Sometimes the only way out is through.

So, I got more medical bad news and it’s not the end of the world but it means lots more invasive tests and very soon I will write about it when I can find the humor in it (and there is humor in it) but today I just feel a little low and the best way for me to get out of that is to remind myself that my words matter so today for Mental Health Awareness Month and for Jenny Wants To Do Something Happy Day I’m giving away a couple dozen copies of Furiously Happy, or Let’s Pretend This Never Happened or YOU ARE HERE: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds.  Or any book you need to have stronger mental health, actually.  I was going to do the usual and just pick emails from the comments but there are always people who want to buy books for others as well so why don’t we do it like we do Booksgiving?  You make a brand-new wishlist with one book on it you really need and then post it here and I’ll fill as many as I can.  If you want to buy a book for a stranger you can just search the comments for open lists.  It is a lovely thing.

These are the steps you have to take to set up a wishlist for today:


  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 totally add one for them 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 and first name 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.  Yours should just have one book on it but I have about 20 books listed on mine so that you can use if 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.
  4. If you have a book that really helped you get out of a bad place and want to suggest it in the comments that would be awesome.  No worries if you don’t have one.

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.

PS: 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 an easier way of doing it but that’s how I do it.

PPS.  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.

PPPS.  I love you guys.  I’m going to rest for an hour or two but then I’ll be back to buy some books.

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  1. I don’t need a book, Jenny, I’d just like you to feel better. I hope the new medical news is manageable and you and your family are okay.

    (Thanks. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  2. My wish list is – just pretend this never happened

    (Make an amazon wishlist with this on it? ~ Jenny)

  3. Already have “You Are Here” paid for at the book store in Austin; holding for a personalized autograph whenever you get there. My third copy. Have bought two each of the others and already gifted them. Praying for you, Jenny … you are loved and appreciated; you touch so many hearts.

    (Yay! I’m going to try to go this weekend to sign books. Thanks! ~ Jenny)

  4. Thank you for always looking for the humor in a situation. And for turning to giving to make your day brighter. The influence you have on others is incredible. And I love that your acts of kindness are contagious. How often can someone say that? It’s like, “Hi! I’m contagious. In a good way.”

    (I’m not getting a shipping address for you? Can you go back and add? ~ Jenny)

  5. Hyperbole and a Half is a book that really helped me through some of the hardest times in my life. If any of you love bizarre humor and serious realness, I would recommend it.

    (I super love her. ~ Jenny)

  6. What a wonderful pay it forward kind of thing. One of the many reasons I read your books and support you. Besides the fact that you can make funny out of horrible situations. compared to yours, my life isn’t so bad. That is awful but true. And because I know there are others suffering that are able to keep going, I can too. so thank you for being you and sharing You with all of us.

  7. Even when you are down, you think of others and their struggles. You are an incredible human being, Jenny Lawson!! Now, thanks to you, I am off to figure out how the fuck Amazon works, so I can buy another wonderful human being a book! 🙌

  8. I’m actually in a good place right now, so not in need right now. Just wanted to wish you well and thank you for you~

  9. Thing I love and admire about you: when you’re feeling shitty, your impulse is to go do good things for other people. Seriously, I know you’ve got the weevils working overtime in your head and feeding you all the worst thoughts, but you should know that this right here proves that your basic framework, your most fundamental self, is kind and wonderful.

  10. You are amazing and I don’t need anything except to tell you that. I cannot buy something right now but will pay it forward when I can by giving some of your books which I only buy from stores. I am very thankful to the others that will buy online for others. You are all amazing. THANK YOU, from Pillow Fort Worth Texas.

  11. Hope you are feeling better soon…..We need you and love you (I mean that in a totally non creepy way)….

  12. I don’t need a book. Just want to send you hugs and the strength to get through this bad spot. Hope you feel better soon and that the medical issues are nit too bad. Big hug.

  13. Your sample list lifted me. Thank you for having the Coates book on there. I didn’t know that I needed to see it, but it just saved me in a way that … well, I didn’t know could help. <3

  14. I would love lots of different books but I just really want to say hang in there Jenny…you are loved. I have battled through more bad than good, I deal with regression every day and anxiety more often than not. Your words brought me peace. You helped me stop doing destructive things to myself. I am not going to trigger anyone by using examples or telling my stoy. I just want to thank you, Jenny, for everything. Tell me what I can do for you, please!!!!! I wanna do the karma thing back ‘atcha in a super good way.

  15. I was gifted two books at the last giveaway and have paid it forward a few times, but my wish right now is that you get some good news.

  16. Jenny, you are amazing. Thank you for always making me laugh. I hope you start feeling better soon. I love this community you have created. ❤ (I don’t need a book, just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you.)

  17. Not looking for a book, but I think this is an awesome thing to do for yourself and others. I just wanted to say I hope you feel better quickly and how much I and many others appreciate what you do everyday.

  18. Your post is so so generous, offering whimsy and delight for those of us who need you. I’m not a prayer person, so I’m going to cross my fingers and recite my special mantra filled with bad medical news f-bombs for you. I’m a medical misfit, so I get it. Love to you, Jenny.

  19. Not a specifically inspirational book, but when I’m feeling down I like to re-read Michael Palin’s “Around the World in 80 Days” (or any of his travel books, but especially the first three). Funny, humane, and just generally delightful, with descriptions of the sort of travel I love to read about but would never want to do. (Crossing the Persian Gulf on a dhow, riding on top of a train in Africa, touring Venice on a garbage barge, etc.) They’re right up there with P.G Wodehouse on my list of “books that don’t want to hurt me.”

  20. I get to have a mammogram AND an ultrasound tomorrow for a really large cyst. It’s like I have 3 boobs.

    (Sending you love. That is not fun. ~ Jenny)

  21. Andrea of comment #2, you need to fill out your delivery info…I tried a couple of times to buy your book but it wants to ship it to me. Update and then we can fulfill your wish!

  22. I don’t need a book but I do have a short funny story that I hope makes you at the very least smile. Your stories make me laugh like no one elses, so I figure I owe you at least one story to make up for it.

    My cat, Sammy, likes to sleep under the covers with me. Usually, I’m the big spoon and he’s the little. He weighs about 7 lbs, so he’s not a big boy. Early this morning, he asked to go under the covers (he does this by standing at my shoulder and GLARING at me until I notice) and I lifted the sheet and let him in. He settled down with his back to my chest and went to sleep. For about five minutes. He then gets up, and somehow manages to crawl around under the covers. My boyfriend is dead asleep next to me, snoring. I try to find Sam by feeling around with my feet, so I can pull him out so he doesn’t disturb the bf. I fail miserably. Boyfriend wakes up suddenly, pulls the blankets up, and blinks as Sam emerges from between his legs. He says, “I’ve just given birth to a cat.” And then immediately goes back to sleep. Full sleep, mind. Just fell back onto the pillow and was out like a light.

    Feel better, Jenny. We’re all sending you happy thoughts.

    (I needed that. ~ Jenny)

  23. I have all the books and I have just become brave enough to color on one of the pages in You are Here (because what if I did it WRONG?! what if I made Jenny’s beautiful pictures UGLY?!). I hope those who need the books get the books. Your words do make a difference, Jenny.

  24. So that’s complicated. And while I might like a book, I don’t need one.
    But, I love the sentiment behind it and I really hope there is a light at the end of this tunnel and all the testing leads to something good!

  25. I’ve already got all of your books (multiple copies of some!), and they are my go-to when I’m down. My only wish today is that you feel better. We’re all rooting for you, Jenny.

  26. I recommend: The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss. Good luck y’all.

    (I love him. ~ Jenny)

  27. Your words do matter. These ring in my ears on my darkest days: I’m her only Mother.

    You shared that phrase during a TWLOHA suicide prevention month. My mother threatened suicide often when I was a child. I swore I would do better when I became a mother. Through many twists I’m going it alone as a parent. It was traumatic and is lonely and hard…but I will NOT quit. I will NOT let the darkness win. Those 4 words bring me back from the edge. I’m not perfect, I’m not many many things, but I AM her mother and I refuse to ever give that up without a damn good fight.

