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review 2017-10-13 20:26
Hilariously Funny!
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

Not too much to say except I loved every part of this memoir. It made me think and also laugh which is always welcomed. 

 

Lawson suffers from depression and anxiety disorders and just generally has a body that does it best to make her have to duke it out to win against on a daily basis. She has a life that doesn't sound real, but she has the pictures to back up everything and a lot of those pictures I found to be freaking hilarious.

 

I don't have much else to say except that we need more memoirs out here about things like depression and social anxiety. I think a lot of times people just don't understand telling a person to just "cheer up" is enough to make the other person on the receiving end of that not helpful at all comment want to curl up and say fuck it. Having a mental illness is every day telling your inner voice or voices to shut the fuck up and you are a liar.

 

I am doing much better now in my 30s than I was in my late 20s. Being diagnosed as clinically depressed was shocking. I felt like I had let down my family, friends, and even myself. Having a great doctor who made me feel okay with that and let me see it was no shame to have to take medication for a while also helped. There are things that I do now when I can feel a "blue" period coming on. I do love Lawson's idea of doing things that make you "Furiously Happy" though. 

 

I will say though that this book jumps around a lot and there doesn't seem to be an overall linkage there. For example, when I usually have a memoir to read it is focusing on something, an event, time period, etc in an author's life. This read like hilarious journal entries from Lawson. I can't tell you the time period at all though especially since her daughter's age at times jumps around so I am a little lost about what years this stretches from. 


Definitely a great read for me. 

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text 2017-10-12 08:56
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

This was freaking hilarious as well as poignant in parts. Mostly funny though. 

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review 2017-10-10 22:16
Humor We Need That Makes The World Suck Less
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny Lawson
After having successful blog, author Jenny Lawson, wrote this memoir from parts of her already written blog and her humor filled life...or imagination.  

 

As a blogger myself I had heard about this book through other bloggers.  I had never been to the bloggess aka Jenny Lawson blog before but now that I have read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened I am addicted to checking Jenny’s blog.  Her humor is just plain awesome.  She seems like someone I could be friends and we would laugh all day.  I that is probably romanticizing a friendship but I am trying to explain how much I love her sense of humor.

 

I have seen many reviews saying the book is not funny and whiney, or not like David Sedaris, or has to much potty mouth.   Ok first thing it is funny...so funny if have a sense of humor and do take things lightly. Secondly the book is not like David Sedaris but to me that is a blessing.  I find Sedaris unfunny and kinda mean.  As for the potty mouth, there is some but that does not bother me.  Cursing and words that make people uncomfortable for others is just part of life.  

 

I loved Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and I am now a fan of TheBloggess blog. She has a second book Furiously Happy which is added to my TBR pile.  It was actually a book that brought me out of a really bad reading slump.  I needed the humor to flood away the depression I have had recently and maybe if you are feeling the same I would say read this if it fits your humor.  

 

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text 2017-10-05 14:23
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

I have been laughing through this whole book so far. I needed something funny. Thank you Jenny Lawson.

 

Depression is a lie, as someone who suffered from it previously and still has moments of it re-surging it's great to read a book by someone that gets it. 

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review 2017-10-04 01:18
Review: Furiously Happy
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson,Jenny Lawson

A funny book about overcoming adversity, especially when it's source is your own brain and body. Like Lawson's previous book, she narrates the audio version, which we've been listening to in bits and pieces over various road trips.

 

Nothing in this book made me laugh so hard I nearly got into an accident, but it still had some quite funny parts. And, more importantly, Lawson pulls no punches in describing her dealings with depression and the importance of both moving forward and knowing when to hide in your hotel room for a few days.

 

Part self help, part philosophy, part taxidermy, and all heart.

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