Dear stranger who made my whole day:

Dear anonymous stranger in the car ahead of me who paid for my breakfast:

You made my whole morning brighter and you inspired me to pay for the next person behind me.  Which actually made me feel even better, which is the nicest thing ever but it’s also sort of weird because the gift you gave me is basically you giving me a reason to give a gift to someone else.  Now my head hurts from the circularness, but it’s totally worth it.

When I got home I got a small, unexpected box of audio books from my publisher to celebrate winning an Audie award so I’m giving them out randomly to people who want them.  Want one?  Just leave a comment telling me if you want Furiously Happy or Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.

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PS. I love you.

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  1. You are awesome and I love you too! I’d love to hear you reading Furiously Happy! It’d make my day. Thank you for making me feel like I belong!

  2. Dude, I had that happen to me at Dunkin Donuts recently. Very confusing experience. “She paid for you,” said the teller at the drive-up window while pointing to the car ahead of me. I was so flabbergasted, I didn’t even think to pay for the person behind me. (I did so the next time I returned, however.) Pay it forward, people!

    No need to enter me in the giveaway. Just felt like sharing. 🙂

  3. I would love an audiobook format of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I already purchased Furiously Happy in audiobook form, and absolutely love it.

  4. I would love “Let’s Pretend”. Now I will go do something nice for someone..

  5. I’d love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened! This way I can make my husband finally experience your work.

  6. I would love “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” which is the family motto it seems!

  7. I would love Furiously Happy. I could use a book to listen to on my long drive to work that would force me to occasionally pull over on the side of road with laughter. Pulling over on the side of the road might enable me to also share your book with the various moose, bears, rabbits and grouse I see on my way to work in Vermont and expand your audience.

  8. I’d love a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened! I loved listening to Furiously Happy. It’s awesome that you’re paying it forward!

  9. Ooooh! I would love a copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happens”
    I pass along your books to everyone I can at the library I work at. I love your happiness even while you fight other feelings inside. I feel ya.

  10. I would LOVE a copy of Furiously Happy!! My roommate and I take turns reading it to each other in the car, and it would be great to have an audio version so I don’t actually have to talk. Because talking is the worst, and I would rather work on subversive cross stitch in the passenger seat.

  11. It happened to me too!
    I guess I didn’t get the memo, but faith in humanity restored!!
    But now I’m curious…Who are these people?

  12. OOH! Just got done listening to the Furiously Happy audio-book for the 3rd, yes, 3rd time. Still on hold at my library for Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. If I get it, I promise to pay it forward. 🙂 Also, your voice, in writing and in my ear, helps keep a smile on my face. Thanks and congrats on your award!

  13. I’d love a copy of Let’s Pretend! And I never understood how the paying for someone behind you thing works. Do you just leave a $10 and hope it covers them? I always feel the need to overthink it – what if there are kids in the back I don’t see? What if they’re offended I left too little? What if I left too much? GAH!

  14. I’ve love a copy of LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED… because I can’t seem to read very far in the hardcover edition before I’m laughing, crying, gasping for breath, and generally making a medical nuisance of myself.

    Perhaps an audiobook version will keep me from hyperventilating and needing a defibrillator.

  15. I would love to have Furiously Happy, pretty please? PS bought someone coffee this morning, so maybe it’s the day for it?

  16. I would love Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. I am going on a two-day road trip next week to visit my dad who has terminal cancer. It would be great to have something uplifting to listen to.

  17. I’d love a copy of Let’s Pretend! Glad your day was made by a stranger – it’s the small things in life that are awesome.

  18. Love the dollies in the background! I would love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. It was so awesome to meet you in person on the Furiously Happy tour, even though you never would have guessed by how quiet I was. I’m rather shy and was so proud of myself for going to the signing by myself. 🙂

  19. I used to do that with tolls back before the days of iPass in Illinois. I would pay for the person behind me because one time someone did it for me, and it just became a thing I did. I love the idea of buying someone’s coffee!

    Also, I’d love furiously happy!

  20. Oh man I want “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” bc I listened to Furiously Happy and I’ve read both of them but I love your voice so much!

  21. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened…it made me feel less alone.

  22. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE Furiously Happy….one of the only books to make me laugh out loud and have people stare at me!!

  23. My friend had 3 brain surgeries recently and would love a copy of either since it hurts her head to read right now! I can give you her address! 🙂

  24. Furiously Happy. Although would be happy with Lets Pretend. Either. Easy to please!

  25. And I know what you mean about the person ahead of you paying making your day. I use a coffee app on my smartphone, so I get points and free coffee rewards — and I usually let a few of them accumulate, and then sit in the coffeeshop and pay for every other car in the driveway until I use them up. It feels good. It’s awesome to see the look of unexpected surprise on their face.

  26. I’d love Furiously Happy. I just finished Let’s Pretend and I’m excited to read the next one soon. 🙂

  27. I already own both your books. But what I DO want is for the Blythes to stop staring creepily at me. (Also? When I’m having a stinky stupid day, I buy either the person’s meal behind me at the drive thru, or a sandwich for the first homeless person I come across. It always make me selfishly happy.)

  28. I accidentally posted this without filling in my info. My phone doesn’t like WordPress much. Hopefully this works.

    I would love Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. I am going on a two-day road trip next week to visit my dad who has terminal cancer. It would be great to have something uplifting to listen to.

  29. I love your audio – perfect combination of quotidian, crazy and hilarity in your voice. I know a dear person who is one of 3 people in the world who was great and humane and funny at being an HR director. She is in recovery from C and I think laughing at and with your observations in Let’s Pretend will beat the C into surrender. Thank you for what you write and read out loud.

