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Furiously Happy
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things | Jenny Lawson
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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MaggieCarr
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Bailedbailed

I don't hate it, but I've struggled to get this far (1/3). Bailing for now, will come back to it later.

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TK-421
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“I stood at the end of the street, catching snow in my mouth, and laughed softly to myself as I realized that #without my insomnia and anxiety and pain I‘d never have been awake to see the city that never sleeps asleep and blanketed up for winter. I smiled and felt silly, but in the best possible way.” #QuotsyDec19

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arlenefinnigan
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Pickpick

This is brilliant, funny, honest and moving. Beautifully scatty and daft and all over the place in a stream-of-consciousness kind of way. Highly recommended to anyone who struggles with their mental wellbeing, or who wants to understand people who do.

squirrelbrain I think I need to read this - stacked. 1w
TiredLibrarian I must read this; it's been on my TBR for an embarrassingly long time! 1w
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arlenefinnigan
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Oh cool I'm glad it wasn't just my mum who used old underwear as duster

TrishB Oh god, mine too! 1w
TrishB @squirrelbrain @arlenefinnigan do you think it was a northern thing? 1w
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MayJasper Oh yes, mine too. Probably still does 😕 1w
MayJasper Yes @Trishb - County Durham 1w
arlenefinnigan 😂 Loving this. 1w
TrishB @MayJasper 😂 👍🏻 1w
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TK-421
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“I wish someone had told me this simple but confusing truth: Even when everything‘s going your way you can still be sad. Or anxious. Or uncomfortably #numb. Because you can‘t always control your brain or your emotions even when things are perfect.” #QuotsyNov19

readordierachel So true 💙 2w
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arlenefinnigan
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Off work with a trapped nerve and feeling sorry for myself. Sick leave: I'm doing it right.

Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 2w
Cinfhen Feel better xx but you seem to have things under control 2w
Eggs Awww I know the feeling! Rest and peace to you ❤️ 2w
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charl08 Ouch! Get well soon. 2w
Nute Oh no! That‘s a real ‘owie.‘ Take it easy if you can. Hoping for a quick recovery! 2w
JennyM Hope you have a quick recovery. Sounds painful! 2w
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 2w
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Branwen
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Two of my favorite memoirs, which have both made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions! 😁📚💕

#gratefulreads #memoir #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got Furiously Happy!! I need to get it off the shelf!! 💛 2w
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve read Furiously Happy...loved it! 2w
Branwen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 It's soooooo good! And funny! 😁 2w
AnansiGirl I ❤️We‘re Never Meeting in Real Life! Furiously Happy will get read ... some day. 😁 2w
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WanderingBookaneer
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Karkar This book was awesome! So funny and relatable for me. 2w
Leftcoastzen It is an amazing book!Her candor and humor is incredible.I listened to audiobook, great to here her tell her own story. (edited) 2w
Soubhiville I absolutely love her. I‘m sure her audiobooks are great, but I love the photos of her taxidermy and other stuff, so I‘m a fan of her physical books. 2w
Come-read-with-me @WanderingBookaneer This is a great book!!Like @Soubhiville I love the physical books because the pictures she includes are hilarious! 2w
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thelovelyreadingunicorn
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Reading this today. So far it's funny. Not what I was expecting though.
Has anyone read this? What are your thoughts?

megnews The further I got in the book the more I felt like she was a bit repetitive. I thought it was hilarious and relatable though. 3w
thelovelyreadingunicorn 😃 . Agree 3w
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arlenefinnigan
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Have a great day everyone

TrishB 😂😂 you too 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
arlenefinnigan Did you know that female kangaroos have 3 vaginas, but male kangaroos only have a 2 pronged penis? This book is very educational. 1mo
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julesG Interesting fun fact. 1mo
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 1mo
SquidgetsRoom I loved this book! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 1mo
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Texreader
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Jenny Lawson‘s bookstore in my neighborhood is slightly delayed until the new year. Darn! I was hoping to do Christmas shopping there! But I am still so excited about it!

wanderinglynn That‘s so cool that you live right there! I ordered a mug because I love her logo. I hope to visit her bookstore at some point. 1mo
Suet624 Oh, darn. I didn‘t know it was delayed. 1mo
Texreader @wanderinglynn @Suet624 The article says she‘s struggling with getting permits and a contractor. I‘m not surprised in our neighborhood, which will hand out permits to big money but fight tooth and nail with the little guy. Anyway, it‘s a hike from my house but I could do it years ago. Maybe it will be incentive for me to build up my walking endurance! I‘m so excited about this! 1mo
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Margot0817
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Looking for more books to make me laugh outloud while also being at least mostly clean. Any recommendations? Tom the cat for attention.

