Booksgiving. An experiment.

Last September when Furiously Happy came out I was so terrified that people wouldn’t like it, wouldn’t understand it, or would run away after realizing I’m quite a bit crazier than I ever let on.  But you stayed – for the most part – and then even more of you showed up, and now it’s February and Furiously Happy is still on the top 20 NYT list.  This is because of you.  You share quotes, and pictures of yourself reading it, and tell others that it helped and pass it on to people who you think will need it to understand you or to better understand themselves.  Every day I see people online sharing it and it makes such a difference to me and to the people who every day discover that they are so much less alone than they thought.bookplateforfuriouslyhappy

As a thank you I’d like to give you all a box full of live kittens but I don’t have that many kittens or boxes and also I don’t have your address, so instead today I’m giving out copies of Furiously Happy to people who haven’t been able to afford a copy.  If you’re struggling right now and you need a copy just make a wishlist with Furiously Happy on it.  Or if you have Furiously Happy but need someone to buy you another book to get you through a rough time then make a wish list with that book on it.  A book you loved as a kid.  A book to calm you, or revive you, or to read to children.

rory furiouslyhappyI’m going to give out 30 copies of my book.  If you need one I’m going to tell you how to do it.  And every time I do this sort of thing others want to get involved and help so if you want to give books to someone in need you can click on the wish lists in the comments section and send hope and stories and escape to lovely strangers.

Will this work?  No idea.  But let’s try.

Here are the rules:

  1.  If you’re in a rough place and need a book to transport you somewhere else make a BRAND NEW wish list with nothing on it but the book you want.  (Exception: If you have a kid who needs a book you can add that too.)
  2. Here’s how you make a wish list:  Under “Your Lists” on the right, top side of Amazon select “Create a list”.  Choose “Wish list” and name it something like “The book I really need right now” and choose “Public”.  Then click “Create list”.  Now add a book to your list by going to the book and clicking the “add to list” button on the bottom right.  Now here’s the most important thing that everyone forgets to do.  You have to assign a shipping address to that specific wish list or it won’t go to you.  So click on the wish list and click on “public” and it’ll take you to “List settings”.  Click “view details” and where it says “shipping address” add yours.  (Your city will be shown to others but not your full address.)  Then save changes.  Now leave a comment with a link to your wish list.  Click here for my sample wish list so you’ll know what one looks like.  I have about 20 books listed on it for inspiration if you don’t know exactly what you want.  In your comment say which book you want in case someone specifically wants to buy you that book.  Feel happy.
  3. Here’s how you buy a book for a stranger.  Click on their link.  Choose a book.  Select their name so it goes to their address.  If it doesn’t give you the option of picking their name it means they didn’t add a shipping address so delete what’s in your cart and go to the next person.  Send a story to someone in need.  Feel happy.

The only rule is that this is just for books.  No gift cards or clothes or anything else because it gets out of hand really quickly.  Just a simple book to take you away from the world and help you find new ones.

And as always, thank you.  Thank you for supporting my words and listening and passing them on to others.  I’m hesitantly starting book 3 right now and you’re giving me strength to keep writing even when I doubt myself.  I owe you one.  Or 30.

UPDATED: Here are screen shots of what you should see while making a wishlist and add a shipping destination because it’s really easy to mess up.

Create a list under “Your lists”.

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Make it a wish list, name it and make it public.

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After you click “create list” click on the “public” button below:

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Click “view details” to add your shipping address to this wish list:

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Choose a shipping address and save changes.

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Now you’re ready to add something to your list.  Pick a book and choose the “add to list” button on bottom right side:

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If you have another wish list set as your default then you’ll need to click “move to another list.”

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Just click the list you’re going to share here.

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Now go to the wish list and copy the link and paste it into the comments.  That should work.  There might be a better way of doing it but that’s how I do it.

PS.  If you click on a wish list that says it’s empty that’s because the book has been bought for them.  🙂  If you leave a comment and don’t see it that’s because my blog puts people into moderation for a bit so I have to approve the comments and sometimes it takes me a minute.  It’ll show up.

PPS.  In the time it’s taken for me to write all of this a ton of books have been sent out to strangers (I prefer the term “strangelings”) on the internet and I haven’t even started giving away my own portion.  Thank you.  For asking and for giving.

PPPS.  It’s 10:30pm Texas time and when I try to buy people books it gives me an error message during checkout.  I’m just going to assume we broke amazon with our awesomeness.  If you get error messages too just try again in a bit.  Also, a ton of books have been sent out all over the world so you might have to search a lot to find a wish list that hasn’t been filled.  Keep looking though if you want to help.  New comments are approved every 15 minutes (until I go to sleep, at least) and they’re still coming in.

UPDATED, DAY 2:  Technically yesterday was Booksgiving but Amazon crashed for like 4 hours yesterday so I say we keep going today.  Besides, it’s a leap year so we get an extra day this month anyway.  Might as well use it for good.

Also, are you reading these comments?  Because you should be…

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I love you guys.  Off to buy more books…



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  1. I love this idea. I already have your book and have more books than I will ever be able to read, so I’m looking forward to seeing what other people have on their book list.

  2. I got one from your last giveaway, and I cannot thank you enough! On days when I feel like I’m so far in the dark, your book has been a little bit of light helping me find my way out.

  3. Great idea. I love gifting books.
    PS I quoted Furiously Happy TWICE in my holiday letter, even footnoting for attribution.

  4. I just want to say this makes me so happy! Books are truly the gift that keeps on giving. For more than a year now, I have been sending my little sister (age 11) a book every month just to keep her reading and thinking. I look forward to sending someone else a book this month too.

  5. I have the skeleton vulture on my wish list. Just saying.

    BTW I bought a copy of your book for me and one for someone who needed it. 🙂

  6. Keep writing and we will keep reading (and loving). I would say something more relevant and motivational, but I have a bad case of the blahs.

    Love Booksgiving. Super duper awesome.

  7. Oooh, I can’t wait to start buying books for people! I LOVE THIS! (And you. And really, I’d love a box of kittens except that then I’d need a lot more litter boxes, and I can’t deal with the two I already have, so thank you for not sending me those.)

  8. I bought both your books for my adult daughter (she has Epilepsy and and suffers from anxiety). We’ve shared favorite passages, shed tears together over things you wrote that we both identify with to our core. For anyone who loves to laugh, has darkness inside that they are fighting, or simply needs to be uplifted, I can’t think of a better gift.

  9. Thank you, Jenny for a reminder that there are good people in the world. Even when it’s so very dark in mine.

  10. I could use a copy of Furiously Happy, Jenny. <3

    (Leave a link to your wish list, sweetness. ~ Jenny)

  11. I put yours and one other for me, and a few of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for my son, who recently begged me to just please BUY a couple of those so he could keep them instead of us always getting all our books from the library. 🙁

    Single struggling mom here, like many of you. If you just pick one, pick one of my kid’s books. Thanks for thinking of me.

  12. This is awesome and I’m on board (happy, delighted, ecstatic, etc!) to buy a book for someone. 😀

  13. I hope I’ve done this right – I didn’t see anyplace to designate a shipping address, but here it is.

    (Try this. Right now you don’t have a shipping address so if I bought it it would just go to me. You have to assign a shipping address to that specific wish list or it won’t go to you. So click on the wish list and click on “public” and it’ll take you to “List settings”. Click “view details” and where it says “shipping address” add yours. ~Jenny)

  14. As I have already received your book due to your (and others’) generosity when finances wouldn’t allow me to buy it (and still won’t, really), and I have a plethora of other books I can read, I will refrain from creating a list, but I wanted to -endorse- this idea. I think it’s a lovely one and I can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

    I wanted to say, too, that I’m still in the process of reading Furiously Happy. I feel like an Ent of the book world: “We only say[read] anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say[read].”

    In my darkest moments, I turn to Furiously Happy, read a few pages, giggle, cry, clap or whatever happens naturally depending on what I’m reading. This is how I am reading it. And once I read through it, I will likely go back and re-read it. 🙂

  15. someone here can explain me please is that I am new to this and do not understand almost nothing
    please if anyone knows and can help me Please

    (Check the update. ~ Jenny)

  16. You’re a wonderful, non-zombie mammal, Jenny.
    This is a phenomenal, caring, remarkably-decent idea.

    Book 3, h’uh?
    I can’t even get one book published!
    But I’m (furiously) happy for you and all you’ve accomplished.

  17. You are one of my heros in life. Thank you for making such a difference in my life. I really appreciate your courage and willingness to share your humanness.

  18. Yes!
    My book club is going through Let’s Pretend This Never Happened this month, and I fully intend to heartily recommend Furiously Happy to the people who “get” it. You are wonderful, and this idea is fantastic.

  19. Yay Jenny! I love when you do these things and will try to come back in a day or two and buy someone a book!

    Also, I’m thinking about my very first tattoo for my 40th birthday this month. First thought was “Pretend you’re good at it”, then thought “Rory! It would confuse everyone!” but I just can’t decide what to do. It will be small, on the inside of my wrist. Any suggestions anyone??

