Friday, April 3, 2020

Furiously Happy is a fun read

While the underlying topic and message of the book is a very poignant one,  Jenny Lawson's stories in her memoir really make this book a joy to read.  She is quite frank and open in discussing how her depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses affect her life on a daily basis.  However, her funny stories really do make it an enjoyable read while still pointing out the struggles she and others experience in daily life. At times they are gut wrenching laugh out loud funny.    I appreciate she is doing her best to help take the stigma out of talking about mental illness and pointing out how it is not any different than having any other health ailment that afflicts our bodies.
Plus how can you not like a book with a smiling raccoon on the cover

I can highly recommend this book

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny  Lawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is awesome. If you are looking for a book to make you laugh then I highly recommend this book. While the subject of mental illness can still be a hush hush topic among some circles, Jenny Lawson is doing her best to remove that stigma. Her stories are real and point out the struggles she and others like her go through with debilitating depression and anxiety but they are presented in a fun way that gets the message across without being melancholy. There were many times I was laughing out loud and reading funny excerpts to my husband. All in all this is a great book I can highly recommend. Plus who can't smile while looking at a smiling racoon.

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:
  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge -  Book #30
  2. Literary Escapes-  TX
  3. Popsugar- #popsugarreadingchallenge  #34 you picked up because the title caught your attention
  4. Around the Year in 52 Books- #24 Book with an emotion in the title
  5. 52 Books in 52 weeks  #29  An award-winning novel
  6. 20 in 20 #Read20in2020 #7 Book about mental health/dealing with mental illness 
  7. Wizarding World Tour  
    • Castelobruxo: Read a book with Gold on it
  8. While I was Reading  #1 Book with an emotion in the title
  9. Color Coded:  #3  Yellow
  10. What's in a Name #2  An Antonym
  11. Monthly Book Award-   #GXOAwardReadingChallenge  Audie award in 2016
  12. Memoirs-  #1 Mental Illness
  13. Beat the Backlist #BeatTheBacklist2020 #6

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