    (Amen. I’m so glad you’re here. ~ Jenny)

  28. I’ve been reading excerpts of this book that are being posted online and it’s kept me grounded all week, I’d love to have an actual copy of the book itself.

    And this is such a beautiful idea. My now-six-year-old daughter got a book last time you did this and she still talks about the time a total stranger sent her a book just to make her happy. <3

    (Looks like it’s already on its way! And I love the note about your daughter.~ Jenny)

  29. I’m having a sad day but I will feel better when I buy a book for someone.

    (Isn’t it weird how that works? ~ Jenny)

  30. I don’t need any books but my wish list is 1. Cancer is eradicated, 2. Jenny feels better 2. Anyone feeling shitty or dealing with shittyness or shitty people feel better.

    (Amen. ~ Jenny)

  31. Jenny,
    Sending you all the hearts. 💞 Hopefully our words & thoughts make you feel a little better – kinda like a payback for all you have done for us.

    (They really do. I didn’t know I needed them until I started reading them. Thanks! ~ Jenny)

  32. Been wanting “You Are Here,” but haven’t had the money for anything beyond necessities. I’ve never done this before. I feel like I’m taking advantage. And now tearing up…

    (Looks like it’s already on its way! And you’re not taking advantage. I’m searching though comments and still haven’t even found my first book to gift because so many people wanting to buy books have come before me. That’s how much people love to give a small kindness to a stranger. ~ Jenny)

  33. I don’t know if this helps, but “Furiously Happy” has inspired me to FINALLY take my depression seriously, and I have an appointment with a doctor Thursday to start the process of getting the help I need.

    (Good for you! The first steps are so very hard, but so very worth it. ~ Jenny)

  34. I forgot to add to my request that I admire your coping skills Jenny. You are such a gift to all of us.

  35. I really want your new book Jenny, but I can’t afford it.

    I’m from BRAZIL, and here’s my list:

    Love you too Jenny <3

    (I wish I had an Amazon Brazil account. But I’ll leave your comment here and maybe someone else from Brazil will match up with you. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  36. You’re in my thoughts, Jenny. I read your blog all the time and recommend it to friends who need a pick-me-up. Don’t need a book, just for you to get well! Sending unicorns and rainbows!

  37. You’re fantastic, Jenny. The only book I need is yours — I have four copies, many of which I’ve given away to friends who needed them. When I was in treatment centers for my mental health last year, I read your book once a week, because you were the only voice in the world that was telling me I was just as purposeful and valuable as anyone else, and that it was okay to treat myself like a human. As soon as I finished it, I started it again; everything about it helped me create a raft in a sea of chaos, capable of helping me to save myself. Stay strong. You are not alone. I wish for brilliant news for you going forward. Your existence is appreciated.

    (Right now I’m working on a drawing and I had “Your existence is necessary” but I haven’t inked it in because it sounds like I’m being all demanding. Your existence is appreciated. That’s it. You just helped me finish a drawing. Thank you. ~ Jenny)

  38. I don’t need a book today but I could sure use something, I don’t know what.. (and I don’t mean a possession). I just found out today that I’m going to have a miscarriage. I’m 7 weeks and baby has a weak heartbeat and didn’t have much growth from last week (and that’s being generous). Having been here before (this is my 3rd miscarriage) I know that only a miracle would save my baby at this point. I do have one miracle already (born after 2 miscarriages) and she is the joy of my life. I want this more for her so she knows what growing up with a sibling is like so she’s not alone when her parents aren’t around anymore (I have the best siblings in the world and I just wish that for her too). She has cousins but they’re far and I just really really want to complete my family but I’m 1 for 4 pregnancies and I’m just so discouraged right now. And I can’t tell anyone (told my mom and my sister and obvs my husband) but I can’t tell anyone else because I hadn’t told them about my pregnancy because I didn’t want to invite questions should THIS happen (again). And I’m at work and I have a meeting in 1.5 hours with a bunch of men that probably see tears as a sign of weakness and where I’ll probably be expected to say something valuable. I want to cry and I want to just be numb. More than anything I wish this wasn’t happening

    (I don’t know if you can feel it but I am sending you such love and light. I’ve been there and I know how devastating it is. I’m so sorry. All of my love ~ Jenny)

  39. Thanks, but I don’t need a freebie. I will happily buy all of your books! So, I am just hoping you feel better soon! Take care!

  40. I hope you find the humor again, soon! I’m sorry for the news you’ve received and the testing it will involve. I had a minor procedure today and got stuck FOUR times to get an IV started!! I’ll be sending many positive vibes your way!!

  41. thank you for this.. had a rough morning. started w a new therapist and find out shes leaving in 2 months.. 🙁 depression sucks

    (Looks like it’s already on its way! And sorry about the therapist. Who takes on a new patient if they know they’re leaving? Argh. ~ Jenny)

  42. Sorry you’re feeling down. I have a friend who’s been in a similar boat so I’ve been sending him funny videos almost every day to cheer him up. Here’s my current favorite: It’s really really funny and very good for a laugh for those who need it.

    (I love this. ~ Jenny)

  43. Anonymous in the 2nd comment, I tried to purchase your book for you, but there’s no address linked. 🙁 Link and address and I’ll come back and check!

  44. Will find a Canadian to gift to but what would make me happy is suggestions of books that would uplifting my depressed, anxious (and blogess mad) 15 year old daughter.

    (Hyperbole and Half is great. Also, Rainbow Rowell writes some great stuff for all ages. ~ Jenny)

  45. I hope it helps to know I gave your book to someone who needed it. I also sent her a link to Maria Bamford’s Plan B video.

    (Giving away books makes me happy. Having to search for people to gift a book to because other people love to gift small kindnesses to strangers makes me beyond happy. ~ Jenny)

  46. your books have helped me in more ways than I can say, especially over the last year when my anxiety issues have become worse and I’ve begun experiencing panic attacks. I love your booksgiving idea! I’ve listed your newest book since I haven’t been able to get it yet-your first two made me laugh so hard my kids have told me I need to put it down because it can’t possibly be good for me to laugh so hard!

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

  47. I don’t need a book Jenny and live in the U.K. So not sure how to gift one to someone else. I wish I had the energy to set that up but I don’t, sorry. You are in my thoughts and so is everyone having a hard time right now. The world is always turning toward morning, folks xxx

  48. I am going to follow the link and see if I can send someone else a book. I am good on my end. As to your comment on finding the good in a health problem, speaking as someone who survived testicular cancer, there is always a silver lining if you are still breathing! 🙂

    (Amen. That is a wonderful reminder. So glad you’re here. ~ Jenny)

  49. Jenny I hope you get better soon. You are such a positive force in so many lives. I appreciate your sense of humor and honesty.

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

  50. Jenny,

    I’m not one to usually leave comments, but since you’re having a rough day I thought I would send some love your way. I want to thank you for your books. I have read them all and not only are they entertaining but it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with “crazy” thoughts. Thank you for sharing your stories so the rest of us can be comfortable sharing ours. 🙂

    P.S. Victor is wrong. Rory is hilarious.

    (Looks like it’s already on its way! And Victor is always wrong. Even when he’s right.~ Jenny)

  51. I think this is a truly wonderful idea. When I’m a bit more stable I hope to come back and fill some orders to help others. Thank you for all you do Jenny ♥

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

  52. This is so awesome!!! JENNY PLS DON’T DIE I JUST FOUND YOU. Hugs!

    (No plans on dying. Just really invasive testing and more meds if all goes well. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  53. I’m sorry to hear about your health issues…I’ve always loved your drawings and want to share them with my niece (a budding artist) so here’s my wish list link, thank you!

