you can pick it up anytime and open any page for a chuckle. The best part of this book is that most of the time you can relate to what Neil is saying. For example, who hasn't had to turn a pillow to get to the cool side? Or have you found a ten dollar bill in an old jacket and felt like a million dollars? The list goes on. Life is awesome if you can only find the awesome things in it and Neil Pasrischa's book helps you do this.

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IntrovertReader
Aug 11, 2020

Neil Pasricha has written a book of short essays about little things in our lives that make our days just a little more awesome when we encounter them.

I needed this book in my life right now. I don’t even know how to follow that up without hijacking this review into my own political soapbox, so for future reference, I’ll just note that we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and may George Floyd rest in peace. I pray for justice and meaningful societal changes for him and so many countless others.

Anyway…

A reminder of small, awesome things is a welcome break from the daily hourly onslaught of bad news at the moment. The topics are so great that just reading the contents brings a smile to my face. “The smell of freshly cut grass.” One of my favorite smells in the world. “Watching The Price is Right when you’re at home sick.” That one brings back memories of staying home sick with my grandfather, who passed away two years ago. I don’t remember watching The Price is Right with him, but I remember Chuck Woolery hosting Scrabble. And that brings back memories of Papaw watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy literally every night that it was on. Another one that I haven’t experienced but I sure would like to: “When your suitcase tumbles down the luggage chute first after a long flight.” If that ever happens to me, I’m going right out and buying my PowerBall ticket. I think the lottery odds are better than the first-luggage odds!

I mostly read this before bed, because that’s when I like to read my nonfiction books, so over breakfast in the morning, I would read the chapter titles to my husband. That sparked some good conversations about whether we thought each topic was awesome or not (He thinks sleeping with one leg under the covers and one leg out is awesome, but I’m generally for being completely covered, even if it’s only a sheet). We’d also discuss any other memories the topics sparked, like my stories about my grandfather and game shows.

The book got just a bit too long for me. I looked back at the last several chapters, and I do mostly agree that they’re awesome, so I must have just run out of attention. But it also felt like, instead of a quick page or two, the essays got a bit longer. Whatever happened, I personally just wish the book had been maybe 25 pages shorter.

If you need a pick-me-up like I did, please give this book a try. You’ll walk away with a renewed appreciation for all the awesome little things that make up your day if you just have the eyes to see them.

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MaeganS
Aug 20, 2019

I loved this book! I really liked how descriptive and relatable for instance flipping over the pillows to the other side.

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LexiLou2
Feb 08, 2019

A nice light read to pick up now and then to remember that there are so many little things to celebrate and enjoy, not just little things that are annoying or painful.

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2_EPIC
Nov 16, 2018

nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Books that are short and sweet and don’t need to be read from front to back are sometimes all that you have time for, and they can be perfect for what you need at this moment. You can also open this book to any page and read the headline and then the short story that goes with it. It will make you feel good about life! (submitted by DS)

LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 29, 2018

Add a little awesome to your day and embrance the awesomeness of the little things in life with this reminder. Whether you are stuck in a rut or need the confidence to make a big change, give this inspirational book a chance

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 19, 2017

One of the most uplifting and life-affirming books ever written, The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha invites the readers to look on the bright side by enjoying life's small pleasures - and making us realize how grateful we are for them. An easy to read book in a list format, the book covers joys such as getting the eyelash out of your eye, perfectly popped microwave popcorn, the all-you-can-eat buffet, waking up on a Saturday, holding babies, and many, many more. Pasricha delves into every joy with a humorous paragraph or two that is guaranteed to make you laugh, smile, cry, or all three. With the way the world is today, The Book of Awesome is a heartwarming, witty look at the world through utterly innocent and idealistic eyes.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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drownedinbooks
Oct 05, 2014

It was good at first, but it seemed repetitive after a few entries. I lost interest and just stopped reading. Some entries were "awesome", such as Bakery Air.

lbarkema Jun 19, 2014

I can see how this was a blog before, because I would have liked to read this in snippets. Although there were a lot of these "awesome" things that I agreed with and found myself nodding my head and saying "yes, exactly!" some of the entries were FAR too long, and I found myself not caring as much about it. Overall, kinda fun and heartwarming but really, you could read the titles of each entry and be good.

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“Gliding down the bike path on a Saturday morning, you whip by somebody peddling in the opposite direction and give each other a nod. For a moment it's like "Hey, we're both doing the same thing. Let's be friends for a second.”
― Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome

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mh_reads
Dec 07, 2012

Let's all get a little AWESOME!

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Gaurangi
Mar 24, 2011

"Awesome"

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bluebelle11
Mar 17, 2011

(When you hit pins down while bowling) The Stage Dance.Hey, you're up on stage, so why not throw out a couple moves? Perhaps the famous Hulk Hogan ear cup, the invisible hula hoop, or the fist pump. If all else fails, you can moonwalk back down to your seat. The shoes should help.

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bluebelle11
Mar 16, 2011

"The [Five Second Rule] has many variations, including The Three Second Rule, The Seven Second Rule, and the extremely handy and versatile The However Long It Takes Me to Pick Up This Food Rule."

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bluebelle11
Mar 16, 2011

"Gliding down the bike path on a Saturday morning, you whip by somebody peddling in the opposite direction and give each other a nod. For a moment it's like "Hey, we're both doing the same thing. Let's be friends for a second."

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bluebelle11
Mar 16, 2011

Have you ever put finger, algea-filled lake-water, or shampoo in there? Yeah, that gets your eyes screaming in pain pretty quick, doesn't it? Unless you're using baby No More Tears shampoo, of course, in which case feel free to lather your eyeballs right on up, no worries.

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myOPL2434
Oct 24, 2011

an awesome book written by Neil Pasricha! A genius!!! this book tells you about all those little things in life that are simmple but also sweet! For example: the feeling that you get when you find something you've ben looking for! all that weight has been lifted off your shoulders! a truly awesome book! I simply loved it! if you havant read the book yet, boy you have a lot of reading in your future!

litchick Sep 03, 2010

I swiped this from a blog - Eden Journal - that swiped it from an Amazon patron. It seems to provide a nice summary:

Pasricha celebrates the simple pleasures of everyday living. Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration that skips the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: “When you push the button for the elevator and it’s already there,” (“Ding!”); “When the boss goes out of town” (“Who’s up for a three-hour lunch?”); “Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics” (“Welcome to the world, remote control”). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life’s unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to “share a universal high five with humanity.” Readers looking for simple, unsentimental pick-me-ups should find this happy browsing.

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