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Furiously Happy

af Jenny Lawson

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"In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.As Jenny says: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos. "Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right"--… (mere)
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I stand by with I said in my review of the ebook.

BUT

The parts that moved me in the ebook moved me even more when hearing it in her own voice. It's a shame that that hasn't made this a 4 star read for me. But I liked it and still want to buy her stuff because she makes me feel... normal. Which is weird when you think about it... Wait let's not overthink this.

( )
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
I didn't like this book as much as the first one. Part of that was because I found myself bored as she keeps going off at a tangent. She did this also in the first book but then she was talking about something funny. Apparently if someone talks about something serious for me it has to be short.

But

In some way this book had a much bigger impact on me. But only some parts. ( )
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
This book by The Bloggess haunts my house. It moves from room to room like another family pet hiding from our active and loud children. It is so much fun to read but is also why i thought reading a book on speculative taxedermy was a fun idea (it wasnt). Current location is the bathroom rug. ( )
  Toast.x2 | Sep 23, 2021 |
I really loved the mental health parts but not so much the comedy parts. My inner reading voice has no comic timing.

I should give it give 5 stars for having an epilogue in the middle. Do you know how confusing that is on an ereader?

Things that I highlighted for various reasons, if it's in inverted commas it's because it wasn't originally written by Jenny Lawson:

ALPHA INTRUSION: When you’re asleep you’re supposed to have delta brain waves, but apparently my brain is constantly getting interrupted with alpha waves, so I’m flooded with awakelike brain activity while my body is asleep, which means even when I’m asleep I’m still awake.


Seriously. She said that she worked at this vet hospital but when they had cats that were already run over or had to be put down because they were cancerous they would have all of these dead cats left over that no one ever claimed and they didn’t want to just waste them so they sold the insides to vet schools—so they could dissect them—but then they had all this fur left over, so they tanned them and used them as packaging material when they needed to mail stuff.


You bought a used movie-grade storm trooper costume so that you could join a troop of strangers who visit sick kids in hospitals. You don’t even like healthy kids.

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible”


"Concoctulary” is a word that I just made up for words that you have to invent because they didn’t yet exist. It’s a portmanteau of “concocted” and “vocabulary.” I was going to call it an “imaginary” (as a portmanteau of “imagined” and “dictionary”) but turns out that the word “imaginary” was already concoctularied, which is actually fine because “concoctulary” sounds sort of unintentionally dirty and is also great fun to say. Try it for yourself. Con-COC-chew-lary


“Comparison is the death of joy.”

This gated community seemed perfect for the kind of people we were pretending to be


He was right. And that was the last time we ever saw that therapist. Instead, we just came up with some rules to get us through the rest of our marriage. Basically, I promised to stop leaving half-drunk cups of water all over the house and Victor promised to forgive me when I inevitably still left half-drunk cups all over the house.


"Don’t compare your insides to someone else’s outsides"

You learn to appreciate the fact that what drives you is very different from what you’re told should make you happy. You learn that it’s okay to prefer your personal idea of heaven (live-tweeting zombie movies from under a blanket of kittens) rather than someone else’s idea that fame/fortune/parties are the pinnacle we should all reach for.

There will be moments when you have to be a grown-up. Those moments are tricks. Do not fall for them.

Australian accent tips (you have to read the words in an American accent or it won't sound like an Australian saying something else): “Good eye, might” it sounds like “Good day, mate.” Also, “Raise up lights” = “razor blades” and “Dee yoon unduh” = “Down under.” Basically you just clench your teeth like you have TMJ. And drop a lot of “R”s haphazardly

Here’s how it works:
You invite the person in, and after having them sit down you just stare at them expectantly and force yourself to say nothing. Most non-sociopaths have problems with awkward silences and they will fill those silences with incriminating details about whatever it is they assume they’re in HR for.

Also, I can’t stop pronouncing the ‘p’ in ‘hamster.’

If you make something no one hates, no one will ever love it either, and that’s true.

It might be easier. But it wouldn’t be better.
  RebeccaBooks | Sep 16, 2021 |
Sort of half-memoir, half how-I-deal-with-mental-illness, this one's hard to categorize. Lawson's funny as hell, far too obsessed with possums and squirrels, and heartbreakingly honest about her various issues.

So, it wasn't quite what I was expecting going in, and there were some chapters I questioned initially why they were included (still do, to be fair), but the book seems to be a manifestation of the author: sometimes deep, sometimes flighty, sometimes on point, sometimes off on a tangent, sometimes about mental illness, sometimes about the crazy ride of life in general.

And, in the end, I loved it all. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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This book is dedicated to my daughter, the giggling witness to the strange and wonderful world her family has created out of insanity (both real and hyperbolic).

God help us when she's old enough to write her own memoir.
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"In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.As Jenny says: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos. "Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right"--

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