Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Book of Awesome

The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things

Count Neil Pasricha as another successful blogger crossover to published author. He has taken his blog 1000awesomethings.com to the Mecca of bloggerdom – a book deal.

This really isn’t a book review, because honestly, I didn’t read the WHOLE book, I just skimmed the title of each of the author’s “awesome” entries, and chuckled at the ones I liked, and moved on when they didn’t really apply.

I do recommend however, if you are skimming it like I did, reading the LAST entry entitled, "Remember how lucky we are to be here right now!" It's wonderful and will brighten your day!

But, I must say, it was a fun book to thumb through! There were so many awesome things he included: Freshly cut grass, scooping into a “virgin” jar of peanut butter, planning for your lottery winnings, even though you know you aren’t going to win – even literary entries like, not wanting to finish a really great book or smelling the pages of a book (I love the smell of really old books! Intoxicating!) 

His “awesome” entries got me wondering – what would your book of awesome include?

I thought of a few:

  • That change of season between summer and fall when neither the air conditioner nor furnace need to be on. When I can open every window and have that autumn breeze blow blissfully through my house. (I can’t do it in the spring, because my house would be covered in a haze of green sludge on every horizontal surface). 

  • When down to the last sliver of soap, being able to unwrap or unbox a brand new bar!

  • Going into my kids’ room and seeing that they have put their clothes away (that’s not just awesome, that is a MIRACLE!)

  • When shelving my books at the library, just when I think I’ve seen them all (hardly!), I come across one, pull it off the shelf, and start reading (or looking at pictures) and then realize I’ve been standing there for 10 minutes mesmerized. (That happened to me today – and the book was The Lost Lady of the Amazon, just in case you were wondering).
What would be on your AWESOME list?


bermudaonion said...

I really liked this book and did read the whole thing, but just a few entries at a time. It's not the kind of book you sit down and read from cover to cover.

kristin said...

clean sheets.

the smell of my newborns soft, fuzzy head.

an amazing thrift store find.

my husbands fried eggs.

my older three playing together, peacefully.

thanks for the 5 minute vacation from my chaos...

wendy holt said...

Taking your socks and shoes off and rubbing them on shag carpet.

Lots of girly shows recorded, ben on call, and kids in bed.

Elise said...

I really want to read this book!! Some of my awesome things are

Finding an old photo and remembering the story behind it and laughing and laughing and laughing...

When everyone in the shop sings along to the same bit of the Taylor Swift song playing, all at the same time...

Putting ugg boots on your freezing cold feet...

There is so much awesome in life isn't there?

La'Tonya Richardson said...

I read the article "Meet the Bloggers" in Little Rock Family Magazine. I'm stopping by to say hi, and follow.

Red said...

Stopping by from the hop! I haven't checked out this site in a long time. Thanks for the reminder of the site and letting me know the book is out!

Chelle said...

I loved your awesome list. I will ditto what you said (even though i don't have kids I can imagine) and add to it: coming home to find my husband doing to dishes, a full tank of gas, and managing to keep my totmato plant alive and eating fresh tomatoes! P.S. I found you through the Hop.