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The Book Of Awesome

by Neil Pasricha

Berkley Trade | March 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback

The Book Of Awesome is rated 4.5116 out of 5 by 43.
The author behind 1000awesomethings.com celebrates the good things in life- by the sheer power of their awesomeness.

Based on the award-winning blog 1000awesomethings.com, The Book of Awesome is a high five for humanity and a big celebration of life''s little moments and the underappreciated, simple things that make us happy, from popping bubble wrap to hitting a bunch of green lights in a row, to waking up thinking it''s Monday and realizing it''s Saturday. With wise, witty observations from writer Neil Pasricha, this treasure trove is filled with smile-inducing musings that make readers feel like kids looking at the world for the first time: AWESOME!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.02 × 5.3 × 1.11 in

Published: March 1, 2011

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425238903

ISBN - 13: 9780425238905

Found in: Health and Well Being
Recently a favourite cousin of mine came for a visit armed with a book written by a young colleague from her office. Tucked into the book was a most charming note. Three sentences in I was hooked. I finished the note and dove into the book. From the moment I started reading The Book of Awesome I knew that author Neil Pasricha was extraordinary. His observations on life’s little joys are at once simple and deep. He brings to these observations the keen eye of a writer, the wit of a humorist, and the openness of an eternal optimist. This is just an unbeatable combination. It is impossible to read The Book of Awesome without being inspired to feel better about life. Sharing it with a friend or loved one will, in some small but wonderful way, change you both. In the spirit of sharing, here is Neil’s note: Dear Heather, My name is Neil Pasricha and I’m a no-name 30-year-old guy who lives in downtown Toronto. My mom is from Nairobi, and my dad is from New Delhi and they came to Canada in the 60’s. My sister and I were born and raised here and we had pretty quiet childhoods. All that quiet changed for me in 2008. On one hand it was my toughest year ever with my closest friend taking his life and my wife choosing to live hers apart from me. In these ashes I started a website - 1000awesomethings - to celebrate all the tiny joys in life that we get up for every day… like the cold side of the pillow, and snow days! To date I have had almost 12 million hits, won 2 webby awards, been on CNN, BBC and the front page of The Toronto Star. 10 literary agents came out of the woodwork, 5 publishers expressed real interest and ultimately Penguin Publishing won the rights to publish my book. Heather, I wanted you to have a copy and of course I would love to meet or chat. Thank you for reading this long note… Neil Pasricha