  20. You know what I love about you? In every post, I feel like you and I would be biffles in another world. But then, that’s kind of what you want me to believe, isn’t it? =)

  21. I give my little twin nieces, now nine, books for their birthdays every year, just as my own daughters received. Nothing more valuable than good books! Love this idea!

  22. You should come to Alaska for a book signing! We like to taxidermy animals like you would not believe here, think of all the treasures you could potential take home. And there’s bears, and moose! Which may kill you so, yeah maybe not, stay indoors when in Alaska! That’s it, and oh, come during the summer, winters suck.

  23. I’m way ahead of you. 🙂 I love this book so much, I have the e-version and the paper version, and I’ve gifted both of your books to two of my closest friends. So I’ll pass on this contest in order to give some other lucky people the chance to win this. Jenny, your book makes me laugh when I need it, cry when I need to, and it always helps me — I read it when I need to know I’m better than I want to believe I am, and more importantly, that I am not alone. P.S. About wishing you could send kittens, I’m highly allergic to kittens, but it’s the thought that counts. 😉

  24. I put together a wish list for my son. We are struggling right now, behind on medical bills due to his asthma issues hes had since birth. While I’d love my own copy of Furiously Happy, I would love more for him to have something to make him furiously happy.
    this blog reminds me of all the good there is in the world. and I promise, when we are on our feet again, to return all the good I can.

  25. I read your book over Christmas and it totally got me through the holidays with the family. So, so perfect for anyone who needs to get through a crazy or rough time! This is an excellent thing

  26. I already have Furiously Happy and adore that book! You need to write more! Much much more!

    I would love another book to transport me away from bills (ahh! Bills!), winter, and the general ick of life right now.

  27. I bought your book for someone I thought needed it. I did it anonymously because I didn’t want them to feel bad about it or like they needed to pay me back, which was great except that I can’t go ask them what they thought : )

  28. A friend did this for me. With Furiously Happy even. If I could, I would definitely pay it forward. :^)

  29. This is probably going to make me cry like the James Garfield Miracle but I’m in for providing some books. Books are my favorite and sharing them with others is one of the best things!

  30. For anyone trying to overcome childhood trauma at the expense of their parents, may I suggest Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life? I found out about it via RuPaul, of all people! I don’t have the money to grant anyone a book, but I can give you the pdf so you can still read it for free. It was a tremendous help to me and I hope it will help someone here, too. <3

  31. I love this idea and can’t wait to find someone to gift a book too. Love your books but I have two small requests – keep being the narrator of your audio books. You are hands down one of my favorite narrators. Two – Please come to Indiana on your book tour…..

  32. I’ve sent a few out now, and much like the Miracle of James Garfield, it always perks up my day. Thanks for being the pivot point for all of us to reach out to each other!

  33. Thank you for spreading goodwill. Especially in the form of books.

    Two days ago, I had my first ambulance ride and among other things lost total control of all my bodily fluids for a few hours. I know there is comedic gold in my experience, but for now all I want to do is hide under the bedcovers with a book.

    (Get some rest. A book is headed your way. ~ Jenny)

  34. Could use some distraction..Our family is going through a tragedy. This is such a great way to reach out to others. Would be very curious to see how others deal with death, anxiety and sleep deprivation

  35. This is a great idea. I’m not in a rough place and work somewhere where I am surrounded by free books. but I will pass this on and look at the wish lists to see if I can help. Also, I would like one of those miniature giraffes from the directv commercials. Can you help with that?

  36. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy. I have been struggling with a psychosis because of a steroid they gave me on Christmas Day to treat my asthma. It’s been a month of hallucinations and delusions and none are the fun kind… All this to say, as I don’t want to make this a SOB story, this would make my February. Many thanks, and this is a great and fun idea, Jenny.

    (For some reason I can’t order from Amazon Canada because Canada hates me or something. Putting a note here if there are Canadian people who use ~ Jenny)

  37. Unemployed teacher here … unemployed due to mental health issues leaving me unreliable to do a job I love … kinda sorta sucks, but I’m pushing hard through this bout of depression.
    I haven’t read your book yet …. or had access to the dialectal behavior therapy exercises employment (and health insurance) covered, so there are two books in there. I’d also love a book recommendation if ANYONE could help – I’m going to be raising a step-daughter whose mom will have passed from cancer … I don’t even know WHERE to start searching for that book!

    If you mail something, please include a return address (can you?) so I can mail a real thank you card (I love to send mail). <3 ~Sarah

  38. I’m on my THIRD listen (in a row) of “Furiously Happy” on audiobook! I’m grateful for “pretend you’re good at it” because I can’t imagine not hearing your voice reading your book.

  39. I don’t know if this worked the first time. but here goes.

    I would love to be able to give my son a Diary of a Wimpy kid book. we are struggling right now, medical bills upon medical bills due to his multiple hospitalizations due to his asthma. id love a copy of furiously happy, but would rather see him furiously happy with this book.

    this blog gives me hope for the good in the world. I promise to return the good when we are back on our feet.

  40. This would be so great! I sold all but a few books when I moved from KC to NOLA and would love to have a copy of “Furiously Happy” to place next to “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”! My bookshelf and I would be so grateful! It’s been a very rough year and your tweets and blog posts have helped remind me how important it is to stay connected to our friends. Or even with strangers! But just to reach out and remember we’re not alone.

    (You had the paperback on your wish list but it doesn’t come out until September so I sent you the hardcover instead. ~ Jenny)

  41. I happened across your book in the library and enjoyed reading it in a very sad way. Many of your statements on pages 57-58 -132 -133 -134-135 were especially powerful. Could have been written by my beautiful and brilliant 22 year old daughter. I know she was able to help many people….they told me so. However she could not help herself. Finally lost the on going battle with depression and ended her own life just a few months ago. I know she did not intend to emotionally end her parents life as well. I can see by your book that my daughter realized that she was facing a continuous battle that maybe she just got tired of. While going to college she had also worked at a mental health center……maybe was taking on too many additional problems. Don’t know……. but miss her terribly

  42. I’ve been anxiously awaiting having the extra money to buy this book! I discovered your Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and lent it out so much that it certainly looks tired and worn, which is my favorite way to see a book! Also, as a high school teacher, I have bought Kindle copies of this book for former students who I KNEW would totally relate! They have loved it!

  43. This makes me beyond happy. Thank you for being you, for your words, and for helping others.
    To hear you are starting book three fills me with joy, not just because ANOTHER BOOK but because it is my dream to attend a book signing and meet you. I was going to go to Portland this past tour and the Saturday before lost my beloved dog. I wasn’t up to travel even though I knew it probably would have helped to be around others who adore you and to finally meet you. So please tour again, and thank you. Just thank you.

  44. I think I’ve done this correctly to create my shopping wish list. Here’s the link: Books I need right now to make me furiously happy Link:
    It’s on my mom’s amazon account, so it probably says “Linda Smith”, but I put in my information for “Lorin Smith”. Sometimes I’m technically challenged and sometimes I’m not. Reading your blog and your first book always makes me happy. A box of kittens would make me happy too, but they don’t ship well. 🙂

  45. This is a fantastic idea, and as someone who is low on cash and in a down slope right now I really appreciate this! The book I could really use right now is Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, as I am set to finish Furiously Happy today and it’s been giving me some much needed laughs. Thank you!

  46. My niece needs this book. We keep telling her it gets better. But she’s having a tough time believing us. I have the kinks version and she can’t have doctrines in the hospital. So… Here’s to hoping.
    The book my niece desperately needs right now

  47. Making a new wish list with your book. The last book was one of the best things I’ve ever read. I’ve shared my copy dozens of times. If I get the new one, I plan to do the same thing. I would love to be able to buy it but I just can’t right now. Thanks for considering me

  48. Can I buy someone a book and then we can swap books and we can be friends and hey, do you need a friend today? Because I am so ready to be someone’s friend today.

  49. I wish I had the money to buy books for others. I’ve had struggles with depression in the past and Jenny’s first book really helped. Lately I’ve been feeling a bit lost again, but haven’t had the money to read her new one. There are a lot of people more deserving of books, so please, start with them. But if you make it through the list wanting to give and there’s nobody left, then here’s mine. Hopefully next year I can pay it forward. Thank you in advance

  50. Feeling alone lately. I’ve been struggling with some inner issues and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I love to read and it helps get out of my headspace when it’s just too much to deal with. Thank you for doing this, I love reading your blog!

  51. I gave out 8 because i thought it was a nice way to share part under that old rouse of ‘I have this friend who….’ I lurve booksgiving

  52. You are my hero, Jenny. In medical school and I’ve always struggled with depression and anxiety… The struggle is so bad sometimes. Love you and your blog. You have gotten me through some of the darkest times.

