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The Book Of Awesome

byNeil Pasricha

Paperback | March 1, 2011

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Based on the award-winning 10-million-plus-hit blog 1000 Awesome Things, The Book of Awesome is an international bestselling high five for humanity and a big celebration of life’s little moments.

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, like:

• 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 home sick 
• Hitting a bunch of green lights in a row 
• Waking up and realizing it’s Saturday

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.

A New York Times Bestseller • USA Today Bestseller • Globe and Mail Bestseller • Toronto Star Bestseller • Vancouver Sun Bestseller • Macleans Bestseller • Winner of the Forest of Reading Award

Heather's Review

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 ext...

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Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and the Book of Awesome series, which has been published in ten countries, spent more than five years on bestsellers lists, and sold more than a million copies. Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, one of the most popular TED speakers of all time, and founder of the...
Title:The Book Of AwesomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.12 × 1.01 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780425238905

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from not a book, but a list Uplifting book that helps you see the bright things in life. A bit tedious and difficult to read every single one, but a good pick me up. Warning: not a book, just a list of things.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay The book is a list of things that the author finds awesome. Although it's a very positive book, I only scanned through it and couldn't get myself to actually read every item on the list.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read It was not so much a book but more a list of positive things, but I still enjoyed it
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A good inspirational book that may help some, and may be a waste of time to others.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Okay This book is good to gift in a secret santa. It's positive and a cute concept, but it's really not worth buying.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's "AWESOME" I bought this book awhile ago and I usually only read a couple pages at a time when i'm feeling down as a pick me up. Overall great book, and its funny how some of the little things mention are things you don't notice you enjoy until reading them in this book.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously Feel Good Book Read for hours or just a quick fix before bed. Most cases you end the chapter/story with a pleasant smile on your face. The simple joy and pleasures in life sometimes we forget to appreciate. Like finishing a Seriously feel good book. Awesome!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was ok There are alot of awesome stuff in the book, couldnt stay interested thou
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Irritating I read this book in advance of a work conference where the author was set to speak. I really love the idea of the book - recognizing all the little great things in life that go unnoticed - but I found the way it was presented incredibly irritating. He made lists where they weren't required. He wrote in colloquialisms (like "ain't") way too often. His writing style just ruined the book.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I often read snippets from this book to my class when we have a few minutes. They love it!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book is a great book to just be able to pick up whenever you need a little mood boost! He really make you realize all the little things in life that make you happy.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book. Good book. Even thought I have read it couple times, I find myself re-reading it. Puts a smile on your face on simple things in life :)
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!! This book never failed to make me giggle even if i had a rouge day. This is a great book for anyone! 100% awesome!!
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME! It definitely is a book of awesome and indeed a book everybody can relate with. It will certainly make everyone giggle at times. Great book and a great read.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book is just plain awesome!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little snippets of joy Love these little snippets of read it nodding your head saying 'oh yeah!'
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and Fun This book got me through a stressful time. The excerpts are short, and it's light and funny. It also makes you reflect and be grateful for the little things in your life.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool concept Cool concept but couldn't get into it.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesomeness This book was so inspiring and positive #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of Awesome I like that he wrote about bubble wrap! Good book:)
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, fun I love tjis book for home and work. I will often pull it out for use with clients to use during a session.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute A very cute book with little stories to make you feel better when you are having a bad day. Take a look on the inside before you buy it though because it really is just a list of awesome things. It might be more worth it if you bought it at a used book sale.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didnt like it and feel guilty about it I didnt like this book and feel guilty about it. Find your own awesome in your life and skip the waste of money.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) cute idea and an easy read.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book Playful, light-hearted reading but with a great message. Easy to pick up and just read a few pages at a time. Great for anyone looking for a little pick me up now and again. A co-worker gifted me this book when my mom was in hospital after a heart attack and awaiting bypass surgery, I read it while sitting in waiting rooms - it lifted my spirits during a stressful time and I still come back to it on my bookshelf every so often.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good coffee table book I also used this in my office with clients, at the end of a session.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Positive I bought this book last week and really enjoyed it. It is a list of the little things in life that we should all enjoy, and makes you realize that we are all lucky to experience these things.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heather was right! This is such an important collection of ideas. Give it a read - you won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME!! This book makes you enjoy the little things in life. It tells you all the Awesome things in life and makes you realize how lucky we all are even to have the litle pleasures in life.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Such an amazing and inspirational book. The book is written in a way that each "story" is separated with a funny title. Some entries are really short but no less enjoyable then the ones that are 2 pages long. This was a book my teacher in high school read to us one passage a day and it made us look forward to coming to class just to hear the awesome story for the day! I greatly recommend as a parent, teacher, or even for yourself. I love it