  30. Furiously Happy would make me so very happy to enjoy on my hour-long commute to work!

  31. I’d love a copy of Furiously Happy!!! I haven’t had a chance to read/listen to it yet.

  32. I would love a copy of furiously happy! I’m so happy you had your morning made! 🙂

  33. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I have already read and loved Furiously Happy.

  34. This is wonderful. I’m having a really tough time off of my anxiety meds, and was struggling to get out of bed this morning, but this made me smile! 🙂

  35. I would LOVE furiously happy.It would make my long drive to work and sitting in traffic less of a personal hell. If I win, I will send it to whoever wants it next! I’m all about sharing the love!

  36. Classic example of pay it forward. Those are good days. Just hearing about your renewal of faith in humanity story has made me smile. Thank you. 🙂

    Furiously Happy if you’d happen to pick me to win.

  37. I would LOVE to have Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. I listened to Furiously Happy and adored it. I’ll be listening to it during my runs (which hopefully help with that whole depression thing of mine…)

  38. I love those gift chains! Furiously happy, if I’m randomly chosen, please.

  39. I would love a copy of “Furiously Happy.” It might help me get through my upcoming vacation with my inlaws. A week, one house, and they’ve been treating me like trash lately, I need all the help I can get! Thanks for being awesome, lady.

  40. The thing about the whole pay it forward chain thing…like, what if you order one drink and the person behind you is ordering for the whole office? So instead of paying $5 for your drink you’re supposed to pay $30 for theirs? What do you do at that point? Just be the a-hole and slowly slink away?

  41. I CAN’T CHOOSE BETWEEN THE TWO! They’re both so good! I haven’t read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened in a while so I would love to revisit it with your voice 🙂

  42. I would love either one! I was recently introduced to your blog and have been addicted ever since!!

  43. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy! Would love to put this on repeat during our adult only trip to Disney World this fall with my aunt and cousin!

  44. I already have a copy of LPTNH. You actually commented on it when you signed it for me in Cambridge on this most recent tour. I stalked it on the interwebz until I found an affordable copy. And I love it! But I would love a Furiously Happy if you have an extra. More Rory in the world is never a bad thing.

  45. I do this every morning at the drive thru and it’s amazing how it freaks people out! The cashier is the same person every morning so she’s used to it, but she loves to tell me the responses of the people from the day before. They’re sometimes so confused they argue with her and she says she just tells them “it’s her thing, she does it every day, don’t worry about it!!” Just to calm them the heck down. I’ve even had people follow me all the way to work to tell me I don’t know them – assuming I made a mistake. Sometimes it’s hard to just do a little nice thing because people just aren’t used to it. That’s really sad. 😕

  46. I would love a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened!
    I love reading you – it would be lovely to listen to you too!!

  47. I would love a copy of Furriously Happy. My daughter was also recently started on medication for her Generalized anxiety disorder and Panic Disorder. She has hijacked my copy of Furiously Happy. She is very upset that she had to go on medication and feels like she failed herself. It breaks my heart, both as a mom and a fellow survivor. I would love to have this so we can listen to it when we are in the car together.

  48. Congratulations! I’d love a copy of Let’s Pretend this Never Happened.

  49. I want one! Furiously Happy would be lovely! Really I’ll take either one and be thrilled with it.

  50. I already have both on audio, but would love to have a copy of Furiously Happy to give to my friend who I keep telling about just how funny and great it is 😉

  51. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Already read and loved Furiously Happy.

  52. Furiously Happy! Very cool re: the breakfast thing. People don’t always suck, ha.

  53. I’d love to hear you reading Furiously Happy – I kinda need it right now, to help me get out of the depths. As usual you remain amazing. The whole community remains amazing. I think if I’m ever going to come out of hiding, it will be here.

  54. I gave a friend of mine Furiously Happy when she was going in for another cancer surgery but haven’t had a chance to read it myself so I would love that one!

  55. Furiously Happy! Heading out the door now….looking for a way to share the happy….

  56. My wife got me a signed copy of Furiously Happy for Christmas (thanks for signing, by the way), but I decided to go back and read Let’s Pretend first for background. So, if you still have any, I’d love a Furiously Happy, because that will not only enable me to keep my signed copy pristine and lovely, it’ll be a lot easier and safer to get through on my hour-long-each-way commute each day.

  57. Furiously Happy changed my life! I’d love an audio book. Oh, and let me just pull my cancer card and say that I deserve to win any contest I enter because I have breast cancer and will have my breasts cut off in about two weeks.

  58. Oooo! I would looove a copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” but it’s also on my wish list. My print copies have gone on to live at other people’s homes, and I miss them.

  59. Ooh! I would love Furiously Happy! I already have the other—you make my day every day that I read something you’ve written!!

  60. I already have “Let’s Pretend” in audio, so “Furiously Happy” would make me, well, furiously happy.

  61. Beautiful story! I’d love to have “Let’s Pretend …”, because I only have it in e-book form right now! It would be awesome to have it in hardcover, to go with my hardcover copy of “Furiously Happy”! 🙂

  62. I would love a copy of the Furiously Happy audio-book!
    And gifts of breakfast for everyone. 🙂

  63. I would LOVE Furiously Happy…i think i’m gonna buy that pillow since i can’t get my own jazz hands happiness in a stuffed format;) PS: I live in NY and i don’t think i’ve ever had anyone pay for me unbeknownst to me…i think i may surprise someone – thanks for the GREAT idea!
    You shine bright today – thanks for the light:)

  64. What an awesome gesture…great way to start a day! I’d love a copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” 🙂

  65. I’m torn! Let’s Pretend because hearing you laugh over the stories…and Furious because hearing your emotions over the stories.

    ARGH

  66. I hear the pay it forward stories all the time, but it has never happened to me. Probably because I rarely use the drive thru and it’s weirder to do that in the line inside.