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

  54. Can someone recommend a good sci/fi fantasy novel? My favorites are David Eddings and Piers Anthony. Like grown-up Harry Potter? Here is my list, but I’m happy to get surprises!
    I’ll book up some other people in return!

    (Sent a book your way! ~ Jenny)

  55. First time I ever ask for something to cheer me up… Thank you very much, Jenny, even if you don´t get to me

    (I wanted to buy it for you but I don’t have a UK account. Leaving it here for someone who does. ~ Jenny)

  56. I truly hope things get better…just want you to know that you bring me (and oh so many others) much joy.

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

  57. I’ve read this site for years and you never fail to bring a smile to my face- your words DO matter. I hope that the extra tests and prodding end up helping bring light in the long run. In the meantime, thank you for posting these amazing acts of kindness. This one is really timely to me….
    Thank you to everyone here. I love being a (quiet) part of this corner of the internet

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

  58. Thank you Jenny! I hope you start feeling better soon. Your books have helped me, and I appreciate you giving us the ability to help others.

  59. I also don’t need a book, and have already bought them for everyone I know, but wanted to pass on my best wishes and hopes that you feel better soon,

  60. I’m sorry to hear about your bad news. I got good news today, which sent my anxiety through the roof. Silly brain chemistry. Maybe coloring will help?

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

  61. This kind of breaks the rules because she has books and movies and cd’s, but I don’t want to tell her I’m sharing her list.

    A high school friend of mine named Jessica was given 5 years to live unless she gets a new heart. That was about 4 years ago. She got a strep throat infection while in college that she didn’t go see a doctor about, and by the time she collapsed and was taken to the hospital, the infection had moved into her heart. She’s 37 now. Her mother has been her caregiver, but the stress of working full-time and taking care of Jessica has worn down her health, too. She used up all of her sick and vacation leave for Jessica’s appointments, but she recently had to take a month off work, unpaid, to try to recover her health. They both really like reading, and I think some new books would make their day, since they don’t have a lot of money or energy to go to a bookstore or library.

    (Books – and love- coming her way. ~ Jenny)

  62. Great idea! I just ordered a book for a total stranger (or maybe she’s just partially strange. I don’t know, since I’ve never met her) and I feel awesome! Thanks Jenny!

  63. I am currently struggling with my depression pretty badly. I am going to take a look at everyone’s suggestions, because I definitely need something to help (or at least distract) me.

  64. I don’t need a book – just want you to know you are loved and appreciated.

  65. I dont know if its just how ive always beem or if its spending too much time with my son but counting calms me down a lot lately…and star wars is always cool

  66. Genius that you are, Jenny, you have invited us to do something that will make ourselves and someone else feel better. Sending shiny doctor healthy hug coated angels to you. 🌻😇

  67. Jenny, you continue to confirm my opinion of you as an absolutely amazing human. I love you, and I want you to feel all kinds of better very soon. I hope your rest is restful, and I’ll be here when you’re ready to share. Hugs, chica. xoxo ~mk

  68. You are an inspiration and are absolutely incredible. Your selflessness is amazing. Wishing you all the best in this time. I am looking forward to paying it forward as well!

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

  69. I’m so sorry about your health stuff, Jenny. When you’re ready to find the humor we will be here, but we’re also here now.

    (It seems super awkward to add a wishlist after that, but… um… the book I could really use to get lost in right now is here,, and I will be back on Thursday to buy a bunch of books for others. You guys are all awesome.)

    (Sent a book on its way to you! ~ Jenny)

  70. This is the book I could really use right now: (It’s You Are Here)

    Furiously Happy has really helped me already, but I’m still looking at going to the psychiatric unit of the hospital next week, maybe. I constantly color, so a new coloring book would be great!

    (Looks like it’s already on its way. I am sending you all my love. You’re not alone. ~ Jenny)

  71. THANK YOU. Wow. I want one of yours! Upon recommendation from a friend, I read ‘Furiously Happy’ and I immediately recommended to people. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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

  72. Medical scares are terrible. Tests and being a pincushion are also terrible. I hope things take a big, giant turn for the better for you, and soon!! Here’s the book I’d really love to help escape from the world.

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

  73. Hi Jenny. I’m so sorry that you are going around and around in the medical test merry-go-round, and in fact, that it is not so merry. Please know that I’m sending you lots of light and love, and a virtual hand hold if things are scary and uncomfortable

    I’ve been watching this series on Netflix and it’s great for a laugh and remembering that we can be strong and fearless and take chances when we just want to hide in our pillow fort (not there is anything wrong with that). I’d love to have the book to read more about Sophia’s story and to continue to become a stronger person.

    Can’t wait to pass along some book love in return.

    (Sent! ~ Jenny)

  74. I have to say my first thought was, “I don’t need a book.” which really translated to “I don’t want to take a book from someone else.” which really means “I don’t deserve a book.” You know what? I DO deserve a book. I am kind and caring and thoughtful and trying. I try every single day to survive and thrive in this world despite my anxiety and depression, so THANK YOU from the bottom of my butt!

    (You totally deserve a book. And looks like it’s already on its way! ~ Jenny)

  75. I may not need a new book as much as someone else but I already had a list of books I’ve saved for when I could afford them. It’s been a rough week, month…year…few years….so maybe these will be book ideas for others too.

    (Sent you a book! ~ Jenny)

  76. Much strength to you! You do wonderful things for others when times are tough for you. It’s greatly appreciated!

  77. Dearest Jenny – not thrilled to hear of your latest medical trials and hoping for the best possible outcome for you! (Hard to see it at the moment, but it’s book material because someone, somewhere is probably struggling with the same thing… but also, hope you’re feeling better sooner rather than later)

    My 22-year-old daughter is really struggling lately. She lives in a tiny town in another state and is having a hard time finding work and just coping with the shitstorm her life is right now and doesn’t think things will ever be better. I do all that I can to help, but it would be awesome if someone could gift her a book –

    Thanks in advance. Letting her know that there is someone other than her Mom who cares would be awesome sauce.

    (Looks like it’s already on its way! Give your daughter love from me. ~ Jenny)

  78. Number 94 and 82, you’re all set! I went to tag several others but your lists are happily empty.

  79. I’m ok on books…I can get my own. Just know that I greatly appreciate all your books and you. I have read furiously happy but I just got it on audio so I can listen to it too…I prefer to listen to those books, especially if they are read by the author. Knowing that I’m not alone is a great relief!

  80. I’ve added two. one for me, and one for my daughter……. I think she needs her more than I need mine.

    Jenny – I think of you often, and hope you find relief and answers soon. You are so important – to us, but also to yourself. you’re loved.

    Thank you for this opportunity. I hope to be in a position to pay it forward, should our wishes come true

    (One book was already sent. I sent the second. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  81. It’s been a long time since I went through the medical-issues-without-diagnosis thing, but I remember it well. I’m sorry you’re going through this, and I hope the next batch of tests brings answers.

    I’m asking for this book because two days ago was Mother’s Day and my Mom’s birthday. But she passed away in February, so this year was the first year we didn’t celebrate all things Mom on that day. It’s been a couple of months, but it’s still raw as hell. Coloring has become my refuge, but I am running out of available pages. So this gives me a chance to keep my anxiety at bay and show some love to Midcentury Modern design. Thanks. <3

    (Looks like it’s already on its way! Sending you my love. I’m so sorry about your loss.~ Jenny)

  82. Commenting to wish you good health, Jenny! When you say, “simple book to take you away from the world and help you find new ones”, truer words were never spoken. And I have turned to your books, your words, very often in search of that escape. Thank you!!

  83. Love and hugs to you, Jenny. Thank you for turning suckiness into something uplifting for so many people. I’m going to go send someone a book and am sending you a boatload of healing thoughts. ❤️

  84. Books for stronger mental health? Something I find really positive for mental health is playing my ukulele. Its just uplifting to play. So I put a ukulele book on my list and kinda hope that someone else might see this and think about starting to play ukulele!

