Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Book Review: The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

The Book Of Awesome - Neil Pasricha

There are so many simple things in life that can make you happy, and this book (which started its life as a blog called 1000awesomethings.com) is one of them.
Some of the gems featured in this book include fixing electronics by smacking them, popping bubble wrap, finally remembering a word that’s been on the tip of your tongue for ages, using rock-paper-scissors to settle anything, finding the thing you were going to buy is already on sale, the smell of freshly cut grass, finding your keys after looking forever and having a good floss after a tough steak. These (and many more) are things that everybody experiences at one time or another, and are guaranteed to put a smile on your dial. Awesome!

What I gained from reading this book:
In this materialistic world, we often want expensive things- whether they are the latest, high-tech gadgets, the fastest car or the most dazzling jewellery- to keep us amused or entertained. But this book acts as a reminder that sometimes the best things in life are free, and they can often do more to make you happy than anything else ever could.

Happiness, and the way that it is passed on, can obviously transcend national borders, especially where this book is concerned. Nearly every one of the ‘awesome’ things mentioned in this book could be related to my life, and the lives of those around me, even though the author lives on the other side of the world. He has chosen the best parts of his blog and made them relatable to all people, from all countries, so that everybody can appreciate the truth of what makes life good.

This book could maybe benefit from having more pictures. But, having said that, the descriptive language that Pasricha uses to describe each happy-making item more than makes up for the lack of imagery.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Genre: Non-Fiction Humour

Recommended for: Anybody looking for a reminder of the things that make them happy.

Australians can buy the book by clicking the picture below:

The Book of Awesome

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