I’ve been getting a lot of books in the mail, usually from authors who would like for me to renew their upcoming masterpieces. Sometimes I love the book and I try to review the hell out of it. Sometimes I love them less and I don’t review the books publicly.
Well, I loved The Book of Awesome, so here we go.
Author Neil Pasricha started the blog, 1000 Awesome Things. Long story short, it became very popular. Popular (deservedly so!) enough to win awards, get a ton of followers, and result in the very book we’re discussing. Read more on the blog by clicking those tempting links above up yonder.
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 that he could have lifted out of Pollyanna. He’s an optimist, don’t get me wrong. I consider myself an optimist, but I bet we’ve all known someone who has managed to overdo something like optimism to the point where it starts to rankle.
But rather than trotting out sickeningly sweet experiences and ditties like”the delicious tickle of a kittie’s whisker on your chin,” Pasricha provides images that we can all identify with, or have been able to at some time.
- The boss going out of town
- Finding extra money
- The cool side of your pillow in the middle of the night
- Snow days
And so on. Simple pleasures. Good stuff, but nothing that will make you gag and roll your eyes and make your insulin spike.
I really, really think this is a valuable book. It is far to easy for me to focus on the negative things in my life. But there is always something positive going on, and every time I pick up The Book of Awesome for a reminder, I can’t help but start making up my own mental list of awesome things.
I’d recommend spending some time over on Neil’s blog. If you like what you’ll see, you’ll definitely love the book.
While you’re here, see if you can add something to the list. I’m going to say: waking up early and realizing it’s Saturday and I have the day off.
PS: If you are an author and want to send me a book, let me know. Or if you want me to review a book just because, and you’d like to send me a copy (this happens more than you’d think), also–let me know. Or, if you just want to request a review of something because you know of a book that deserves my attention, send me an email.
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