    I’ve got visions of future book tour readings/ukulele play-along’s happening in bookstores 😀

    Here’s my list, I’m in the UK btw.

    Time to go looking at other lists now. Love that you make this happen, Jenny. Its as uplifiting as playing ukulele is!

  85. 1 more reason why I love you: you feel like crap & instead of whining you think of helping others. I hope all the love & well wishes infuse & in-better you (I just made up the word “in-better” because in-better sounds better than improve) XX00

  86. Oh Jenny I will keep you in my thoughts! I’ve had this book on my wish list for a while and it just looks like its going to be fun and silly and maybe this would also be a great book for you to cheer you up?

    I mean its cats and poems what could go wrong?

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

  87. Hi Jenny!
    This is so crazy! I’ve been feeling down for a while now, and last night I was pretty bad, end up calling the helpline to find someone to talk to. I already had the books on my regular wish list so I moved them. Listened to Furiously Happy and Let’s pretend this never happened, loved them both. And they really helped me (alot!) Is very difficult to just pick one. Thank you for sharing your journey, I wish sometimes I could see the funny side (I know is there) but sometimes is so hard to find! Well I won’t keep mopping! Thank You!!

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

  88. Hooray for new health challenges. It’s not a trip to the doctor until they tell you your new specialist is technically a cancer doctor. (I don’t have cancer, thankfully, but that’s their specialty, and it relates to what I need…) Hooray for possible IV Meds! 😀

    I don’t currently have a copy of Furiously Happy, which is what I really need to be right now. Keeping on keeping on. Seems like a lot of people I know/follow are having health challenges right now. Hope things go well with your docs and health, Jenny. We’re in your corner! 😀 <3

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

  89. Please get well. We need you. I lost my journal with a headache and this is a cute one thank you

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

  90. I could personally use you are here. My depression and anxiety have been getting worse and that kind of stuff seems to help. It’s about an hour drive one way for me to pick up this book and things have just been rough on top of that.

    (Can you add your shipping address to the list? ~ Jenny)

  91. I have now clicked FOUR people who do not have a shipping address. At least two of you would have gotten a book. 🙂

    Please go BACK to the top, to Jenny’s post, and make sure you have an available shipping address….

  92. I love that you make time for us, your tribe, even when you are not feeling the best. I hope that you get some answers soon. Let’s Pretend is my go-to book for friends going through rough patches – which reminds me that I need to go pick another copy. I am feeling the need to laugh, and the need to feel not so alone in this struggle, so it’s time to start reading Furiously Happy in hopes of getting out of my current funk.

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

  93. I have been wanting your first book and your coloring book for forever. Unfortunately Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is out of print, though I once found it for an incredibly ridiculous price on Amazon. I’d love a copy of You Are Here, too. Whichever. Either will help me out.

    I made a list with one book on it for me and one for my daughter. Though the book I chose is expensive because it’s out of print. Uggh.

    One book that helped me years ago is called She’s Come Undone. It’s awesome. I can’t remember the author’s name, though.

    (Looks like you don’t have a shipping address attached yet. Also, Hyperbole and a Half and Let’s Pretend are still in print but just in paperback. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  94. Thank you for existing and sharing your struggles and inspiring us. I’m going through a terrible time and have a few things I need to seek medical care for but I don’t have the finances to cover these expenses. I don’t need a book. I just needed to vent and tell others who are going through something similar they are not alone.

    (I’m sending you such love. ~ Jenny)

  95. Many hugs to you Jenny. We should all build a blanket fort and go hide out for a while. I know I certainly need some peace (aka go hide) for a while as I’m worn out from peopling and adulting.

    So I have asked for Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help because 1) she rocks and 2) it’s a tome I could use right now. I’m struggling financially and have some major decisions coming up soon.

    (Looks like it’s already on its way! I love that book. ~ Jenny)

  96. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J Maarten Troost is hilarious. Unfortunately, there are no cannibals. Or much sex, if any, it’s been years since I read this book.

  97. I don’t need a book; posting this here for others who might enjoy it. This isn’t a self help book of any kind, but I read this when I was in college and it literally changed my life. (As in I packed up and moved to the Pacific Northwest specifically because of this book.)

    Of Men and Mountains by William O’Douglas

    Kindle version:

    Print version:

  98. I adore you. You have made my days sooo much better with your blog and your fb posts and your books and all of your amazing followers. what book do YOU want, Jenny??

    (The book I’m writing. I want to get this all fixed so I can finish it with a clear mind. I think I’m on the right path, but it’s so slow. ~ Jenny)

  99. Oh Jenny, I hope you’re feeling better soon! You have an amazing soul and the fact that it helps you through dark times by helping others just proves it. I’ve been going through a lot of stress lately because of job stuff, so having a new book to escape in when the stress gets really bad would be awesome.
    Here’s my list:

    (Sent! It should be in your inbox now. ~ Jenny)

  100. We could all use books right around now.

    Here is my wishlist. I included one book for each member of my family.

    PS. Don’t forget to use to support a charity too!

    (I’m not seeing anything on that page so I’m assuming everything has been bought. ~ Jenny)

  101. I’d really love Furiously Happy. I read it through the library, but I always like having physical copies of books I love. I had a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, but I gave it to my best friend for Christmas because she needed it more than me.

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

  102. I’m trying to go through and buy, but I keep running into a specific problem… NO ADDRESSES. Make sure that you check the third party-seller- agreement box, so that it will save your address!!!!

  103. It’s been a hell of a time for me lately too. Massive amounts of grief after my brother passed away from cancer and then my boyfriend broke up with me three days later. My mind is a scary place right now, but I’m taking care of me as well as possible. Hope you can do the same. <3

    (Looks like it’s already on its way. Sending you such love. ~ Jenny)

  104. I do not need a new book, but I thought you might like to check out the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers. The series is set in England in the 1920s (contemporary times for Sayers). Wimsey is a British nobleman who has come back from WWI with “shell shock” (aka PTSD) and has to have an old war buddy be his attendant to help with the episodes. However, he is internationally recognized as a brilliant crime solver. The stories often do a very good job at creating very real characters (flaws, strengths, and quirks) and situations. I find the novels to be unique, funny, and show a depth of humanity in the main character you don’t usually see in these kinds of books. I’d be happy to send you one, but it’s not on your wishlist. 😉

  105. Jenny, you’ve given me so much laughter and delight in life. I’m sending healing vibes to you, and I’ll light candles for you, too. Thank you for the gift of laughter!

  106. Jenny, you are an inspiration to anyone facing health challenges and I am inspired by your writing. I found an outlet for my chronic illness as well in blogging and can see the change in my outlook after a few months of writing. I feel that I am helping myself as though a friend is hearing me out and offering advice but it is surely the voice way deep inside of me. I appreciate your authenticity and honesty and wish for healing and energy and light to come your way! Stay happy!…and funny!
    Love Ingrid

    (Thank you. ~ Jenny)

  107. From one Jenni to another – we’ll debate who spells it the “better” way later – survive today to fight tomorrow. Someone has to be here to fight the zombies.

  108. I already have all of your books, but if I had my wish I would make you healthy and happy (but still crazy enough to have fun). Love you, Jenny!

  109. Jenny totally understand how doing for others can make you feel better. I was having a shit day – and it was my birthday so I bought roses for all the women in my support group! The smiles on their faces made my day special. Feel better friend. Wish I could make it all go away – for you and for those I love who are hurting…..hell wish I could do it for myself!

  110. Jenny,
    I don’t really need a book. But if you wanna send one.. well I couldn’t say no. Lol there are plenty of ppl out there that need your kind of humor during hard times. Just hoping you feel better soon. And whatever the medical issues are, the drs find and solve the issues. Praying you into better health. You can always take my little furiously happy pill picture with you so you are reminded of how you have helped so many people. And maybe smile a little bit. Cause damn it you need it! Much love and hugs!

