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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories | B. J. Novak
B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakesonly to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbinsturning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down. Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element just that might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader. From the Hardcover edition. Review In one of the longer entries in his very funny debut collection of stories, B. J. Novak describes a writer and translator named J. C. Audetat, who has a gift for the off-the-cuff vernacular of his day or what might be called the poetry of everyday conversations.. . . The same might be said of Mr. Novak, whose athletic imagination and ear for the language of his own time and place (that is, the vernacular of that 21st-century genus of young, hip Americans, known to frequent urban habitats on the East and West Coasts) are showcased in this volume. . . . Mr. Novak has an idiosyncratic voice thats distinctively his own, though One More Thing will also produce lots of comparisons to other writers. His more fully developed stories have a sense of the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary American life reminiscent of George Saunderss short fiction. Others will more likely elicit comparisons to David Sedariss books (without the curmudgeonly persona), Steve Martins prose pieces (with less conceptual strangeness) and Woody Allens Without Feathers and Side Effects (with less emphasis on big, existential questions). . . . Mr. Novak is nimble at showing how easily the ordinary can morph into the extraordinary and adept at making us see the surreal in the everyday. . . A funny writer with a great ear, but also as a genuine storyteller with an observant eye and finely tuned emotional radar. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Novaks high-concept, hilarious, and disarmingly commiserative fiction debut stems from his stand-up performances and his Emmy Awardwinning work on the comedy series, The Office. . . . Accordingly, his more concise stories come across as brainy comedy bits, while his sustained tales covertly encompass deep emotional and psychological dimensions. An adept zeitgeist miner, Novak excels at topsy-turvy improvisations on a dizzying array of subjects, from Aesops fables to tabloid Elvis to our oracular enthrallment to the stock market. . . . Writing with zing and humor in the spirit of Woody Allen and Steve Martin, Novak also ventures into the realm of George Saunders and David Foster Wallace. . . . Baseline clever and fresh, at best spectacularly perceptive, and always commanding, Novaks ingeniously ambushing stories of longing, fear, pretension, and confusion reveal the quintessential absurdities and transcendent beauty of our catchas-catch-can lives. Booklist, starred review Novaks debut contains a buckshot 64 fun and funny short stories crammed into a single volume. Part Etgar Keret, part McSweeneys, these tidy tales from the alum of TVs The Office depart from the how I became famous comedians biography for a decidedly more literary turn. . . . The bulk of Novaks stories are comedic, and more than a few are surprisingly tender. . . . Written by an author in complete control of his craft. Publishers Weekly "Everyone knew that B.J. Novak was smart and sexy, but funny, too!? Wow, screw that guy. I haven't laughed at words this hard since I read." Joshua Ferris author of The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End "ONE MORE THING is a funny and inventive debut collection, infused with a deadpan absurdist wit reminiscent of Woody Allen and Ian Frazier. B.J. Novak's stories are sly and playful, but they can pack a real emotional wallop." Tom Perrotta, author of Nine Inches "I am so relieved that I had not read B.J.'s book before I worked with him. I would just have spent every day at his feet instead of doing my job." Emma Thompson "Dark and hilarious, like the fudge Grandma used to make during her 'special' period. Deliciously funny!" Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts and The Stench of Honolulu "B.J. blew me away. He just keeps kicking short fiction in the rear, making it run ahead clutching its ass, and then he runs up and kicks it some more, and the result is one of the most aggressively, insanely awesome debuts in a while." Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story About the Author B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBCs Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantinos Inglourious Basterds and Disneys Saving Mr. Banks. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.
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Readergrrl
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Letting my #LMPBC #GroupC team know that I‘m running behind in my reading! I‘m sorry but end of year school stuff, being the only Covid free caretaker for my family, and family events to help plan kept me busy through the end of May and the beginning of June. I‘m not quite finished with Miéville‘s collection and just received Novak‘s. I‘ll finish Miéville this week and mail it asap. I‘m very sorry for the delay!