  67. Hi, Jenny – someone paid for my latte at Starbucks a few months back, and I passed on the gift at the time; but now I want to go out and buy a coffee for someone – it’s such an easy way to spread some happy. I wonder why I don’t do it more often.

    If you’ve still got a copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” I’d be overjoyed to have it. That book changed the course of my life when I met a mysterious stranger on the bus because I was laughing so loudly. I’d love to laugh hard enough by myself in my car to cause a few double-takes during rush hour.

  68. I’m good but could you send one to my mom? She’s trying to build a library in her town of Jefferson Oregon

  69. I would love to have Furiously Happy! This post has prompted me to find a way to pay it forward today.

  70. Hi Jenny!! What a lovely way to start the day!! I would love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened , please and thank you! 🙂

  71. You. Are. Awesome. I basically live by the word of Beyonce, the giant metal chicken. Pick your fucking battles. We all love your creative genius and I’m so happy every time I see you’ve got a new post. I’d love to have Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, but if not I still wanted to let you know You Rock.

  72. Furiously Happy! Because I didn’t get enough strangers looking at me funny when I was listening to Let’s Pretend in the car – it must have been 9 or 10 times through the whole book when I was driving back and forth for hours dealing with mum’s death. I loved reading Furiously Happy but need the audio book because reading and driving is frowned upon. Plus your voice makes it SO much better.

  73. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy! I’ve bought book versions as gifts for 3 friends, but don’t have my own copy!!

  74. I would love, love, love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, pleaseandthankyou. I laughed out loud way more on that one and would like to be able to revisit that experience via audiobook. (I did this with A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. HIGHY recommend that book to you, Jenny, and to all readers of books everywhere. The audiobook is way better because Haven Kimmel reads it and since she’s telling her own stories it’s a riot. I often play it on my iPod in random and am shocked at how many times I can cry laughing at the same story over…and over… I feel confident LPTNH would lend itself to the same kind of good times.

  75. I’d love a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I let a friend borrow mine…forever I guess..lol.

  76. Ahhh! Strangers that pass on happiness make the world better. I’d love either honestly as I’ve never done the audio book thing, but probably Furiously Happy if I had to choose. No…Let’s Pretend This Never happened. No….Furiously Happy. No….definitely Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Okay….Furiously Happy. Final decision. Probably. Gah! Stop being so awesome..it’s hard to decide. Wait…never stop being so awesome. THAT is my final decision. Please and thank you.

  77. Aw, today is definitely your day. 🙂 People around here tend to “pay it forward,” too. It is amazing how small gestures can make a person’s day.

    If there are any left, I would absolutely love to have Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. 🙂

  78. I’d love either! And I LOVE that you guys are spreading the joy of giving to others!!!! Thanks for the smile, Jenny! Happy… Tuesday!

  79. Let’s pretend this never happened! A lady ahead of me in line helped me with groceries and took care of my very grumpy child once. And it kept me sane and made me smile when I just wanted to hide in bed all day.

  80. Furiously Happy, please. And now I will go do something nice for someone else. We could theoretically fix the entire world like this!!

  81. I would be happy with either, but either way I will have them both if not through this then by my own doing, so that’s a win win in my book circularly speaking. I’m just glad to read whatever you write, its like therapy for me.

  82. I love how a random act of kindness can snowball like that and change your whole day. I would be greatful to receive either…I would love to pass them along to a friend who I think would benefit from your wisdom. 💜💜💜

  83. I have audio and book for let’s pretend. Would love the audio for furiously happy!

  84. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy! I read so much of it out loud to my husband I’d practically have an audio of it if I had only been running a recording device.

  85. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy. (I’m currently reading on Let’s Pretend in non-audiobook form.)

  86. Would love to hear your voice reading…well, pretty much anything! Have a great day, Jenny!

  87. I would love either, but I haven’t read Lets Pretend in awhile, so I would love that one! It will a perfect time to force my husband to finally experience your hilarious stories. I think he is sick of me making him listen while I read excerpts from your books out loud. Mostly because I can barely get through them with a laughing.

  88. Yes please!! You make my head hurt and me laugh until I cry!! Would love either! Or both! 😬

  89. I would love LJPTNH, Jenny, for my daughter Sara who has to ride the BART train every day to work to San Francisco. She has to stand for an hour all the way next to smelly strangers. She has the best laught on the planet and those smelly people need to hear it!
    Thanks! Deni.

  90. Thanks for the reminders that people really are good. If I happen to be chosen, I will let you choose. I love both books & would love either in audio-format. 🙂

  91. Hi! I want a copy and will take either! Because I just finished college (many years later) and need something to occupy my time!

  92. I would love a copy of Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (already have Furiously Happy!!).
    I am sick as a dawg and really need to go home. Can you write me a note please?

  93. I love doing that at the drive through. It makes me feel good to (hopefully) brighten someone’s day. I try to do it every couple months.

    I’d love to listen to Furiously Happy. Audiobooks are the only way I have time to read these days.

  94. I would LOVE either one! It’s been longer since Let’s Pretend, though, so let’s say that one.

  95. I want let’s pretend this never happened. It would make me furiously happy. Honestly either one would make my day.

  96. I found a cat today that is an amazing little guy. I am trying to find a home for him as I am horribly allergic, but I couldn’t leave him. He is so gorgeous and sweet. I appreciate the love he gave me that currently feels as if crushing my lungs.

  97. Let’s Pretend made me laugh so hard I cried. And then feels so hard I cried. I’d love to hear Jenny read it.

  98. Oh please please please…I want Furiously Happy! Which of course I would be if I got a copy of Furiously Happy because I know you don’t want me to be Furiously sad or sad in any other way I’m pretty sure. Thanks Jenny! I heart you.

  99. I would LOVE a Let’s Pretend audio book! So glad that you had such a happy morning – those can be hard to come by, and it is so great when they happen.