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Perspective While not the greatest book, I find this a great coffee table book to flip through on a rough day. It helps put things in perspective!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok It's a page turner and a quick read but I find it highly overrated.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS! This book makes everything better. Honestly, such an uplifting read with quirky things to consider. Used it as sooooooo many gifts and everyone loves it!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great book if you want to just sit for 5 min or if you only have 5 min and want to read inspiring stories! Great book!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really positive this is one of those books that makes you feel good on those days when you feel down.. reminds you about the little things to be thankful for on the days nothing is going right
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Fun read. A great reminder of the little things in life!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Really heartwarming and fun to read. Multiple short daily reminders of all the awesome things in life that make it really convenient and great to read on bad and/or rainy days. Very well written, inspiring, and fun.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Something great to have on hand if life ever gets you down. It really helped remind me that the little things in life are sometimes the things that matter the most.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brings a smile Nothing earth-shattering or particularly deep but it's a nice reminder to appreciate the little things in life. :)
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book My husband was given this when he was in the hospital, they are great short mindless reads that helps pass the time.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Positivity at its finest I bought this book a while ago and recently sat down to really read it. I decided to do a couple of them a day, and I'm so glad I did! Its just super positive and brings that happiness, joy and hope to you daily.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so fun and humorous one of the books to just have around whenever u need a laugh or smile.. i keep mine at the cottage on the table. anyone pics it up, flips through a few pages, and we share a laugh
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! There are so many awesome things in this book that it was a pleasure to read. I love the simplicity of a lot of the awesome things giving me a great perspective on life. There were of course some things that I don't find awesome, like the smell of gas which is the first thing in the book!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such an uplifting list Really reminds a person of things that are awesome, both big and small.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i read this when i was younger it is relatable and cute but can be a real pain.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made me appreciate other things in my life Is just a list of things that the author finds awesome - but I loved reading it and I found myself walking around my daily life and appreciating the small awesome things that happen more.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really makes you think I found myself wondering how many 'awesome things' i could come up with that pertain to my own life. It still sits with me, even months after reading it, just makes one appreciate more
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book, must read I bought this book a while ago, but i have thoroughly enjoyed it since ! as many other reviewers said, it really did inspire me to do things in life and appreciate them ! But simply not the best book I have read( that is why its not a 5 star in my " book" , no pun intended)
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This book was very inspiring and really makes you appreciate the little things in life.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!!!!! I read this book and every page just made me smile more and more. The way it was laid out was fun. I read random pages when I feel down because I know I will smile and laugh.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes me so Happy This book is a smile, a chuckle, a smirk and pure, simple happiness with each turn of the page.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book! #plumreview A cute book to read for some lighthearted entertainment! I read a chapter every now and then when I'm having a down or stressful moment.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great gift! I received this as a high school graduation gift with "The Book Of (even More) Awesome" and absolutely loved it. I'd agree with some of the other reviews that it's not quite what I thought it would be - but I do still find this quite enjoyable. It made me think of the little things you appreciate in life so I found it to be a great read.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool idea Cool book idea, but I found that it was a bit repetitive to read by the end. Very good to read over the course of a long time...reading a few sections each week.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from should remain as a blog can't read this book all at once as it's written for the web. some anecdotes make you smile as the author recalls the good old days. #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seriously awesome This is a fantastic..positive book. I recommend everyone reads it.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) Something to cheer you up on any given day
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME I really enjoyed this book and found it AWESOME!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting. This book makes me smile. It really teaches you to appreciate the little things.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light & Funny I loved the blog that this is based on for a long time before buying the book, but I don't regret it at all! It's a great book for a little light conversation and I keep it out on the coffee table. Each little piece is relatively short (a couple pages max). Definitely something to have in your collection.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feel good, easy read This is one of those books that makes you smile with every page turn. It's not a thinker or a heavy read but just something to remind you of the little awesome moments in everyday life you forget about sometimes. It's about remembering the joy of jumping on a pile of crunchy leaves or finding the cool spot on a pillow on a hot night. It's great if you need a reminder of life's little pleasures. It's a fun, easy read. Great stocking stuffer book or add on to a gift.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Take It Seriously The book is meant to be taken with a grain of salt. It's about enjoying life's little pleasures.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I thought that the writing was a bit condescending, and that the events he described as 'awesome' were more average than anything.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Moments of 'Awesome' The author examines aspects of everyday life that he thinks are 'awesome' and seems to encourage people to find the joy in small things. However, I find the writing of it pretty condescending and I didn't think that a number of the stories told referred to anything remarkable or things that should be referred to as 'awesome'.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is great! The book of awesome is exactly what it the title says. A collection of all of life's moments that are truly amazing. it really makes you reflect and appreciate the little things