  53. Amanda Palmer did this with her Art of Asking (appropriate, no?), using the Mosaic website. That was SO much fun—I met quite a few people in both the giving and getting. I’m covered on both ends with Furiously Happy—I gave it to my aunt for Xmas, and my parents gave it to me. My aunt and I were trading bits from the book over the dinner table the other night and laughing so hystericall, the rest of the family was scooching their chairs away from us…

  54. Ive tried posting this now 3 times so if it is a repeat, please delete.
    I was able to borrow your newest book from the library and all I can say is your work is made of gold. I am so happy to see that someone else feels and lives the same way as me. I suffer from major depression and my ex left me for another 6 months ago. Times have been really tough, not just emotionally but financially too. I love your writing and knowing that its ok to be sad and feel anxiety as it wont always take over your life.
    We are a weird bunch of broken pieces that fit together to make one strange puzzle.
    Thank you for your books Jenny. They mean the world to me.

  55. Happy Booksgiving! I am a graduate student right now and I need all the help I can get. Some days are pretty dark and I can’t find my way out of my own writing. But I press on. I have to keep thinking that I’ll make it, that I’ll get my thesis done. I love what I’m writing. I even think it’s an important topic, but it’s still hard. Sometimes I think at the end of the day – maybe tomorrow will be better, maybe you’ll have a breakthrough. But also maybe you’re just delusional. But the delusion helps because it gives hope to keep going. I put on my wish list two of your books Jen, because I could use some laughter as well as some courage to write what I know to be true. What I know should be written.
    I also added a 3rd book for children — young adults, a YA novel. It is by one of my favorite authors and actually one of my old professors from undergrad days. The book I chose is a book about an orphan boy who goes through some real life hardships. I added this because I work with kids who experience these things, who know hard break and I’d like to be able to share stories with them. Thank you! And Happy Booksgiving to everyone! Sharing stories is the best.

  56. You are such a great writer, borrowed a copy from a friend, but would love to reread my very own copy as many times as I need it. I’m so glad that you are brave enough to share your life with us! Can’t wait for book 3!

  57. My mom has had it pretty tough for the last 10 years or more. i have lent her your books in hopes that she will recognize her own depression/mental illness and realize she is not alone, but I do think she should have her own copies. She is 56 years old, and clearly has some mental illness happening, but won’t admit that it’s a medical problem- partly because she doesn’t have any health insurance I’d guess. We love her very much and hate to see her struggle. Slowly but surely, she continues to plug on in her day to day things. Like we do.

    She does have a blog where she talks about things in a vague sense, and if you’d like to send her some love, hop over to

    Here is a link to a wishlist of books she needs, but doesn’t realize it

  58. I sure hope this works. Here is my link….. I found you during one of my darkest major depressive episodes to date in mid 2015. I read Lets Pretend This Never Happened and I actually SMILED. A real honest to goodness smile. I have Furiously Happy on audio book but I would love to have a copy I can actually hold in my hand and mark the pages and feel.

    Thank you Jenny for bringing a little bit of light into the darkest corners of my world.


  59. I do not need a copy as I bought it for myself for Christmas as well as copies for 3 friends going through a hard time right now. However, the book plate I had been holding onto for months until I could afford to buy the book was thrown away by mistake. I would LOVE another book plate if you are able.

  60. I was able to borrow the first and second book from a friend and I LOVED them both. I would love to be able to access them anytime I need them because these books are gold and it’s great to have other people that feel the same way I do.

  61. shuffles over and nudges link forward I really want Jenny’s book. I bought a copy, but gave it to my best friend because I thought she might need it more than me. But I’d really like a copy of my own to laugh at and feel understood by. I’m an out of work actor (and even when i am working, I don’t make very much) and with help am just barely getting by as it is. I haven’t gotten a new book that I get to keep (I frequent the library because I can’t live without books, just without keeping them) in quite a while. Summer maybe? Anyway, I’d be very grateful if anyone felt like helping me. 🙂

  62. Hiya 🙂
    I’ve been a follower of yours on facebook for a couple years. I have anxiety and depression and I could stand to learn about being furiously happy 😛 Also I put a book by a naturopathic doctor I really respect on my list, because I’ve got fibro and chronic fatigue and I really need to figure out how to get better. I’m not doing well.

    thank you so much! This is a wonderful idea and thank you to anyone who might help me.

  63. This is such an amazing idea! I want to be able to click on someones list and purchase for someone else, but I am unfortunately at the mercy of someone clicking my link and purchasing for me right now. I have saved this link so that when I am not in such a tight spot, maybe there will be someone else who I can purchase for..

  64. Okay, I’m going to get this right now. Here’s my link and my reasons for putting it together:

    Happy Booksgiving! I am a graduate student right now and I need all the help I can get. Some days are pretty dark and I can’t find my way out of my own writing. But I press on. I have to keep thinking that I’ll make it, that I’ll get my thesis done. I love what I’m writing. I even think it’s an important topic, but it’s still hard. Sometimes I think at the end of the day – maybe tomorrow will be better, maybe you’ll have a breakthrough. But also maybe you’re just delusional. But the delusion helps because it gives hope to keep going. I put on my wish list two of your books Jen, because I could use some laughter as well as some courage to write what I know to be true. What I know should be written.
    I also added a 3rd book for children — young adults, a YA novel. It is by one of my favorite authors and actually one of my old professors from undergrad days. The book I chose is a book about an orphan boy who goes through some real life hardships. I added this because I work with kids who experience these things, who know hard break and I’d like to be able to share stories with them. Thank you! And Happy Booksgiving to everyone! Sharing stories is the best.

  65. I checked out a digital copy of furiously happy from my library (loved it!) and I’m currently waiting on the audiobook. (14 people ahead of me!!!! I don’t know whether to pout or be happy that there are so many around me that want to listen to your book, too!) I do not have my own hard copy. I do have a signed bookplate which I would love to put inside it- It would mean the world to me!!!! If there is someone who wants it and has not read it, please pick them first. I have read it, but I just would like my own copy that does not have to be returned to the library. 🙂

  66. My birthday is tomorrow, this would certainly brighten it up. Thank you for doing this! And please know that I’ll pay it forward as soon as I am able! (If I posted this twice I apologize, technology isn’t always my friend!)

  67. I’ve been going through a rather unfun rough patch with my depression/anxiety lately. I could really use some cheering up. But if there’s someone else worse off, please pick them instead. As it is, I feel rather bad for asking for anyone to consider doing

  68. I’m a stay at home mom who just got a job at night to try to pay for my husbands medical bills but they just keep coming! It feels never-ending.

    I checked your books out from the library on a whim last year and it was EXACTLY what I needed to read. I felt like I wasn’t alone and they helped me accept myself more than I ever have. I’ve been following your blog ever since the day I started reading your book. You are so wonderful <3 I hope I can meet you on a book tour one day. You came to my state just a couple of weeks before I found the books.

  69. Jenny, I don’t know if you saw it, but I sent you a message on Facebook to tell you how Furiously Happy just got me through a hard time. My daughter (age 13) and I had to fly back to Nebraska because her dad was in the final stages of cancer. I read your book on the plane and I can’t even express how much it helped me. It gave me strength, and it made me laugh. I even shared some of the stories with my daughter and it was so good to see her laughing too.

    He passed away on December 29th, just hours after our plane landed. I’ve had a hard time finding books to help her cope. Most of them are for younger kids, or for kids whose parents are still alive and going through treatment. She did get a book of poems and essays through an organization called Kids Konnected, and she’s buried herself in fanfic through Wattpad to keep her mind occupied. I’d like to get her one of these two books:

    Also, if anyone has been through a similar experience and can recommend other books, I would really appreciate that too.

  70. A few unexpected life changes (move and death of a good friend, a mom of 3) have put me in a lonely place lately. I’ve always been a blog fan but never read your books. Fortunately our library has Furiously Happy, so it’s on my list of things to borrow, but a copy of my own to share with someone else who needs it when I’m done would be even better.

    Here is my amazon link…in case I’d get picked :)..

    (I can’t get your shipping address. Can you add it? ~ Jenny)

  71. Wish I could reply to a comment but in lieu of that @rockandrollmama – 2 for your son and 1 for you are on the way. ENJOY! and thank you Jenny & Nina for making my day brighter. I loved doing this – brought me as much joy as buying one for myself – likely more. Nina – I couldn’t find which Diary of a Wimpy Kid one your sone would like on the wishlist so I chose Book 10 – Here’s hoping your son hasn’t read it yet (and it was easy to buy – that or shipping costs – gotta love it lol! got the shipping free 😀 ) <3

  72. I’ve gone to a couple of peoples list and there is nothing there. You have to put the book in your list. Or maybe someone already got it for you. There is someone who wanted books for her son. Please update your list. I would like to help. Thank you so much Jenny for your always wonderful books and your incredible generosity to others.

    (The lists that have nothing on them are people who’ve already had their books bought for them. 🙂 I’m seeing so many wish lists already fulfilled as I pop around buying books myself. I love you people. ~ Jenny)

  73. oh for Pete’s sake – I can’t type to save my life today ;-p son not sone and now I forget what else I was going to say. Yikes, what am I going to be like when I hit 60!!?? 😀

  74. Not asking. Probably giving. And grinning like a fool in the dermatology waiting room, just adoring this alternative universe you’ve created, where people hold each other up, no questions asked.

