Monday, February 25, 2019

Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy

Don’t make the same mistakes that everyone else makes. Make wonderful mistakes. Make the kind of mistakes that make people so shocked that they have no other choice but to be a little impressed.

I've had this book on my TBR for forever, probably since it was released. I actually started it once a few years ago, and didn't get very far, and I'll be honest -- I kind of gritted my teeth to finish this one in January so I could tick it off my list.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
Macmillan Audio, 2015
Audiobook from library
Read Harder challenge

I hadn't remembered Lawson is the blogger The Blogess, so I wasn't familiar with her style of writing and tone. Furiously Happy is a collection of pieces (most original, some reworked blog posts) touching on a variety of topics related to her desire to try to live life 'furiously happy'.

The tone of these pieces are darkly funny; Lawson is occasionally horrifying (her thing for taxidermied animals is just baffling to me) but always honest, and I laughed as much as I cringed. Now and then, I found her a Little Too Much, like when she name dropped being friends with Neil Gaiman or detailed her ridiculous behavior during an all-expenses-paid trip to Australia. (Privilege and obliviousness make me snippy.) But over all, her brutal honesty about her struggles -- with her brain, her body, her life -- was refreshing. In smaller servings, I probably would have loved this -- my fault for doing the audiobook in three large chunks. (Read by Lawson herself, which is nice.)

1 comment :

  1. I read her first book in print and her humor grated on me after a while so I get what you're saying.