Second Annual Booksgiving!

Hello and welcome to the second annual Booksgiving Day!  What is “Booksgiving Day?”  It’s day to celebrate the joy of reading and giving and llamas, but without any actual llamas unless you’ve brought your own.

Basically, last February I wanted to thank you guys for all of your support by giving out 30 copies of Furiously Happy, which I did, but then everyone else was like, “I WANT TO GIVE BOOKS TO PEOPLE TOO” so we set up a day where you could ask for one book from a stranger using an Amazon wishlist and if someone wanted to give it to you they would.  And they did.  Some people asked for a book for their child.  Some asked for a book to escape life for a bit.  Some asked just to have a reminder that they exist and matter, and then they went back in and bought a book for someone else.  And people found friends (and really good book recommendations) by looking at the particular book that each person really wanted.  And it was lovely.

So today we’re doing it again and if you want to ask for a book (or give a book) the details are all here.  I’m giving out 30 of my own books for those of you who are part of the community but haven’t been able to buy one, but you can pick any book at all and leave it in the comments and I’ll probably give out others once I hit my 30.  Furiously Happy is out in paperback today, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is still in print and YOU ARE HERE: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds comes out in a few weeks (tour info coming soon!) so those are the 30 books I’m giving out first.


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 “Accounts and 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 of that page.  Make sure you assign it to the new wishlist.  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.  EVERY new wishlist has to be assigned an address or you won’t get your stuff.  So click on your 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.  Also, if you’re not in America put that in the comment so we can match people better by location and not have crazy shipping fees.   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 in the middle of writing book 4 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 less complicated if you have pictures to walk you through:

Create a list under “Your lists”.


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:


If you have another wish list set as your default (like I always do) 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 then paste it into the comments.  Done!  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 already been bought for them.  🙂  That is a very good thing.

PPS.  I love you guys.  Now I’m off to buy books.

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  1. So excited to read You are Here: An Owners manual for dangerous minds looks amazing and I can’t wait to read it! All of your books give me great insight (I’m a school counselor- so it helps me with my students) and lots of humor. Thank you for writing them! If you’re still giving out books, I would love a copy of your new book!

    (Go into amazon and create a wishlist with it and post it here. That’s the way I’m filling them. 🙂 First posted, first served. ~ Jenny)

  2. I would love a copy of any of your books, Jenny! I lost my copy of Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend this Never Happened in my last move and they mean a lot. Even if I’m not picked, I just want you to know that reading a chapter or two helps me when I feel my anxiety building or even when I just feel all alone. Thank you for being there for all of us.

    (Go into amazon and create a wishlist with it and post it here. That’s the way I’m filling them. 🙂 First posted, first served. ~ Jenny)

  3. I would love to receive a copy of any of your books, Jenny! This is the first time I’ve ever seen the post early. 😀

    (Make sure to go make a wishlist with the book you most want on it. That’s how I’m filling them. It’s a million times easier that way. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  4. Can’t wait to read You Are Here: An Owners Manual For Dangerous Minds! I have so enjoyed all that you write and this book looks amazing!!!

  5. Jenny…this is the only book of yours that I don’t have. i would love it!!! <3
    You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds Paperback

    (Make sure you make a wishlist. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  6. Hi Jenny! 😊 I would love to read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened but i’m in Canada.😱 Anyways, I just wanted to say that you have big fans here in Canada!🇨🇦 Thank you for making something like mental illness funny when it feels like there is nothing to laugh about. We are rooting for you!😊💜 Cheers

    (You can make a wishlist on amazon canada but just put that you’re from Canada on the wishlist so that another Canadian can help you out. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  7. Um, I hope I did it right…… Books I’d love to get but probably won’t O well, a girl can dream right

    (Copy of Furiously Happy on the way! ~ Jenny)

  8. A worthy cause. Beautiful. I sent three boxes of books to the folks at Standing Rock.

    (That is such a great idea. Gonna look into that myself. ~ Jenny)

  9. I already have all of your books, including preorder of you are here. But am commenting to say YOU ARE AWESOME and i love how you share your light and am looking forward to buying someone a book! ❤❤😳😳🌈🌈🌈 Monica. Austin TX

  10. I normally don’t like asking for things, but I need a mental escape. The book on my list was a childhood favourite…

    (Looks like it’s already on its way! ~ Jenny)

  11. I love that booksgiving is back again! I didn’t join in last time and promised myself I’d be brave enough too if it came around again, so this time I’m posting.

    Here’s something I’ve found over the past few months of uncertainty and turmoil out there – that spending some time with nature is just the best salve of all, and so I made a list of the birds and nature books that are in keeping with that. Books that you can escape into and escape into nature at the same time. Warm, cosy, inspiring books that make you want to be doing something to help those wild creatures we share our lives with, you know?

    Anyway, before I ramble on even more, I think this is my list link :

    That’s a UK Amazon address, as I’m British. If its any help, imagine me thanking you in a British accent 😀

    Thanks, Jenny, for doing all this again. Such a good thing, and thanks to this great community for making it all work too!

  12. I loved this event last year-I’m so glad I caught it this year. I think my link is working, somebody poke me if it isn’t, please!

    It’s coming out on my 25th birthday! I keep fighting with myself about whether or not I should get it because money but birthday.