    Bless your sweet heart! I am listening to Furiously Happy in my car and appreciate your insights and openness, My daughter struggles from anxiety and depression and is not at peace with having it be a part of her. She could use a copy of your book, maybe signed by The President. Thank you for making a difference. PS. I had a cat named Lando CATrissian!

    (Book coming your way! ~ Jenny)

  76. I love this idea! I just sent someone a book;)

    I also made a list for my daughter and I.
    I can’t figure out how to paste it. Grrrr!!!!

  77. Jenny, there are so many time I want to give you smooches for being so thoughtful and kind. Is it possible to be very proud of someone you’ve never met?

  78. If we wish to gift a book to someone, is there a way of knowing whether hey already got one? If there’s nothing there, does that mean, they already got one?

  79. Jenny, You are the best! You have the greatest ideas and it baffles me to think that anyone could not feel the same. You put yourself out here in cyber-crazyville for the world to see and it’s just plain old awesome. I have yet to have anyone come back to me and say “that woman is completely off her crock and I just don’t get her”. What I always get its “that woman is completely off her crock and she is my people!! I love her!” So, keep on being you and coming up with awesome ideas such as this one. I’ll be looking for a wish list to send to a random stranger.

  80. I work at an inner city nonprofit that helps teen moms, and although I get to be a part of/see a lot of good be done by my fellow humans, the bad can still be overwhelming. It’s so cool to see good stuff like this happening.

    Furiously Happy helped me in the midst of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and all of the stress that comes along with that. I had some ups recently, but I’m back in the downs right now and would love to read your first book, or Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly. Her TED talk and interview on On Being have been tremendously helpful to me as well.

  81. I’m a full-time mom who just had to put my job as a preschool teaching assistant on the back burner since my younger son has been diagnosed with autism and I have to get him placed into a school that can help him. In the meantime, I’m trying to work on getting certified as an early childhood teacher so that I can return to work in a better place. This book would be a big help. 🙂

  82. Hi Jasmine, I just ordered a book for your son. I hope he loves it. My grandson also loves to read and he also has to have AR points. Enjoy. Kim

  83. This is great! A kind stranger sent me a copy of Furiously Happy after seeing me post that I couldn’t afford one. I wish I could afford to pay it forward today but I can’t yet. Maybe for book #3 I’ll be able to! I have read it twice now and as the person sending it told me, no one should have to wait to read it because they can’t afford it. Thanks, as always, for being the spokesperson for all of us who are too often in the shadows somewhere . It’s a good time of year for this too, for those of us up north with seasonal depression!

  84. We are always looking for books for our NICU book project that provides the littlest of newborns a packet of books. There is a link on my most recent blog post on how to help with this project. I am a reading teacher and many of my students were preemies. The ones who were read to have a much easier time concentrating and learning. The ones who were not read to struggle, so to honor my own twins who were born too soon and didn’t survive, I started this book project for the babies that are in the hospital where my daughter works as a NICU nurse (she was my rainbow baby). Click on the link in the blog post to help if you are interested.

  85. Holy shit I went to update my list and the books were all bought. tears I seriously cannot even, as the youngsters say.

    Well, it is my 47th birthday Saturday and I am celebrating it alone with my son, so I guess if you really want to get me something, here’s my regular list, i made it public and it has several more books for my son (and for me). I will edit out the stuff that’s not books, give me a few.

  86. That was so much fun! I hope she appreciates her chosen book as much as I did! It’s now the 4th copy of Let’s Pretend It Never Happened (plus I bought the audiobook) as I never seem to get it back once I loan it out. I don’t even have my copy right now 🙂

  87. What an amazing idea. You’re awesome. So sad I missed you when you were in Denver. Please come back soon.

  88. Dear Jenny and friends,
    I’ve really been struggling the last year since I lost my job. I had to move back home with my parents to a town/community where good jobs are scarce as Hawaiian snow. (Before you get jealous, I live in coastal NC.) The resulting sinkhole of depression often makes me feel like I will never get my life back on track. I’m aggressively practicing gratitude as much as possible every day, but I could use a hand. Or just some positive thoughts. A (non-local) friend of mine on FB is currently reading Furiously Happy and really enjoying it. So here is my request, if someone has the ability to share a digital copy (I chose that because it seems most cost effective) even temporarily, for me to read, I would really appreciate it. Thank you to you, and your readers for your big hearts, and for wanting to make a difference in a stranger’s life.

    With a grateful and hopeful heart,

  89. Ok, I just gifted three books. Hopefully not doubles, since some wishlists had multiple books.

    Sarah R, Neisha G and Naomi S – be on the lookout!

  90. Nadine, “Wolf Hall” is on the way. Jennie, your self-help book is on the way.

    Best to both of you! 🙂

  91. If you haven’t read this book, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!!! You will laugh. You will cry. You will be SO COMFORTED by this kindred spirit!!! GO FOR THE BOOK!!!

  92. I guess my comment didn’t go through… If this is the second comment, I’m sorry, I looked through the list twice to find my comment and didn’t see it.

    I checked out your books on a whim from the library and I absolutely loved them! I helped me find myself more and realize that I’m not alone. (It also helped me talk to my husband about everything I was struggling with and he has been so supportive). It would make me so happy to be able to read these books on my bad days. I can barely afford to pay for our medical bills, let alone a book for myself. This can be my alternative to therapy since I definitely can’t afford that!

    I have followed you on twitter, facebook, instagram and your blog since the day I read your book. Thank you for being so wonderful <3

    (Sent your daughter a book. ~ Jenny)

  93. This is such a wonderful idea!

    I’m a grad student working full time in education research. I love to read -school related things sometimes.

    Thanks to all of the generous folks contributing to this effort. <3

  94. Damn, I wish there was a way to get Amazon to do free shipping w/o a minimum order for Booksgiving – I’d be doing a few more. Next payday perhaps!

  95. Cherise you have a kindle book waiting. And the person who wanted books sent to her mom, I hope she enjoys the random love. I LOVE AMAZON PRIME RIGHT NOW. I feel like Oprah.

    And thank you Cynthia!!!

  96. Ahhhh!!!! Book three!!!???

    I have a made a list of books, mostly for my daughters, but threw some in for me. The struggle is real.

    (Sent you books for you and you daughter. ~ Jenny)

  97. A friend of mine sent around some funny meme where you just add the words “with a chainsaw” to the end of the last book you read. Supposed to be hilarious. I, of course, did “Furiously Happy With a Chainsaw.” Seems about right…

  98. Hi Nicole A, comment #92 — I think your link might be wrong — it takes me to my own Kindle Wish list. Your link should have an identification number that is a mix of numbers and letters.

  99. I tried this once, and it disappeared after asking for a password that I guessed at – I thought it might give me a break and let me guess once before admitting my incompetence. Not so. Anyway, I will try a 2nd time, as I really am struggling right now and have been wanting to read your book. I actually have not been able to buy any of your work yet. Thanks for this opportunity – as you may know, rural health care – mental health maybe especially – truly is all they say it is. Nearly non-existent, and generally miles and miles away. How does one face a 2 (plus) hour drive when one can barely get out of the house?

  100. Ahhhh! I’m lucky enough to own both of your books, Jenny. And probably more than any human should. But I think everyone has a list of books that they won’t let themselves buy for any number of reasons. Here’s mine:

    I can’t wait to give someone else a book from their list. Books are like air, an essential.

  101. This page is awesome and those of you looking for friends? We’re right here. Stop by my blog anytime where I rant and bitch about everything. Nice to meet you all.

  102. I am okay to buy my own book thanks to being on a pretty good budget, but I wanted to tell you that I think this is a very sweet idea. I’ve been reading one of your books and definitely plan on buying the others. You are a great writer.

  103. Emily (211), I’ve been scanning comments and I had a right snort when I read “I feel like Satan! No, I am SATAN!” … yeah my brain is in an nice place today … lol. : )

  104. Here’s my list:

    I bought a hardcover copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” which my boyfriend and I read together sometimes. We also bought a soft cover copy for our best friends (married) because we knew they’d get a kick out of it. They’ve had a rough time recently since they lost their home.

  105. I love that the first three wishlists I clicked on were already empty. You people are THE BEST! XOXOX

  106. @April (Comment 133) – I have sent a book for your daughter. My very best wishes to her (and you!) during this difficult time. Hugs!!!

  107. Michelle Douglas (Commenter 195): Happy Booksgiving!

    I feel like god damned Santa Claus right now and I’m loving it. Thanks Jenny for perking up my craptastic day!

  108. I don’t think my last comment posted, so I’ll try again.

    Here’s my list:

    We bought copies of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” for my boyfriend and I and our married friends because we thought they’d get a kick out of it, too. They recently had to relocate and it was really hard on them. They enjoyed the laugh.