MayJasper I love Tom the Cat 1mo
pigeonsandcrows Have you read Hyperbole and a Half? I laughed until I cried at some of that book. 1mo
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Margot0817 @MayJasper he loves you! 1mo
Margot0817 @MayJasper I haven't but I've seen that title before. I'll add it to my TBR list. Thank you! 1mo
Margot0817 @pigeonsandcrows I haven't but thank you, I'll check it out! 1mo
castanheira One of the best books/diaries I have ever read. It truly gives us a new perspective of depression. 1mo
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TamTracy
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Pickpick

This book was very relatable and very funny. It was an amusing self help book with a whole bunch of quotes that I really will go back to often. I really appreciate her views on dealing with mental illness in today‘s world. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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arlenefinnigan
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Have a great day xxx

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 1mo
julesG 😂😂😂😂 1mo
LauraJ 😹🤣😹 1mo
readordierachel 😆😂 1mo
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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 19: a humour book. Specifically, a funny book about horrible things.

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TK-421
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There‘s a quote from The Breakfast Club that goes “We‘re all pretty #bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.” I have it on a poster but I took a Sharpie to it and scratched out the word “hiding” because it reminds me that there‘s a certain pride and freedom that comes from wearing your unique bizarreness like a badge of honor. #QuotsyOct19

wanderinglynn I love that movie! ❤️👍🏻 2mo
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Karkar
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#7covers7days #coverlove Day 2

Post a cover you love every day for seven days, no explanations. Tag a new person to play every day.

@kitty_reads do you want to play?

Ddzmini I really laughed when I first saw this cover it‘s so great 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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rojasraulii
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Pickpick

Genre: Humour
Date Started: September 12 2019
Date Completed:
How did you choose this book: I just asked my sister if she had a novel in hand that I could borrow.
Summary: This is a book about a girl Jenny that overcomes her anxiety and depression.

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Texreader
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The tagged book has been on my tbr list forever but I never knew the author lived in my town. And now she‘s opening a bookstore in my neighborhood!!! Can you say #litsymeetup at #nowhere? @Bookzombie

DivineDiana Fantastic! 3mo
AprilMae Omg, I'm totally gonna post when I come down to visit it!!! #meetup 3mo
cathysaid Oh this book is snort-coffee-out-of-your-nose funny 🤣🤣 3mo
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LiteraryinLititz I bet her bookstore is going to be awesome! I liked her book a lot. 3mo
Bookzombie I‘m excited! We can definitely #meetup at #nowhere! 🙂 3mo
Karkar Oh I enjoyed this book! 📚❤️ 3mo
Soubhiville The #LitsyATXReadersSociety has been thinking of taking a trip down to SA to hit some book stores. I can‘t wait to make this one the top of the list! 3mo
Eyelit That‘s fantastic! Field trip in my future! 😄 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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Haven‘t read this one, but the cover makes me happy!
#everybodyshappynowadays
#redroseseptember

Cinfhen I love the glitter and sparkles on this cover!!!! 💖💖💖💖 3mo
arlenefinnigan Great minds 😉 3mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a fun cover 😊😊😊 3mo
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MCYmermaid She‘s opening an indie bookstore soon! 3mo
tournevis It's hilarious! And @MCYmermaid I want to visit is so badly! 3mo
squirrelbrain Have you read the book @MCYmermaid - would you recommend it? 3mo
MCYmermaid It was on my TBR pile forever... and there it remains... 3mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen This was my first thought for today!! I bailed on this one ☝️ Did u like it?? II was mentally distracted at the time. 3mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen still not read it. Will read it soonish. 3mo
vivastory I haven't read it yet but I have always loved this cover 3mo
squirrelbrain Gah! I was going to post this (I know I‘m late - having one of ‘those‘ days) - my mind is so frazzled I can‘t come up with anything else... @arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen 3mo
arlenefinnigan @squirrelbrain double posts are fine, go for it 😉 3mo
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Gryffleclaw95
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Today, on my birthday, I finished re-reading Jenny Lawson‘s “Furiously Happy”. I have always enjoyed Lawson‘s writing and I adore her humor, but I don‘t think I appreciated this book as much the first time I read it compared to now. This book is filled with humor, outrageous stories of Lawson‘s life, living with mental illnesses, and just plain weirdness. Overall, this book is something you didn‘t realize you needed until you read it.

Bookjunkie57 Happy Birthday!!! 4mo
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BridgetteM
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This quote from Jenny Lawson‘s Furiously Happy kept popping into my head on Tuesday as my family and I traveled back home from our vacation in Maine. The airport and our flight were full of jerks. This quote helped me keep my cool (somewhat)!

Also, this book is amazing and hilarious and you should read it. Be prepared to LOL.

