2014 Book #3 – One More Thing

One More Thing by B.J. Novak

You guys probably forgot that I’m doing the whole book a month thing, huh? Well it’s been a while since I posted about a book last, but I’m most definitely still on track for my goal!

This month, I decided to read One More Thing by B.J. Novak, and it was quite an interesting read. You guys remember Ryan from The Office? That’s the author. I always found this guy a little difficult to read (what IS he thinking?), even though he was one of the writers on the show and I totally loved the show. I’m a huge fan of funny celebrities like Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, etc. etc. so I figured I need to give this guy a shot since he’s associated with these stars.

First of all, it’s a book of short stories. When you start the book, you might have a little bit of a “WTF” impression because the stories are a little bizarre compared to what you might usually read, but still pretty funny. One of the first stories is about this unnamed main character who (and the story is being told in the first person by this main character) who aggressively cornered a scientist who was giving a tour into telling him what dark matter was. That’s a little odd, right? Who aggressively corners a scientist into explaining what dark matter is about?

Well I still kept reading and then I noticed that Novak would draw in characters and clues from the previous short stories in the book in the funniest way possible. That was my favorite part of this entire book. The structure is what makes me recommend this book to others. I wish that he had mixed in the characters even more, just because I remember thinking “That’s ridiculous!” and “No way!” and almost embarrassingly bursting into laughter in public places whenever I’d start thinking “Oh, he’s talking about THAT girl from that ONE story!”

I don’t want to divulge into the details of the other short stories just because I don’t want to ruin them for anyone who plans to read this book, but it’s definitely amusing. If you do want to read excerpts of the book, visit this book review by NPR, since they got permission to post a few stories Of course, the book is also pretty funny because it’s being written in a guy’s point of view, so you see the way a guy thinks about a situation versus the way a girl does. Even that was humorous on its own.

Some stories are less than 20 words, and others are pages long. If you’re a fan of funny celebrities, then that doesn’t even really matter.

Overall: Good read, recommend to anyone who likes funny celebs like I do. Or fans of The Office (U.S.). 

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