  100. If there are any left, I’d totally love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, as I already have Furiously Happy. 🙂 If there aren’t, no worries whatsoever. 🙂

  101. I’d love Furiously Happy! I have a friend who I feel like really needs it right now.

  102. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy. About to take a 10-hour road trip with a mother-in-law and toddler. This will get me through!

  103. EEP! I would LOOOOVEEEEE Let’s Pretend This Never Happened in audiobook!

  104. Yes Please! I would love Furiously Happy and now I need to go give something away or offer some other act of kindness to stay in the circleness of it all! xo ~ Susan

  105. I would love a copy of whatever you have to give away as a gift for my wife. We saw you in Toronto and it would be super awesome to have a permanent source of extra funny to share with each other.

    Also, I’ve totally had that happen too. It really does make your whole day better. The cashier said I was the fifteenth person to get paid for in the line. I don’t know how long it kept up after me but I hope it was lots!

  106. Boy, Jenny, I was up all last night in the grip of a terror/depression chokehold so tight that I didn’t realize it could be felt by daughter in her room across the hall. I think I might not just want, but actually need “Furiously Happy” because I need something and the wine is no longer doing it and I can’t afford a therapist.
    I’m glad that being the recipient of someone’s generosity and being able to give someone else that gift, too, helped you. I’ll do some paying it forward on a bridge toll today.

  107. I’d love “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”! I’ve been a lurker on here for too long, and I thought I’d finally come out from behind the curtain! ^_^

  108. I love your book, “Furiously Happy,” but I haven’t read the first one yet, “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened,” so that’s the one I would choose. I think your courage and your nuttiness have enriched the lives of so many people, mine included. I struggle, I think everyone does, but my struggles are flyspecks compared to yours, and you have helped me get in touch with gratitude for my life just the way it is, warts and all.

  109. I’d love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, please! Love, love, LOVE that one!

  110. I would love either one tbh 🙂 both are on my to-read-whenever-i-can-sit-quietly list…alas, my two tiny humans usually have other plans for my time…

  111. I would love either, but maybe Let’s Pretend This Never Happened would be the best place to start. I’m going on a long (long, long, like several weeks long) road trip with my husband and I really want him to hear this. Now I wanna buy somebody breakfast.

  112. I already have the audio books on my phone, so I don’t need a freebie. 🙂

    I love listening to them at work when I’m blue. You did SUCH a great job with both of them. I’m so happy you won that award.

    You have also won the “People Jenny Thinks Totally Kick Ass Award” that I give out. That would be me Jenny, not you Jenny. Although feel free to give one to yourself from yourself as well. There is no prize money or statue or anything. Just warm fuzzies. Embrace the warm fuzzies! EMBRACE THEM!!

  113. I’ve been trying to read Let’s Pretend (I just found you recently, so I’m behind) since I had a baby 8 months ago. I’m about 10 pages on LOL Audiobook woukd be awesome!

  114. I would love either in audiobook form! Of course, I already have them both in hardcover…It would be perfect for listening to when I’m down, or sewing, or driving, or…

  115. Oh now ur making my head hurt trying to choose just one, haha! Jk…kinda! I love both and would be furiously happy with either so surprise me, thanks! 😜

  116. I already own both, but I’d love to have either to give to my friend Lucy, who has just been through masses of stuff & could use cheering up.

  117. Would love EITHER, as I’m not so selfish as to demand one over the other. It’s like picking your favorite kid in front of “the other one.” And I’m a BIG believer in paying it forward. I try to do one random act of kindness a day if I can.

  118. I’LL take either book, but would prefer Furiously Happy. I haven’t bern able to get your books for my own yet. Other priorities and not enough cash. sigh

  119. You have made me laugh harder than I thought possible. My kids now think I am weird and a tiny bit cool because of you and your wonderful “Furiously Happy!”. I would much appreciate “Let’s pretend this never happened”

  120. UGH, I have anxiety about making this choice. What if I choose badly, what if once I get one, I wish I had the other (I have both in hardcover, so that doesn’t help). Let’s go with… gahhhhhhh. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”

  121. Furiously Happy. It definitely helped me to get help when it came to dealing with my anxiety and depression.

  122. I loved listening to Furiously Happy. I haven’t read Let’s Pretend so I’d love to get that one! Your books make me happy.

  123. I would love a copy of “Let’s Pretend it Never Happened” to give to my sister. I listened to it and LOVED it. By relating so much to things you wrote about,you helped make me feel better about myself and I know it will do the same for her. I was going to buy her the book but it is soooo much better to hear it in your voice.

  124. You are awesome! I would love a copy of you reading “Furiously Happy” to me! (I’ve only heard it in my own head/voice.) Congratulations on your Audie!

  125. I’ve been trying to read Let’s Pretend since I had a baby 8 months ago. I’m about 10 pages in LOL Audiobook would be awesome!

  126. Let’s Pretend It Never Happened! I remember when I first got it, I read the bit about your cat being a rapist passing notes under the bathroom door out loud to my mom, and we were both laughing so hard we had tears streaming down/ couldn’t breath. Which probably wasn’t super safe, since she was driving at the time.

  127. Hi Jenny,
    What a great story!!! Kindness really rocks!! If you still have any I would love one! If not I’m just happy for all who received one! The art of asking (@amandapalmer) and the art of giving!! Kindness!
    Have a great day everyone!
    Peace,
    Doreen

  128. I had that happen too – me and my now ex were trying to get some dinner and our card came up declined – awesome dude behind us paid for our meal. We cried the whole way home…

    Anyway, if it’s even possible, I’d be interested in Let’s Pretend…

    Puppy kisses and sloth hugs for everyone!

