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The Book Of Awesome (The Book of Awesome #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  6,667 ratings  ·  807 reviews
Based on the award-winning 10-million-plus-hit blog 1000awesomethings.com, 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 yo...more
Paperback, Australia & New Zealand, 394 pages
Published April 15th 2010
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Dan C.
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...more
Katie
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...more
Buggy
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...more
Alea

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...more
Jessica-Robyn
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...more
Rachel
Aug 04, 2012 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Brandon
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...more
Karen
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
Meri
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)
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...more
Cait
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
Michelle. D.
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...more
Christina
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...more
Faye
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...more
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...more
Garci
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.
Gus
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
"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
Pinder
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.
Samantha
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...more
Becky
I liked the idea behind this book but I think it tries to be much more clever than it actually is. My biggest complaint is that he ended his description of each thing with AWESOME! I know you think it is awesome, that is why you included it and titled your book as such. Most of the items in the book simply have to do with good timing (ie hitting all green lights.) Nonetheless, I do agree with the author that these five things are pretty awesome:

-the final seconds of untangling a really big knot
-...more
Kelly
Meh. Just okay. Nothing great. The premise got old really quickly. I can't believe there are 3 of these books??? I liked the ideas but I didn't need the author to elaborate on EACH one for 3 pages. That was BORING. The list is much more practical. I can easily figure out why popping those bubbles is awesome. . .I don't need 3 pages of you telling me why. And I will argue that taking lint out of the dryer is NOT awesome. Sorry. If it were awesome, my family wouldn't fight over this chore with eve...more
Matt Thompson
Title: The Book of Awesome, Author: Neil Pasricha
This book is written for a number of reasons, things everybody can relate to, to make you laugh, and remember fun times. When you read this book I am sure you will have mixed emotions but mostly a sense of humor. Neil Pasricha does a great job of making you laugh and look back on all of those things we forget in today's world. I gave this book three out of five stars because the first half of the book was good I related to all of the topics. The...more
Jennifer
I like this book mainly for the idea of it, and for some of the unusual things that are present inside. I cannot entirely relate to most of the entries, probably I can relate to less than 20% of them, but I still enjoyed skimming it. I started writing my own list of awesome things on my blog, but I ran out of things before reaching 100. Maybe I reached 30. Maybe. I like reading about things you think are awesome, but you don't think anyone else thinks are awesome, and then you realize that someo...more
Crystal
Jan 05, 2013 Crystal is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this is not a book a you read like a regular book. This is one that sits on your night stand and you pick up every once in a while or set out a schedule for, because if you were to read it all at once it would get boring and you'd find yourself not finding any of the simple things in life AWESOME! I have chosen to read 2 a day and if i can't crack a smile during that, then I'm probably having a bad day. How do you not find popping bubble wrap or making an entire string of green lights AWESOM...more
Nenette
This book really lived up to its title - it's awesome! I'll put this in my inspirational-funny category. It's a list of the small, pleasurable things in life that most of us would identify with. I had to highlight and mark most parts of this book; I just didn't feel that nodding along would be enough. It's a reminder that life is really beautiful, really awesome. I especially like how he ended the book with these three: getting right near the end of a book; smiling and thinking of good friends w...more
Sarah
Sep 25, 2011 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 8 and up
Shelves: ya-realistic, humor
I picked this book up because the title was funny to me: The Book of Awesome...I wanted to see if it really was awesome!

The author Neil Pasricha made this book out of the blog he keeps (http://1000awesomethings.com/). Basically, the blog & book are about the little things in life that are really awesome--like popping bubble wrap and waking up early and realizing that it's actually Saturday.

I enjoyed this book and have recommended it to a few coworkers who were looking for a funny, quick read...more
Sten Bolander
This book reminded me of those moments that might be easy to take for granted in life.

Especially liked the last entry which put everything in perspective, imagining the sun as the size of a bowling ball in front of your house, and the planets as peppercorns down the street, and then the Milky Way galaxy all around us as we humans are hanging out on "Earth." But we are all here for a purpose. Let us not forget the "Awesone" things in our midst each day.
Jessica
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.
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