Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

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

Source: Borrowed from a friend
Publisher: Putnam (Penguin)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 393
Sometimes it's easy to forget the things that make us smile. With a 24/7 news cycle reporting that the polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes are swirling in the seas, wars are heating up around the world, and the job market is in a deep freeze, it's tempting to feel that the world is falling apart. But awesome things are all around us-sometimes we just need someone to point them out. 

The Book of Awesome reminds us that the best things in life are free (yes, your grandma was right). With laugh-out-loud observations from award- winning comedy writer Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome is filled with smile-inducing moments on every page that make you feel like a kid looking at the world for the first time. Read it and you'll remember all the things there are to feel good about.

Ha. Hahahaha. The Book of Awesome is AWESOME! Alright, so, admittedly, that was a really lame joke but it in no way reflects the humour in the book!

Are you feeling down? Are you being bogged down with something in your life? Are you just searching for something to make you smile? Then, you need this book. I realize that I sound like an annoying informercial right now but it really was a delightful book.

It's not the typical kind of book that I read. Each item on the list has up to a few pages of explanation or back story and it really is just essentially a list of awesome things. The feeling I got when reading this book was great. It was impossible to stop a smile from forming and I found myself going "YES! That is totally awesome!" or "I love that, too!" every few pages.

I think it's remarkable for a person to notice all the little things (because really, "fixing electronics by smacking them" is nothing life-changing) in life that can just make you so happy, even if it's only for a few brief moments. So, thank you, Neil Pasricha for being so AWESOME!

Cover Comments: It's... awesome. Simple yet eye-catching. Plus, I'm a sucker for rainbow patterns.


  1. Wow, this book is something I could use right much bad stuff on the news, this sounds like the perfect antidote.
    Love your line about "annoying infomercial" :)

  2. They made a book about me and didn't even CONSULT ME FIRST?! :O Oh... wait. *starts reading your review* Right. Well. Whatever. I'll write my own damn book about how awesome I am *mutters under breath*

    This sounds so AWESOME! What a cool idea for a book. I totally need this kind of read. Thanks for putting it on my radar, I hadn't heard of it until now!

  3. Nice! I've never heard of anything like this book, so I'll definitely have to check it out. Funny how simple ideas can end up having unexpected impact, isn't it?

  4. Haha love the title - and your joke ;)

  5. TheBookGirl: That's exactly it. I would have read this book bit by bit if I could, but it was borrowed from a friend. Still! So awesome.

    Brodie: Write your own? Wait.. you didn't hear about that book all the bloggers are putting together about your awesomeness? Oh, uh... never mind. Forget I said that.

    Jenna: It definitely is. I keep looking out for awesome little things after reading the book :) It was a nice change of perspective.

    Jillian: At least someone appreciates my jokes... haha, thanks ;)

  6. I was checking in on your latest stuff when I saw this AWESOME review (no pun intended) that I missed. What a cool book! I need this for every time my coworker is all "*sighs* What did I ever do to deserve this hell? What if, RIGHT NOW, I was run over by a bus?" This would be where I would shove the book under his nose and say " Dude, SHUT UP and read the awesome NOW!

    Great review. Marking it on the goodreads :)

  7. When I went to goodreads there was a book entitled "The book of (even more) awesome". It's Here!

  8. Haha, wouldn't that be nice? Maybe I should walk around with copies of this book to shove at people that spend their time moaning and groaning.

    It's a sequel! Or, companion novel, I guess. Just a continued list of the awesome :) I'll probably borrow it from my friend when I see her again in September (or sooner). Thanks!