  129. The greedy part of me immediately said “BOTH, please.” Then, I heard my mom yelling about manners in my head, so if I had to choose one, it would be Furiously Happy. Please. 🙂

  130. I have them both and they’re awesome! I love it when you read me bedtime stories Jenny. It helps so much with the insomnia.

  131. How does the person ahead of you know how to pay? Are these psychic peeps or aliens trying to teach us the concept of generosity? Also I have both books but would really love to hear either in your voice. I found a Beyonce watering can & gave it to my daughter. She totally got it immediately even without the Knock Knock sign.

  132. I alright I am like comment 173 and I doubt that I will get picked but I would love Furiously Happy. I have not had time to read it lately as there has been so many issues as of late but I would love to be able to listen to it as I drive around avoiding life.

  133. I’d love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Thank you for sharing the fun! I also never could quite wrap my head around paying for the person behind you. People then feel obligated to pay for the person behind them, and if they don’t, they get poo pooed on the town’s Facebook page (yeah, in my town anyway). It’s supposed to be a gesture to help the person behind you. Not to give them an obligation. Right? It’s pretty rude to force obligations on others.

  134. I loved Let’s Pretend This Never Happened because it sounded eerily like my own childhood and it made me feel… Well, not “normal” but certainly less alone in my weirdness. No one has ever paid for my drive thru, but I have paid for a few peoples groceries when they were obviously struggling for that last few bucks at the checkout. It’s rough out there, you do whatcha can.

  135. I would love “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”! Nothing like freaking out strangers by laughing hysterically in my car at stoplights.

  136. I would love either one! On a related note, my kids’ school district has launched a one billion acts of kindness initiative and it’s little things like that which spread kindness exponentially. I love it! Kindness1billion.org

  137. I’d love Furiously Happy! I’ll pay it forward by clearing out a bookshelf to send to friends.

  138. I would love Furiously Happy. I had to give the book back to the library . The library refused to believe I returned it. I had to go in and show them that it was in fact there on the shelf. I knew it was the one I had just read, because it had never been read before and I kept it nice and new for the next readers😀

  139. Day…made! I’ll take either. I’ve read them both but would love to pass along!

  140. That breakfast thing happened to me a few weeks ago and it was such a nice thing to buy the breakfast of the person behind me. I’d be happy with either book but I think I’ll choose Furiously Happy! And thanks for all that you do for all of us. I hope you know what an impact you’ve had on people’s lives, not just the folks in a drive thru line.

  141. Either one would be a treat and then some! Maybe I’ll try to do something nice for a stranger today too! ( or maybe not, we’ll see…)

  142. This makes me want to go to Starbucks and buy a gift card and leave it to pay for the next however many people in line. Love doing stuff like that! And I’d also love a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened 🙂

  143. I’m now inspired to initiate a surprise kindness when I can this week. If you have any left, I would love to pass either one along to my sisters. One sis only listens to books and I can’t seem to get her to read the paper versions I’ve shared. Have a wonderful week! This is so generous of you!

  144. It’d be awesome to own Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Almost wrote the title on all caps which seemed… weirdly appropriate)

  145. I sometimes get the impulse to pay for the person behind me in the drive thru and it can really make my day when I do it. I would love to hear “Furiously Happy”.

  146. I used to randomly pay for the car behind me when I crossed the bridge in to DE but now I have EZPass. Buying coffee or breakfast is now on my list to pay it forward. I’d like an audiobook too because listening to happy things REALLY help with driving in Jersey.

  147. I love days like that!
    I would like “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”.

    How about doing the Amazon Wish List for books paying it forward? That was AWESOME! I bought a lot and my daughter received many as well.

  148. I want both, but if I have to choose it’s Furiously Happy. And if I get it, I’ll buy breakfast for the guy behind me!

  149. I would like Furiously Happy!! It helped me so much with my own struggle and helped my family understand me better too!!

  150. I’d love to read them! What a special treat it would be. You’ve inspired me to do something unexpected for someone today. Bless you heart.

  151. I love your writing. I’d be excited for either book. I have a copy of Furiously Happy for myself already and I want my own copy of the other. But I’d love to give a copy of Furiously Happy to a good friend who is having a hard time dealing with her issues right now. I think it’d brighten her day and hopefully make her smile again.

  152. Just finished reading Furiously Happy, but I would love an audio copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened 🙂 it is the first book I have ever laughed out loud reading. Thanks for your comedy and your honesty. You inspire me to find a sense of humour in the places where it feels like there isn’t room for one <3

  153. I once listened to all of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened read aloud by my kindle in a firetower in California. I’d like to hear it read more professionally than that tiny robot that lives in my electrical book.

  154. Oh! I would love either one. I love both books, and the audiobook would just give my dog another reason to wonder about her human… not that she doesn’t already… also she can’t read…

  155. Furiously Happy, pretty please! My family would love having something new to listen to in the car other than Let’s Pretend This Never Happened 😉

  156. I would love let’s pretend this never happened and i would share it around for sure. Thanks for all the sharing you do. You make my life better.

  157. I would love a copy of “Furiously Happy” since I haven’t been able to work it in the budget yet. If I’m lucky enough to be chosen (and you don’t mind), I’d also like to share it with my neighbor. She suffers from severe depression and anxiety and is an avid reader of your blog too. Reading about how you deal with the bad days has really helped me to be more helpful to her. Thank you for that. She deserves all the awesomeness. 🙂

  158. I would like one donated to Sno-Isle library so lots of people can love them too.

  159. I’d LOVE a copy of Let’s Pretend!!! It would be awesome for road trips home to see my crazy fam!

  160. Furiously Happy!! I’ve been wanting it since forever but haven’t been able to justify the extra money towards my want vs. Kids needs.

