30-year-old Neil Pasricha never imagined that
writing about the smell of gasoline, thinking it’s
Thursday when it’s really Friday, or wearing
underwear just out of the dryer would
amount to anything.

A self-described “average guy” with a typical
9-to-5 job in the suburbs, Neil started his blog
100 Awesome Things, as a small reminder -
in a world of rising sea levels, global
conflict, and a troubled economy - of the
free, easy little joys that make life sweet.

He certainly didn’t anticipate that his site
would gain a readership of millions of people,
win two Webby Awards
(“the Internet’s
highest honor” according to The New York
Times), be named one of PC Magazine’s
Top 100 Sites, or become a place where
people from around the world would
come to celebrate the simple
pleasures of daily life.

Now the website has been turned into a book.
From neighbors with pools to ordering off the
menu at fast-food restaurants to fixing electronics
by smacking them, The Book of Awesome takes
on life’s sweet feats with all the honest humor
and winning enthusiasm that has earned
his blog its millions of followers.

But while powered along by Pasricha’s distinctive,
fresh, and hilarious voice, its not about one
man’s favorite things, but rather a catalog of
the universal little pleasures we all share.
Arising out of riffs on popping bubble wrap
and getting a trucker to blow his horn is
an unexpected, genuine sort of inspiration,
as The Book of Awesome offers up a hearty
cheer for all the little things
we take for granted.

My personal awesome things: the way washing
smells when it has dried outdoors, the smell of
freshly cut crass, that time of night when you
step out of your back door and all the noisy
neighbours with their blaring stereos have
gone indoors, lying in bed watching your
favourite TV show with a big tub of ice
cream and when you get an unexpected
parcel in the post from a good
friend. And many more.

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