The Book of Awesome

The Book of Awesome

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

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Based on the award-winning 10-million-plus-hit blog, The Book of Awesome is a high five for humanity and a big celebration of life's little moments:

* 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

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.

The Book of Awesome reminds us of all the little things that we often overlook but that make us smile. With touching, warm, and funny observations, each entry ends with the big booming feeling you'll get when you read through them: AWESOME!

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Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books/G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780399156519
Characteristics: 393 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Aug 20, 2019

I loved this book! I really liked how descriptive and relatable for instance flipping over the pillows to the other side.

Feb 08, 2019

A nice light read to pick up now and then to remember that there are so many little things to celebrate and enjoy, not just little things that are annoying or painful.

Nov 16, 2018


Books that are short and sweet and don’t need to be read from front to back are sometimes all that you have time for, and they can be perfect for what you need at this moment. You can also open this book to any page and read the headline and then the short story that goes with it. It will make you feel good about life! (submitted by DS)

LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 29, 2018

Add a little awesome to your day and embrance the awesomeness of the little things in life with this reminder. Whether you are stuck in a rut or need the confidence to make a big change, give this inspirational book a chance

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

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 ;)

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.

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“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.”
― Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome

Dec 07, 2012

Let's all get a little AWESOME!

Mar 24, 2011


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.

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."

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."

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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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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