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Margot0817
Pickpick

It was a little awkward reading this in a coffee shop because I just could. Not. Stop. LAUGHING. This girl is a blogger and is writing about all the awkward things she does to avoid her anxiety and how it makes it worse. I wonder if my husband will ever find me with a racoon in the kitchen at 3:00?🤔😂

Hestapleton I listened to the audiobook with headphones on a family road trip to see relatives for Thanksgiving. I was CACKLING to myself in the backseat and I think my family was ready to leave me by the side of the road! 4mo
Margot0817 That's hilarious! I kept reading this in the coffee shop while trying to cover my face and stifle my laughter. Every once in a while I think we just need to read something that's hilarious and this was definitely it. 😂 4mo
Suet624 She is so funny. 💕💕 4mo
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TK-421
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I don‘t like sharing “me stuff” but felt I should explain why I‘ve been slacking on Quotsy & Camp Nano. I‘ve been struggling with my mental & physical health (sza-bp+anxiety, diabetes) & trying to support my hubby emotionally & financially while he‘s off work. I‘m tired, overwhelmed & off-balance. But we‘re coping, living day by day. We know things will get better but sometimes it‘s hard to believe it. This quote hits home. I need this reminder!

Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. Hope things settle down for you soon. 5mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Hope the lightness finds you soon! 5mo
wanderinglynn {hugs} I hope light and peace find you soon. 💚 5mo
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Jas16 Really hoping that better days are just around the corner for you. 💜 5mo
dragondrool I hope things are looking up very soon.💙 5mo
Crazeedi It's hard to be strong for someone when you don't feel very strong yourself. I'm sending a big strong hug to lift you up and I hope you're getting rest so you can see light and hope on horizon! 😘😍 5mo
SaturnDoo 🤗🤗😘 Big hugs and lots of love to you. Hope that things turn around for you real soon. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. 🤗🤗🤗 5mo
llwheeler That is a lot to deal with. Hope things get better soon! 5mo
TheBookHippie Sending light! Hope things calm soon. 5mo
Freespirit Hope the darkness lifts and the light shines for you💕 5mo
cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts and hugs! 5mo
Tamra It‘s temporary. 🤗 (edited) 5mo
Eggs So sorry you‘re having a rough spot 😢 it WILL get better—hugs 💗 5mo
Megabooks Hugs! 💙💙 Things will improve!! We‘re here to support you. 5mo
TheLudicReader Stay positive. 5mo
Laughterhp Sorry to hear you‘ve been struggling. It‘ll get better 💚💚 5mo
Clwojick sending love and positive healing vibes. 💙 4mo
TK-421 @Clwojick Thanks 🤗 4mo
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Hollie
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Preceding this page she explains that CNN asked her about “mommies and politics” and she responded that she “thought it was a little condescending for anyone to call me ‘Mommy‘ unless they‘d personally come out of my ‘lady garden.‘” I concur. #garden #letstraveljuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣 I agree!!!! 5mo
cathysaid Love her. She's hilarious. Did you see her Twitter rant against Amazon on Twitter? I think it was yesterday. Good stuff. 5mo
OriginalCyn620 I must agree too! 😂😂😂🌼 5mo
Hollie @cathysaid no, but I‘m going to look it up now! 5mo
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Elizabethholly7
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this book and even thought I would because I love her Blog but just couldn't get through this one. And its not because I don't understand mental illness but everyone experiences it differently. I just felt there was more ramble than I could take. It had its moments but not enough for me. So I quit at Chapter 28 with 2 hours and 44 minutes. I can see why so many people love it but it just wasn't for me.

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Come-read-with-me
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“ But I don‘t want to be a grown up,” I screamed from a vaguely fetal position in the corner of the office.”

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 5mo
Come-read-with-me @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! I‘m excited to be here and really enjoy your reviews! 😀 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Come-read-with-me awww thank you 💗 5mo
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Embrady
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mandarchy
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Just before reading this, my doctor told me to stop eating cheese. I've already given up beer. So not cool.

rretzler I need to read this - great analogies of depression. 5mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 5mo
mandarchy @rretzler I read the Collected Schizophrenias and this book was referenced. Sounded interesting. Turns out it's hysterical. I've never laughed so hard at a book. 5mo
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Elizabethholly7
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I've had this for awhile and am just starting to listen to this on Audible. I hope I enjoy it and that there is something I can takeaway from it.
And playing with watercolors while I listen.

TheSpineView Pretty! 6mo
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AndreaLove
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This book has me laughing so hard I am crying #fuckingfunny 😂😂😂

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AndreaLove
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AndreaLove I think everyone needs to read this book. If I could give it 100 stars ⭐️ I would!!! 6mo
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TheSpineView
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 6mo
OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶❤️ 6mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#SongsOfSummer I just finished reading Furiously #Happy the other day, and really enjoyed it!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this!!! I have it on the shelf 🤦🏼‍♀️ 6mo
OriginalCyn620 I liked it too! 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Seeing my bookshelves makes me #Happy!! I‘m definitely out of space and need some more!!