  111. Jenny you are awesomely awesomeness, take care of yourself my dear girl. Blessings

  112. Jenny – I’m jumpin’ on the wish list for you to FEEL BETTER! My tummy is hummin’ from the last operation (bye-bye gallbladder) and I know the invasive nature of testing,etc (5 ops in the last 6 years) so PLEASE take care and keep your sense of humor – BEST MEDS EVER:) You kept ME afloat:) BESOS -XStacy

    (Watch out for high fat foods for awhile. No one warned me about it when I had mine out. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  113. Jenny, I have a book I would love to send you, as a small thank you for everything you do – what mailing address can I use?
    Feel better soon!

    (14546 Brook Hollow Blvd. #400 / San Antonio TX, 78232 Thanks. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  114. I’m sorry about new health struggles. Today has been a bad day in a bad year, but I bought three people books because I can, and it helped lift my spirits. Thank you.

  115. Jenny you rock! I’m not asking for a book today. Just with you in spirit as I’m working with a psych trying to figure out meds and not figuring anything with the MDs who are ‘waiting to see what happens next.’ It’s like I’m a distant moon and they are in the space center. Stay strong my online, blanket-tent friend, I have a feeling life and the universe aren’t done with either one of us yet.

    (You don’t know it but these comments are giving me life. Thank you, all. ~ Jenny)


    I know there are a lot on this list, but it would be greatly appreciated! One book was recommended by my therapist, but i just havent had the spare cash to get it.

    Also, I can’t imagine a person who would not be cheered up by this picture,

    (Looks like you don’t have your shipping address attached yet. Can you fix? ~ Jenny)

  117. What a beautiful idea, Jenny. ♥ I’ll be thinking of you, knowing that whatever it is you’re dealing with, you’ll come out stronger in the end and with some funny stories for the rest of us to enjoy, like always. You inspire me every day and make me feel less alone in my own craziness. Thank you, and take care. 🙂
    I’d love to get a copy of You Are Here – I love coloring because it helps me deal with my own mental issues, which have been…a little overwhelming lately.
    Here’s my wish list – I live in Germany, btw, so it links to the German Amazon (not sure what that means re:shipping fees?).

  118. I’m good–I have all your books. I just want to send you positive energy and thoughts to help you get through this:-)

  119. I’m sorry you are going through a difficult time Jenny, I hope things get better soon. Thank you for doing this!

    I could use a pick me up. My anxiety has been worse with my husband out of work since April.
    Here is my desired happy book:

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

  120. I literally just sat down at my desk after visiting the post office where I dropped my copy of “You Are Here” in the mail to a friend who reached out for help on FB last night. Her depression has had its nasty grips on her for 2 months and I thought the book might give her some comfort, smiles, maybe tears, and a laugh right now.
    But now I no longer have a copy.

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

  121. I already own all of your books, but seriously, this is why I follow you – because despite the crqp you deal with every day – you remain a beautiful human. ❤️

  122. I hope you feel better soon, no one should have to go through all that grief, especially not such a lovely funny person hugs.

    I saw this book a long time ago somewhere on the blog here and after being off my anti-anxiety meds (it was making me crazy in other ways), I need to find ways to help myself…but haven’t gotten around to purchasing.

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

  123. Boy that felt good! You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds is on the way to someone on the list! I am so excited! I hope she enjoys her book and I hope she finds some peace as I hope you all do. Here are some books I would suggest. They are my go-to books for when I need a pick-me-up. I would not say they are self help but they are relatable and downright Hilarious!

    Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson

    anything by Jenny Lawson really

    People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges, Jen Mann

    Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris

    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris

    anything by David Sedaris really

    Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings, Dave Barry

    anything by Dave Barry really

    It Wasn’t Always Easy, but I Sure Had Fun, Lewis Grizzard

    anything by Lewis Grizzard really

    Fletch, Gregory Mcdonald

    in fact, read ALL of the Fletch books. I promise you will laugh out loud, a good belly laugh and they are smart books too.

  124. This is a list I already had for my daughter’s Summer Reading if anyone is feeling extra giving! Hope you start to feel better soon Jenny! Love you all!

    (A book for her is on the way. ~ Jenny)

  125. ‘Heal Thy Self: Mindfulness in Medicine’ by Saki Santorelli is one the most uplifting books I have ever read. Feel better, Jenny! We are with you.

  126. Wishing you all the best. ALL of you all the best. I don’t need a book, but I’m going to go order YOU ARE HERE for a few of my friends who definitely need it right now. Thank you for the reminder that giving books is a lovely thing.

  127. Just wanted to tell you that I love your generosity! ( I discovered your books this spring and own & have read all three. Thank you.) Best wishes to you from a kindred spirit. Ellen

  128. Last weekend I sat on my butt for a few hours and later the middle of my left butt check really hurt. I sounded like a whiny child when I told my wife that I didn’t want another diagnosis. I have enough. No, this cannot be sciatica. I’m feeling for you and wish you the best with your docs.

    (Ditto, sweetness. ~ Jenny)

  129. I am having a hard time coping with my alcoholic father who has fallen off the wagon again and had multiple seizures.

    I hope you get well soon. You are my role model and an inspiration to so many.

    (Looks like it’s already on the way! Sending you such love. ~ Jenny)

  130. Dawn– do you know Robin Hobb’s books? Start with Assassin’s Apprentice. 16 books in the series, broken into trilogies.


    Just going to hope someone is feeling generous. I have a digital copy of the book, but a paperback is always my preferred way to read. 🙂

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

  132. I’ve been having a very dark time, but like some people above, just hope you are better soon.

    (I love you guys. ~ Jenny)

  133. I’ve already bought all your books, and thank you for writing them. Instead of asking for a book for me, I’ve got a recommendation for you. You should read Neil Gaiman’s book on Norse Gods. It’s very good and will transport you to a whole new world and maybe take your mind off your problems for a while. Anyway, best of luck with your future tests and I hope they all come back negative for the big things and you get better soon.

    (I love that book. ~ Jenny)

  134. Can I please make a suggestion? State your country somewhere in the message? It helps those of outside the US help others while not paying high shipping costs 😃

  135. Baking is my happy place so my happy books are usually cookbooks. I’m actually starting to feel like I might be getting out of my dark time because I’m on meds for the first time ever. But I’m 26 weeks pregnant, high risk for preterm labor, and have an almost 2 year old, so it’s still overwhelming and slow going.

    (Sending you love. And a book. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  136. Jenny – I am going for a kidney transplant evaluation on June 8th. I have a genetic disease (thanks, Mom!) that has finally worn down my kidneys. Fortunately, my husband is going to get tested to be a donor. Fingers crossed all goes well, but I will need something creative to keep my mind off of things, and have been eyeing this book for quite some time.

    You are strong, and so brave, and you will overcome whatever this is you have going on. Much love to you, and strength when you need it. <3

    (Looks like the book is already on the way! I’m send you all my thoughts and prayers. ~ Jenny)

  137. I too am struggling with emotional and physical health right now. I’ve been lucky enough to snag read throughs of your first two books via the library, and was gifted You Are Here from a family member. Yet could still very much use some more laughter in my life right now. All my love to you and yours. <3

    (The book you linked to is a pirated edition, I think. That’s why it costs so much more than it should. Can you change it to this link instead on your wishlist? ~ Jenny)

  138. OK so I hooked up 3 of y’all but didn’t think to see which comment # I selected – so I guess we will all be surprised 🙂 Thank you Jenny for creating this opportunity 🙂 Best wishes for continued medical knowledge and answers for questions and rest and Dorothy Barker snuggles. YOU are the BEST <3

    (NO, YOU ARE. ~ Jenny)

  139. Having a hard time dealing with my alcoholic father who fell off the wagon again and has been having seizures.

    I hope you get well soon….you are my role model and an inspiration to so many.