  109. On New Year’s Day my life long dream to become a writer came true when I got offered a publishing contract. 2016 is going to be a wonderful year for me. Jenny, you’re making it a wonderful year for so many other people with this. Hopefully I can help a little too. Commenter #194, a book is headed your way.

  110. Two more books. I <3 books. Can’t stop.

    Grad school Rachel, the YA novel is on its way.

    April, a book is on the way to you too, for your daughter. I am in my late 30s, but lost my dad when I was 13. Big internet hugs to her.

  111. Staceylrn — you made my day and made me cry. Thank you so so much.
    Jessica (DrMom)

  112. I need something but I don’t know what it is. I’m 17 weeks pregnant and on bedrest for super early preeclampsia and the knowledge that the baby might be born too early to survive. I can’t work so the money’s going to hell and my evil ex is trying to use this to take my other kids away from me. I can’t imagine what book would fill that need. 🙁

    (I am sending you such love. ~ Jenny)

  113. Thank you Jenny for always encouraging us to do good for one another. I’m grateful that right now I can spend a little bit to make someone else’s day.

  114. I shipped a copy of your book to someone in the comments — their comment spoke to me! :0)

    Since I’ve already read (and loved) your newest book, I’m including a little ‘self-help for my brain’ list in case anyone feels so inclined.

    Thanks, Jenny. xx

  115. Jenny, Amazon will not ship to South Africa. I have a Kindle account with which I bought Furiously Happy but Let’s Pretend This Never Happened never came out as an e-book. Bummer. Can I put an e-book on my Wish List?

  116. I needed this today. Love gifting books!

    Theresa, Hyperbole and Half is on its way.

  117. Onibologna and Cynthia K, thank you both! I always thought there was nothing my kids could go through that I hadn’t been through myself, but losing a parent turned out to be an exception, so I’ve been doing everything I can to figure out how to make sure she’s going to be okay.

  118. My daughters and I love to read. I am so happy to share my love of books with them, even if they like scarier things than I do… My anxiety makes it hard for me to deal with people so books are an escape for me.

  119. Hey Jenny,
    If you cannot access accounts, just change the .ca to .com and you can buy it from there.

  120. Books help me get through the tough times, happy to help someone else find comfort in a good book. Thanks for setting this up Jenny! <3

  121. I have to stop now before my bank account protests too much, but being able to give a few books has made me very happy. Thank you Jenny for this initiative. Hugs for everyone.

  122. @ April – I lost my mum a couple of years ago. Check with funeral directors in your area – some run grief support groups for teens. This book might help. Weird is Normal – When Teenagers Grieve. Also Healing your grieving heart for teens – 100 practical ideas is also really good.
    Sending huge internet hugs.

  123. Shelly Darnall – please update your Amazon wish list with your mailing address! I tried to buy the book but could only ship it to me.

  124. Ok, this time i’m swallowing my pride and will post my wishlist.
    I’m going through a rough time (my partner of 12 years died unexpectedly 6 months ago), my financial situation is shit, i have trouble with depression and anxiety and was already on sick leave before my Lesley died because of horrible work situation.

    So all in all, not having a great time at the moment, not at all.
    And reading keeps me going, always has.

    – the books on the list are in upside order; I listed the ones I really ‘need’ first, but those appear on the bottom of the list. The ones that show up at the top are ones I would love to read, but ‘just’ for entertainment. Jenny’s books and grief related books on bottom that should be top.

    Also I live in the Netherlands, so if postage turns out to be too much, don’t worry, i appreciate the thought and totally understand.
    And; the books don’t have to be the copy I listed, paperback, 2nd hand, all would be absolutely fantastic.
    Just one book would be amazing :).

    So for my list, I hope it went ok

    Thank you Jenny for being such a special person, setting up things like these


  125. This is Brilliant! What a wonderful gift to give to people. I have several people that I want to share your book with already after reading it myself. But this is a genius way to pay it forward. I have already selected several links and intend to do more. Thank you, Jenny, for this wonderful idea to share your amazing book and or something someone else truly needs to get by in troubled times of their lives. I have lived a similar life to that which you depicted in both your books. I joke that Jenny Lawson is living my life.(I’m older and am also a Jenny, lol) So you keep writing and we, the Broken, but Furiously Happy, will be waiting to cheer you on and of course wait for the feast of written words to ease our souls. Jenny H.

  126. Hi Jenny and Friends 🙂 I would so like to get this book for my best friend, she is a terrific mom & wife who works fulltime AND goes to school at night. Shes trying to make their life better. she still has time to help me, her sick friend who has anxiety & panic attacks I cant even function some days (she introduced me to Jenny’s 1st book) She’s my hero, my blessing. Jenny is OUR GIRL!!!

  127. Furiously Happy was one of my favorite kick ass books of 2015!
    Thank you for making me giggle like an idiot.
    Can we go for wine together one day? Please.
    Anyhow, I’m your greatest stalker, I mean, fan!!
    Love and Appreciation from MN. xx

  128. I have given books over the years for Christmas donations for families in need and also donate new or like new books to my girls’ school to pass on to kids that need them. Books are the best gifts to give. I love this post so much! I wish I was in a position to help others right now because I know everyone here could benefit from a book gift. Hopefully soon I can return to this list and pick some links to send books! Thank you for spreading the happiness!!!

  129. I have a wonderful little boy that loves to have books read to him! He always gets upset when we have to take them back to the library, so to have a few of his own would be magical.
    This is such an amazing community. I have been following it for several years now and its amazing to see the support of one another, no question and no judgement. It makes it so much easier to just be, me. Thank you.

    (Book coming your way. ~ Jenny)

  130. Emmy – there is a book winging its way to you! I love my beautiful messy life!

  131. I’d really love a copy. I’ve been putting it off for others things and also dealing with the loss of my 19yo daughter Kaitlyn who passed Oct 2013 from a car crash. This is a great idea, Jenny and I hope to pay it forward and purchase for someone else when I can…

    (I’m sending you such love, sweetness. The link doesn’t work though. Can you fix? Love. ~ me)

  132. Alice (240), are you on Twitter or Instagram? Bed rest sucks the happiness out of me, but being able to connect with people online helps. Don’t be afraid to friend me — in fact, please do!

  133. Seamyst, OMG! I’m so exctied !!! I think I was able to change it. It shows my shipping address? I hope I did it right..

  134. I think the address thing is fixed now…
    A few unexpected life changes (a big move where finding new friends has been the hardest of any move we’ve made, and death of a good friend, a mom of 3) have put me in a lonely place lately. I’ve always been a blog fan but never read your books. Fortunately our library has Furiously Happy, so it’s on my list of things to borrow, but a copy of my own to share with someone else who needs it when I’m done would be even better.

    Here is my amazon link…in case I’d get picked :)..

  135. Love this idea! Bought 2 copies of your book for people. Hope things look up soon for those that need it.

  136. Muse and Ashley K, happy booksgiving, I know how it feels to be in need, just paying forward the loving kindness I received. Take good care, and enjoy the books.

  137. Books are my escape. Words are my refuge when I’m stuck inside my own head. I’ve been doing pretty well recently, or I’ve gotten much better at lying to myself. My husband though had been sliding in and out of depression these past few months. It’s been everything I have to keep us both from drowning. I buy books for people as often as I can. I recommend stories to get lost in, or to help find the words that have been lost. I guess I’m the one that needs that now.

  138. Hello, I hate asking for help so i am using this as an exercise. I will be perfectly okay if i do not receive anything.I had a parent i was a care giver for recently pass away and i rely on books (and coloring) to relax and/or escape when i need a break from reality. I already have both of Jenny’s books so i am asking for a different one. Thank you all for your help and the opportunity to ask for help.

  139. Heather Mathieson, comment #165, good things shall be delivered to you tomorrow 🙂
    And Jenny, it feels really good to be able to do this. Thank you for ththe chance to brighten someone’s day.

  140. My list is of happy and interesting things about sports for a few of my middle school special ed. students because we’ve been having a very rough few weeks (there are things in life that even teachers shouldn’t have to explain to kids) and would love a bit of escapism and new reading material. I am lucky to have readers in my room but don’t always have the funds to buy them the books that they love. Love you for this Jenny, and these will get passed around and shared plenty.

    (I love this. Sent the kids a book. Thank you for what you do. ~ Jenny )

  141. I still don’t know if my address was added even though it shows it is. 🙁

  142. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity if someone I have never met. Seriously, tearing up. Thank you, LS.


  143. Someone… someone mysterious, generous, and just every which way WONDERFUL bought my book! I want that person to know that you have moved me to tears of pure joy. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to this beautifully kind stranger. My gratitude is immeasurable ♡

  144. Booksgiving should be a national holiday! And we should all get the day off to read.

  145. I finally got “Furiously Happy” from my library last night after putting it on hold in October and am voraciously reading it currently, but my wish is for the next Stephen King book. My best friend and I were gigantic fans. We were going to get matching Dark Tower tattoos, but as you’ll notice, I am speaking of her in past tense, because she succumbed to the rare autoimmune disease that we both have, so now, I have to carry on reading all of Mr. King’s books without her, and hopefully, some how, magically, they are getting through me to her.

