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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,395 Ratings  ·  936 Reviews
Based on the award-winning 10-million-plus-hit blog, The Book of Awesome is a high five for humanity and a big celebration of life's little moments:

• Popping Bubble Wrap
• Wearing underwear just out of the dryer
• Fixing electronics by smacking them
• Getting called up to the dinner buffet first at a wedding
• Watching The Price Is Right when you're
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Putnam Adult
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Dan C.
Nov 24, 2011 Dan C. rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I don't even know where to start with The Book of Awesome. I guess the best place to start is how I acquired this book. My friend Mary sent it to me in the mail last week, thinking I might like it. This isn't the first time that Mary has recommended a book to me, but it is the first time she's ever given me the book she was recommending, with the instructions to pass it on to someone else that might enjoy it when I was done with it.

I can see why you'd want to pass it on after reading it. It's no
A while ago, I was feeling really depressed, so I decided to order a few books on happiness online. One of them was The Book of Awesome, which is a book filled entirely with "the little pleasures in life" that we take strange satisfaction in, such as popping bubble wrap and the smell of baked goods.

This book has given me tons of smiles, so I thought I'd create a review with 5 awesome things of my own, created in the style of The Book of Awesome.

Your oven smelling like pizza

Eating a slice of pizz
Aug 18, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random
This book reminds me a lot of the website "stuff white people like." It's a compilation of short selections about awesome stuff, ranging anywhere from just a few sentences to a few pages. The beauty of this book is that you'll find yourself nodding your head vehemently, saying "Yes. YES. That is awesome. (!)(!)"

Just to get a little idea of what you'll encounter upon reading this, here's a sampling of items from this collection that everyone basically must agree are awesome:

* When you're really
Jan 16, 2014 Buggy rated it liked it
Opening Line:"Polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes swirl in the seas,wars are heating up around the world, and the job market is in a deep freeze. Whoa. It's getting pretty ugly out there."

The Book Of Awesome is a really fun idea. Its also a very pretty book, makes a great gift and is being marketed like crazy, I mean its everywhere and yes there are a lot of things included here that made me smile however it really reads better in list form and I’m sure most people did like I did and just ski
May 14, 2010 Alea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review

If it is not obvious already, The Book of Awesome is.... AWESOME. Whenever you need a laugh, a giggle, a smile a little pick me up, The Book of Awesome is right there waiting for you.

The format of the Book of Awesome is sort of an extended list. Each title describes the awesome thing and then the actual body copy ranging from a word to a few pages details the awesome. Pasricha goes off on a lot of tangents and tells a lot of stories and gives a lot of scenarios but his way with words made me fol
Nov 06, 2014 Jessica-Robyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The Book of Awesome is a 393 page reminder that great, AWESOME things come in the most simple of moments.

Through lives small triumphs, moments of easily forgotten fun, guilty giggles, and the tiniest realizations, we spend our time going from one thing to the next and in the shuffle I sometimes forget to really enjoy the things I do. The Book of Awesome goes through those seconds of daily life and finds those situations that we pass by and re-lives, examines, and champions them with all the humo
Aug 04, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who appreciate the little things
Of course, the opposite of awesome is un-awesome – which is exactly what it feels like when you have to wait forever in line because there is no other checker to open a new lane or you get a speeding ticket from the cop who was on the side of the road or you hit a bunch of red lights in a row (I always get to about the third and say, out loud in my car, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”) or when your alarm clock blares and you feel like it is way too early for the alarm clock to go off or when you meant to ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Apr 08, 2011 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it it was amazing
Is life getting you down?

Did you have a bad day?

Then you need the Book of Awesome!!

What could be better than taking the simple average every day things in life and rediscovering how awesome they really are?

From bakery air to cat naps. Hitting all the green lights to trick or treating.

Yes... the world is full of little things and with the help of this book you'll turn that frown upside down and stop and smell the awesome.

Mar 16, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: at-bjhs
This book should be read in small doses - essays about various everyday occurances that the author finds "awesome", such as "Perfectly Popped Popcorn", "The feeling of scrunching sand in your feet", and "Sweatpants". These are all great things and this is a fine idea for a blog (which is how it started out), but, as you can imagine, they don't all really lend themselves to great essays. I, too, can appreciate "When there's ice cream left at the bottom of the cone" - I just don't think it warrant ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Bunny rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-15
Something fascinating happened while I was reading this book.

