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The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Neil Pasricha

In this adaptation of his blog www.1000awesomethings.com, 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 … see full wiki

Author: Neil Pasricha
Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Entertainment
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
1 review about The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air,...

The Book of Awesome is Awesome

  • Sep 1, 2010
Rating:
+5
Pros: Awesome!

Cons: .

The Bottom Line: It's The Book of Awesome.  Honestly, what else is there to say?

I was putting books away at work when I spotted this one.  How can you not open up a book with a title like The Book of Awesome?  So I cracked it open and read a page.  It immediately ended up on my mental reading list.

It took a while to get from the library (everyone wanted to read some awesomeness, apparently), and when I finally got it, I pretty much cruised through it.  I think a better way to read this book is to do it devotional style.  Maybe one or two awesome things in the morning and/or at night.  That way you can wake up or go to sleep happy.

The Book of Awesome takes a very simple idea and rolls with it.  One awesome thing mentioned per day that people as a whole really do enjoy.  Like snow days.  Or the smell of freshly baked bread.  It began as a website before turning into this book.  With all the death and destruction in the world (and the crappy news that reports it), having nice things to think about is a comforting change.

That's really all there is to it.  The entries are rather small, only taking up a single page for you to read and then sit back and reminisce or think, "Yeah, that is awesome."  Like popping bubble wrap.  Who doesn't like popping bubble wrap?  Or walking through the aisle in the grocery store where all the coffee is and just inhaling a big whiff of fresh coffee scent.  Or staring out over calm water.  Some pages only had one or two lines.  Others had a few pages to go with it.  Most of these will make you smile, a few will get you nostalgic, and others will jog that little memory in your brain where you think, "Ohmygosh, yes, that IS awesome!"

There may be a handful that don't work for you, ranking rather low on your awesome-meter; for me, hearing a stranger fart is not something I consider awesome.  Then again, I'm not a guy (not that all guys think that), whereas the author lists a few that are particularly geared toward women, such as freshly shaven legs in bed sheets and adds, "So I've heard."  (by the way, yes, that is awesome).

There was, however, one strange thing that I didn't quite get.  Throughout the entries, random words or phrases were in bold.  I don't know why since they didn't seem to be references to other awesome things (sometimes they were not awesome), and in general, had no clue what the deal was with that.  For a while it kind of annoyed me, but eventually I did my best to ignore it.  Random.

So if you're in the mood for something awesome, pick up this book.  Get nostalgic about watching The Price is Right when you were at home sick, feel the thrill of hitting all green lights on a street, and remember that one morning you woke up thinking you had to go to work and then realizing that - sweet! - it was Saturday.  It's all about enjoying the little things in life, so open this up and remember what makes life awesome.

NT

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