    (Happy early birthday! Looks like the book was already ordered for you before I even opened it. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  13. I don’t really need anyone to buy a book for me, but I’d like to buy a book for someone else. So, if you’re in a spot where you could use one, please be sure to leave a note! I really love this idea – thanks Jenny! 🙂

  14. Would you also be able to give one from your own collection if it’s on somebody’s list? I can’t really afford to buy right now, but I don’t mind sharing.

    (The best way to do that is to leave a comment saying what book you have that you’d like to send out with an email address. That way you can get contacted directly. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  15. FYI to those buying for others, double check that your shopping cart on Amazon is empty first. I almost sent a replacement shower head filter, guitar strings, a five month supply of foundation, and an alarm clock to a stranger. Decided just to send a book instead.

    (I almost did the same thing. Except it was for copy paper. They would have been confused, I think. Same thing if you try to buy something for someone but they don’t have an address, make sure you delete what you had in your cart or it will be sent to the next person you go to. You’ll probably notice it when you check out like I do, but a reminder is always good. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  16. Bummer, I would so love your new book and have had a rough go of it this winter and would love to have some happy coloring moments, but I can’t get my phone to load the wishlist on amazon. I have no “real” internet.

    Anyway thanks for doing this! You are awesome, as always!

  17. This is so amazing. I am going through a divorce and am moving out Sunday. I have loved both your books so much and am looking forward to You are Here. I love your generous heart.

  18. Just wanted to add that part of the fun is looking at the wishlists to see what other books are in demand….love adding to my “will read this too” list with recommendations from people that I know I can trust!

  19. I already have your books, but I hope to buy a book for someone. You are totally awesome. Even if you did trick us all into doing wierd voodoo with our fingers.

  20. Thank you for doing this! I gave away two copies of “Furiously Happy” and did not keep one for myself. I would love to have my own if I have posted in time to make the cut. 🙂

    Here is my list:

    (Looks like it’s already on the way! ~ Jenny)

  21. Don’t forget that you can add kindle books too. I have no extra money but a ton of digital credit to spend. Help me by adding those digital books, I want to send stuff out.


    Jenny, you and this community have changed my life. Thank you for being you and showing me it’s perfectly okay to be me, just as I am, in any moment. I love sharing your work with the people I love. I gifted Furiously Happy to one of my dear friends, inscribing it that I was saving her from bathroom corpses. She’s now a devotee as well. 🙂 I would love a copy of You are Here!

    (Book on the way! ~ Jenny)

  23. wow thank you so much again, all the way from New Zealand you have changed mine and several of my friends thoughts and ideas from negative to positives.I never wish a day away anymore.

  24. Will the new paperback be in airport bookstores tomorrow??/ Brenda Nunnery

    (I think so. Depends on the bookstore, but probably. ~ Jenny)

  25. This is amazing! I’ve gone to buy a book for someone, and I end up discovering it’s already been bought or it’s bought while I’m trying to transact my purchase. Oh wow! I’ve found one to give, though, and I’m searching for more. This is the most wonderful thing that I’ve done in a long, long time. Thank you, Jenny. So very much!!

  26. I’m so happy you’re going this again. I actually took this idea and did it with a small group of people at the end of last year when things were looking their worst. I hope you don’t mind.

    Here’s my list:

    Things are a little better this year compared to last year. My depression is still there, so’s my anxiety. I’m currently waiting to hear back for a second opinion on meds. So I have good days and bad. I had two jobs but sadly the last one didn’t work out and I’ve been unemployed since. It’s frustrating and hard. But I know I’ll get there. I try to hold onto that. <3

    (Booksgiving belongs to everyone. I tried to send you a copy of YOU ARE HERE but your address isn’t attached. ~ Jenny)

  27. Hey Jenny….where is YOUR list? 😊

    (I’m lucky in that I get lots of books from booksellers who want quotes or blurbs so I’m already fully covered. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  28. Does anyone know how to add your address to the wishlist while using your phone, either on chrome app or the Amazon app? I don’t have a computer and I’m not finding a way to add my address.

  29. I could use this Scott Westerfeld book right now, life has been rough lately with long hours taking care of others, a shoulder injury, and privately dealing with ongoing infertility. I’m Canadian:


    Oh yay! I really need a book escape right about now as my life hasn’t been full of sunshine and puppy dog tails.

    I put in furiously happy too because that book really helped me out and I have been recommending it like crazy to friends and coworkers. I would love to pass it around to the people in my life.

    (Furiously Happy on the way! ~ Jenny)

  31. Jenny said this book is hilarious. I need a little hilarity in my life right now. It’s title is Unmentionable: A Victorian Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners. I hope it’s okay that I asked for the kindle addition. It’s easier for me to read when I can enlarge the font.

    (It is an AWESOME book. Make a wishlist and add it to it so people will know how to get it to you. ~ Jenny)

  32. Stephanie- I had to scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Amazon Full Site. Then I was able to go to the list and click on settings. HTH!

    This is so great…I could really use this.


    (Looks like your book is already on the way! ~ Jenny)

  33. Hopefully I set this up right…

    I can probably afford to buy a book for myself but I’ve been pretty stressed about politics and the state of the world and knowing that there are people out there who care enough about strangers to want to do a little something to make them happy would go a long way to restoring my faith in the world. I fully intend to buy a book for someone else!