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely awesome The title doesn't lie it is a book of awesome! It's amazing! I would read one or two entries after a hard day and it would make me smile spirits rejuvenated. It was great that they are all simple things but those simple things go right it is awesome and this book definitely made me realize it could be worse! :)
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awesome Indeed! Full of the little awesome things that we may overlook in our daily lives. Makes you stop and remember that those little things are what makes life awesome :)
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome The Book of Awesome is well... AWESOME! This book is great because it celebrates the good things in life. This is a great book that is perfect for when you are not feeling so great or when you are feeling down, all you need to do is pick up the Book of Awesome and open the cover. Even if you are in a good mood this book will elevate your mood even more. This book is about the small things in life that people usually take for granted, but once you've read it, you can realize how wonderful life really is. This is a fun read for all ages and I recommend everyone reads it.
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful pick-me-up book I really, really liked this book. So many times I would read a chapter and say, ‘YES!! That IS awesome!’ Such a fun, light-hearted book written by Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome is a book I will definitely want to share with everyone who’s looking for a pick-me-up. My personal favourites: The smell of gasoline (weirdly enough), the smell of rain on hot pavement, the smell of bakeries (I’m noticing a trend here), the other side of the pillow, and so much more. The great thing is that this book teaches you how to appreciate the little things in life and also to appreciate your own life and how great it is that we’re able to be here on this Earth – it’s just, well, awesome! A great, great read!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! When I first got this book I thought it was just going to be an amusing read, but when I started to actually read it and was actually very good! Reading it after a long day helps you realise the little things in life that we take for granted. The book is all about the small things in life that we should really stop and think about. Sometimes its hard to look at the small things in life that makes us smile. After reading this book it really made me start thinking about those small things throughout the day that makes life a little more fun. I would recommend this to anyone at any age. It is a very fun read, and it brings fun into your daily busy life!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reminds You of the Little Things in Life I didn't find myself reading this book everyday like I would with another one. The Book of Awesome is comforting when you simply need some time to relax and remind yourself of the things in life you normally wouldn't notice. It's not a book you read front to back in one sitting.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible, so amazing! The book of Awesome is exactly that, awesome! It reminds us that it's the little things in life that bring us true happiness. This book appeals to everyone because at some point all of us have had those moments where we are just in awe of something so simple and yet it is still awesome! It reminds us not to take anything for granted and to take pleasure in all the little things that make this world what it is, AWESOME!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheery! Such a nice, light book. Do you know what's awesome? Coming home from work, tired, you lounge around the couch with a nice blanket wrapped around you drinking some hot chocolate while reading The Book of Awesome. Neil is such an optimist, it's an easy book to connect to, so you can have an awkward moment reading something and saying 'I DO THAT ALL THE TIME, IT IS AWESOME!' Anybody can read it, age, gender, book preference, it's just the perfect book for everyone!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was okay Decided to read this book after hearing so much about it and much praise. Feel like such a downer giving only two but unfortunately I did not wow me. Some of the "awesomes" were that indeed but found many just okay and the writing to be desired. Was a worthwhile purchase but I think I just had higher expectations for it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smile Inducing Such a simple book. Pasricha take the little things in life that we all share, like the smell of the coffee aisle or freshly cut grass, using q-tips to massage in your ear, or popping bubble wrap. He goes into a description of the thing, and honestly makes you remember things from your childhood that make you smile. It's a cute, optimistic look at life. Easy to read in little snippets, because each awesome thing stands alone.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This book really is awesome. I laugh out loud but can't explain the stories to my friends as well as Neil does, so i am just going to have to buy a few copies to share.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious read! A book of the little things that make life great. The saying holds true for this one... it's funny - because it's true.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun light-hearted read and entertaining. And the best part is that pretty much anyone can pick up this book and find so many "awesome" moments that are true for them. Which makes it even more enjoyable to read.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uplifting, and light fun. This book is just a little bit of fun fluff. A book that will just get you in a good mood thinking of all the good things in life rather than the downside of life that we are bombarded with everyday. Some of the awesome points in life that that author picked I agreed with and others I did not. I found that the book did stay with me as I tried to find little moments of awesome all day long, and when you think about life on the positive…..there is quite a lot to be thankful for. If you think that this book is going to be in-depth or really deep, it’s not, just some fun.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone in my house loves this book! It is very rare to find a book that everyone will enjoy. Well, this is it! My family absolutely loves this book. I haven't finished it yet because it is constantly being shared among all of us in the house. I would agree with a previous post that this is definitely a conversation starter. I actually started to talk about this book at work and so many of my co-workers asked me to bring it in. We shared some good laughs at lunch talking about the different things that Neil Pasricha has rated as 'awesome'. I would recommend this book to anyone. Any book that makes you laugh out loud is excellent in my mind.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This book was amazing! Usually I'm not much of a reader, but I flew through this book in two days. It was simple to pick up and read whenever I wanted. Neil made me realize that it's the little things in life that are AWESOME! Great book overall, I'd recommend it to anybody!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar find! A great conversation starter for all ages! What a great read! Everyone will relate to most of this book's content.. A simple look at the small things that make us happy.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Browse Before you Buy I bought this book without really browsing it first and I was disappointed. I didn't realize that it was simply a list and description of things that the author thinks is "awesome". If I had known I would not have spent my money on it