  161. I need Furiously Happy. I would proceed to explain why in full detail but let’s just say I do. I DO. A LOT. THANKS.

  162. Love your quirky irreverence..Would love Furiously Happy. That way I won’t have to wait for Christmas… Waiting is not what I do best…

  163. Oh, I absolutely want one! Audiobooks of books I’ve read is how I fall asleep.

  164. Would love love love Furiously Happy!
    Excellent paying it forward example; just hope it carried on for the rest of the queue!

  165. I’m sure furiously happy would help on a day when I’m having trouble getting out of bed. Thank you.

  166. I would love either!
    Last new year’s day, someone paid for my coffee, so I did the same for the car (which happened to be a police car) behind me. Went on my way and a short time later, saw flashing lights in my rear view. I was silently cursing my luck that I was getting pulled over, since I’d just done a nice thing and thought the world should reciprocate. Just as I was preparing to defend myself to the cop, he let me know that he was the one I’d bought coffee for and he just wanted to thank me. Oops!

  167. I really want “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.” I sent both your books to my Mom for Mother’s Day, and to my sister for Christmas. I even gave my copy of “Let’s Pretend” away at my Unitarian Universalist book exchange Sunday! My High School daughter has begun reading Furiously Happy and I found myself re-reading the chapter on doing your own audiobook. I am dying to hear you take Neil Gaiman’s advice and “Pretend Your Good At It.” One of my favorite mantras is “The world belongs to those who show up – so show up!” Thanks for “Showing Up” in so many lives! -Amy Z

  168. I am a crazy person who still buys CDs and would love a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, since buying a CD copy now is prohibitively expensive 🙁 I already have Furiously Happy since I didn’t want to make the same mistake twice!

  169. I would LOVE a copy of Furiously Happy. I’ve read it but haven’t listened to it, like I have Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. It has helped me so much in approaching my own anxiety, and I know hearing it in your own voice would just give it even more meaning (and personality!). 🙂

  170. I’d love Let’s Pretend. I gave my hook to a friend and haven’t gotten around to re-buying it.

  171. I would be delighted to get a copy of either and listen to it on my upcoming road trip!

  172. I’d love a copy of furiously happy. I haven’t been able to afford to buy the book yet but it’s at the top of the list of things I will get when I have extra money!!!

  173. I would love “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”…and if I do happen to win (my luck in random drawings is pretty terrible), I will buy the book for someone else. 🙂

  174. Reading Furiously happy now and loving it, but I haven’t read Let’s Pretend This Never happened. I’d love an audio copy to listen to as I work on painting my new house!

  175. Furiously Happy PLEASE! 🙂

    I like buying coffee for the person behind me.. The only downside is that I never get to see their smile. I love the comment above about the cop who pulled her over to say thanks!

  176. I would like a copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”. I already have a copy of “Furiosly Happy”. Thank you for all you do!

  177. Random acts of kindness rock. Like seriously, coffee snorting out your nose awesomeness. Oh wait, that would probably hurt and maybe burn a little to have coffee blow out your nose. I digress… I’d be happy to have “let’s pretend” on audio so I can hear you tell about the turkey at school. I promise to laugh so hard that coffee shoots out my nose and I can report back on the pain level

  178. Furiously Happy. I keep getting it from the library, but since I read so slowly and get interrupted all the time, I’ve never finished it. I do have a 40 min commute every day and I’m sure it would make my commute much more enjoyable.

  179. Furiously Happy. I think my husband would enjoy it thoroughly on our next road trip!

  180. I’d love Lets Pretend This Never Happened! I’ve read it four times now but I think it’s missing your voice to really make everything as bold as it should be. Love it and you! Paying forward in the drive thru is one of my favorite things to do, particularly in the morning. I feel like if I can help start someone’s day off a little better, then why not? Maybe it’ll save one more relationship, prevent one more accident or an angry email or text. Or maybe just make someone’s day a little better. It’s all a win.

  181. I wanted to buy several copies of “Lets Pretend” for friends but Amazon said “not available” and no EBay either. Please send me one copy and the good news that I can buy some more before Christmas, at least. Love you! Bought my own ‘Beyonce’ after your experience. She is smaller than yours and hangs out in my kitchen between the fruit bowl and an erratic toaster oven. Under your influence, I recently added a serious black metal alligator to my inanimate animals collection. It is settled in the back yard and hopefully scares squirrels who make a mess of the garden and raccoons who come to eat the squirrels and menace the indoor cats through the glass door.

  182. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy! It has really inspired me to embrace the uniqueness of my brain and quirky way it thinks. It is a wonderful book that made me feel a little less lonely when the straight jacket of depression and/or anxiety slips over me. Regardless, I want to thank you for sharing your story and inspiring others to be furiously happy 🙂

  183. I would love let’s pretend on audio! The I would really look odd driving down the road!

  184. I teach challenged elementary studwnts during. The day and adulta at night. I owned both of those books more than once…and passed them on to others. If you could spare a copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,” I would have another copy to share when it seems appropriate. Thank you so much for all you do!

  185. I’d love Furiously Happy! I keep loaning my 2 (hard) copies out to folks who need to hear your message. So now, I need to hear the message straight from you. 🙂

  186. Furiously happy since that describes my last few weeks at the high school where I teach. I’m currently not “feeling the love”, but your book would be the equivalent of paying for my drive-thru experience.