  34. About a year ago we had the first Booksgiving and it was an absolutely amazing experience to receive books (BOOKS!) from strangers; I felt so, dunno…seen? comforted? supported?

    At that time it was about 6 months ago my partner of 12 years had died; I can’t believe that sunday was the 18 month anniversary of her death. It still feels as fresh as it did last year.
    Through Booksgiving I received my first books about grief; poems and stories from people about their own losses. It helped make things more real, which was horrible but good at the same time.

    A lot is happening right now; i’ve been in 3 days-a-week intensive group therapy for about 8 months now, had an inpatient stay for 2 weeks in january. It’s all one big struggle, often.
    But there are things that keep me going, coming to this blog is one thing, finding like-minded people who KNOW, and having a good laugh at the same time.
    Laughing, we need to keep laughing don’t we? (Group therapy is not a bad place for laughing actually. Who knew?)

    And reading. Sometimes it’s so hard to be able to read because I just can’t concentrate and am too stressed out, but in the end I always get back into my books.
    Books make me happy, always. And that’s worth a LOT.

    I can’t really afford to buy them very often, so thank goodness for second hand books and libraries!
    I don’t NEED books, I guess, but then again; I do.
    Because of happiness, and connection and traveling anywhere in my mind.

    I live in the Netherlands and I made my list on; anyone with an Amazon account should be able to use it with their usual password etc. but it will be much cheaper to ship from UK compared to US.

    You rock Jenny, and so does this community. Hard.

  35. I feel like a doof, but here: I had a crap January. Was in the hospital, I feel like it never ends, and I’m at my wit’s end. A book would indeed help, maybe.

    (Looks like it’s already on the way! ~ Jenny)

  36. Here is my list. Now do I choose someone who has already posted to send them a book?

    (It’s totally up to you. Some people receive. Some give. Some do both. No expectations. 🙂 You may want to go back and choose the book in hardcover though because the paperback option for that book is wonky when you try to order since it’s not out in paperback yet. ~ Jenny)

  37. Last year a wonderful soul bought me a copy of Furiously Happy and it arrived at the most appropriate time to pull me out of a dark place. I’ve put Let’s Pretend on my wish list this year, to preemptively combat the oncoming storm. If there’s anyone willing to fill it…

    (Sent you and you kiddo books. It won’t take Let’s Pretend off your list because you requested the hardback and it’s just in paperback now but it’s coming even though it still shows up on your list. ~ Jenny)

  38. I’ve been hustling hard to keep up with life and bills since my thyroid started to rebel and steal my motivation and haven’t had a treat since I got sick.


  39. Hi Jenny, I realize I am too late posting to take part in your exchange, but wanted to offer a direct book switcheroo. I’ve read your other books and have the raccoon poster too. 🙂 I’m very excited to get a copy of your new book -especially when I saw it has your Zentangles in it!

    I wrote a whole bunch of books about Zentangle (Totally Tangled, Yoga for Your Brain) and self-publish other stuff now. I’m currently in the homestretch to getting my Masters (in Cartooning!) – so I draw comics about mental health. This summer I did one called “We Will Never Leave You – a comic interview with my Inner Demons”.

    I laugh so hard when I listen to your books! You are the first person I’ve “met” with my sense of humor and besides the depression, anxiety, introversion, etc. blah blah blah – all quite funny in themselves, of course – my mom was a pathologist and medical examiner. I not only understand the Addams Family weirdness of having body parts in jars and bags all over the house… but I literally was raised in a laboratory.

    So, if you want to trade books, or comics, or tangle cards, or doodles… :-)… all my stuff is on my Etsy site: .

  40. I’ve just been going through a bad patch where I don’t really people anyone cares, not just about me, but about people in general. This may restore my faith in humanity, just a little.

    (Just adding a note here that this list is from the UK if anyone there is looking for a match. ~ Jenny)

  41. There are two links here: The first is for myself — we’re expecting our second child in a few weeks and I will need something new to read to (attempt to) keep my sanity. The second is for another mommy who so very often doesn’t think of herself, and can’t afford to buy herself anything. Neil Gaiman is her favorite author and it would mean the world to her. <3

    (Looks like they’re both on the way! ~ Jenny)

  42. YAY! Just sent a book to one of my unknown friends. Here’s my link of books I hope keep me sane in these times (or at least ready for the apocalypse)

    (I got a weird error here but I’m not sure if it’s because your books have been bought or if you used the wrong link. ~ Jenny)

  43. I realised as much as I wanted to replace my lost books, something I could read with my daughter is more important. I’ve been trying to get her into the wonderful world of Harry Potter (she’s almost old enough to get her own Hogwarts letter!) Forever thank you!

    (Is it weird that when I read comments like this I’m all, “I CAN’T WAIT TO BUY THIS FOR YOU” but then I see that it’s already been bought by someone with the same idea and I feel a little sad for a half-second before I remember that that means I can give out another book to someone else? It’s weird. But good. ~ Jenny)


    Here’s my book wish list! I love reading though I usually read children’s books to my kids. I would love to have some adult choices to read while my three children are asleep. Thank you so much!

  45. This is amazing! I’ve created my list, and I’ve bought for a couple from others’ lists. I’ve only recently been led to your site, and your books, and I’m in love, frankly!

