The Book of Awesome

The Book of Awesome

Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things

eBook - 2010
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Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration that skips the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: "When you push the button for the elevator and it's already there," ("Ding!"); "When the boss goes out of town" ("Who's up for a three-hour lunch?"); "Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics" ("Welcome to the world, remote control"). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life's unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to "share a universal high five with humanity."
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
ISBN: 9781101186916
1101186917
9781101182109
1101182105
Characteristics: 1 online resource (393 p.) : ill.
Summary: Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration that skips the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: "When you push the button for the elevator and it's already there," ("Ding!"); "When the boss goes out of town" ("Who's up for a three-hour lunch?"); "Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics" ("Welcome to the world, remote control"). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life's unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to "share a universal high five with humanity."

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 19, 2017

One of the most uplifting and life-affirming books ever written, The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha invites the readers to look on the bright side by enjoying life's small pleasures - and making us realize how grateful we are for them. An easy to read book in a list format, the book covers joys such as getting the eyelash out of your eye, perfectly popped microwave popcorn, the all-you-can-eat buffet, waking up on a Saturday, holding babies, and many, many more. Pasricha delves into every joy with a humorous paragraph or two that is guaranteed to make you laugh, smile, cry, or all three. With the way the world is today, The Book of Awesome is a heartwarming, witty look at the world through utterly innocent and idealistic eyes.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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drownedinbooks
Oct 05, 2014

It was good at first, but it seemed repetitive after a few entries. I lost interest and just stopped reading. Some entries were "awesome", such as Bakery Air.

lbarkema Jun 19, 2014

I can see how this was a blog before, because I would have liked to read this in snippets. Although there were a lot of these "awesome" things that I agreed with and found myself nodding my head and saying "yes, exactly!" some of the entries were FAR too long, and I found myself not caring as much about it. Overall, kinda fun and heartwarming but really, you could read the titles of each entry and be good.

Sidewinder88 Oct 11, 2013

Great to read in little tidbits and nod along to all things you agree are totally AWESOME. Its the little things in life that count ;)

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Saralovebaig
Dec 29, 2012

The book of awesome can only be expressed as one word, AWESOME. 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. This book will bring a glimpse of beautiful things that are often unappreciated in life. To date this book has had almost 12 million hits, won 2 webby awards, been on CNN, BBC and the front page of The Toronto Star. The best part is it is suitable for any age group, therefore enjoyed by millions. The author creates a atmosphere of easiness and relatability. It is a high five for humanity and a big celebration of life's little moments. I’ve talked a lot about any small victory being worth celebrating. That’s what I saw in Pasricha’s book: it’s a litany of the small pleasures in life that make it so good at times, provided we can slow down enough to acknowledge them. Life is hard and lots of people get cynical and bitter. Pasricha’s lists of small pleasures are not sentimental, sappy little quotes. He’s an optimist, that is for sure. I’d recommend spending some time over on Neil’s blog. If you like what you’ll see, you’ll definitely love the book.

AbyssalCrime Dec 11, 2012

Amazing book, it was made to appreciate the little things in life.

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bambi13
Dec 07, 2012

the author came up with brilliant little things that we have to enjoy in our lives but I found he dragged on with his subjects too long in each chapter. Although overall a pretty good book, very funny subjects :)

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DL7173
Nov 05, 2012

The tone was often too self-centred and self-absorbed for me to enjoy - or finish!

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AsifaAamir
Oct 18, 2012

AWESOME! :)

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goodreads1300
May 24, 2012

Very entertaining . shows you some of the best things of life.

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bambi13
Dec 07, 2012

Let's all get a little AWESOME!

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Gaurangi
Mar 24, 2011

"Awesome"

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bluebelle11
Mar 17, 2011

(When you hit pins down while bowling) The Stage Dance.Hey, you're up on stage, so why not throw out a couple moves? Perhaps the famous Hulk Hogan ear cup, the invisible hula hoop, or the fist pump. If all else fails, you can moonwalk back down to your seat. The shoes should help.

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bluebelle11
Mar 16, 2011

"The [Five Second Rule] has many variations, including The Three Second Rule, The Seven Second Rule, and the extremely handy and versatile The However Long It Takes Me to Pick Up This Food Rule."

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bluebelle11
Mar 16, 2011

"Gliding down the bike path on a Saturday morning, you whip by somebody peddling in the opposite direction and give each other a nod. For a moment it's like "Hey, we're both doing the same thing. Let's be friends for a second."

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bluebelle11
Mar 16, 2011

Have you ever put finger, algea-filled lake-water, or shampoo in there? Yeah, that gets your eyes screaming in pain pretty quick, doesn't it? Unless you're using baby No More Tears shampoo, of course, in which case feel free to lather your eyeballs right on up, no worries.

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myOPL2434
Oct 24, 2011

an awesome book written by Neil Pasricha! A genius!!! this book tells you about all those little things in life that are simmple but also sweet! For example: the feeling that you get when you find something you've ben looking for! all that weight has been lifted off your shoulders! a truly awesome book! I simply loved it! if you havant read the book yet, boy you have a lot of reading in your future!

litchick Sep 03, 2010

I swiped this from a blog - Eden Journal - that swiped it from an Amazon patron. It seems to provide a nice summary:

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 the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: “When you push the button for the elevator and it’s already there,” (“Ding!”); “When the boss goes out of town” (“Who’s up for a three-hour lunch?”); “Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics” (“Welcome to the world, remote control”). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life’s unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to “share a universal high five with humanity.” Readers looking for simple, unsentimental pick-me-ups should find this happy browsing.

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