I love the work of Neil Pasricha, a blogger-turned author, who has been brightening up my life for, literally, years. His blog, 1,000 awesome things was full of posts about “awesome” things, life’s little treasures. Neil is obviously something of a child at heart, and while some might write it off as frivolous, I enjoyed the way he could connect people and ditch the human tendency to take things for granted. This, as much as the content of those posts, was why I read the blog.
My heart dropped the reason that Neil stopped posting. I may have shed a tear. Fortunately, he’s begun reposting the content. You can also enjoy the timelessness in the Book of Awesome and The Book of (Even More) Awesome, which have been bestsellers in multiple countries. These books read much like the blog. Each “Awesome” thing gets its own little chapter. Sometimes they’re just a few words, sometimes a few pages. There’s a couple pictures thrown in, and Neil plays with space and presentation in a way that’s easy to read, but some readers might not find it as eye-opening as I do. It’s really their loss.
However, The Book of (Even More) awesome does lack a little depth, and I think most of the entries are repeats from the blog. This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it, but I certainly understand if people would prefer to read it on the Web. I do like reading a few entries before bed, however, and it’s a great pick-me-up. You can find these books used from many retailers, so pick one up if you’re at all interested.