  187. I want Furiously Happy…so bad…I have been meaning to get it and just haven’t yet…please. Pick me Pick me..ok I know that is annoying…but Pick me! 🙂

  188. I’d love to hear LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED. 😃 I love that your morning was “made” by whomever paid for your breakfast, and then you paid for the breakfast of the people behind you. My husband LET us go to get a FANCY coffee last Saturday and was bitching about the price when I said to leave a tip. I explained how people spread the love there, and he should just shut the fuck up and spread love and kindness too. Then I added how people often buy drinks for people behind them and they pass along the favor and it’s a big circle of love. He called it a circle of bullshit and shook his head. So I’m glad that your Breakfast Kindness spread to you and now you’re spreading more live with audio book giveaways. I’ve NEVER listened to an audio book because I have a disorder that makes me dizzy and probably kind of deadly, so luckily I only have to drive a mile to work and a mile home each day. I’ve akways wondered how could I ever listen to a book in my car. But I think I can listen to one while mowing the yard or something! And I recommended LET’S PRETEND to a friend who was dealing with a lot of shit and she thanked me for the AMAZING “listen” and said she laughed maniacally and therapeutically and that you and I basically, together, saved her life. So in the spirit of that strange circle of weirdness where we decide Let’s All Do Nice Shit, cheers to you, Jenny, for always making us laugh and for spreading the love. Or as my husband would say, spreading the bullshit. Yaaaassssss!

  189. How can you expect us to choose??? They are both so fantastic. I suppose if I must, I must. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.

  190. Furiously Happy because it makes me furiously happy when I read it and I’m sure I’ll LOL while walking along the bay and the fish men will give me more weird looks that I already get when I do yoga on the sand and then fall over.

    Muah! Thanks for all your stories they brighten my day. Every so often I start the pay for people’s coffee chain at dunkin donuts and it’s really sweet when I hear that it continued for a few cars.

  191. I’d love to hear Let’s Pretend This Never Happened!! (And my autocorrect word suggestions want that, too, apparently, as I only typed in the first couple letters of each word in the title, and it “suggested” the right ones!! It’s meant to be!😜)

  192. I don’t need a book 🙂 I just wanted to tell you that I was talking about you in my taxidermy class last weekend! BTW: I started taking taxidermy classes, and that’s partly due to you. It makes me furiously happy 🙂

  193. I can’t decide because I love them both so much! …Furiously Happy? I’d be happy with either, really. You’re my favorite author whom I had to stop reading in public because I couldn’t hold in the laughter anymore and didn’t want to be stared at.

  194. Pick me! Pick me! I’ll read it to my 5′ metal cock when I find him. That post made my day. I haven’t laughed so hard in YEARS.

  195. I’d love to have either so I could listen, and they pass it along to someone else who needs a good pick-me-up. 🙂 Thanks for your consideration!

  196. I’ve been wanting the audio version of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened since it came out! Also paying for the person behind you is an awesome thing to do and I’m going to try to remember to do that next time I get the chance. You inspire generosity, Jenny. 🙂

  197. I’d love a copy of Furiously Happy, though I’d be overjoyed to get either one, Thank you, Jenny!

  198. I just finished Furiously Happy and it made my commute fantastic!! I would LOOOVE Let’s Pretend This Never Happened!!!! Just the fact you are doing this for fans has made my day. Thank you!! Btw, I always buy for people behind me in drive thrus… Except if there are two windows where you pay at the first and get the order at the second… I did that once and had to sit there waiting for my order while the person got the news behind me and I had a panic attack:(. Never again, I prefer giving drive by, anonymous gifts:)!!

  199. I would love to have either one. I’m glad a stranger made your day better, that’s fabulous!

  200. Oh my gosh I would love furiously happy! I read some of your first book to my teenage daughter who lives it so much she claimed it for a while and read it twice. We have shared your tales of Beyoncé and capernicous all over our little town of Fall Creek, WI. I am pretty sure half of this years senior class will be owners of odd stuffed critters and giant metal barnyard animals! You are awesome!!

  201. I read “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” and would love a copy of “Furiously Happy” !

  202. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, because I was inspired by what you went through to record “your voice” in your audio book 🙂 I loved going to your book signings and reading 🙂

  203. I’d love an audio copy of Furiously Happy! I drive all day long for work and never have time to read. I loved Let’s pretend it never happened…read it on a plane and people were really looking at me as I laughed out loud numerous times..

  204. EIther – but Furiously Happy is my preference. Or maybe Let’s Pretend is my preference. This decision is too stressful. Just choose for me, please. 🙂

  205. either. i love books read by the author. if i have to pick, furiously happy since a certain small person has removed most of my reading time so the hardcover has just been sitting on the bookshelf staring at me! 🙂

  206. I already have Furiously Happy on CD, but I’d LOVE Lets Pretend! Breakfast burritos for my men and whisky for my horses!

  207. I would love Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. It makes me laugh like Chewbecca mom and gets me through tough days.

  208. I want someone else to receive the audio books because I already have the paper editions and both made me furiously happy so let’s pretend this comment never happened.

  209. I actually don’t need the books, I already have them, but if you pick me, I’ll ask that you give a book to the person right below me. 🙂

  210. I need a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened!im an avid reader and that was the first book my husband gave me to read. You’re hilarious and that book has a very special place in my heart!

  211. I would LOVE to have either book – they both fill me with glee and make me happy. Thanks!

  212. I was at Costco the other day and the teller closed the till after me, then turned and looked at me very seriously and said: “Do you want to pay for purchase of the person behind you in line?” Strangely, that also made my day! If you have copies of either still left (doubtful!) I’d love one. 🙂

  213. I’ve had that happen at Starbucks and it always makes my whole day.

    I’d love Furiously Happy. And in exchange I’d happily send you a video of my 3.5 year old reading Snuggle Puppy. 😊

  214. I want Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. I have Furiously Happy!! Please and thank you !

  215. Inspired by this, I just bought someone’s coffee. I have been wanting to do this for so long but my brain doesn’t remember anything important these days! I think the lady at the counter was more moved by this then the dude…I made her promise to be secret. If I want fan fair i’d go to parade.

    No entry, I just love you and our fabulously broken tribe!!!!

  216. Based on your many followers, I suspect all copies are gone, but I would love a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Hope your day continues to be amazing.