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift I've given this book to people for a variety of occasions. Everybody loves it. It's such an uplifting and heart warming book that reminds people how special the little things in life really are. I highly recommend it for you or someone you care about.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would make an awesome Christmas gift! The great thing about "The Book of Awesome" is that you can pick it up and read from wherever you left off, or from wherever you feel like starting today. It is full of insights into every day life that we all experience. Neil Pasricha's ability to put these feelings into words makes anyone feel as if he's writing about their lives. I bought several of these to give as gifts this holiday season, and so far every one I've given away has been received warmly and with the same excitement that I felt the first time I read it. This really is an awesome book!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Gift Recently, I received this book as a gift & I truly Love it. It is a great coffee table and commute to work book. It is not the fiction needing to rush to the finish line. Just when I need a chuckle or a pick-me-up, I open any random page & find something to be happy about. It makes me more aware of so many good things around us.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! No other word needed to describe this fantastic book. :)
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a list, not a novel. Get that first, then enjoy... My top 3: Leftover office cake, someone else's tv remote, & rock paper scissors. Everyone picks a different top 3 out of the book. It doesn't read cover to cover like a novel, since it's a compiled list of stuff that happens in Pasricha's life. As you browse until an item catches your eye that you can relate to, don't skip the second last item. That tribute on page 378 is where I found new respect for Pasricha as a writer. There was such heartfelt sincerity in his words, and being near the end of the book, it added that necessary depth of meaning for all the levity that led up to that point .
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely my new favourite book/positivity source and life guide! The Book of Awesome is a light-hearted smile generator and I found myself giggling out loud (on public transit) reading it! However, within its pages is a secret - the secret is that it will make you a happier person - at least for me it did. It helped me change my perspective for the better. I now keep a journal of AWESOME, where I keep a record of all the little things that happen in my life, and when you do this, instead of dwelling on the negative things that undoubtedly happen in a day, I am on a conscious scavenger hunt for finding the good, the fun, the awesome. This has had a very positive impact on me in a crazy transitional phase of life. What I have found is that when you start thinking like this and looking at the world with this AWESOME perspective, you automatically smile more, walk with a bit more bounce and just enjoy life a bit (or a lot) better as you appreciate the awesomeness of it! I completely love this book! I have bought 10 copies at least since i heard about it. I gave it to each of my bridesmaids and also friends who had birthdays or who could just generally use a smile, and of course, one for me! This is more than a book, it is a jolt of positive thinking and a wonderful outlook on life and appreciating every little good thing that you encounter on your life's journey.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This book is so great! I keep it on my desk and randomly flip through it when I need a smile. What an amazing idea! We should all pay more attention to the awesome things in our lives.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!.. Enjoyed reading the short bits...and ended up ordering acouple more for xmas presents....for people hard to buy for....enjoyable book, light and connects with everyone on the littlest things that make us happy!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! There's not much to say. I smiled the entire time reading it; I laughed aloud several times; I cried and absorbed every word at the end. I'm going to tell you what to do--you can choose whether or not to so do: get a copy of this book, somehow--you'll likely want to buy it, because you'll want to read it again; read the note that Neil left with Heather, which is in with her above review of the book; read the book, but not only that, read into what Neil is saying--it brings a tragedy to certain parts of the book that will make it all the more wholesome; read the copyright, publications, and Library of Congress information--the "small print mumbo jumbo" (376)--and smile at that surprise, then... finish it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't get past page 22! The concept of the book is great, the style in which it is written isn't. I was hoping for an uplifting read, but instead I got frustrated with the exaggeration and the repetition. I know that popping bubble wrap is fun, but I don't need a two-page explanation about it! Again, a great idea, but perhaps a list of awesome would be better ???
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great feel-good book that you'll recommend to everyone you know. Full of nostalgia, warmth and laugh out loud humour. Whether you're undergoing a crappy week/month/year or just need a dose of optimism, this book surely delivers. And the cherry on top is that you'll find yourself appreciating the little moments of happiness in your own life a little more, maybe even inspiring you to compile your own list of awesome!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reading Awesome is Awesome! From high-fiving babies to fries at the bottom of the take-out bag, Neil Pasricha's "always look on the bright side" approach to life is absolutely infectious! Every turn of the page dares the reader not to smile, or lose themselves in a sighing moment of "Yeah, that IS totally awesome" and with every page, the reader fails the dare. You can't read this book without walking away with a new lease on life and an appreciation of the little things. I am a teacher and I am bringing this book into my classroom to remind my students of how good we all have it, every, single day. Pasricha capitalizes on a simple, yet powerful concept and changes the world one reader at a time. To me, this book is undoubtedly.... AWESOME!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! It was very awesome to find a book that lived up to it's name! While reading this book I can't even count how many time it reminded me of things that I find Awesome now as an adult and back when I was a kid. In a time now where it seems we hear nothing but negative things on TV and in the news it was nice to have this little slice of positive to keep that smile on your face.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It truely is awesome. I bought this for my wife and have been reading it myself. It remionds you on a bad day that yes there are alot of awesoe things we have everyday and we ignore them when we get caught up in lifes problems. But there truely are awesome moments.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Halarious! I loved this book, every day I start off by reading one of the sections and it always puts a smile on your face!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book Anyone can come to appreciate and relate this book. Zero commitment needed and you can start reading anywhere in this book. It brightens the day and brings out the highlights of your daily routines.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Book of Awesome is.... AWESOME! I love the word AWESOME so it drew me to read this book. It is a fun and simple read which really gets to the heart of the little things that bring us joy. The format of the Book of Awesome is sort of an extended list. Each title describes the awesome thing and then the actual body details the awesomeness. Some of my favorites include: Laughing so hard you make no sound at all, fixing electronics by smacking them, three-paycheck month, the parking lot pull through and High Tens ;-)