#SongsofSummer

emz711 Mine looks like the same as yours on the top left! Ashley's? I bought 2 thinking "man I'm going to fill this quick" 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emz711 I have two exactly the same, but the other one needs organizing!!! Yes, I think Ashley‘s!! I want to have some built in my living room! 6mo
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BeckyandBooks 😍🤗😍🤗 6mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 😀 6mo
BooknerdsLife Your bookshelves are Giorgeous!!! 😍😍😱 6mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Books with #happy in the title. I‘ve only read the tagged book. #songsofsummer

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 6mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

I like the sense of humor with which Jenny Lawson talks about her struggles with illness. Some of these stories are absolutely hilarious!
#NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha @Maria514626
#LitsyAtoZ #F @BookishMarginalia

Fridameetslucy I know right! And then you begin to think that your own weird life adventures sorta have a furiously happy sense to them. (edited) 6mo
TomShank413 The first book of her is awesome and have furiously happy on my radar 6mo
CoffeeNBooks @TomShank413 I haven't read that one yet, but it's on my TBR list. 6mo
AutumnRLS I loved this book! The first one was awesome too. 6mo
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a_dupre
Pickpick

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TK-421
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“THE OTHER DAY I HAD INSOMNIA AND I MADE MY CATS A #WATER BED OUT OF A ZIPLOC BAG AND A SHOEBOX. THEY POPPED IT WITH THEIR CLAWS AND THEY ALMOST DROWNED. THEN I TRIED TO PUT BABY SOCKS AROUND THEIR FEET BUT THEY KEPT PULLING THEM OFF SO I TRIED WRAPPING RUBBER BANDS AROUND THE SOCK HEMS AND THEN MY HUSBAND WOKE UP...” #QuotsyMay19

sprainedbrain 😂 6mo
Severnmeadows 😆 6mo
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LapReader
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Pickpick

Bit late but here goes...
1. Butter with a bit of sugar or salt. 2. Stealing Beauty 3. True Blood series 4. Red wine. 5. I had wine of course. A glass and a half on what was supposed to be an alcohol free day.
@marleed

marleed Dang I‘m just reading this too late to continue but to respond!
1. cheesecake 2. Christmas movie - The Holiday. 3. The magazine at hair appts 4. Binge watching a Netflix series
6mo
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Laru79
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Pickpick

This definitely was a re-read, but I enjoyed it immensely again! Lawson‘s open, honest and very very funny style make this an easy read about a hard subject. I would definitely read more from her (I have read her first book too) as she‘s so engaging. And the kinds of tangents she goes off on are entirely relatable!

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Minispok
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1. So funny
2. My son got his Red belt in Hapkido 😁😍
3. Mexican!
4. I have 6
5. 💗💗
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Bookjunkie57
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1. Funny but also deep and moving
2. Looking forward to my fundraiser and movie night at the fairgrounds tomorrow.
3. American 🍔🌭🥩🍗🍕🍟
4. I think 17+
5. 💙💜💙💜💙
#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

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MelissaSue81
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1. Furiously Happy is hilarious.
2. I got an offer for an in person interview for a full time job.
3. Tacos, lol.
4. I think 15. It‘s a lot..
5. Love to! Best part of the Litsy week! @howjessreads #friyayintro

Sharpeipup Congrats on the job offer! 7mo
Bookjunkie57 I picked this book too. I describe it to my friends as the entertaining rantings of a mad woman. 7mo
wanderinglynn I also loved her first book, 7mo
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Laru79
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I am almost entirely certain that I‘ve read this before, and I‘m not much of a re-reader (too many books waiting to be read - story of all our lives, I think!) but something made me pick this up and I‘m really glad I did. It‘s funny and engaging, so it‘ll be a worthwhile second visit!!

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jouleian
Pickpick

This book is amazing, but you do have to play close attention bc her stories are a bit tangential. But what I loved most about this book was that she explained mental illness with such elegant clumsiness, and decadent truth. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Fridameetslucy
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So I am sitting in Central Park in a rock thinking about burial plots (no surprise from picture prompt) and remembered that there are only 2 available plots on the island of Manhattan. There were 3 but Ed Koch bought the one with the best location ;). I love how this book has lifted the ordinary to circus level fun

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jouleian

This book really gets me.at first it took me a minute to realize what she was doing with the integration of her stories between the serious posts. But I get it now and I think I love this all the more, especially Victor and her parents. ❤️❤️❤️ #litsy #MentalHealth #MentalIllness

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jouleian

Taking a break and filling my mind with some "laugh at life" salve. #brainbreak #litsy #mentalhealth