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

  140. So many people without shipping addresses! Finally found my giftee…

  141. A few people should start checking their mailboxes! I LOVE doing these!

  142. Hi Jenny and everyone, thanks for an amazing idea!! I am dealing with depression and trying to start my new business – so my biggest worries are failure and financial problems. I don’t know if this book will help me, but it looks interesting.
    The book is
    I Hope I Screw This Up: How Falling In Love with Your Fears Can Change the World

    And I’m sending love and hugs to everyone who needs it.

  143. You have brought me so much joy such I discovered you and your work. I hope that you get everything you need to be happy and safe.
    If anyone would like to pay it forward

  144. What a day. I wish for you the very best. You are dearly loved by so many… May your body heal quickly and thoroughly. Thank you for hosting this event today! Here’s the one book I wish I had… it’s about using your imperfect life and story to help others.
    (hope the link works!)

  145. Hang in there. You didn’t ask but if you want books to remind you of the good things in the face of medical things that are challenging, and I’m sorry for that and totally supportive if you, how about All Over But the Shoutin by Rick Bragg or Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

  146. Just sending love and hugs. Here’s hoping your invasive tests aren’t too invasive, and finished with quickly. ❤️

  147. I have all of your books and ordered copies for several friends and family members, but I wanted to say that you are so kind–especially when you are feeling poorly and thinking of others. I hope things turn around for you and all of your health issues can be resolved.

  148. I am sending you my love and prayers. You are so admired! You know life is hard as fuck but you still encourage us to keep on and help others. You are so strong and help show me when life is attacking you to push through!

  149. I’m at a level below low but not dead, even though Mother’s Day almost did me in. As always, Jen comforts me and I wish there was something i could do for HER. I’ve been wanting to read this to maybe help with my OCD that’s keeping me alone and in the house. It’s the kindle version because my vision isn’t great and I can’t afford eyeglasses.


    Jenny, I have been going through some really hard times with my depression and anxiety! I am on “friend watch” and have a couple of friends who check in on my daily(sometimes multiple times daily). I’m trying to get my meds right and this anxiety is kicking my butt!! But in the back of my mind I keep thinking “It could be worse, it could be darker. Jenny has went through darker times and she’s still here!” Thank you for being honest in your journey and making us not feel alone in the battle!! I love you and I met you last summer and you are totally awesome! You also made my “Mom video” that my hubby put together with the pix of us! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you a million times over and please know you are not alone either!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!

  151. Wow, I hope you get well soon! I can’t think of a person who’s more deserving of having a friggin break from the BS of life than you (and probably my mom).

    I already have all your books, but maybe someone might want to buy me either one of the two on this list? I recently lost my job, so my own book budget is currently nonexistent.

  152. I was feeling low this week but doing something for someone else has lifted my spirits. I hope the coloring book and pencils brighten my wish listees day as mine is today. Thank you Jenny for all you do and share with us.

  153. Auggggghhhh!!!! DYAC 🙀 Jenny Jenny Jenny is your name-oh 🤣

  154. Jenny my most sincere wish is that you will be able to get well from whatever medical issues you have and heal and feel much, much better. We worry about you! ❤️

  155. I can’t deal with so many instructions, lol, but I’m here not because I’m going through a tough time. I’m here because I have been through a really tough year, like really gnarly, (think divorce, estrangement from family, getting laid off..) and not only am I still standing, I’m pretty damned happy. I rarely say those words out loud because I fear angering the happiness gods but I’ll make an exception in this case. I made it through, some of the problems have been resolved, and I’m actually happier than before my life blew up. You will too. If your tests show a health problem, you will work to fix it; if they don’t, you will feel like you got a second lease on life. Have no doubt, you will find a way. May health and happiness return to your life!

  156. This is not a mental health book, but it is for my mental health. I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, and have been told that I should cut out gluten. So I have a Gluten Free Cookbook on my list.

  157. Wishing you wellness and happiness, my dear. I’ve been having my own bad spell lately, and reading Furiously Happy each night before I go to bed makes everything so much better. My husband finds it difficult falling asleep when I’m shaking the bed with laughter and snorting aloud, but we’ll say he accepts that as part of my charming little package. You are a blessing to more than you know, and we’re all cheering for you. PS: I adore the idea of buying books for others to cheer yourself up. I’m nicking that idea. XOXOXO

  158. This is very generous even though I have no one to put on a list. I FULLY understand new bad news medically. It seems like I run into that at every turn. I wish you the best and that your problems are minor. Good luck with it and come back when you can. We are all here for you….

  159. I love how much loved gets passed around because of your enthusiasm to have people share books they’d like and buy them for each other. I’ll never forget booksgiving a few months ago; I totally forgot that I’d made a wishlist and submitted it, and a few days later ALL of the books on my list appeared at my apartment! There’s a video somewhere on the internet of me sobbing about how grateful and meaningful it was.

    That being said, I have so many books already, and I’ve already read all of your books. I have copies of You Are Here and Furiously Happy on my bookshelf, but I lent out my copy of LPTNH and it got lost. I’d love to get a new copy, but in the meantime, I’ll happily enjoy the audiobook (I cackle whenever you sing the chapter titles, those are my favorite parts).

    I hope you feel better Jenny, your persistence in finding humor in tragedy always inspires me to keep moving forward.


  160. Thank you Jenny for your eternal kindness. I’m dealing with endless bad diagnosis at the moment too and I’m so sorry you have to go through this. My book pick is Thrawn because I’d rather be in a galaxy far far away than here right now. (I’m in the UK)

  161. I hope you feel better Jenny. Sending good vibes your way! Thanks for inspiring so many with your life, words and drawings. I put 4 books on my list, pick and choose whichever, if any. It doesn’t matter if I don’t get anything. Doing this occupied my mind for a bit and helped ease my anxiety temporarily. Thanks for the task, Jenny!

  162. I’m so sorry you have yet more medical mess to deal with. You are my hero; my own mental issues (bipolar, anxiety, psychotic episodes, and the fibro isn’t helping) seem more manageable with your example of finding humor in it to help me through. <3

    This is the book I really need right now.
    In addition to the other things I’m also a recovering hoarder and I’ve been doing better for a while; tooth and nail but fighting hard (a far cry from my days of goat trails and literal garbage to walk on) but lately I’m slipping and I’m scared…but I can’t afford therapy right now even if I’d been able to find a therapist who specializes in hoarding; and other therapists tend to look at my house now and say “you’re clearly fine now” without understanding that all the surfaces covered in stuff, even when the floor is mostly clear and there aren’t rodents, is still like a recovering-alcoholic raising a glass.
    I’m hoping this can help as a “refresher course” before I slip too far and can’t get back.

  163. I have $2 in my bank account and could really use an escape! Since it is recommended by you, I think I could really use Confessions of a Domestic Failure. I will be sure to pay it forward when I can!

  164. I too have had some disturbing news, and have been depressed and stressed out. Giving to others ALWAYS makes me feel better. Thanks to you for your generous heart, and know that I already own all of your books!
    My all-time favorite novel is Raney, by Clyde Edgerton. I must have given away ten copies. Check it out, and feel better!

  165. Technical difficulties; ok cannot figure out how to create wish list and send to you 😭 Oh well it looks like I might not have made it in time anyway. I am so sorry you are having such a hard time, your humour, good spirit, and positive attitude will get you through anything. You are an amazing and strong woman, wanted to send you many hugs and much luv from one of your biggest fans 😊
    I have had a copy of Furiously Happy for many, many months and have carried it with me everywhere since I bought it. I have read this book and also have your other ones as well, but this one will always be my fav; your words have saved me and I cannot thank you enough for writing and sharing with everyone so selflessly. My book is not in the condition all my others are because I have taken it with me everywhere and this is the one that would have been on my wish list, so I won’t have to be without a copy of it, EVER. I will eventually be able to get another tho, but wanted to thank you so much for your generosity.

