The Book of Awesome – Neil Pasricha

I bought this book several months ago for my boyfriend because I was in Target and I was bored and it looked cute and I just like buying him presents, okay? Apparently this was not one of my better efforts because it’s been sitting on a shelf on our headboard since I bought it, and so one day when I was bored and slightly exhausted from reading Cecilia, I decided to read it.

The Book of Awesome is basically the website 1000 Awesome Things in book form. Each “chapter” is a few paragraphs about an awesome thing (snow days, the parking lot pull-through, waking up and realizing you still have several hours left to sleep) and ends with the word AWESOME! And that’s really all you need to know.

I’ll give it this: it was cute. But I think it serves as a reminder why blogs are not books, and vice versa. Something like this especially is much better suited to a format in which you read one entry per day rather than half a book’s worth at a time. I suppose I could have done that, left it on my nighttable and only read one per night, but I can’t read like that—and I also probably would have failed miserably at remembering to read it each night. (Especially considering the fact that I sometimes don’t get home until almost midnight and want nothing more than to drop into bed.)

The writing was also…meh. If we’re playing the honest game (and that’s something I pretty much always try to do), I would have to say it was repetitive and pedantic. But, we also have to remember that Pasricha started the 1000 Awesome Things blog as a way to remind himself of life’s little pleasures in the wake of personal strife, so I really can’t bitch about his less-than-stellar writing without 1) feeling kind of bad about myself and 2) reminding myself that he’s probably not actually a writer. (Anyone who actually writes for a living: you have no excuse.)

Anyway, like I said, it was cute, and there’s really not much else to say about it. It wasn’t overly engaging, but it was amusing at times and was a good brain break from reading Cecilia.


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