Review: 1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Words by Mario Giordano

1000 feelings1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Words
written by Mario Giordano
published by Penguin Books

release date: May 6, 2014

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Why did I pick this book: The publisher offered me a copy to review. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy this book.

It’s different. It’s quirky. It’s thought-provoking. There were quite a few times that I was nodding along, thinking that I had felt that way at some point. There were some feelings that had me shaking my head. There were some that made me laugh.

I took this book to a family picnic and we all read from it. It would make a great party game or conversation starter.

I think my favorite feeling was this: “The dread of suffering from anatadaephobia (the constant fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.”

I bet you never thought of that . . .


Would I recommend it: Sure. It was a fun read that makes for good conversation.


About the book – from Goodreads:
 A charming, thought-provoking, hand-lettered book for fans ofThe Book of Awesome and Wreck This Journal.

They amaze us and hurt us, bring us to tears and make us laugh, delight us and keep us up at night: feelings that we know only too well, but which have eluded the English lexicon for so long. In 1000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names, author Mario Giordano catalogs those familiar emotions.

Perfect for cocktail parties, quiet reflection, daily inspiration, or travel entertainment, this delightful compendium is broken up into helpful sections that will fit your every mood, such as “Afternoon Feelings,” “Nerd Feelings,” “Heaven-help-me Feelings,” or the somewhat more nebulous “Tangerine Feelings.” Or try opening a page at random to help kiss writer’s block goodbye. Don’t forget to add your own feelings in the back of the book (before they get away!) and share with others.

About the Author: Mario Giordano is one of Germany’s bestselling thriller and screenplay writers. 1000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names was born out of an intense bout of writer’s block. He lives in Cologne, Germany.

Isabel Fargo Cole is a Berlin-based writer and translator. She is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Heim grant for translation. Cole is also the coeditor of the website, an online journal of new German literature in translation.

Ray Fenwick is an artist, illustrator, and author living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of the graphic novels Hall of Best Knowledge and Mascots.



  1. Sounds like a fun book for the bookshelf – something to read when you don’t want to play games (Scrabble, chess, that sort of thing).

    Great title.

    Wondering – if the writer is also a screenwriter – did you find the writing carefully written with no extra words?

    • It really would be a great book for a party. Wonderful conversation starters.

      There were no extra words. It was very straightforward. It was a list of one sentence descriptions. It was different but interesting.