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSOME! What an Awsome book. I couldn't put it down. It really makes you appreciate the small things in life that you take for granted everyday. Many of the chapters made me laugh out loud! If I am having a bad day I like to pick up this book and read a couple of chapters. Brilliant idea, and I recommend it for everyone!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously LOL funny! This has to be one of the funniest bookes I have read in a long time. Not even 5 minutes in and I was laughing so hard I was crying.......this is one of those books that you want to read outloud....but can't cause you are laughing too hard. Great coffee table or desk book! Easy to read, short chapters that you can read and re-read. Highly recommend - this book easily made my day! It will be the book I "gift" to everyone I know..........it helps you remember that some of the best things in life are FREE!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book makes me smile! I stumbled across this book in an email from chapters.indigo.ca and the smiles haven't stopped since! I haven't finished the entire book yet, as I am taking my time to read it. I've been reading it with my sister in mind. She lives in Mexico and I miss having those laid back conversations about nothing with her. So, as I read each entry, I add a little note to my sister about what the entry makes me think of or remember. My sister is home for visit for two more weeks, so I have told her to save room in her luggage for a book. This book makes me smile, and I have read portions to friends and family that ring so true. I've been spreading the word about this book because it's one of those things that makes you happy, brings back good memories and is easy to share. It's pretty awesome.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REALLY SMART AND FUNNY I love this book! The author is so funny and I was laughing out loud the whle time I read it. I think it would make a great coffee table book! It was very cleverly written and overall it was pretty Awesome!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely AWESOME! This book truly lives up to it's name. With mostly funny and always positive entries, this book will leaving you smiling. Not to mention reaching for your keyboard so you can check out the blog for more AWESOME entries.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Share a few entry's from this book with friends, the reactions are truly Awesome! The special thing about this book is sharing it's entry's with others. When reading out loud a portion of one of Neil's awesome things an amazing thing happens, everyone in the room looks at one another, smiles and nods their head in agreement. It's almost as if Neil has captured some universal truths that everyone has experienced at some point in their life. Grab some friends, take out the book and start reading out loud, you'll see what I mean.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of Awesome will inspire you to feel better about life Recently a favourite cousin of mine came for a visit armed with a book written by a young colleague from her office. Tucked into the book was a most charming note. Three sentences in I was hooked. I finished the note and dove into the book. From the moment I started reading The Book of Awesome I knew that author Neil Pasricha was extraordinary. His observations on life’s little joys are at once simple and deep. He brings to these observations the keen eye of a writer, the wit of a humorist, and the openness of an eternal optimist. This is just an unbeatable combination. It is impossible to read The Book of Awesome without being inspired to feel better about life. Sharing it with a friend or loved one will, in some small but wonderful way, change you both. In the spirit of sharing, here is Neil’s note: Dear Heather, My name is Neil Pasricha and I’m a no-name 30-year-old guy who lives in downtown Toronto. My mom is from Nairobi, and my dad is from New Delhi and they came to Canada in the 60’s. My sister and I were born and raised here and we had pretty quiet childhoods. All that quiet changed for me in 2008. On one hand it was my toughest year ever with my closest friend taking his life and my wife choosing to live hers apart from me. In these ashes I started a website - 1000awesomethings - to celebrate all the tiny joys in life that we get up for every day… like the cold side of the pillow, and snow days! To date I have had almost 12 million hits, won 2 webby awards, been on CNN, BBC and the front page of The Toronto Star. 10 literary agents came out of the woodwork, 5 publishers expressed real interest and ultimately Penguin Publishing won the rights to publish my book. Heather, I wanted you to have a copy and of course I would love to meet or chat. Thank you for reading this long note… Neil Pasricha
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to it's title - and then some! Neil Pasricha's Book of Awesome will put a smile on your face and a skip in your step! What a breath of refreshing air! This book will remind you of the joy that can be found in the little things of everyday life. Written in bite-sized chapters, each describing an "awesome thing", The Book of Awesome is perfect for a quick 5-minute pick-me-up but you won't want to put it down. Would make a great gift for anyone, but I think students in particular would love it. To quote the great Gilda Radner, "I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me."
Date published: 2013-10-29

– More About This Product –

The Book Of Awesome

by Neil Pasricha

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.02 × 5.3 × 1.11 in

Published: March 1, 2011

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425238903

ISBN - 13: 9780425238905

About the Book

Based on the award-winning blog 1000awesomethings.com, "The Book of Awesome" is a celebration of life's little moments and the underappreciated, simple things that make us happy, from popping bubble wrap to hitting a bunch of green lights in a row.

From the Publisher

The author behind 1000awesomethings.com celebrates the good things in life- by the sheer power of their awesomeness.

Based on the award-winning blog 1000awesomethings.com, The Book of Awesome is a high five for humanity and a big celebration of life''s little moments and the underappreciated, simple things that make us happy, from popping bubble wrap to hitting a bunch of green lights in a row, to waking up thinking it''s Monday and realizing it''s Saturday. With wise, witty observations from writer Neil Pasricha, this treasure trove is filled with smile-inducing musings that make readers feel like kids looking at the world for the first time: AWESOME!

About the Author

Neil Pasricha is the author of #1 international bestseller The Book of Awesome and the creator of the "1000 Awesome Things" website which has received nearly 20 million hits, averages 45,000 views a day, and has won two Webby Awards.
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