  146. P.S to post #262
    I feel a bit embarassed; it seems my list is pretty long compared to other lists..
    But obviously i’m not expecting to get all of the books (if any of them); it’s just..Amazon..books..can’t help myself.
    Sorry for coming over all greedy


  147. Jenny, this is the greatest thing ever, and I love you for it.

    I need to close the tab on your site, because I’ve sent books to 3 people, and if I keep the page open, I’ll keep sending more, but I just wanted to say thank you for being you and being awesome.

  148. After five children and 23 years of marriage I discovered my husband is a sex addict and had been cheating throughout our entire marriage. I am furiously angry, resentful, sad and depressed while trying to raise our youngest three children alone. This blog has been helpful in letting me know I’m not alone. I would love to be furiously happy! Thank you.

    (Sending you love, and a book. ~ Jenny

  149. Seamyst49 – You don’t even know how thankful I am. You’re the best!! Thank you!!

  150. I would love your book but reading these comments, there are so many people more worthy than I. Although I have a very limited income I just can’t ask for one. But what you do is so very awesome. Thank you.

  151. J Rose (#(306)–the new Stephen King will be at your door on June 7–I hope you remember your friend fondly while reading.

  152. Daniel from AL, Abigail from MO, Erika from CA and Megan from Canada – Enjoy your books!

    And to Jenny – this is just FANTASTIC. Thank you for making this happen today!

  153. Thank you so much for the person who bought me a book. For the first time in a while, I cried, but with happiness. You really did give me hope. I’ve only really became part of this community recently (though I’ve been reading Jenny for a few years now) and you are truly amazing.

  154. Thank you so much for this Jenny! This just makes my heart so happy! I feel a little awkward about it, but here is my list: Books I could use right now Link:
    Since my son was born theres been a lot of joy, but also some pretty hard times. Sometimes it feels like who I am and definitely my creativie side has been lost in the shuffle of diapers and naptimes. I found Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly through this blog and it’s been very inspirational to me, I’m hoping her other books and the books on nurturing creativity will be a much needed boost. Much Love to you all <3 <3

  155. Let’s see if I can make this work. I’m in a bad place with med adjustments and a new psychiatrist and stress at work and credit card debt and so I added a book for me (Kindle edition since it was cheapest and I have an old Kindle) so I can afford to participate in book group this month (the library wait list is far too long, I won’t make it in time) and one for my son, who deserves something nice and loves to help me cook.


  156. Book should be there Thursday, Ashley Mortensen. Hang on; you’re not alone, okay? Hugs to you!

  157. I am in between books right now and have added a few to my “Books!!!” list. I’ve read both of your books, Jenny, and they were so open and honest. Thank you for that. I have a couple of busy kids, one with ADHD who keeps me on my toes (mostly because of all the stuff she leaves around the house!). We are always financially strapped for cash and use the library, thrift stores, and garage sales for most of our reading material. A shiny new book would be so exciting!

  158. I loved “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened ” ! I remember I learned the hard way NOT to be eating or drinking while reading it ! I would love to read “Furiously Happy” ! Actually I would love any books to read ! Lately reading is the only way to run away from all the depressing things happening everyday. I know I shouldn’t do that but should deal with it head on and beat it. Some days though I just need to escape ! And books are low on my list of priorities money wise. My daughter is finally getting to where she likes to read and given a choice, please choose her a book instead ! Thank you !

  159. Aww, this is the best. Thank you, Anony (#325) and Jenny for being so awesome. cries all ugly
    I should add that Tracey (my lost friend) was always my book fairy. And our shared disease is Behcet’s Disease. It sucks and more people should know about it.

  160. Testing to see if this comment posts – I tried to post with my wishlist and I don’t see the comment. Maybe the comment is in moderation? (Crying a little at the anxiety of maybe missing this chance, because of course I am.)

  161. I just sent your book to a random stranger here. Thanks for the opportunity to have such a feel-good experience. You rock, Jenny!

  162. If anyone would like to share a book I would be most grateful. This winter has been a tough one mentally, have been trying to find the energy to climb the uphill battle again back out of this hole. I promise to pass it along once I read it, I know several folks who I think could use some laughs and understanding. Thank you!

  163. Ok, I’m putting one out there. My son has severe autism and loves nothing more than road tripping with mom. So we pile on the car and find some new place to make a spectacle of ourselves. But we run out of ideas if places to go. This has been in my wish last for at least a year.

    Also, I’ve got lots of good used kid books that I could totally pass on to others if there would be a way to set that up? Yeah…

  164. I love you even more than I did for doing this. An online friend, I had never met her IRL, gifted me your first book on Audible to get me through the beginnings of my divorce. I did jigsaw puzzles and cross stitched while listening and crying and laughing. When Furiously Happy came out it again helped me through a rough patch in my relationship and now my boyfriend and I are listening to it together. Thank you for sharing yourself with us and making me feel like I was less alone in my anxiety and depressive moods. I really wan to give someone else the chance to escape, cause life can take all your spoons, but maybe I can give one back.

  165. Thank you, Jenny!!! (post #317) Sending much love to all the givers and receivers and the entire bloggess community.

  166. Thank you. Thank you, friend. I can’t believe that was so kind, and so quickly after I posted. I have been amazed at how wonderful people can be. Thank you, again. A mystery to distract me. You made me cry, I am so shocked and happy. Thank you.

  167. Thank you for the kindness of G.J. You know who you are!! Can’t wait to start reading! So grateful. #319 💛

  168. Janet (354) your book is on it’s way! Delivery is Monday as I do not have Prime. x

  169. Are your raccoon’s stalking me? How did you know that I posted about your book on facebook and bought one for a friend who was in the hospital? 😉 …I am sure you read it over and over again. And you should keep on reading it… your awesome. This was my post and raw feelings on why you are awesome (and you really are my long lost twin, I just sucked out your extrovert and took a little too much, the vacuum got stuck, what can I say…).

    “Life, we all live and add to the adventure every day. Adventures aren’t all smiles, rainbows, and the good side doesn’t always win (though second time around I beg to differ). wink emoticon
    I have been wanting to write this for a while but in the past week I have had a lot of friends express their struggle and I have had my own as well. The struggle is always real, but it doesn’t mean we are loosing.
    I feel it is important to be who we are in our own skin. That may seem somewhat cliche these days with the “pc” movement, but I’m not talking “pc” or any form of movement. I am talking knowing yourself, the good and bad parts. We all have them. We reach into our bag of hope and usually show just the good part, that we shine up and make presentable. The thing is… you can still have hope when talking about the bad because when your down, there is only one way to travel, and that is up.
    You won’t be the same, so don’t try to be. When you dig deep into that hope, you will find that piece of joy, that feeling. You don’t have to be a past you. As a friend recently said, just be the best version of you. The best Becky. I’m not telling you to put on a facade. I’m saying, do something silly that brings you back. Have an ice cream fight with your 5 year old (or someone elses), say yes to something you are struggling to interact with.
    The only time I have been clinically assigned a label is when I had the baby blues after having Noah. It changed me. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. I will have moments of massive anxiety and sometimes light depression. Last year was my first panic attack I have ever had in my life… people think that means I flipped out… no just felt nauseous, heart acceleration, sweat, and like the world was closing in. I had a friend to help me through it.. walked it off. I was at work when it happened early in the morning.
    The thing is… I am not alone. I have never been alone. I have thought that I was alone because in the past, no one talked about it. I have been a tough cookie my whole life. I go after elephants in the room, I have no problem speaking up and out, but I am human. When strong all the time, I have to give myself weak moments. We ALL do. It IS okay.
    Do I consider myself mental? Hell no… maybe a little crazy, but when respectfully looking at my past and present. I am doing pretty damn good.
    I don’t know about you, but when you share your story with me I am pretty freaking proud of you for sharing your stories and life with me. It is all about coming to terms with ones self. We are all different and really quite awesome.
    I have been reading Jenny Lawson’s (The Bloggess) books. The second book is called “Furiously Happy”. There is a point to being Furiously Happy. Because battling with depression and anxiety makes you not so happy. It is tough and it affects everyone around you. If you haven’t read her books (she is quite crass by the way but I feel that she may be my long lost twin), they made me seriously bust out into laughter at 11 at night while Dave was attempting to sleep…. they make me cry because I “know the feeling”, but what is the biggest thing for me in her books is her choice to try, really try to be furiously happy… not marginally happy, not putting on a fake smile… BUT OMG IN YOUR FACE LETS DO THIS, cause I AM GONNA HAVE BAD DAYS… so lets make these good days KICK ASS! Then after a while, I will remember more GOOD DAYS than bad days. Lets face it, misery loves company, but when bad days get ninja kicked in the face, they are down for the count.
    So, lets kick some ass right this minute. Not this week, not this day, right now. Cause it is about now.
    Try to say yes to those things you use to do that brought you joy and that may make you anxious now.
    Don’t stop inviting people to things who have anxiety about social events, keep inviting them!
    And if you need to talk, lets talk.
    If you need to get coffee, lets do it.
    If you want to buy a marshmallow gun and shoot my husband, I’m game! (I may need to tell him first and you will need to supply the guns, I can do the marshmallows).
    Paint, color, sing, be SILLY.
    Laugh and take the time to invite people into your space.
    I’ve tagged some of you for different reasons. And I know I missed many tags and I didn’t include family, cause your stuck with me… Some of you I spend a small amount of time with, some a lot. Thank you for being in my life when I need it most. Sometimes you bring joy. Sometimes perspective. Sometimes laughter. Sometimes a listening ear. Thank you for listening and sharing and being a friend in my life. The world is better with you in it – don’t forget that!
    Here is a video that Jenny did about her book. It pretty much sums it up. We all have our broken pieces, but we truly are so amazing.

