Book Log – One Day

One Day by David Nicholls

This was another grab from our Little Free Library.  I’m a sucker for gimmicky novels involving time in some way…  This one tells the story of a relationship by describing the events of one day in July every year, from their twenties through forties.

If I’m honest, I didn’t like the ending.  But the ride was enjoyable.  The convention worked pretty well, but I didn’t really feel like it was used in any particular way.   It could have just been a novel that covers a long time period, without the arbitrary single day convention.  What did choosing that particular day bring to the table?  Not sure.

But it was well written, and I guess other people liked it, because I see it was made into a movie a year later.

Book Log – One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novack

He was great on The Office.  And his children’s picture book, The Book With No Pictures, is pretty brilliant.

I don’t know if I would have taken the plunge to try out this book of stories if it hadn’t shown up in the Little Free Library outside our front yard.  But I’m glad I did.

He’s actually a good writer.  His stories are amusing and clever, with a feel like binge-reading McSweeneys.net.  I’m going to keep an eye out for his next book, because I’d be willing to pay for it.  He’s just that good.