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The Book of Awesome

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  10,682 ratings  ·  1,160 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
Pasta dura, 393 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Putnam Pub Group
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Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
“It seems like maybe these tiny little moments make an awesome difference in many of our rushed, jam-packed lives. Maybe we all love snow days, peeling an orange in one shot, and Popping Bubble Wrap.”

I picked this book up at exactly the right time. I had just recently started reading Everyday Sexism, and it ignited a spark within me that I had thought to be long extinguished. I felt such rage at the seeming unfairness of how tragedy was handed out— I actually had to stop reading because I felt s
Dan C.
Jul 23, 2011 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
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 17, 2010 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
Dec 10, 2010 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 01, 2010 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
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Mar 05, 2011 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.

Apr 21, 2010 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
Mar 09, 2011 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
Jul 14, 2011 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
Jul 30, 2011 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
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, p, own, favorite, 2018
I love everything about this book. It reminds me that sometimes we just need to stop and appreciate the little things. The writing is very friendly. It was written as if you were chatting with a buddy and I love books like that.

With this review, I'll just list some of my favorite little things that were mentioned in this book. There were quite a bit that I loved and it brought back some good memories but for the purpose of this review, I'll keep it nice and short.

*seeing a cop on the side of t
May 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointments, 2010
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 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.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-physical
A cute book describing things that are "awesome".

I found myself nodding along in agreement to most of them. It was a nice read to help remind me of the little things in life that bring joy.

There's not a lot to this book but it's a nice bedside book that you can read a few "awesome" things at a time when you have a minute.

It was enjoyable and I'm glad I finally got around to it as I've owned this book for years.
Michelle. D.
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, loved
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
Erica Locke
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Some of the things in this book was hilarious to read.
Jun 10, 2015 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
Cait Poytress
May 05, 2011 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
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
Dec 28, 2011 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
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
Oct 17, 2011 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.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: funny, lectuur, e-books
I really liked the idea of a book that reminds you of the small-yet-awesome little things in life, reminds you to stop and smell the roses and be happy with what you have.

But for me reading just the index / titles was enough to get the idea, and reading the full stories didn't add much, if anything at all. Very quick read and relatable stories, but not necessarily 'awesome'.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I got the book for myself, I ended up bringing it to work and reading a little section of it for my co-workers at the end of a relatively boring meeting each week. It became a bit of a tradition and everyone ended up looking forward to our reading from "The Book of Awesome."

I appreciate books like this for the place they have in this world to uplift and bring joy.
Oct 02, 2011 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.
JG (Introverted Reader)
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 o
Samir Ahmed
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly i would say it is a very nice time pass book and it made me feel good. The great thing about the book is that it covers all aspects of day to day life. It will take you from one topic to totally unrelated brand new topic n scene! And you never know what is going to come next. This is what i like most.
In between, some topics are boring and the author has unnecessarily explained it too much with his own theories, sub types and examples. That's why i am not giving 5 star. However, some aw
Aug 07, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 60 pages in.

Some of the stuff I agree is fairly awesome. Other stuff is wayyyyy too mundane to be called awesome. I also don't like the unnecessarily long descriptions of some items. If I kept going now I'd just be reading the titles like a list and skipping the descriptions. Also what is with the seemingly random bold phrases? Doesn't seem organized or purposeful.

Looks like this isn't for me.
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun distraction from more serious and/or lengthy books. Best read in small snippets. I recommend 10-20 pages a day ;)
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Pass me a drink. Let's chill on the ripped couch at the back. I love this place. Book lovers are my favorite people. (And my favorite lovers.)

My name is Neil Pasricha (PASS-REACH-AH) and I'm the New York Times-blah-blah bestselling author of YOU ARE AWESOME, THE HAPPINESS EQUATION, and THE BOOK OF AWESOME series. My books have published a lot of languages I can't read, spent ei

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