    You are surrounded by ppl who love and adore you; us crazy fans are here for you.

  166. Sending you lots of love and good thoughts. Treat yourself kindly and gently, you are so loved and valued. But Victor probably doesn’t need to put on those funky white cotton gloves like at Sothebys or anything, just be really super careful because you are irreplaceable! But totally not antique.

  167. Hope all is well for you soon. You are one of the people who make the world a better place.

  168. May I make a suggestion that we include audiobooks as well as paper books? Some people can’t hold books or read comfortably, so listening to a book is a great boon!

  169. I really hope you’re okay, many many positive “get well!” vibes from all the way over here in the UK.

    This is my link
    Which reminds me I still haven’t finished your first book. I was part way through it last time I was in hospital but then it got put into my going home bag and I dunno where it went. (incidently, I found that bag a while ago while cleaning and it still contained a single blood soaked sock… but no books. Wth? 4 year old blood soaked sock, niiice. Is it weird that I was struck by how not grossly stinky it was?
    I dunno, i’d expect a blood soaked sock to stink. shrug)

    I’d love to pass it along but sadly husband’s been unemployed since november and we’re hemorrhaging money on a monthly basis. Which sucks, because it makes me feel even guiltier when I buy myself something nice that I saved like hell to afford. Gotta love depression and low self worth for that “you don’t deserve nice things” spend guilt right?

    I actually bought myself some books from my childhood recently in a bout of nostalgia but instead of making me feel better they arrived and i cried. Oops. It just rekindled an awful lot of past hurt and loss. But rereading them has been really quite fun, after my initial emotional meltdown of course.
    It’s funny how stories can kindle more than just the imagination, they transport you back to bits of your life as well. Rereading books my dad read me as a kid to my children it’s like being a child again myself, it’s so weird but also really lovely. Words can’t really describe the flood of emotion I feel whenever I get out my battered copy of Animalia, a book I poured over for hours as a child, trying to identify all the objects. (very highly recommend that even for adults, some of the words are pretty obscure.)

    This is my link
    Which reminds me I still haven’t finished your first book. I was part way through it last time I was in hospital but then it got put into my going home bag and I dunno where it went. (incidently, I found that bag a while ago while cleaning and it still contained a single blood soaked sock… but no books. Wth? 4 year old blood soaked sock, niiice. Is it weird that I was struck by how not grossly stinky it was?
    I dunno, i’d expect a blood soaked sock to stink. shrug)

    I’d love to pass it along but sadly husband’s been unemployed since november and we’re hemorrhaging money on a monthly basis. Which sucks, because it makes me feel even guiltier when I buy myself something nice that I saved like hell to afford. Gotta love depression and low self worth for that “you don’t deserve nice things” spend guilt right?

    I actually bought myself some books from my childhood recently in a bout of nostalgia but instead of making me feel better they arrived and i cried. Oops. It just rekindled an awful lot of past hurt and loss. But rereading them has been really quite fun, after my initial emotional meltdown of course.
    It’s funny how stories can kindle more than just the imagination, they transport you back to bits of your life as well. Rereading books my dad read me as a kid to my children it’s like being a child again myself, it’s so weird but also really lovely. Words can’t really describe the flood of emotion I feel whenever I get out my battered copy of Animalia, a book I poured over for hours as a child, trying to identify all the objects. (very highly recommend that even for adults, some of the words are pretty obscure.)

  170. I was going to plant tomatoes today, then I read Jenny’s blog & decided to “plant books” to people instead! Now that makes me furiously happy!
    I hope this book works its magic & remember we’re all connected!
    Take care! Kat- Austin TX

  171. Jessica #86 I want to hug you. (I want to hug everyone hurting – you, too, Jenny.) My heart hurts that this is happening to you. As someone who has been there: 1) I offer understanding and empathy. 2) I offer my own trial, errors and answers -> genetic testing. I had my DNA tested and found out that I have several messed up genes. One is vital with pregnancy = MTHFR. I have homozygous C677T. That means synthetic folic acid is toxic to my system (it is in food AND in prenatal vitamins) BUTBUTBUT I greatly need folate. Not all folate supplements are created equally and systems vary. That is why finding a doctor who can help you navigate through genes will make all the difference. Again, my arms are around you. 💜


  172. I have never posted a comment on your blog before, but your title for this post compelled me to comment this time. About six years ago, I fell on the stairs in my house and ended up dislocating and breaking my right ankle in three places, which required surgery to put the whole thing back together. I was pretty much flat on my back for six weeks, and it occurred to me that I had gotten myself into something that I couldn’t wiggle my way out of. That was when I realized that they only way to get to the other side of my little catastrophe was to go straight through it. And what it required was patience. Best wishes for the best of outcomes for you. P.S. I don’t have a blog. :/

  173. Wahh. You broke Amazon. It is crashing if you try to add you are here to a list.will try later!

  174. I’m sorry you have bad health news. It’s amazing that you can think of others when you are feeling down. I hope your news is better than expected.

  175. Hi. Check out this list:

    I was told by a very wise man that this book would be very beneficial for me to read. I Just haven’t done it yet. It’s been in my cart for 18 months now. I’m a little overwhelmed by the prospect and vision that he sees in me.

    I hope you find the answers you need easily and quickly. My body has been retaliating against me too….i should get checked, but yet another thing I’ve been avoiding.

  176. Thanks everyone. Here is my wishlist:
    I’ve been getting into coloring as a way to deal with my anxiety and would love a copy of Jenny’s new book.

  177. PSA because I’m feeling a little bit bossy today as a way to ignore the other things I’m feeling: If you still have a book in your wish list and your comment is number 1 through 140, it’s either because you’re not in the US (is anyone looking for a UK recipient? Try comment number 114) or because there’s something wrong with your list (your address is missing, you selected a version of a book that is currently unavailable, or you asked for a Kindle book).

    I’m probably not the only one who would love (really love, love, love) to send you a book and currently can’t.

  178. I’ve been struggling with health issues lately too. I’m terrified I’m getting my family’s curse of arthritis and I’m trying to ignore the increasingly constant pain in my hands. I’ve got all of your books and go back to them over and over to make me smile. This book also is something that helps me to find joy. And a book to read with my 10-year-old to help us both laugh at nonsense. All my best to you, Jenny. Thanks for sharing the good and the bad. :

  179. I’ve only been able to leave the house twice in the last three weeks. A new book would help me feel less stuck. I have several books on my list so i can be surprised. There are books on the list for my daughter also. She is starting to get tired of the same books every night. I’m sending good thoughts and hugs to Jenny and anyone else that is struggling right now.

  180. And if anyone has recommendations for good books to look at in reference to little kids with autism…. it would be a great help. We just found out last Friday that our youngest, 5 year old girl, falls on the spectrum.

  181. I’m slightly confused by what are likely very simple instructions, but I’m into this concept and sometimes a good book is like a life raft when you’re going through a totally shit time and should get a medal for showering, taking your meds, washing the dishes, etc. double points if you live by yourself and do all this. You deserve a f*ig library. 👍📚

  182. Furiously Shop!
    ( It usually works for me! 🙃)

  183. I’m sending books! Please make sure you set up an address, it seems a lot of people missed that step.

  184. I could use a copy of “You Are Here.” Uncreative, I know, but it’s the only Bloggess book I don’t own yet, and things are a little rough in my life right now. I could use some distraction and some encouragement, and I think this book will be good for both.

  185. A book that has helped me: Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst (it’s a faith-based book, but it helped me learn how to deal with the rejection anxiety and depression makes me feel). Poetry is also a comfort in the wake of my mental health, Sierra Demulder and Mary Oliver are some of my favorites there.

  186. I could really use this, I haven’t been able to afford it yet.

    I’m sorry that this has been a tough day for you, Jenny, and for anyone else that’s having a hard one too. I feel like I’ve just started coming out from beneath a really dark cloud of depression that’s been hanging out longer than I realized. I’ve sort of likened it to coming out of your shelter after some sort of natural disaster, trying to figure out how much damage there is, and how many friends you might’ve lost along the way. The world has felt just a tiny bit brighter these last couple of days, fingers crossed that it continues, and that everyone else that needs it experiences the same.