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book It is a good book. Makes you think about how great life is, and how much that we have that we don't appreciate. The author isn't that great though....I mean, he has a website and encourages people to get on it, but then he has no communication with them whatsoever. I've read other books and spoken to other authors of other books........they were at least nice and took the time to speak to me
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I absolutely loved this book. It was a perfect pick-me up on a rainy day or on a late night before bed. It is so easy to forget to little things in life that make all the difference and this book allows us to appreciate the small things once again.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very optimistic This book was very positive and inspires you to feel better about life - it also reminds you about the little things in life as well
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Great little book when you need to remember the little things in life that give us joy
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something good for everyday life. First thing you need to know about this book is that it is not a novel or advice book. My sister gave me this book as a gift when I was going through a tough time. What I did every morning is open it and read one or more pages which contained every day things that are wonderful. Things like people smiling, someone holding a door for you, or your favourite song being played on the radio. Each story had a bit of a background to what it is amazing (either the author or a short tale from someone who told him what happened). It helped me see the brighter side of life.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I absolutely love this book. I bought it when it first came out and it was such an enjoyment to read and reminded me of the little things in life that are quite awesome! This is not my go to gift idea for anyone who I know has not yet read this book. I gave it to a friend and she absolutely loved it too!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awesome! Great read. A book that will always make you smile.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is Awesome! I bought this book just about a couple weeks ago. It is definitely awesome. It shows you how you can find joy in your everyday tasks. It allows you to realize how simple it really is to feel joys. The author is amazing and the read is fun. Would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good smile or laugh. Loved it!!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Just being able to read about all the little things in life that can bring joy, it fills you with warmth and causes you to look for those moments yourself.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute This book is super cute if you want a little pick me up, it just reminds you to enjoy the little things in life.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Pick-Me-Up "The Book of Awesome" is a quick read and good pick me up on the days you are feeling down. I'll note that the entire time I was reading this I was thinking to myself "Oh, this would be a great book to leave in the bathroom". Not sure why I feel this way, but it has found its way into my bathroom. I suppose because the "chapters" are quick and it just makes sense. I will say that the way the author wrote kind of annoyed me at times. I didn't understand the need to write "AWESOME" at the end of every segment but it fits with the authors writing style. The last chapter of the book really redeemed the whole thing for me. It was so full of heart and soul and it wrapped everything up together nicely.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Helps with your outlook on life. Sometimes this book will seem like a pity party, but enjoy those little things in life because it's all about the perception of how you interpret the situation, and not about the situation itself. Great positive book !
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uplifting this book is pretty uplifting. all of the entries made me feel grateful for things i often take for granted. would recommend as a nice easy read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Uplifting The author has a very optimistic attitude. I like flipping through the book, but its format does not really lend well to actually sitting down for a read. That being said, it's nice to have around to pick up when you want to be reminded of something awesome in the world.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clever This book is a great pick-me-up. It shows that there is nothing wrong with appreciating the little things in life that are truly awesome!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Perfect pick-me-up if you are having a bad day. Give it to a friend and watch them smile.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Doesn't Have to Be So Boring Neil Pasricha helps us to remember all of the wonderful things that we experience every day but usually don't appreciate at all. Uplifting and fun, "The Book of Awesome" is exactly what you need if you feel like you are in a rut and need a pleasant reminder of all of the fun there is to be had in life.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy and fun read! Little wins that make a world of a difference.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is AWESOME!!!!! This book can come a long way for me as as grade 6! I've never read a book like this before! My absolute favorites are, When cashiers open up new checkout lanes at the grocery store, and, Wearing underwear just out if the dryer. Everybody should read this book for sure!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a Must Read Everyone should read this book when they have the opportunity. It doesn't matter if you're in grade 6, or if you've been in the workforce for decades - you'll find something in this book that sticks with you every single day after you've read it.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Outlook Love the outlook on life!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life's little things, all wrapped up in book form This book reminds you of all the little things we can take in life. A feel-good book with a lot of different things that are relatable to lots of people. :)
