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Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson : AF Reading Challenge #2

The second book I read in 2017 was Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. For my Reading Challenge, this completes #3 A biography, autobiography or memoir.

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What’s it About?

Subtitled ‘A Funny Book About Horrible Things’, Furiously Happy is Jenny’s second book and it’s not so much an actual autobiography but more of a big, funny, ridiculously honest collections of stories about things that happened to her.

She talks about mental illnesses, physical illnesses, being a blogger, being an author, being married, being a mum, being a cat-mum, just being a person, and it’s all very relatable. And it’s all very funny. To the point where I made myself snort-laugh on the train and got some funny looks.

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What Did I Think?

One of the big things I loved about this book is how it’s not some preachy manual for ‘how I got over my mental illness‘. Instead, she talks candidly about how she still suffers with anxiety and episodes of depression in a way that shows she’s accepted it as being a part of who she is. Not in a giving up kind of way, and not in an ‘I’m going to use this as an excuse to get out of doing stuff‘ kind of way…

It’s more of a ‘I can’t stop my brain being this way so I’m going to make the most of it by learning what coping mechanisms I can, even if they don’t always work, and be successful anyway’ kind of way, and I like that.

She’s funny and she’s obviously smart, she’s successful and, for the most part, she seems happy with her life. She takes the bad things that happen to her and the times she gets ill or sad or scared and she tries to turn them into something positive.

And, all the serious stuff aside, it’s a very entertaining book. I mean who wouldn’t want to read about an adult women waking her husband up at 3am because she’s trying to take photos of her cats with taxidermy racoons sitting on their backs?

Some people have criticised that it feels like she’s trying too hard to be funny or random but I don’t see that. I just saw a woman who’s learnt to enjoy writing whatever is in her head at the time and learnt not to worry so much about what the reader will think of her.

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My Rating: 9/10

Books Reading this Year: 2 / 100

Challenges Completed: 2 / 30

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