    Furiously Happy – Official Book Trailer
    Jenny Lawson is furiously happy. Are you?

  170. I’m not working right now, but the next time I have some extra money, I’ll be getting a couple of copies for one of our local mental health centers to add to their lending library. This is definitely a book that needs to be read! 🙂

    P.S. You don’t need to send me a box of kittens — I’m good. I just finished fostering a mom and her litter of six. The dog is still recovering from all the kitten-squee (and I’m still finding poo-paw-prints in the foster room)!

  171. I love Bloggess books and this place!!
    One of my favorite recent books is Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane. He writes so beautifully about a tiny gem of a book call Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd. I want to get my hands on Living Mountain so much. <3

  172. Thanks so much for doing this, Jenny! You are my hero for so many reasons.
    I always feel strange asking for things, but I’m struggling right now with my depression and figuring out my place in the world. I had to leave my job last year due to my bipolar and panic disorders, money is tight, and I always put my wants as last priority. There are some books I wasn’t comfortable asking family for for Christmas. If someone would be so kind to gift me any of these books I would be so grateful.

  173. I loved your book so much. I don’t need a free one. I just bought another to make sure I can actually give the one that was loaned to me back. Thank you for your honesty.

  174. Howdy everyone!

    What a cool idea – thanks Jenny! I’m sure looks of books will be shared 🙂

    Why might I need a book?
    I’m in Marketing, mid-twenties, and I recently just left my ‘big-kid’ job because the environment was really rough. Loved (seriously loved) the job, but the small-company-crazy-emotional-owner was just too much. I was the first of three to leave within a month. I left without a plan, and the confidence within myself that I’ll figure out a new one. I still have that confidence, and the book on my list is from the POV a relatable figure (though I think she drinks a lot more than I do?). Maybe it’ll be a fun distraction while I figure it all out!

    Here’s my Amazon link:

  175. YAY! This is an amazing idea. I look forward to looking at everyone’s wishlists and doing some gifting. Thanks for making this possible.

  176. Are we making this an official book loves holiday? I support it. I am also happy to buy a copy for someone if we are doing that. I like that idea.

  177. Okay, I’m trying one more time in a different browser – I’ve tried to post twice and nothing is showing up, and maybe the comments are in moderation, but I’ve commented here before and I’m now giving myself a legit panic attack about doing this wrong and messing up and missing out and I’m crying. Because of course.
    Mom of one, things are tight right now. Medication issues, a new psychiatrist, stress at work, credit card balances, etc. I added an ebook for me so I can participate in a book club this month (I usually use the library but the wait list is too long), and one for my son who loves to help me in the kitchen, because he is the best thing in my world.

  178. I already have both of your books, thank goodness. I read them over and over.
    I’m struggling with some financial difficulties right now, on top of chronic illness that is flaring up. So as nice as a fiction book would be, what I really need is a book with some ideas.

    Thank you for doing this, I love how many wish lists are empty when I click on them. 🙂

  179. I wanted to add to my earlier comment (258) by saying that my audiobook of “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” was one of the things that got me through when mum died and I had to move home (you really should never return home as an adult) to help dad and the dog adjust and cope. If I couldn’t escape into that when I got into the car, I’m not sure what would have happened, but it wouldn’t have been pretty. I literally wore out one of the CDs because I needed to hear the stories on it so often. I’ve since got a softcover copy of the book, and it is very well loved. So thank you Jenny – for those of us struggling to get through a day, your wit brings smiles and laughter.

  180. Totally AWESOME book and I’d tell my starving daughter in grad school to sign in for a copy except I already sent her one which she will send on to a friend and she will send on… well you get the idea. IT IS GREAT to know those of us with similar issues are not alone out here.

  181. Thank you,thank you,thank you!
    You are an amazing person with so much spirit!
    Your blog and books have been a
    Light for me.Thank your for setting this up, it’s an amazing idea!

  182. Apparently I’ve been outsmarted by technology yet again. Here’s my link

  183. I cheated (a little).

    Caroline (#385) and Sarah (#384), your books are on the way!

  184. Whole lotta “Wow” to the community! I can’t wait to hear “Guess what I just read Ms. K?” from my kiddos. Thanks all!

  185. This is awesome! Had I seen this two days ago, I’d have posted a wish-list in a skinny minute. Today things look much, much brighter. Perhaps I can help someone else’s wish-list.

  186. Ok, mine is absurd, but there’s also some Roald Dahl for my kids. But, here. The reason I want it is because it reminds me of my grandmother, who got me the similar version of LOTR the year before she died and my head wants my copies to match. Feel completely free to skip me.

  187. My daughter is at college, and she has had anxiety issues since her pre-teen years. She borrowed my copy of Furiously Happy and really enjoyed it. I am hoping the book I put on the Wishlist will allow her to laugh through some of the tough times as well. We really scraped to just afford text books this semester as my husband was laid-off over the holidays.
    My gratitude and appreciation, if the book is purchased or not, is ten-fold. Any one who chooses to make their struggles public helps those who haven’t quite found their footing yet.

  188. Jenny you’re my hero. I love this idea and hope that when my husband finally goes back to work I can fill someone’s wish list. Thank you and the tribe for being such awesome people.

  189. Sent books to a few more people here. Am so happy that most of the wishlists I clicked on were already empty!

  190. Hi there – I am asking for this book for a friend…I have a copy, and I have read it at least three times since the day it came out, and I still read it. However my job situation has changed since then, and I can’t afford to purchase one for my friend Barbara. I met Barbara last year when we were both at a facility for different issues (mine was alcohol detox, hers was depression, both of us voluntarily admitted). That place wrecked us both even further, and we have since been having even worse issues than when we went in (although thank God the alcohol problem is over!). She has been suicidal at times, and calls me for support because I understand her depression (I have it too, but not to the same degree – anxiety is worse for me). I truly believe she would get great comfort from this book, because she feels so alone right now, and doesn’t want to get help like the last place, for fear it will be the same (believe me, it was horrible, the stuff of horror movies and nightmares). If anyone can please help my friend, I would be so so thankful! This blog and Jenny’s books have been a tremendous help to me, and I thank you all!!

  191. I feel odd asking for a book but I’m a library paraprofessional (despite having a Masters in Library Science and sitting on 120k in debt to get it) and get paid squat. I’ve wanted your books for a while but haven’t the finances to buy books right now (getting less than 10 hours a week at the moment at just barely over minimum wage). My libraries have them but the wait is about a year long. I could wait, certainly, but if anyone is feeling generous I put both of Jenny’s books on plus The Catcher in the Rye for my oldest son. Anyways here is my link 🙂

  192. This is the best idea – Thank you Jenny! Caroline #385 From one Downton Abbey fan to another – Enjoy!

  193. Jenny, you restore my faith in humanity with things like this!
    Cayla, Ashley, Heather, Nicole, Levi, Petrina, and Amanda – your books should arrive on Thursday!

  194. Loni (403) please add your address – I cannot send to your wishlist without it 😉

  195. p.s. My book club is meeting tonight…to ‘discuss’ “Furiously Happy”. I can’t wait to tell them about your experiment! (Also, we’ve decided to watch comedy bits and play telestrations as part of our meeting tonight).

  196. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! <3 (Tears for now, but they’re happy ones.)

  197. Hi
    I’ve never asked for anything like this before as I figure so long as I have food and a place to live, there are people more in need of help than me. But I’m facing a rough time – my depression and anxiety are really high, I lost my job, and because my health prevents me from working outside the home, I’m really scared about that. My local mental health team will only offer me group therapy so I try to cope on my own, but today I woke up to find one of my teeth had crumbled so I have to face going to the dentist which both costs money and really terrifies me. It all feels a bit like the final straw and it’s hard to find a reason to smile right now. The Bloggess always makes me smile even when it’s hard going, so I think being able to sit and read Furiously Happy would keep the darkness at bay a while longer, maybe long enough for me to get a handle on it and find my faith in myself and life again.