    (Adding a note here that this is Amazon Canada in case any Canadians are looking for a match. ~ Jenny)

  46. I don’t have a request, but do have a recommendation (other than Jenny’s books, of course). If you need a pick-me-up during this time of craziness, I really recommend TJ Klune’s The Lightning Struck Heart. It’s a light-hearted, somewhat silly book that will still touch you. The protagonist is Sam of Wilds, a wizard’s apprentice, whose two best friends are Gary, a gay hornless unicorn and Tiggy, a half-giant. There are adventures and misadventures galore. Fair warning, this is a gay fantasy/romance novel, but I recommend it to everyone! Gave out copies at Christmas to all the readers on my list.

    (Adding it to my own list. Thanks! ~ Jenny)

  47. We thoroughly enjoyed participating last year! I was able to send out a few books, and my daughter received some very helpful books that got her through losing her dad to cancer shortly before you hosted the first Booksgiving. It really meant a lot to us and I’m so glad you’re doing it again. I can’t wait to see how this year turns out!

    Here’s our list:

    (Furiously Happy coming your way. Love. ~ Jenny)

  48. Jenny this last year was the light of my deeply depressing year.
    I loved every single book I received and I gifted a lot of them to keep the booksgiving going.
    I would love to have mail to look forward to that isnt massive debt bills or junk mail.

    I will also love to send out as many books as I can to those in need. We need to keep the love going <3

    (I love your taste in books. Adding a note here that you are Canadian in case others have and Amazon Canada account. ~ Jenny)

  49. Can officially confirm, having just tried it, buying a book for a stranger because they need it is the awesome.
    Best holiday ever.

    (I honestly think the greater gift is being able to give. Makes your heart warm, right? ~ Jenny)


    I have wanted this book forever and haven’t been able to allow myself to buy it. And there’s a second book for my son. He had a copy and I forgot it in the car when I traded it in. #oops

    And I’ll find someone else’s list and buy a book for them because I can buy other people books. I just have trouble getting them for myself.

    (Looks like they’re already on the way. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  51. Currently not working due to congestive heart failure and other related health issues, and so frustrated and scared that I can’t work and provide for my family. Especially stressful in these uncertain times. Could use some escape from my reality for a little while. <3 A book to keep me going

  52. This is awesome.
    I´m from Argentina, and I’ve bought all your books in Kindle edition, basically because that is the only way… because of the politics here it’s very difficult to buy something from another country and actually get it. Customs, bribes, huge taxes… is impossible. And now I want to buy “You are here” and OF COURSE i want it in paperback because my husband will not understand if I start painting our Kindle’s screen with colour markers. He already disagrees with all my drawings on the walls.
    I suffer anxiety, pannic attacks, post traumatic stress, bipolar disorder and all sort of mental craps, and you books were not only amazingly helpful,but also were enlightement for others to understand me and my disorders in a better, funny, not-so-crazy-way. So, thank you for that. And for this. And for being you, wonderful all-kinds-of-crazy you.
    PS: Sorry about my bad english.
    PS2: Here is my wishlist link 🙂

    (Thanks so much! I’m going to leave this comment here for someone with an Argentina account. I looked and it would cost almost $40 in shipping from here. Eek. ~ Jenny)

  53. Long time lurker, first-time-in-a-long-time poster. snort

    I hope I did this right. I would LOVE TO READ THIS…. I was a huge fan of the first two and haven’t had the fundage to get the third yet.

    I’m healing from my second major car accident (sob story, blah blah blah LOL) and am major broke what with all the physio and concussion therapy appointments. My brain is an anxious, depressed, PTSD ridden mess. GO ME!!!

    +234893874 to someone that helps me out. I assure you, on my honour and all that, that I will pay it forward. (I am also Canadian, hence the “u” :D) <3 <3 <3

  54. Awww…it’s amazing what a simple purchase of a book will do to brighten someone’s day. THANK YOU happy tear

  55. So much love for Booksgiving! I’ve sent off 5 books so far and will probably order more 💙📚 keep adding lists and make sure shipping to your address is enabled!

  56. Post 85 AF – the book for your son is on the way 🙂

    Thanks again for making these things happen Jenny!

  57. I couldn’t decide on a book for me, so I sent one instead! My Grinchy heart grew three sizes today! <3

  58. Somebody please heeelp! I feel really dumb, but when I try to select other addresses than mine it doesn’t show anything else!! What am I doing wrong? I click on the link, then on the cover of the book and then try to choose a different address on the right side of the screen where it says “ship to”, is that wrong??

    (When you click on their wishlist don’t go to the cover of the book. Instead just click on the “Add to Cart” button beside the book on the list. Then click on the “Proceed to checkout” button that replaced the “add to cart” button. That should give you a list of shipping addresses you’ve used before, with yours being the default at the top. The person making the wishlist should be the second person listed. Usually it says “so-and-so’s gift registry”. If it doesn’t have that it usually means the person forgot to attach and address so just empty your cart and try again with a new person. ~ Jenny)

  59. Hello – I’m in Canada. I’ve only recenlty been directed to your site and books, and you are amazing, I must say. Also – this is amazing. I’ve already bought a couple of books for others, and here’s my wish list. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for 20 years – I was recently on 7 weeks of sick leave (and am so thankful I’m in a job where that was even possible). Blogs like yours help so much to erase the stigma – and honestly make me laugh at myself a lot more often. Thank you.

