October Book Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Remember last year when I shared a review of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened? I finally picked up another hilarious read by the same author, Jenny Lawson. I love her style of writing and this book is no different from her first book. This time she discusses her mental illness and her struggles with mental health all while making you laugh.
I chose this book because I believe we all go through phases with our own mental health. Some may have it worse than others. But we all could learn to love our quirks and live furiously happy with our mental diversities. I know personally I have struggled with small bouts of depression in the past. And I know I’m not the only one who has gone through it.
Here are some things I loved about this book:
Embrace Your Weirdness
One thing I love about Jenny’s books and even her blog is she really embraces her weirdness. She also encourages her readers to do the same. Listen, if we were all the same this world would be so boring. It’s good to be different and weird! One of my favorite stories from this book was her chapter on her Australia trip. She decided to dress up in a koala onsie to visit and hopefully cuddle a koala. Sadly the sanctuary didn’t allow her to hold one but she got close to it.
Have a Solid Support System
Jenny goes into detail of her mental illnesses and the struggles she has had with them. But something she really seems to hit on is how her family has been there for her even when things are a bit chaotic. It’s so important to have a solid support system around you when you have an illness.
She also happens to share some “arguments” she’s had with her husband and they will have you rolling!
Something Jenny is extremely good as is sharing her personal struggles on her blog. She talks a little about how she was inspired to write Furiously Happy which stemmed from a personal blog post. People related to her on a different level and she saw that as fuel to write about her illness. I struggle with getting personal on this blog sometimes. It’s hard to bring down those walls and let strangers into your struggles. Jenny’s books and blog posts have reached so many readers around the world struggling with their own issues.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Jenny’s second book. You will laugh, you will cringe and you will enjoy every word of this book. It’s a quick read and something you can get through in a weekend if you read fast. I tend to savor my books so it took me slightly longer than that to read it!
Next book on the docket is Anna Faris’ book Unqualified which just came out. I cannot wait to read it!