Book Review: “The Book of (Holiday) Awesome”


This season’s holiday reading has begun!

I know I’m not the only one who is so enamored with Christmas that it consumes everything: music, movies, dinner plates, sweaters, lights, toilet seat covers, and even books. The Book of (Holiday) Awesome by Neil Pasricha is proof that I’m not alone.

For those of you who don’t know, Neil Pasricha is a blogger, running 1000awesomethings.com, counting each of life’s simple pleasures like The Parking Lot Pull Through, Hitting a Bunch of Green Lights in a Row, and The First Scoop Out of a Jar of Peanut Butter. These things are small, but significant when they’re added up together.

Pasricha started the blog at a time when he was feeling down and used these small reminders that life can be awesome if we choose to see the silver lining. The blog took off (it has since garnered over 55 million views) and was eventually published into a book, The Book of Awesome, in 2010. The Book of (Even More) Awesome and The Book of (Holiday) Awesome followed in 2011.

Even though Holiday isn’t devoted entirely to Christmas, a good chunk of it is. Other holidays that share in the awesome magic are Thanksgiving, Easter, Kwanza, Mother’s Day, and Diwali. This book really is for everyone. It’s a quick read (only 179 pages) and can be enjoyed any time of the year.

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