I started out just reading a few chapters in between the other books I was reading. It's hard to read a book like this straight through, cover to cover, so I was giving myself room, to keep from getting bored or having it feel monotonous.

Then I finished the book I was reading, and decided to try reading straight through, starting Friday morning. Sitting outside with my coffee, the dog running around and rolling in the sun. Being unempl
Michelle. D.
Dec 03, 2010 Michelle. D. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved, books-i-own
The title is very full of itself. "The book of Awesome"... Well lemme tell you something, it wasn't wrong. This book was so AWESOME! It's not really a story but the way the things were written, was so magical!

Let's bask in it's glory....
Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome! Awesome!Awesome!Awesom
Sep 02, 2010 Brandon rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, y-u-do-dis
I'm not going to go into a whole lot of detail as it's kind of hard to justify a really long review of this book considering the subject matter.

Just because I have given it 2 stars does not mean that I hated the book either. Judging by the GR rating system, I have selected "it was ok" and that's all it really was.

I did take pleasure in a few of the entries such as; "Obtaining the perfect milk to cereal ratio", "sleeping with one leg under the covers and one leg out" and "snow falling on Christm
Mar 30, 2014 Meri rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
Okay, this must be the stupidiest book i have ever read yet the most awesome one. Like seriously.

When someone lands on the hotel you just built in Monopoly.
Taking your bra off after wearing it for hours.
The first scoop out of a jar of peanut butter.

and i could go on.

I smiled like an idiot reading this book and it also made me feel kind of nostalgic.

The last chapter hit me like a train.
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Jul 20, 2010 Kathy (Bermudaonion) rated it really liked it
Neil Pasricha was just a regular guy, working a regular job, and he thought it would be a great idea to sit back and appreciate the little things in life. In order to focus on that, he decided to start a blog called 1000 Awesome Things, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Book of Awesome is basically a compilation of things Neil finds to be awesome. The description of each awesome thing is only a page or two and the writing is witty and sharp. Some of the awesome things are silly, some are
May 05, 2011 Cait rated it really liked it
This was such a warm and fuzzy reading experience. Some of the entries brought with them a heavy dose of nostalgia, while others provoked the surprise and delight of "Hey, I do that too!" recognition. The book works best read in small doses, maybe a handful of entries a day. Any more and you run the risk of it becoming tedious (you're reading what is essentially a list, after all), and that would be a shame. Pasricha's commentary on each entry is sometimes sweet, often blunt (but not obnoxiously ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Christina rated it did not like it
I did not find this book "AWESOME!"

I understand the concept of counting one's blessings, and being grateful for what one has, and I particularly enjoy the blog, IMMD (It Made My Day).

Yet somehow, The Book of AWESOME brings out the Grinch in me.

I think this book would be more aptly titled, The Book of Pretty Neat, or The Book of Pleasant. Some of the items mentioned are just that, pleasant. Other items, I found myself wondering What is the author talking about? (i.e. "When your sneeze stalls for
Dec 28, 2011 Faye rated it it was ok
Laugh-out-loud funny, tinged with just enough sarcastic nostalgia"

Hmm. A good concept. Unfortunately, that little twinge of sarcasm that's supposed to make this "optimism for the rest of us" (Vancouver Sun) ruins it. If you're going to write a book ( or a website) about the little things in life worth celebrating, why consistently muck it up with just the tiniest twinge of negativity? It's The Secret for people that enjoy being crusty.

And, it might be humorous, but "laugh out loud funny" is rea
An AWESOME book describing all the little things in life that we overlook that we all find as some of the best things in the world. Its the small things that count.
Kelly Harmon
This is a book spun off from a Web site, where the author has made a list of "Awesome" things... small things that we can feel good about every day. For instance: peeling an orange in one go, the smell of a new box of crayons and the wave you get when you let someone over in traffic.

All good things...