  198. 403! You need an address, hun. I would love nothing more than to send a copy of Matilda to someone.

  199. It’s been a rough few months in our family as our teen has struggled for the first time with major depression. I think she’s up to reading this now, as she begins to turn the corner. Thank you, Jenny, for the idea, as well as for the phrase, “Depression lies.” It’s kept her alive at times. I’ll pay it forward when I can. Thank you.
    PS I thought I posted this, but couldn’t find it again. My apologies for spamming if it’s here twice!

    (It’s on it’s way. Sending love. ~ Jenny)

  200. Tamar (#270 and #312), sending both of Jenny’s books your way. Amazon says they will deliver between February 15th and February 23rd. Enjoy!

  201. Thank you to my amazon benefactor for the lovely gift – I can’t wait to dive in. I’ll keep this list handy and see if there are a couple I can help with in the next day or so. Wonderful idea.

  202. Delightful idea, I’m thrilled that I am in a position to gift. Happy Booksgiving!

  203. I agree, Booksgiving should be a national holiday and we should get the day off to read! This is a FANTASTIC idea. Someone start a petition!

  204. Thank you so much Sarah (311). You just made my whole day, week and month! (And thank you Jenny for being so awesome and assembling this amazing tribe of misfits)

  205. I want to contribute. Really do. But when I click on the links no names come up. I have a HORRIBLE head cold and can’t think. Any screen shots for those of us that want to give? I understand the click on the link part .. .after that . .fog .as to what I am supposed to see or do next?

    (Try clicking the most recent comments. Lots of the first ones have been bought so they just show an empty wish list, which is a wonderful thing. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  206. @Erica B who posted a wish list for her mom – from one Massachusetts resident to her, she should have all three books from the wish list tomorrow. Give her my love and I hope she enjoys.

  207. Hey Wish List Makers, just a head’s up: if you order an e-book/kindle version, Amazon keeps your email address private on the confirmation page on its website, but NOT on the confirmation page it sends to the buyer. I will contact Amazon for the one incident I experienced, but please proceed with caution that someone may be able to obtain your email address.

  208. Even though I should be watching my money instead of spending it, I convinced my brain it’s okay to buy someone else in need a book. I went though a LOT of empty wishlist but finally found someone. I hope it brightens their day & that they find a way to pay it forward somehow. Everyone deserves a little light in this dark/tough world.

  209. I don’t have either one of your books, Jenny. I’m also going through a rough patch the last few months with my autoimmune diseases ramping into overdrive after my cancer surgery. Oy. Anyway, I know it looks like I’m way too late for the 30 books, but I will leave my list anyway. My birthday is in 28 days and that’s kind of freaking me out. I’ll be 45. With a tween. Lord help me. lol

  210. This may or may not have been asked earlier but can I also add your first book to send along as well? I LOVE THIS IDEA…was just talking up FH at a “transition party” (going away party for a dear friend who lost her job) this past Saturday and think I moved another five copies for you Jenny.

  211. Almost finished with Furiously Happy from the library but would love to have a copy to own and lend. Family members have actually come to check that I’m okay because I’m snorting with laughter so often. Put a book for each of my older children. Also Bill Bryson’s new book for some armchair traveling. It makes me so happy to see my kids with their nose in a book, and not just because it makes them quiet. (But bonus!)

  212. How cool! I’ve just recently started following your blog, and today I read this post and thought – Hey, I think I’ve read “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened!” And I have! I love your writing and POV!

  213. My daughter gave me “Furiously Happy” and you sent an autographed book plate with this wonderful glitter which is over everything and it makes me happy. Where can I get some??? I was so jealous, initially, when my daughter got to meet you and get her book signed and then she gave me one and my heart melted. Please write more books! And tell me where I can get this wonderful glitter/fairy dust.

  214. It’s a long story, but I’d really love to have your book sent anonymously to my nephew’s fiance. She’s had a crazy couple of months with surgery and an unpaid month out of work, followed by emergency surgery for her dog who ate a rubber ball. I just think she could use this book. Her name is Alison, and I’m not sure whether the wishlist will show up correctly, but I put her address in the list.

  215. 403/436 one book on it’s way to you (arriving by the 10th). After a very long, very crummy day, it was so much fun to do something small for you…may you have better times soon!

  216. I am adding a list with a book for my pre-teen daughter. She is soldiering through anxiety, depression, loneliness, some social isolation, and some very scary times – we had to involve Crisis Response, which was just heartbreaking for a 10 year old. We are responding in every way possible. She is an incredibly talented artist and she adores My Little Pony. She’s asked for this book for a while but I’ve never been able to get it for her. A surprise gift would absolutely make her week. Thank you, you wonderful, beautiful people, for being so open and generous. Regardless of whether this wish can be fulfilled, the fact that some of these get filled is so incredible.

  217. Liz S, one of your books is on the way. Jenny, a lot of the lists are empty. Is there any way to post all the lists with books left on them so no one gets left out? Thank you so much for doing this! Such an awesome idea!

  218. Turns out Amazon US accounts easily work on Amazon UK, as a result #124 admiralandrea and #382 Beth, your books are on their way. Amazon UK says you will receive them the 4th.

  219. In addition to Jenny’s amazing, incredible books I will gladly buy a copy of Allie Brosh’s book Hyperbole and a Half:
    Add it to your wishlist and I’ll send it your way, especially if you already have Jenny’s books. I give both Jenny’s books and/or Allie’s book to friends who need a little pick me up. And because my work is to support young women recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I give away A LOT of these books. 🙂

  220. I am adding a list with a book for my pre-teen daughter. She is soldiering through anxiety, depression, loneliness, some social isolation, and some very scary times – we had to involve Crisis Response, which was just heartbreaking for a 10 year old. We are responding in every way possible. She is an incredibly talented artist and she adores My Little Pony. She’s asked for this book for a while but I’ve never been able to get it for her. A surprise gift would absolutely make her week. Thank you, you wonderful, beautiful people, for being so open and generous. Regardless of whether this wish can be fulfilled, the fact that some of these get filled is so incredible.

    ETA: I’m not sure if this posted or not originally – my Internet hiccuped as I hit post, and I waited about 15 minutes for it to show up, but I’m not seeing it. So sorry if this is a duplicate!

  221. The love and kindness in your blog and the comments never ceases to amaze me! I’m just coming out of the worst episode of depression in my adult life. Furiously Happy really helped me through it. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and there is one book from my childhood that could always lighten my mood and make me smile.

  222. Thank you for doing this. This is a beautiful thing to help people. I’m not doing so good lately and am struggling in the darkness of depression and grief and the bad thoughts in my mind. Pretending to be happy around people is getting exhausting, when there are days I want it all to stop. Just to be hugged and held being told it’s all going to be ok. I almost lost to depression a few months back. And some days I’m ok with that. Other days I want to fight. Sorry just needed to get all that out. This here, makes me feel less alone. Less like a freak as I’ve been called. So thank you again. Here is my wish list. Hope I did it right.

  223. I sent a book to someone here in Canada, but it wouldn’t let me use my prime shipping, so you have to wait a few days…Sorry!!!

  224. #287/289 and #429 looks like there isn’t a shipping address associated with the wishlist, if by chance you see this comment later today please add a shipping address and I’ll check back. With the time difference, it might be on the 3rd US time when I’m able to check back.

  225. I must say I’m hyperventilating a bit. I usually don’t do anything for myself in terms of mental health but I’m trying to start. Admitting to anxiety and depression myself is terrifying when I feel like I have an obligation to be my college roommate’s rock (because of his own serious metal illness and recent ftm transition, this is rather futile) Besides the normal pressures of double majoring, trying to graduate in 4 years and ya know, Life, some days I’m not sure I can deal with normal life let alone all the craziness. Sorry, this was not supposed to turn into a diary entry. But here. here is the link so someone, anyone might help me:

    ps- now i’ll go spend the rest of the night beating myself up for reach out. But if you see this and you’re the one that buys this book- Thank you. A million times, thank you.

  226. Getting through school and having to spend my money on food rather than books that would help my depression has really taken a toll on my capability to cope with stress. I try my best to get to libraries when I can but there’s something about owning my own copy that makes me feel 10x better. I don’t expect anything, but it’s worth a try! This is an amazing concept and it shows how much this community cares!

  227. Oh my goodness; several books of my list were bought. I can’t believe, i felt so insecure and clumsy in posting my list and now i’m crying. I’m so grateful, not enough words for that.
    Friday is my birthday and the 6 month anniversary of my Lesley’s death.
    This gives me something to look forward to and to distract me

    You people are amazing and i can’t wait to gift some books too at some point in the not too faraway future.

    (Jeannette, thank you so so much for getting me both of jenny’s books <3 .
    Other gifters i cant see who you are i think but you made a very hard day a lot brighter) xxx Tamar

  228. I love this idea but sadly I am in the camp of ” I really want to give a book to a strangeling but can’t afford the price right now”. Anyone else in this camp and bummed about it ?