  60. Me again – from post 25 or 26 ish above. Just a tip – that part where you SAVE the mailing address is apparently important. Sigh.

  61. I am fighting against my impulse that tells me I am being selfish for asking… but this has been sitting in my Amazon cart for months because there’s never quite enough money for it, or justification, or…something. Anyway, February is a hard time of year for me and I could use a little escapism. Thank you to anybody who might feel inclined. <3

  62. I put Jenny’s two books on my list because I’ve wanted to read them but I put everyone first. So, no disposable income, not that there is a lot, do I budget for myself. I’m not trying to cheat by putting two on there. Once one is given I’ll delete the list so I don’t end up with two.

  63. Hello,
    I wanted to say thank you! I found your book last year when I was still on my depression. (furiously happy) It was the first book I bought with my kindle. I loved it! And since than I am following you. Thank you for all the good laughs and the support you gave me without knowing it!!
    You are a strong woman Jenny. To help each one of us in your own way!!

    Thank you again

    I put books for my kiddos to. I try to read to them everyday…They love it!! I love it!!
    This is our little cuddle moments.

  64. If someone would be so kind as to explain me how I can have the person’s address as an option too, please e-mail me at jacmaroso @
    I’m not giving up yet
    And yes, I feel really stupid.


    My daughter is turning 4 very soon and has always been a reader. I was working on her wish list using our ongoing book list (so we know what to check out from the library or so my husband knows what to keep an eye out for at the library discard.) Hope it’s OK to post that list here.

  66. I want You Are Here, and crested a list, etc, but don’t know how to link it to here.

  67. djlovestories – When I clicked on someone’s wish list and selected a book it took me to the “address” section at check out. I had the option of sending the book to one of my saved addresses or to the unlisted address of this person whose wish list I suggested, and the book is on its way there. Does that help? I am posting here because I thought others might wonder, too.

  68. I don’t think my last comment worked. 🙁 Just had to put down my 16 year old kitty and would love/need to to get lost in some make-believe…

  69. Jenny, I would love a copy of your upcoming book…I have one of your drawings printed and stuck on my fridge to remind myself it’s not my fault others don’t see my illness (you know the one with the ship and the tentacles – just because you can’t see it)
    My birthday is March 9, right after the release of the book and it is also my 3 year survival date. you are wonderful and are a oh part of my survival success.

    so here is my link,

    thank you in advance…Melodie

  70. Hi Jenny. I lost a friend to suicide last week and what’s been getting me thru is listening to the Furiously Happy audiobook on repeat. I’d love the paperback so I can go thru and highlight the passages that have helped me the most.

  71. We all need a reminder of all kindness in the world right now and what a better way to do that than through this wonderful tribe that Jenny has created for us! I’ve already given to one person who had the same excuse I do: I have a hard time buying something for myself – but am happy to do it for others. Since I already have all of Jenny’s books, I’m looking for something Jenny recommended to help with relaxing..

    Thank you!

  72. My favorite holiday! Can’t. Stop. Buying. All. The. Books. You guys have great taste, I hope everyone enjoys their books!


  74. I cried last year when this happened. And I’m crying again. Jenny, you are an incredible person who inspires others to be incredible too. Thank you.

  75. Usually Amazon and I are friends but not today. I can create a list but can’t add an address and I’m not able to link. I thought maybe it was because it was a kindle book, but it isn’t. My screen doesn’t look like Jenny’s example above. As soon as I click public that’s it. No details button. Anyway, I hoped to receive a kindle edition of Unmentionable: A Victorian Guide to Sex, Marriage and manners. I know it’s a pain but my list is searchable. Thanks, guys. 😞

  76. I’m recovering from abdominal surgery. My 5th in 3 years. Thought there was one issue, but when they went in they found they’d left an object in from 3 surgeries ago. While I’ve been recovering from surgery, a family member decided to go completely crazy and said horrible, untrue things about myself and my kids to my husband in an attempt to hurt my marriage. The hubby is awsome and just sadly shook his head at them. Anyways, it’s been a hard month. Books are my escape from the pain. Here’s an book I’d love to escape into-

  77. I am here mostly to give because that makes me feel good & I’m having some medical issues today. I don’t have Prime but hopefully it won’t matter. 😂

    My link

  78. Hello! Underemployed freelancer and long-time blog reader. Stressed by searching for more work, waiting on payments, and feeling a bit useless. Trying to spend on just necessities for now so a little treat would be nice.

  79. I love sending books to strangers! And I love going to a list and seeing that it’s empty because someone beat me to it!

  80. Y’all. I’m trying to find a book that was mentioned up a LONG ways. It’s a fiction book, and it’s not out yet. I hadn’t heard of it, and I want to check it out. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it because I hope someone already bought it for someone. So I’m wondering if someone could venture a guess about the title.