Megabooks That‘s okay. I might be late mailing your original book back this month. I‘m not sure yet how things will go but my long Covid brain fog and exhaustion have been really hard this month. (edited) 8mo
Readergrrl Oh dear @Megabooks ! That‘s terrible! I don‘t know how I‘ve managed NOT to get Covid. I‘m triple vaxxed, but so is my family and they both had it! My husband seems to be experiencing what you are. It‘s no fun, for sure! I‘ll be thinking of you!! 8mo
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

While some of these stories were quite clever, most were just okay. I‘m not sure our senses of humor are very compatible. However this has been on my TBR for years, so I was glad to get to it with my #LPMBC #GroupC. 👍🏻

I‘ll get this to you shortly @Readergrrl Last book!

This is our peony that doesn‘t have support, but it‘s still a beautiful color. (It next to our driveway, and I ruined the metal a couple of years ago. Whoops! 😂) @Cinfhen

squirrelbrain Gorgeous peony! 🌺 9mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thank you! 💜 9mo
TNbookworm Gorgeous peony! One of my favorite flowers! 9mo
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Megabooks @TNbookworm me too! I love seeing them this time of year. Thank you 😁 (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen They must smell heavenly 😇 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen they do! You‘d love it! 9mo
Megabooks This was my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks !! 👍🏻👍🏻 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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shadowspeak17
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Another light pick for me. Naturally, not all of these stories worked for me and some were more memorable than others, but several were clever and funny and I enjoyed the time I spent reading them.

@Megabooks I mailed this yesterday. It should get to you by Tuesday. 😊👍🏽

#lmpbc #GroupC #catsoflitsy #Ember

Leftcoastzen 😻 9mo
Megabooks Great! Looking forward to it. 9mo
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shadowspeak17
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Time to start the next book for #lmpbc #GroupC. 😄📖

Megabooks So excited to read your thoughts! 10mo
Readergrrl What a fun swap! I‘m a bit late on sending mine out! I swapped out my book for another at the last minute and I‘m so glad I did!! It will be in the post tomorrow!! 10mo
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jdiehr
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Mehso-so

I love BJ Novak as an actor and I know he is also a gifted writer.

These stories are smart, witty and clever.

The problem is I don't care for short stories in general and this collection did nothing to change my mind. I just wanted to get through as fast as I could.

Ruthiella I listened to it on audio which was really well produced with multiple narrators but the only story I remember is Julie and the Warlord. (edited) 2y
jdiehr @Ruthiella Audio is probably the way to go 2y
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magyklyXdelish
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Enjoyable book of short stories. The humor was definitely right up my alley. My favorite was probably Closure but I also really liked Julie and the Warlord.

#20in4 - I went right to bed so I‘m late posting this but I ended up at 19 hrs which is more than I thought I would get to.

Andrew65 That‘s fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂🎉🥳 Thanks for playing along. 2y
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magyklyXdelish
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Today‘s read to kick start February and try to get in the last 8 hours (ish) that I need for #20in4

I‘ll be done with work in a little bit then I have to sleep. But I‘m going to try to wake up in time to power read. I‘m determined 💪🏼

kspenmoll 🙌🏻 2y
Andrew65 Good luck 😊 Going well 👏👏👏 (edited) 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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#ManicMonday #LetterN @JoScho

Favorites starting with N:

- Book: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

- Author: B. J. Novak (yep, the guy who played Ryan on The Office wrote the tagged book, a truly excellent short story collection)

- Movie: The NeverEnding Story

- Band: New Order

- Song: Number City by Coheed & Cambria

JoScho Thanks for playing 💜☺️ 3y
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sarahlandis
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My favorite stories were The Rematch, Missed Connection, The Man Who Invented the Calendar, Kellogs, and my favorite favorite favorite was Monster: The Roller Coaster.

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carys14
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Lot and lots (and lots) of short stories. Some were great (No Goes to Heaven to See Dan Fogelberg), some were really good (The Something by John Grisham) and some were not my cup of tea (The Comedy Central Roast of Nelson Mandela). But they were short so it wasn‘t long until another good one came along.

