Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy
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.)