One of my goals for this year is to read one book per month. So far I’ve read:
And here comes my review for book number five… “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson!
I don’t know how or why, but somehow I stumbled upon The Bloggess a few years ago and found myself laughing so hard I ended up with tears in my eyes. So a few months ago when I was ordering a slew of books on Amazon (which my apartment complex never told me were delivered, so they were sent back and I had to re-order so it literally took months before I got this book. Rude), I came across her most recent release, “Furiously Happy,” and I couldn’t resist.
This book. I can say that it’s the only book I’ve ever read that has made me laugh out loud… several times. Which I think, since I read the bulk of this book in airports and on planes last weekend, made a lot of people think I was a little insane.
Basically, the book is a memoir about her life… and some of the most unusual and interesting moments. Jenny talks about her lifelong battle with mental illness, but also some of the most bizarre things that have happened to her in her life, like having to jump out of her pool because a possum decided to cannonball in (note, there is a lot of talk about possums. I think that is just what happens when you live in Texas for most of your life because there are a lot of possums here).
I’ve already recommended “Furiously Happy” to pretty much everyone that I know, and I will continue to tell people to read this book. Somehow, Jenny straddles the line between being absolutely hilarious to being inspirational in the sense that she helps you realize that you aren’t the only one who’s messed up in life, and it’s not a bad thing. We’re all struggling in our own ways, except for the shiny people, who shouldn’t be trusted or who anyone should compare themselves to.
It also gives some insight into what it’s like to live with a mental illness, whether it’s anxiety or depression. And in our society, where this is such a stigma, such an honest and open opinion about what this means and how society treats someone with these illnesses is so needed.
If you’re looking for a good laugh, a dose of inspiration and a better understanding of mental illness, “Furiously Happy” is a great (fast) read for you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. And in the meantime, go check out The Bloggess.
Ever read The Bloggess? What did you think?
What’s the funniest book you’ve read lately? What are you currently reading (selfishly, I’m always looking for recommendations)?
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