  187. 176 I want to send you books but you need to set up an address!

  188. I have bought 2 books so far and plan on a couple more. I sure love your tribe, Jenny. I sure hope whatever it is isn’t serious and you’ll soon be back to your normal. You’ve saved my life more than once even if you don’t know it. So thank you for being you.

    Here’s my book:

  189. I love that you do this! My fiancé just got laid off and I just had to go back on food stamps again yesterday. Needless to say I could use a pick me up as well. Luckily my son doesn’t know the difference, so he’s his regular squirrelly happy self. I’d be really grateful for this book, but know books don’t grow on trees. Wait. Ok, technically they do. But, you know, not like THAT!

  190. Jenny: as always, you are a bright light in a too-often-dark world. Thank you for being you. I’m sending healing thoughts your way and am off to buy some folks some books.

  191. Yay for spontaneous Booksgiving – April 394 You are Here is on its way to you!

  192. I’m crying, because, even facing adversity, you choose service and kindness, and I am reminded again why I fell in love with your writing. My love to you.

  193. I love this idea! And that your go to when feeling low is to help others. As someone said above, this shows that your foundation is solid, true, & kind no matter what the inner (or exterior) voices might say.

    Some books that have really helped me get through to a place where I’m okay with being me are by Dr. Brene Brown.
    1. I Thought It Was Just Me
    2. The gifts of Imperfection
    3. Daring Greatly
    4. Rising Strong

    Also, cozy mysteries with cats or witches or (preferably) both. It’s an escape hatch when I need to decompress and let things simmer in the background.

  194. Joanne 93 a book by the fabulous Allie Brosh is on its way to you!

  195. I want all three of your books… but I want them to pass out as needed!!

    I certainly hope you find some solutions soon and though it won’t “fix” it… I hope it helps to know you’re loved and adored by your many fans…. And youhelp us more than you’ll probably ever know!!! I wish I could pass on your books to everyone I know, but I just don’t have it like that!

    Take care of you as best as you can!! ((Hugs)) and love and light!!

    Here’s my link: Check out this list:

  196. I don’t need a book, but there’s something I’ve really wanted to tell you, Jenny. I belong to an incredible group of friends I met through an art group. They helped me an enormous amount last year when I had surgery that kept me off my feet for 3 months, so when we went on a weekend excursion (8 of us!) I gave everyone a copy of YOU ARE HERE. Everyone LOVED it, and we started playing with it right away (I brought some colored pencils, because otherwise that would be cruel). I have couple of great pictures but I don’t know how to post them. I’ll find a way to let you see them, because they are awesome. (Either FB or Twitter, probably.)

    A few days after our return, I got a call from my dear friend Frieda, who is 97. She said, “I don’t know how you found this wonderful woman, but she’s so talented and wonderful!” (And she is pretty awesome herself, so she knows great people when she sees them.)

    I hope that brings a little cheer to you, and I hope you are feeling better soon. <3

  197. I was feeling very low for most of last week and while I first wanted to post my wish list I realised it makes me way happier to just buy a book for someone else. Which I just did. Thank you for this wonderful idea.

  198. Please check that you have an address! I’m trying to send BOOOOOOKKKKKSSSS!

  199. Jenny, zen hugs to you as you deal with the medical madness. And thanks, as always, for being you – You’re such an inspiration!

    My list:

    Recommendations: Persuasion by Jane Austen (romantic tension at its finest!); Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret (because the size of any crisis is directly proportional to, well, lots of factors! And OMG we survived that crap!); Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls (prepare to bawl); Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel (the book. NOT the movie.); and the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde – starts with The Eyre Affair

  200. I’d like to thank Gemma from the last booksgiving. I did send you a message via Amazon, but thought my appreciation could bear being restated 🙂
    I’m heading into hospital for TMS today, I’d prefer good wishes to books. Hope you’re on the path to recoveryJenny. I’m taking your colouring book to help me.

  201. I have chronic pain and books are an escape for me. I have an entire list of books I want, but when it came time to pick just one, one stood out. It’s a children’s’ book that I happened upon as a teenager. Just the thought of it never fails to put a smile on my face.

  202. I’ve certainly had my fair share of medical “adventures.” Breathe and know that you are loved. I would absolutely love You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds.

  203. What a beautiful gesture. I’m sending positivity and hugs your way. I wish I had learned of you years ago when my bipolar depression kicked in, but better late than never.

  204. Thank you for your humor and the community you have created. It has helped to make me feel less alone and less weird. Two things I was in desperate need of. You are an amazing human!

  205. Earlier today, before reading this post, ! ordered a copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” for myself, and a copy of “You Are Here” for my daughter’s girlfriend. I’d already sent “Furiously Happy” to my sister, who said it helped her realize that mental illness is just illness, and that it was okay to get help in dealing with hers. She’s “out” now – both out the the hospital, and out about her newly diagnosed Bipolar Mood Disorder. Thank you, Jenny. Your words most definitely do matter!!


    I’m having a hard time today. I was supposed to have my last therapy appointment today but instead I had a breakdown and cried all over the office. So much for doing better.

    I just want to feel happy. It shouldn’t be this hard.

  207. The Artist’s Way helped me walk through a lot of bad stuff and it had lots of fun stuff too. I’m having a flare up so I’m kind of sad and can’t remember why it helped but when I think of it I smile and feel comforted on the inside so I’m passing it on to you.

  208. I have had bad news on bad news recently and this timing is amazing. I read mostly audiobooks, but I’ve been wanting to learn Zentangle for a while to help with anxiety. This is why I chose a Zentangle book. If anyone would feel like buying it for me, it would be amazing, but you certainly don’t have to. Thank you!

  209. This is a book I would love: (I’m from Canada)

    I’m someone who likes to read about people also going through hard times, and I’d highly recommend Ethel Rohan’s book, ‘The Weight of Him’ about a father dealing with the suicide of his son, the grief of his family, and his own obesity. Sad and tough, but ultimately hopeful.

    For something a bit lighter I recommend ‘The Humans’ by Matt Haig if you haven’t heard about it yet.

  210. Usually I’m on the “buying for someone else” end of your arrangements, and that’s always a great feeling. But now with a long distance move, an unexpected job loss, an even less expected pregnancy, and a mother going through cancer treatment on the other side of the country, my anxiety is at an all time high and my funds have been at an all time low…which is the only reason I don’t already HAVE You Are Here to join your first two books in my collection. (And then I had to add a few more after reading the comments here…books are life giving.) Feel better Jenny. There’s a lot of people loving you out here.

  211. the book i really need right now is furiously happy. jenny’s books always manage to drag me back up out of my depression enough to get through another day.

    (that’s the link amazon gave me to give out.)

  212. Jenny, you (always) have my best wishes for your health. You’ve helped me so much over the years, you’re an amazing person, and I most definitely hope you feel better.

    Coloring always sounded fun and appealed to the kid in me, but it is really therapeutic and superb depression distraction as well! I would love to have Jenny’s latest book if possible. and my sincere thanks.

  213. Hope things start getting better soon. I wanted to let you know I handed your book to someone at the library today. She seemed happy with the suggestion.

  214. This is so fun! I have picked a few people’s kiddos to send books to, I love parents who encourage their kids to read! The best part has been clicking on so many links and not finding the book they really need there! It’s awesome that book magic is happening all over the place!

  215. Hi Jenny. Your humor in the face of personal adversity has been a great boost. I understand about the health crap and hope this latest works out ok. I have neuro probs that no one seems to be able to find an answer to and have been run through the ringer. I often feel allne with no answers and your blog posts never fail to boost and I look forward to them appearing in my invox. Best wishes.
    My wish list