Friday, June 18, 2010

Review (Book) - The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

"In this adaptation of his blog, 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." - Publishers Weekly

I LOVE this book!
Seriously, if I could marry a book instead of a person, this would be "the one".

Allow me to start off with a confession - what with my crazy summer I was barely able to read any of this book. I're probably confused could I possibly want to marry a book without reading it all? Well, the book is just THAT awesome! Though, I did make it a point to read all of the "awesome things" on the list (Pasricha explains why everything on the list is awesome, which is what I missed; yet, I feel all of the things on the list are awesome enough that we as readers shouldn't need a list as to why each thing is awesome, we should all have our own reasons why they are awesome). 

I will be honest, Pasricha's writing style may not be for everyone - ocassionally witty, sarcastic, and just downright silly. I may just be as in love with the book as I am because I feel I have the same inner voice as he does, (if I weren't trying to keep my blog more professional, my blog would probably sound very similar to The Book of Awesome) but you should at least give it a try. I guarantee you'll smile.

The Book of Awesome is refreshing and inspirational - I challenge you to pick up the book, at least flip through some of it, and create your own list of awesome things. If you do, I would love to hear what's on your list. In case you're wondering, this is what topped my list:
  • Watching a groom's face when he first sees his bride walking down the aisle towards him
While I didn't catch anything super inappropriate for kids, I didn't read the entire book so I don't want to give any official "stamp of approval" [for kids]...maybe you can use it for your personal collection on a day you need a pick-me-up from dealing with misbehaving kids.

My Rating:


  1. Wow, this review makes me want to read it. I going use something inspirational right about now. This would be a good gift, too. Thanks!

  2. When/if you ever read this I'd love to hear your thoughts. :)


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