Last year we had a fun time sharing awesome things to celebrate the release of Neil Pasricha's The Book of Awesome. So much fun, in fact, that Neil decided to write a sequel, which comes out today. And we've got a copy to give away! Before I get to the details, here are a few (Even More) Awesome excerpts:

Coming back to your own bed after a long trip

Power-napping on bumpy airplanes, crashing on a flabby futon or jabby mattress, sleeping in a rainy forest in a leaky tent, you’ve had your fair share. Bad sleeps, sad sleeps, sack- pillow heaps, weird alarm clock beeps, and through it all you enjoy long, fidgety nights of groggy pillow turns and fuzzy blanket burns.

But after those killer sleeps in nightmare paradise, it’s always a great feeling to return to the warm and cozy comfort of your sweet, heavenly bed. Yes, you’re like a bear scraping together filthy leaves and warm mud for a long winter of hibernation or a soaring eagle swooping home from the windy treetops to the twiggy goodness of your comfy nest.

Your dented pillow, warm flannel sheets, and preset alarm clock wait for you.

So welcome home, baby.

You made it.

AWESOME!
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The Kid’s Table

The Kids Table is where all the kids eat dinner at holiday family gatherings.

It’s generally a rickety card table from the basement pushed beside a yellow plastic one from the playroom that ends up turning Grandma’s hallway into an eat-in kitchen. Sometimes it’s two different heights, sometimes the chairs are broken, and usually the whole thing is covered in a plastic Christmas tablecloth freshly ripped from the dollar store cellophane.

No matter what though, The Kids Table a great place to find burps, laughs, and juice spills at a holiday meal. Everyone’s enjoying a warm evening with cousins decked out in their finest cableknit sweaters, rosy red cheeks, and massive bedhead.

AWESOME!
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The smell of Play-Doh

Sniff up some fumes and get ready for a brain cell party.

Yes, those sleeping memories from long ago will wake up and bounce and crash around your head as you close your eyes and let that salty-sweetness take you back to Kindergarten.

Fade to black and remember slightly greasy hands with bits in the fingernails, remember mixing all the colors together until they turned purple-brown, remember rolling out lots of cold lopsided worms, and remember the taste-test incident that resulted in a mouth full of salty chalk.

Yes, that smell of Play Doh takes us way back to the old school. If you’re sniffing up what we’re putting down, then you’re an old fool, who’s so cool. If you wanna get back, let us show you the way.

Whoomp, there it is.

Lemme hear you say.

AWESOME!
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The sound of steaks hitting a hot grill

Tsssssssssssssssssssss.
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Sneaking cheaper candy into the movie theater

Contraband candy tastes better.

Here’s how to make the magic happen:

Step 1: Bag Up. Ladies, pull out the fattest potato sack you got and sling it across your shoulder with pride. Business folks can pull off the classy briefcase. The only thing to avoid are Matrix-style trench coats with burrito dents in all the inside pockets.

Step 2: Food Up. Stuff that puppy with gummy worms and Cinnabons, baby. If you’re feeling risky, throw a couple cold and slippery cans of soda in there or a bag of microwave popcorn. Know your limits, though. Steamy meatball subs and hot curry dishes are typically for experts only.

Step 3: Walk Up. Hold your head high, strut a mean strut, and you’ll be just fine. If you get caught you can always pretend you’re diabetic. “Honestly, this is prescription Everlasting Gobstoppers.”

So get in there and get munching. Get in there and get crunching. Get in there and get

AWESOME!

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For a shot at winning Neil’s new book, all you have to do is leave us a comment with your own something awesome. Neil himself will pick a winner at random next week. If you need some inspiration, check out the blog that inspired the books, 1000 Awesome Things. And if you'd like to bypass all this contest nonsense and simply buy the book, you can do that here.