  81. Fangirl alert, haha… Jenny, this is my first comment, though I’ve read and re-read LPTNH since discovering it, and FH for months too. You get me! I real-meaning-of-the-word-LITERALLY laugh out loud when reading your books and don’t care who sees me, because giggling into a book means I’m happy in that moment – and anyone who doesn’t like that can suck it! 🙂

    I don’t know if I can play along from Canada with your Booksgiving Day, but I’d like to! Here’s my list, and I’ll look for someone else’s too:

  82. I’ve been looking forward to this since last year, it’s so much fun to see what everyone else is reading! I love opening someone’s wishlist only to find it already empty 🙂

    God knows I have enough books already, but if anyone feels inclined my list is here: I’ve been inspired to read more books about badass women lately.

    Love to everyone out there spreading positivity when we need it most <3

  83. I have been having a really rough time with school and struggling to find my place in this world — and be happy with the person I’ve become. It’s always great to have a bit of an escape and DnD has always been my escape (even if I don’t get to play it very often).

    My wishlist is here:
    Location: Canada

  84. I’m not going to lie. I started a list after last year’s Booksgiving, and have been adding to it all year. Like a lot of folk, things are rough for me right now. Being on a limited income and unable to go out for another try at the working world, as if anyone wants to hire me at my age at a wage that would actually pay well enough for me to get there, blah, blah, blah. I looked over the list and do not have a current top favorite, so if someone wants to surprise me, I would be most grateful.

  85. I am so excited about Jenny’s new book coming out! I would love a copy if any are left.
    (wishlist item for her new book)

    This books-giving is awesome Jenny! You have brilliant ideas. Thank you for sharing them with all of us, to make our days brighter too. Now I am off to look up other people’s wishlists. It is so much fun to send packages in the mail!

  86. That was ridiculously fun! Yay for book buying and spreading joy! Thank you, Jenny, for this. All of it.

  87. I’ve went through and bought a few books for people – but what I’ve really noticed is how many EMPTY lists there are because books have already been bought! HOW AMAZING!

  88. Hope this didn’t post twice…

    First, I want to say that I loved Booksgiving last year. It came at a time when I really needed… something. Giving felt so good. I saw all of the names, and needs and it just felt good to read all of the beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking posts. I remember the day that books came for me in the mail, and I wept. I mean sobbed at my mailbox. The feeling was so unexpected. Not because I was poor, or because I was sick, but because I just didn’t know how much I needed to know that someone gave a damn about me. It made me feel broken, and whole, and helpless, and hopeful, and beautiful. It made me give more. And made me hope for this experience again. Thank you Jenny. Thank you strangers. I hope you get what you need, and what you want, and even something unexpected.

    I am not ill, unless you count my mind. I am not financially in need. I have not experienced a recent tragedy (unless you count the state of our country). But my heart goes out to all who have. I am unbelievably anxious. And I am often sad and worried. And while I won’t drag politics into this place, I am more afraid than I have ever been. I am more active for women, and the world, and my children. I am planting more and more in my garden, because I can’t stop thinking “just in case.” My husband saved and saved to send me for a week in Scotland in March. Because I’ve never been, and always wanted to, and I have never been away from my two children for more than a weekend. Ever. Because I desperately need a break. From working, and stressing, and loving… to find myself.

    I’ve been writing a book this last year, and writing all my life, and I hope it because something great, or at least good. I work for myself, but I’m toying with going back to an office just for the security. I finished my degree. I’m trying desperately to find my way. But first I need to find myself. I’m sorry if my list (and my story) is a little lengthy, I just don’t know. Books are great for that though, aren’t they? They help you reflect, and figure it out, and answer questions that we need answers to.

  89. Not to be crabby, because I really enjoyed the opportunity to send books to others, but wanted to mention to people requesting books – I am much more likely to send you a book if you have one or two (or an adult and child/children) than if you post a whole list. If you have a list I can’t tell if you have already received one, so I move on to someone with only one listed. Seriously, not to be a downer, actually trying to be helpful.

  90. saintbernardpup I saw now your list, I tried to get one but the address didn’t show up (It worked once, already, so I think I finally understood how it works lol). Can you check and see if your shipping address is public?

  91. I love this and am going to see if any of the books I have are on people’s wishlists so that I can send them away! But if someone wanted to help me through the things which are my life right now, this book would be the one, thanks for putting these positive vibes out in the universe Jenny and co!

  92. Hoping for you are here, would help to color during periods of high anxiety ☺️

  93. Dana please make sure your wishlist is public (it’s either empty because someone already bought it, or it’s not showing contents).

  94. Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion

    I already have your books, Jenny, and pre-ordered the new one! Thank you for being awesome and weird and broken and stubborn….it helps me feel not alone…and like I can be awesome too sometimes. <3

  95. C.Hodges – did you enter your address? It doesn’t come up with the option to ship to you.

  96. I love booksgiving! It made my son’s day last year, he loved getting a new book as a surprise in the mail. I love that you do this Jenny. Books and giving spread cheer and we all need some cheer!

    Thank you and I am off to gift a book.

    If anyone feels so inclined:

  97. PS–You are amazing and this is such a wonderful idea.

    PPS–My BF is the person who introduced your books to me. He told me he thought I could relate to the things you write about; he was right.

    Keep on writing!

  98. Books are on the way to #226 (heather) and #259 (suzyquzey)! Enjoy! Sending good thoughts your way along with the books!