Book 45/100

#stillnitcraftingmuch #gamingandbooks

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I've had this on my TBR for ages, but was never really all that interested in reading it (I'm not a short story fan). I finally read it out of desperation (empty Overdrive pipeline), and I'm glad I did. Some of the stories were pretty funny. Others not so much. But, I'm glad to get out of my comfort zone occasionally.

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MrBook
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Stack 12/12 for the #BlindDateWithABook Display @BookBabe and I are working on. 😁

Have you read any of these?!

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

Bookladylinda This stack I read Needful Things 4y
TK421 The Adventure of Robin Hood is great! 4y
BookBabe Needful Things is awesome, and I loved The Girls! 4y
Gissy I want to read Needful Things! 4y
Chelsey I recommend instead of that Robin Hood, the Howard Pyle one. 4y
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sammisho
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Mehso-so

This is slightly more than a "so-so", but not quite a pick. I wanted to like this more than I did. Sarcastic, sardonic humor is funny in small doses. This was just too much of the same kind of thing for me. I did find myself chuckling but it was very hit or miss.

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LoverofLit
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I really enjoyed the majority of this book. There were some rambly stories that felt unpolished or not quite finished but they were worth it for the real gems in here like The Something by John Grisham, The Rematch Between The Tortoise and The Hare, and Wikipedia Brown. Some short, others longer; irreverent and witty humor throughout. Reminiscent of The Office's writing, this dry take into today's social network world was delightful.

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LoverofLit
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I love The Office and am so excited for a lighter listen after my last audiobook pulled my heart out!

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ReadZenRites
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These short stories are clever and had me laughing aloud. I typically don‘t go for short stories, but these were refreshingly different. The book is definitely YA, not for young teens & has a preponderance of f-bombs. I‘m glad I‘m reading it before my 15-year-old daughter; but maybe tempting her with a funny book with mature-ish content will get her to actually READ. #YAWednesday

TheFunkyBookworm Oh I‘ll def be checking this one out! 5y
Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 5y
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😂😂😂

pgh.femme Ha! I‘ll try to remember that for when my kiddo goes back to school. 5y
Aimeesue @pgh.femme Start that schadenfreude off early! 😂 5y
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Aimeesue
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Bwahahaha! The Something, by John Grisham! 😂😂😂

ReadZenRites Love that scene!! 😂😂 5y
batsy 😂 5y
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Aimeesue
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Covered in doggos, attempting to read. Not entirely sure why I need a pibble on my lap.
#dogsoflitsy

Jabberwocky Is Pibble the kitty‘s name? 5y
DGRachel If “Pibble” is short for pit bull (that‘s what I call mine, by the way), laps are where they belong, at least that‘s what Bailey tells me when she‘s sitting on my legs with all 60 lbs of muscle and fur, licking my face. 😂😂 5y
Aimeesue @Jabberwocky Yes, @DGRachel is right, pibble = pit bull. They‘re great dogs, but rather… pushy at times. Also, they will absolutely cover you with pibble spit. They‘re the kissiest dogs on earth. 😋 5y
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DGRachel @Aimeesue Yes! Bailey is the first pibble I‘ve ever had and I‘ve never had a dog that gave kisses as much as she does. No concept of personal space, though. 😂 5y
Jabberwocky That‘s adorable!! 5y
Aimeesue @Jabberwocky Until they, like, LOVE your face off! 😂😂😂 5y
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From the acknowledgements. Busted.

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parasolofdoom
Pickpick

Well that came out of left field. I picked this up expecting competent stories but this might actually be one of my favorite reads of the year so far.

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parasolofdoom

I am bowled over by how good this collection is! I'm already over half through when the plan was to read a couple stories then start book 4 of a series I've been on.

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parasolofdoom
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Starting this collection for #letterN of #LitsyAtoZ . A few in, I'm really enjoying it so far.