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great pick me up! Love this book! A positive book to turn to when your having a bad day or need a pick me up.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great even for non readers I love this and its great to just read one page a day that will give you a smile. Even for people who don't like reading this is a great gift that never gets old!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly awesome book I bought this book years ago and still flip through it every so often when I need a good pick-me-up. Reading it feels like drinking delicious hot chocolate on a chilly winter day!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So positive and uplifting Love this book. Whenever I'm having a bad day I read a few pages of this and instantly start feeling better. It's so important to remember the little things that we take for granted that can bring so much happiness and just remind us that Life is Awesome!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply awesome Neil reminds us in a poetic way that there is always a bright side in the face of life's difficulties. Well done.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Positively Awesome This book is full off little positive awesome things that you may over look in your everyday life. Reading this book will bring a smile to your face and you'll be reminded of the Awesome every time you encounter another thing that was listed as being awesome in this book. A great read for all.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gréât book The book is simple , light , positive filled with poignant and inspiring messages! I have bought the follow up and I have given these books as gifts to friends. It is a feel good book. After reading it you will feel positive and full of optimism.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! this was a great book and a interesting read!
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awesome Could not finish this book. Was not awesome but tiresome.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book of things possitive I came across this book at a friend's bookcase. And was compelled to get it and read it. It's the book of all things positive. Of the little things in life that make you happy, joyful and AWESOME. The book was assembled by the author from different anecdotes sent it by several people and what made life awesome to them.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book lives up to its title Every single entry in this book put a smile on my face. This book is truly living up to its expectation of being 100% awesome! I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions, and I recommend this feel-good novel to all! Each story gives you a flash back to the exact time you first played with bubble wrap or jumped into bed with a fresh, clean pair of sheet on. These stories remind you to stop rushing through life and to slow down and enjoy the little things, because that is what really counts.
Date published: 2014-11-06
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: 2013-01-22
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: 2012-10-22
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: 2012-02-29
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: 2012-01-13
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: 2011-10-28
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: 2011-08-30
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: 2011-08-24
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: 2011-08-05
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: 2011-04-25
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: 2011-04-07
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: 2011-03-09
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: 2011-02-13
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: 2011-02-10
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: 2011-01-04
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: 2011-01-04
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: 2010-12-31
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: 2010-12-28
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: 2010-12-23
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: 2010-12-11
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: 2010-12-11
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: 2010-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! No other word needed to describe this fantastic book. :)
Date published: 2010-12-01
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: 2010-09-19
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: 2010-09-15
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: 2010-09-15
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: 2010-08-04
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: 2010-08-02
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: 2010-07-28
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: 2010-07-08
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: 2010-07-08
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: 2010-06-30
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: 2010-06-16
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: 2010-06-12
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: 2010-06-11
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: 2010-06-06
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: 2010-06-04
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 helps you remember that some of the best things in life are FREE!!!!
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book makes me smile! I stumbled across this book in an email from 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: 2010-05-24
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: 2010-05-03
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: 2010-04-30
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: 2010-04-22
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: 2010-04-21
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: 2010-04-21

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Book of Awesome“Little things, it turns out, are extremely important to happiness, and The Book of Awesome will remind you of a thousand little things that will make you happier.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project “1000 Awesome Things is the #1 awesome website.”—Frank Warren, PostSecret “The Book of Awesome gives me 14,001 things to be happy about. Bravo for taking note of the sunny side of life!”—Barbara Ann Kipfer, author of 14,000 Things to Be Happy About “Even a cynical white person can’t deny the appeal of The Book of Awesome.”—Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like “The awesomest part about The Book of Awesome is the realization that if you enjoy the simple moments in your life, you will be happier.”—Ben Huh, author of I Can Has Cheezburger? and How to Take Over Teh Wurld “Funny, sweet, and filled with just enough nostalgia-laced goodness to bring out your own inner Pollyanna. I dare you to read this book without compiling your own list of awesome things to add.”—Jen Yates, author of Cake Wrecks