    Thanks for hosting this, Jenny. I am so proud to be part of your tribe~

  99. Apparently my latest obsession/addiction is sending books to strangers. I can’t stop and I love it!! Thanks Jenny.

  100. Thank YOU Jenny! For being so generous with your life, your time and your creativity. I love this idea of book sharing. Awaiting your next book(s) with baited breath (does that mean I have a sardine on my tongue or a tethered lamb?)
    Will your book tour come to Canada? Specifically the most beautiful city in the world – Victoria BC? We have lovely bookstores that would be delighted to have you. 🙂

  101. Melody(comment 312) I went to by the Tonsil Book for your son and there wasnt an address to send it too….

  102. Melody #312: Please add your shipping address! I want to send your kiddo the tonsil book!

  103. Jenni | February 7, 2017 at 11:44 am The Phantom Tollbooth has always been my happy book to read when I’m stressed. I gave my copy away to a friend that I felt needed it more than me, and I haven’t gotten another.

    Don’t see your address, would you check it?

  104. I don’t need a book this year, but I wanted to tell you that a little over a year ago when I was in preterm labor with my now one year old I was literally reading”Friously Happy” in the labor and delivery room between contractions and it made it so much better. My daughter ended up waiting until a little closer to her due date, but your book saved me from bed rest despair.

  105. I got divorced six months ago but it still feels like yesterday. I moved to a new state and started a new job to try to get away from the memories. I need help moving on, so maybe these books will help? I’m going to try to find some free therapy/counseling too, because unfortunately my insurance doesn’t have a copay for mental health sessions… ugh.

  106. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. Last year when you did it, I had just been diagnosed with early preeclampsia and told I probably wouldn’t carry the baby long enough for him to survive, and I was too frazzled to even read, I just spent my days in a ball of anxious misery. I did carry him (almost!) to term, he was born about a month early. He’s strong and healthy and perfect. I would love a copy of a book on how to incorporate the Jewish tradition of Mussar into my daily life. It’s like Jewish mindfulness, sort of? I’ve also included a couple of books of inspirational quotes for my daughter, who is 13 and having a really hard time. Her dad and step mom treat her horribly and she’s been self-harming and now she’s missing a lot of school for therapy. She needs all the help she can get. She’s a big reader, and an aspiring writer, so I included Stephan King’s “On Writing” for her as well. Any suggestions on good books for her would be appreciated, she devours YA books like they’re going out of style.

    Jenny, you’re the best. And this community is also the best.

  107. Mama Reads Blog – yours is on the way! It may take a little extra time, but you’ll have it in the next week or so. ENJOY!!!

  108. omg thank you everyone, your so sweet. Second year of happy tears. I love you guys so much. It’s like little early birthday gifts to remind me what the sun feels like despite it being February and the sun doesn’t seem to exist during this month here.

  109. Jenny, my day is ALWAYS brighter when you post and I get to look forward to reading. If you’re still giving away copies of you are here, id love to read it <3

  110. This is so awesome! PROOF that life is wonderful and full of magic! This book will be a physical reminder of that for me whenever my brain tries to make me think otherwise!

  111. Jenny, this is great! Sometimes a book can be our greatest escape. I work at my local library and love seeing everyone reading in their own little worlds. I can’t wait to read your new book. I started with Furiously Happy (I got my signed copy last week in the mail) and I still need to read the first book. Best of luck to you!
    Can’t wait to buy a book for someone and spread this news around!

  112. Alice #336: Please add your shipping address! I want to send books to your daughter!

  113. Natalie #337 I got so excited when I saw what you requested that I had to get it for you. Best book I’ve read in a long time.

  114. anon 353 I fixed it! I’m so sorry I didn’t get it right the first time. :/ Don’t give up on Beth because I’m a mess.

  115. Jenny and Biscuit would make my daughter and I super happy! Thing are tight this month but I can’t wait to come back next year and buy a few books for others! This should be a monthly thing! Then I could give to someone else sooner!


  116. The world is just too scary-real right now…I need to build up a fortress of other worlds! Books that I loved as a child/teen seem like just what the doctor ordered. I listed a handful, any one would be lovely. (And now I’m off to see who I can give a book to, too!)

  117. I love you guys so much it’s painful. I’ve given away 30 books and it took forever because so often by the time I’d get to the next list it was already filled. THAT IS MAGIC. Thank you for reminding me how good people can be. I’m going to take a break and then come back and give out a few more because this is exactly what I needed this week. I hope it’s what you needed too.

    Thank you for being better than cake.

  118. You, Mrs. Jenny Lawson are the AMAZEBALLS one in this tribe! The TRIBAL LEADER!!
    I’m not worthy!! (BOWING AT YOUR GREATNESS) !!

  119. PS I love looking through these lists and getting more book ideas for my own personal wishlist! <3

  120. That’s a lovely idea which you need to spread into the real world. I don’t have a reason to get a free book but I’m disappointed you aren’t giving out llamas.

  121. Uh oh…looks like Mrsgrrrs is getting two Biscuit books and one Jenny Lawson book 🙂

  122. If I could afford it, I’d by 100 copies of this book and give one to everyone who needs it:

    Since I can’t afford it, I bought one book for one person, from her wish list.