But, I got really tired of the "AWESOME!" printed at the bottom of the page. And, honestly, I would have been happier just reading a list. I didn't need an essay (even a short essay) about any of th
May 19, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, library
After a couple hundred pages I stopped reading the author's explanations and just read the 'awesome' subjects. I smiled at topics such as 'Celebrating Your Pet's Birthday Even Though They Have No Idea What is Going On' and the 'Three-Paycheck Month'. But sentences like 'your corny paws are sitting ugly at the bottom of the You Chain' made me snicker and roll my eyes. Definitely a blog-which makes it merely okay put together as a book. Bathrooms, ahoy.
Apr 01, 2011 Garci rated it really liked it
This was a really great, uplifting read! Some of the things the author identifies as AWESOME are obvious (When the thing you are going to buy is already on sale), some of the things that are AWESOME are not so obvious (When you get the milk-to-cereal ratio just right), and some were hilarious and made me laugh out loud (Hearing a stranger fart in public). I found my self smiling through most of it. Recommended read.
Oct 17, 2011 Sandra rated it it was ok
A series of essays (some as short as one paragraph) on various things the author declares as awesome; i.e "Hitting a Bunch of Green Lights in a Row", "Popping Bubble Wrap". Subjective, light, and some may be familiar. A so-so book -- fortunately I got it from the library and did not buy it. I would recommend getting a notebook and writing your own book of awesome.
Apr 18, 2010 Gus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, nonfiction
I was having a bad day at work (people...please treat retail employees nicely! We have no control over the store rules and we can't change prices!! Also, if you stay until after we close, then we have to stay even LONGER!) and picked this up to read. So many things in here made me smile! I absolutely loved it. This would make a great present for anyone!
Mikaela Tynski
Feb 02, 2014 Mikaela Tynski rated it really liked it
Shelves: second-term
"The Book of Awesome", by Neil Pasricha, is a feel good type of book. It consists of short chapters that reveal the simple pleasures in life. The author, Neil Pasricha, captures the readers' attention by making each chapter more relatable than the previous. At the turn of every page I found myself smiling. He has also given a big variety of different awesome things; something for everyone! I believe that the author was trying to create a relatable novel that grabs your attention with his endless ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Pinder rated it it was ok
I skimmed through it. I understand the appeal, and it's not offensive or anything, but more of a book for people who don't read books.
Aug 08, 2014 Sid rated it really liked it
So I bought this book during summer last year while I was in Australia and I began reading it. After about 10 pages I began to dislike it. Although the writing was good. So this summer I decided to give it another shot and It was great and I couldn't understand why i didn't like it a year ago.

The concept of the book is it is full of short stories and accounts of simple things in life that make is happy or just small things in life that are AWESOME!
Its a great read for everyone 12+ as there is
Joe Maggiore
First of all, the content of this book is fantastic. No doubt about it. It's always fun to reminisce on positive things. No matter what mood you are in, the simple things in life can still make you happy.

If you choose to read this book, you need to realize that this isn't your average book. If you didn't know, the book has a whole lot of awesome things - each one getting its own chapter - each one is 1-3 pages. You can't sit down and read more than three chapters or three awesome things. You ca
Jason Lim
Jun 09, 2015 Jason Lim rated it really liked it
I liked this book. There's really not much more to say. After a while, it became a little repetitive, like how every page ended with "AWESOME!!!". I could really empathize with Neil, on how he was feeling when reading each part. It's a great book to read on a rainy day, or if you're looking to feel better when sad. Following Neil through what he was thinking and feeling was quite fun, and some of the entries really made you realize how small the world is, or how huge the universe is.
Mar 10, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
A book of short write-ups on a ton of little things that can brighten your day. My personal favorite was snow stepping or walking in the footsteps somebody has already forged in a fresh-fallen snow.

I even learned 2 pretty cool things while reading this book. The first involves the aluminum foil box in the kitchen. It has two little slots that help anchor it in the box! I can't believe I've never noticed them before. The other thing involves the gas tank in my car. On the control panel, the fuel
Nov 21, 2015 KomalDyal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really makes you realize of all of the simple awesome things around us. Reminder of the things we take for granted but are Awesome. This is a type of book to keep at your night table and read a couple of awesome things to make us count our blessings.
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Neil Pasricha (Pass-REE-cha) never imagined that writing about the smell of gasoline, thinking it’s Thursday when it’s really Friday, or wearing underwear just out of the dryer would amount to anything. A self-described “average guy” with a typical 9-to-5 job in the suburbs, Neil started his blog 1000 Awesome Things, as a small reminder — in a world of rising sea levels, global conflict, and a tro ...more
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