  217. I’d love Furiously Happy! We have a long road trip coming up and it will make the time go fast!

  218. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy. I would list to it at my desk at work. When I start laughing out loud, my coworkers will start to wonder if I’m even weirder than they already thought. :p

  219. I want Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. I have Furiously Happy!! Please and thank you !

  220. I’ve done that for people. It’s really fun. I’ve also had it happen to me. Random acts of kindness really make a difference!

    I’d love Furiously Happy!

  221. Either one. I keep my hard copies of your books in plain sight partly as reminders to ASK FOR HELP when I can’t beat my illnesses alone. Related: I have an appointment with my doctor next week and I AM GOING TO FEEL BETTER. I am. Because I deserve it and nice people are going to help me.

  222. I want Lets Pretend This Never Happened-my all time favorite book!! Love you!

  223. I’d love a copy of ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened’, please. I’ve read ‘Furiously Happy’ and lthought it was brilliantly funny! xx

  224. I would love Furiously Happy for my sister. She isn’t a big reader but last winter when she was here I read her parts of both books and she loved them. T

  225. I would love either book! Both of your books are fantastic and they helped inspire me to keep writing about my own mental health. So regardless of it you have any audio books left. Thank you for that 🙂

  226. I would happily take either one…I have just the friend who needs to have your books!! <3

  227. I mean, I guess I could use a reason to be happy, so if I get one, cool. If not, that means someone else got to enjoy it, so also cool.

  228. I would LOOOOVE Let’s Pretend this Never Happened! Can’t get enough of your book readings!!! Totally ready to laugh so hard I pee myself ^.^

  229. I would love furiously happy 😊 It’s really awesome how a complete stranger can inspire you to be great!

  230. I would be so furiously happy to receive the audio book of Furiously Happy. I’ve heard there are like a guzillion furiously funny asides in the audio book. Pretty please…with amaretto on top. Please and thank you 🙂

  231. Furiously Happy, please. I’d like to hear you reading it without you furiously laughing, because I wouldn’t be able to. Thanks for paying it forward with the food and the audio books!

  232. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy! I haven’t read it yet, and I loved Let’s Pretend This Never Happened so very much. ❤️

  233. You are are so giving to others. Thank you for loving your readers as much as we love you. You make the world a better place! Also if there are any audio books left I’ll take either one; I love both books. Then I promise to continue to pay it forward so that hopefully one day a gift will come back to you .

  234. I’d love Furiously Happy, I had so much fun listening to your first book on audio!

  235. I’ve read — and loved — them both but I would love to listen to them! I live 20 minutes from town so I get lots of listening in when I’m driving. Pick me!! Also, one day I just felt the need to pay for the person behind me at the Starbucks drive-thru. My heart was happy all day.

  236. I love, love them both!! They are both tremendous! Thanks for paying it forward!!

  237. I would love a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.

    And that happened to me once, too. It was a police officer that randomly paid for my stuff, so I paid for the person behind me, and it really made my whole morning brighter. Love when things like that happen.

  238. I want furiously happy! Never had an audio book so having your first book be the first would be amazeballs!

  239. I would love Furiously Happy! It’s so nice to be the recipient of a little gift.

  240. I already have them both, so I’m not requesting an audiobook.

    I just wanted to say that listening to your narration helps me constantly. I use your voice to ward off impending public panic attacks, to keep me company when I travel (Rory is my companion animal, apparently), when I can’t fall asleep at night, when things are stupid and I need cheering up. Oh, and on road trips when I need to rest my throat from all the caterwauling. (Also, apparently, the word isn’t “catterwhaling,” which I now realize is just an imaginary activity I created where you go catfishing, but on a much larger scale.)

    I wish your words had been available to me when I was younger, along with the knowledge that there are so, so many of us who read your words and finally feel “gotten.”

    Right now, I’m really excited that some of y’all who don’t have these audiobooks in your lives are about to get them. They are packed with love. And $25 bills. 😉

  241. I would be thrilled to have LPTNH on audio! I have the hardcover, but audio would be great for long car trips. 🐙

  242. Let’s pretend this never happened! I love paying it forward. You are amazing!

  243. I used to work at Starbucks and I would love when people started paying for each others drinks. We had one person leave $100 to pay for whoever’s drinks, and most people would actually still pay for theirs so others could be treated as well. It’s about the little things that restore your faith in humanity. 🙂

    I actually JUST got Furiously Happy to read, so I’d love the audiobook to listen along with while I read.

  244. I would love to have either book! Road trip this summer…I always need audio books – and especially yours that make me laugh!!!

  245. I would love Furiously Happy, I already own Lets pretend in both print and audio book so this would be a nice addition!

  246. I would love an audio of Let’s pretend this never happened. You are amazing!

  247. Someone once paid for my coffee in the drive-thru and it made me so happy I’ve started doing it every once in awhile (usually if I’m having a bad day myself). It also seems to make the baristas really happy, so bonus! I don’t worry about what the car behind me ordered – I just make sure it’s a day I’m willing to shell out a little more money than I expect to (I haven’t had any “the car behind me ordered for the office” problems yet and I’ve been doing this for several years).

    For the person who asked how it works: usually I just tell the cashier that I want to pay for the car behind me, but sometimes (especially around Christmas) I buy gift cards and leave them with the baristas with instructions to use them for other customers until the money runs out.

  248. Furiously Happy!! I have hard copy and audio of other and I absolutely love them…and you!!

  249. I would love a copy of Furiously Happy! And the pay it forward thing is always awesome! Be kind!

  250. Dear Jen…I would love for you to give a copy of Furiously Happy to my stressed out Ph.D. student daughter. I have read both your books. However, I have the kindle copies. I cannot share them with her, although I talk about them. Often. And, since she’s studying for her doctorate, she can’t afford shit. Hopefully yours. Kym