    Here’s a drawing book I’d like for myself:

    (I just bought the 100 Hugs book on your recommendation but I accidentally bought two so I’ll be giving the other to a friend who needs it. Thank you for sharing it. ~ Jenny)

  123. Alice #336: I just send Whatever You Are, Be a Good One for your daughter. 13 is such a tough age. Lots of love. <3

  124. hi, i have a 22 year old daughter with bipolar disorder, wondering which of jenny’s books you would recommend for her. i will buy it, and the same one for someone off their wish list, just looking for some direction on the one that may be her best introduction to jenny! thanks!

  125. Yay! I did it! cryswhiltshire (#359) enjoy your book! I tried last year, but came late to the party and couldn’t find someone to give a book to. I ended up buying both of Jenny’s books and sending them to one of my closest friends instead. I may have to buy her another one though. Now it’s tradition.

  126. I’m gonna bankrupt, but I don’t care. Maureen Forest, Jenny’s book is on the way! Or will be, when it launches in March hahaha
    Enjoy it!
    Got to be one of the best afternoons of my life

    Much light for everyone!

  127. Jenny, I gave my copy of Furiously to a friend who was in the hospital for severe depression and would really like another one. It really helped him!
    I certainly understand if you’ve already given away all you can. Love you Booksgiving SOOOO much! it feels really good to buy a book for a stranger! {{{HUGS}}!!!!!

  128. Allison #273. Go look at your wishlist to see if its empty!! Because it IS!! It’s on the way!!

  129. @Meg from comment #132 – Just sent Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure your way, because, OMG, I had now idea this book existed! I also promptly added it to my wish list 🙂

  130. Or try this one…maybe it was wrong cause I went through that donates to charities.

  131. Sara A at 11:38AM – your book is on the way for you and daughter! Happy reading!

  132. I would love a copy of let’s pretend this never happened. I’ve bought the book 4 times and every time I loan it to someone it never comes back. But that’s okay because that means they are getting to enjoy and love the book as much as I do. You are a bright spot on dark days for me and I can’t tell you how much you help. Thank you so much.

  133. Im posting this late so I doubt it will get seen. I work in a school district and it’s been rough dealing with the political fall out. A lot of scared crying children to tend to, making it a real struggle for me to get out of bed in the mornings. My depression and anxiety are at their worst, but your blog and tweets make me smile. Thank you, Jenny

  134. Kelly (370-ish?) – one for you and one for bub on the way, both from authors I simply love. Happy reading!

  135. Anonymous #393, Daddy Longlegs, Dear Enemy, and Unhooked are on their way to you. Enjoy!

  136. I’ve been eyeing this book about a little girl who overcomes frustration for my two-year-old who gets overwhelmed when she can’t figure something out right away. (Don’t we all know how THAT feels!) How cool to be able to show her how we can help others by participating in an event like this! Way to help us help each other, Jenny!! 🙂
    I’m excited to see what’s on others’ lists!

  137. Thank you everyone who bought Alex books. He was saying this morning that he wanted to make some friends in Kentucky city and he was kinda sad. He doesn’t understand why the other kids don’t play with him. He doesn’t know that he’s different. Autism isn’t a word a 6 year old understands. To him he’s just a kid just like all the other kids and he just wants to have friends. And he should. He’s the best little boy in the world and in any meaningful way he’s not different. Sorry got off of point for a minute there. Point is I was able to show him all the books ya’ll bought for him and say “look Alex you have friends all over the world now!” He’s so happy. Thank you for that. Bless all of you.

  138. The book that would make me absolutely cry is a book of paintings by Lisa Yuskavage. But that one’s kind of expensive so I put a few others (some Neil Gaiman and You Are Here) on my list. Don’t send more than one! I’m about to go into the comments and send a couple to someone else, because yay books and yay surprise mail! Happy Booksgiving!!!

  139. Melanie-312, Wanted to get your daughter the book before her surgery but there’s no shipping address:(

  140. Thank you!!!! to everyone who already tried to send my daughter her book. I grovel my apologies for forgetting my shipping address.

  141. Nichole – Thank you! I am crying right now, but good tears. This means a lot to me. {{{Virtual Hug}}}

  142. I have both the paperback and the ebook on the list because I have no preference and there’s a significant price difference (can you do ebooks with wishlists???). Happy with used if that’s able to be done on wishlists. This is truly escapist and goodness knows we need to escape a bit right now! And I highly recommend her Lux series if you’re looking for a good YA series.

  143. Hey this is super fun, I love that I had to click through a few lists before finding ones that weren’t already fulfilled. Jenny, my fitness challenge group is doing a “random acts of kindness” week for Valentine’s week so I shared this post in the group. I hope that’s ok!

  144. Melody! The book will be there on Thursday! Best wishes for your little one’s surgery! <3

  145. Shipping address should be updated. I thought I did that, but it was for another wish list.

  146. Jenny, Booksgiving is such a lovely idea!! I just bought 2 books for complete strangers, and I feel really good about it. Just what I needed! I’ve been at home sick with a sinus infection for the last few days, and Booksgiving is a nice way to reconnect with the outside world. Thanks for initiatiing this
    fantastic donation project. Kudos to you!

  147. CCross: I don’t have words. Except thank you–so very much! You can’t possibly know how much you have just made my day; you have made me cry in the best way. Thank you for your generosity. Those books will have special meaning for me knowing they were sent by someone who cared.

    Again, thank you.

  148. This is such an amazing community! I feel so lucky to be able to fulfill some of these book wishes! You people are truly amazing!