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ShannonColleen
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Balibee146 Looks amazing! 5y
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McGonagall
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1. The Sookie Stackhouse series
2. Lord of the Rings
3. I usually shelve it, but I'll pass on a book if someone asks
4. Sadly, no
#weekendchat @CSeydel

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chelreads
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Mehso-so

I think I enjoyed like three of the stories in this book 😕 #80in18

AmyG That sounds about right. 5y
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bentchbites
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In relation to my answers to the Reading Habits Tag, here‘s me at a milktea shop last week. 😂 I CAN read everywhere but I PREFER to read at home bec i make weird/awkward faces when i‘m lost in thought! 😂
Stolen 📸 by my sister. Grr! 😠🤣

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks like a cool, comfy place to read ☺️ 5y
Chachic Bakit mukhang problemado, bes?😂 5y
bentchbites @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks we were the only ones there when we went, but my sister tells me it‘s usually packed with teens. It‘s beside her school, so Idk if i want to go back there and be around so much youths! 😂😂😂 5y
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bentchbites @Chachic haha. Resting Problematic Face, bes! 😂 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha!!! I totally understand, but you‘re young too!!! 5y
bentchbites @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks haha! Thanks! I‘m nearing my thirties so my dislike of the young ones grow day by day. 🤣🤣🤣 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @bentchbites just wait until you‘re 40!!!! 🤣😂 5y
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bentchbites
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Im at this part in this collection of stories and i feel personally attackedt! 😂😂😂

Chachic HOY! Nang-aano yan ah 😂 5y
bentchbites @Chachic i knowwww! Tapos mej malungkot pa yung ending nitong flash fic na to (2 pages lang) so arghhh! 😤 haha 5y
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bentchbites
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Before i discovered highlighting in Kindle, i just try to commit beautiful quotes to memory (or if i have something to write on conveniently nearby, i jot it down). I also abhor highlighting on fiction books! I didn‘t want them to feel like boring school textbooks!

But look where we are now! 😂

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bentchbites
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Current read. A gift from @knownasmary ! ❤️
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My reading resolutions include switching up genres and alternating bet local & foreign authors. This was an awesome book to start with it after i gobbled up 4 local stories. 😂 #amreading

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nelehelen
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3.5/5

I really enjoyed this as an audiobook, especially because I love “The Office”. Some stories were definitely funnier than others, but overall made my commute to work much more pleasant.

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bentchbites
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Met up with a friend from all the way back bec she ordered our book. She came with these in hand and I almost screamed bec I‘ve been eyeing One More Thing a few years ago, then forgot about it, and now she gave it to me!!! ❤️❤️❤️ #friendships #thebest

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My new audio book. Novak is such a good narrator--and I love the guest voices! I hate it when men try to voice women and women men, it ruins the whole thing for me. This is so much better!! #audiobook

ReadingEnvy This always reminds me of this video of him reading his children's book https://youtu.be/cREyQJO9EPs 5y
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Clwojick
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Pickpick

I loved hearing the cast of The Office reading the stories in this audiobook. The first story about the tortoise and the hare was my absolute favourite ❤️

hike.read.repeat I️ read that book a few years back. Didn‘t know that audiobook had The Office actors in it. So cool. 5y
nelehelen Omg i loooove the office! I must listen to this audiobook! 5y
CaliforniaCay Just started watching the office from the beginning last week (I know I'm late to the game) but I'm loving it. Must read! 5y
hermyknee When rewatching older shows like the office, my favorite thing to notice is the evolution of the phone 😂 5y
reluctantangeleno I have this book on my nightstand and having been reading it in pieces, but now I MUST listen to the audio! I ❤ The Office to the max! Checked out from Libby, yay! 5y
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Clwojick
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💗❤️💗 I'm not going to lie, this is being stacked simply because the author is Ryan the temp, from The Office. And I loooovvve The Office. 💗❤️💗

