We love to read. I could write a million posts about all of the books and authors we love, but I just wanted to highlight one in particular because it came up coincidentally and recently in our lives. I have been reading the book One More Thing by B. J. Novak, which is a collection of essays and short stories. Yes, B.J. is “Ryan” from “The Office” and is also a comedic genius and all-around amazing guy (also helped in part by his close friendship with Mindy Kaling, my #1 icon). Anyway, as I’m sure is the case with other busy moms and women, I find it hard to find long stretches of time to leisurely read, so this book is perfect because I can pick it up and read short sections and slowly get through it at my own pace. And it is an understatement to say it is funny. I need to find the world’s best thesaurus to come up with words to describe exactly how smart and humorous this book is. This is a grown-up book, with grown-up words, and grown-ups will enjoy it.
While I’ve been savoring this book, I found out that just a few weeks ago, B. J. published a children’s book. What? A children’s book? I admit even though I am a huge fan I thought it was kind of gimmicky. Then I showed Theo the book trailer on YouTube and am now convinced that B. J. Novak is a Super Genius. Have your kids watch this and I can almost guarantee you that they will request to watch it over again immediately:
(There are also other YouTube videos of B.J. reading the book in its entirety which you can search for.)
I am just so tickled that the same guy wrote books for both the grown-up and kid audiences that are so equally delightful. And the message and relationship-building aspects of the kids book are wonderful. Happy Reading!