#LibraryWishlist #NeverEndingTBR

Have any of my fellow Littens read this book? Would you recommend? Please let me know. ☺️

dariazeoli Some stories were better than others, but I enjoyed the audiobook! 5y
JenReadsAlot Listened to the audio read by B.J. It was alright - picked it for the same reason you did! 5y
HippieChickHomeschool I would read this just because his kids book was so funny 5y
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Clwojick @HippieChickHomeschool hahah! Just stacked that one! Thanks 😬 5y
tjwill Totally agree with @dariazeoli and @JenReadsAlot ! I liked some of the stories but not all, and I listened to him read it. 5y
melrailey Overall I enjoyed this a lot. There were a couple stories that missed the mark for me but the collection overall was a pick. 5y
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RIOTGRAMS DAY 3: Three Word Titles

Another book I‘ve had forever and still haven‘t gotten to! I think this was a thrift shop find awhile back. After recently rewatching The Office with my bf, I‘d really like to catch up on this one by BJ Novak (AKA Ryan the Temp). #riotgrams #day3 #tbr

Saknicole The best 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This book was extremely hilarious. 5y
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dariazeoli
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Finally have this up next for an #audioread. I love The Office. Ryan Howard was a dick (to quote Ben Stovington from Felicity), but I'm fascinated by the relationship between Novak & Mindy Kaling.

raelaschoenherr Me too! Her books that talked about him were interesting. I should listen to this one too! 6y
lynneamch @raelaschoenherr I still need to read her's, but just finished Rainn's where he talks a bit about them, too. Plus, lots of other good stuff about The Office, his Baha'i faith, lots more. 6y
dariazeoli @lynneamch @raelaschoenherr Yes! I read Rainn's book a couple years ago and it's great! I liked Mindy's, too. Where do we petition for Jenna Fischer & John Krasinski to write books? 6y
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raelaschoenherr @dariazeoli @lynneamch I need to read Rainn's book! I've been re-watching the office for a long time now and am at the end of season 8 (I stopped watching around Season 5 when it was actually on air) and it's been so fun. I've also been (more than) a little in love with Jon Krasinski ❤️ 6y
dariazeoli @raelaschoenherr Jim Halpert stole my heart in season 2. I've never fully recovered ♥️ 6y
raelaschoenherr Ah, I totally agree!! Why is he so perfect?! 6y
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stacybmartin
Pickpick

Some pretty funny stories - I enjoyed the guest narrators.

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stacybmartin
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Next up on #labsoundtrack. Way better!

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Lauren_reading
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Pickpick

I really liked this collection of short stories - especially on audio. I laughed out loud at a few - Wikipedia Brown especially. #awesomeaudio

stacybmartin So glad to hear this - I have it in my audio queue! 💙 6y
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Beck9lol
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I'm about to start this audiobook. Woot woot! I love B.J. Novak!

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courtneybee
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A collection of black & white (& grey!) books. 🎹⚽️🎬📓

#blackandwhitecovers #maybookflowers

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Gayan
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Today I told my coworker that I would stop by B&N and pick up her hold while I was out and this happened. It was buy 2 get 1 free so I really had no choice. #allthebooks

krismac Someday Someday Maybe is such a fun book! I loved it! 6y
MinDea I bought One More Thing too in their buy 1 get 1 free! It's pretty good so far. 6y
Gayan @krismac and @MinDea I have wanted to read both of those for a long time. 6y
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Seshat 🤣 6y
AndreaReads Truth! 🙌🏻 6y
Texreader 😂😂😂 6y
IamIamIam LMAO!!!! 6y
kylienoele I love this!! 😂 6y
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melrailey
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Food for thought.

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LLColbeck
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Pickpick

A great distraction. Listen to the audiobook if possible... it's a The Office mini reunion.

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melrailey
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I think I know this movie 😜

RaeRae I keep forgetting I need to read this! Thanks for the reminder! 6y
LauraJ Rosebud 😿 6y
melrailey @RaeRae I've had this for two years and just picked it up to read. @LauraJ that's how I felt. 6y
katedensen Loved this one! I actually listened to it on audio, which was GREAT because B.J. Novak had a bunch of his friends (i.e., most of The Office cast) read too. On an unrelated note, he is my first choice of celebrity boyfriend. 6y
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I concur!