The Third Annual Booksgiving

Hello and welcome to the third annual Booksgiving Day!

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What is “Booksgiving Day?”  It’s a day to celebrate the magic of reading and to collectively give the stink-eye to people who don’t understand that no, you don’t actually want to just wait for the movie to come out.

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Basically, two years ago 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 ridiculously good book recommendations) by looking at the particular book that each person really wanted.  And it was lovely.

Then last year people were like “LET’S DO IT AGAIN” and we did.  And it was awesome.  And this week we’re doing it again so 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 less than $6 today, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is still in print and YOU ARE HERE: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds is on sale too.  WHOOP!


Here are the rules:

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 one book you want.  (Exception: If you have a kid who needs a book you can add that too.)

Here’s how you make a wish list:

Under “Accounts & Lists” choose “Create a list”:


Select “Wish List”.  Name it something like “A book I need”.  Select “Public” and make sure that “keep purchased items on your list” is NOT checked.


Now go find the book you want.  When you have it, click on the “Add to List” dropdown arrow and choose the wishlist you just made.


It will give you a confirmation screen where you should choose “View Your List”.


Here’s the most important part that people forget to do.  You have to add a shipping address to this wishlist even if you’ve already added it to other wish lists.  (Your address isn’t shared.  Just your name and city.)  Click on “Edit this list”…


…and where it says “Shipping Address” change it from “None” to your address.  Then click “Save Changes”.

Leave a link to your wishlist in the comments and say which book you’re asking for.  Pick things that are “Prime” whenever possible because it’s free shipping for a lot of us and lots of non-prime places won’t send to wishlist addresses.  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.

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.  Thank you for being amazing.  Thank you for reading.  Thank you for writing.  Thank you for llamas if you had anything to do with inventing llamas.

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. HOORAY! My favorite holiday! Thank you so much for keeping the tradition alive, Jenny! <3

  2. I L.O.V.E. this idea! Thankfully, not at a place where I need this myself right now, but because of that, I can’t wait to love on someone else by buying books! Bring on those comments with links – I can’t wait to play along!

  3. WooHoo! I love to buy books. It’s one of the most generous things I can think of to give to someone, besides food. And a book is food for the soul. Yay, you!

  4. I love Booksgiving Day! I desperately need an escape from reality book that is light and fun! Please, oh please!

    The Book I Really Need Right Now

    (Looks like someone beat me to it. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  5. Every time I think about quitting IT to do something else I read books about dealing with the dead and fantasize about going in to a line of people can’t really compain (They’re dead after all). I’ve had this on my wishlist for a while now, but had never managed to get around to picking it.

  6. Yay my favorite holiday!!! I can’t wait to send you all books!
    My Book Wish List

    (Can you make a new list with just the one book you want? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

  7. Hi All. Canadian Here. I’m looking for a copy of Momentus because I lent my copy and it never returned home – I’m sure it’s having a wonderful time out in the world though.

    P.S. Jenny your books make the BEST gifts. I’ve sent them across Canada over the past year – and everyone loves them even if strangers give us funny looks when we snort laugh in waiting rooms while reading.

    (Someone beat me to it! ~ Jenny)

  8. I love to buy books for other people! I won’t be able to buy an expensive book, but I love buying someone a paperback just for entertainment. I have found you have to keep on top of comments because wishlists get bought for pretty quickly.

  9. Oh my gosh, I’d looove a copy of YOU ARE HERE for my mom! (Or really any of your books, but that’s the one I don’t have and thus she can’t just borrow). Love you and everyone in this weird tribe 😊

    (Come back and leave a link to your wishlist, okay? ~ Jenny)

  10. Still haven’t been able to afford You Are Here this year and would love that.

    I’m working on writing my own manuscript that I hope I can give to people next year (about chronically ill people lashing out in an alternative universe where their healthcare is cruelly stripped from them by greedy politicians cough). But until I finish it and get someone to publish it, being chronically ill myself, I continue to be too broke to buy my own books.

    (I don’t see it on your list so looks like it’s on its way to you, sweet friend. ~ Jenny)

  11. Oh how wonderful! I’ve got a brand new baby and a two year old, and I just need a little escape, you know? And my sweet two year old falls asleep “reading” every night already, so maybe a little something for him, too, if someone didn’t mind.

    (Can I just say how lovely it is when I click on these lists and find the book has already been bought? Because it’s sort of amazing. ~ Jenny)

  12. My name is Joy. I was blessed to receive You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds last year and thank you for providing this same opportunity this year. I have a friend who regularly goes into the hospital for mental issues. (border line personality, ptsd, depression…she’s got a list) I would love to be able to gift her a book. MIne’s a bit colored in already lol….Thank you.

    (Looks like someone beat me to it! ~ Jenny)

  13. Booksgiving is such a magical time of the year!! It certainly helps to warm up these cold winter days. I would love any of the books on this list – and the Ripley’s Believe it or Not & Guinness World Record books are ones that I’d love to have for my middle school students. I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading to low-level readers, and those books are ones they always go for because of the interesting pictures – but then they have to read the small paragraphs to find out about the interesting picture! (Ha, I made them read!) So anything from this list would be wonderful 🙂 Hearts to you all!

    (Looks like 3 books are on their way! ~ Jenny)

  14. I feel dumb when it comes to sharing wish lists. But, I’ll hopefully figure it out. Thank you, as always, for being an amazing lady!

  15. Okay, here’s my list. It has a few books I would love and a couple for my decidedly not a voracious r water child. Anything would be fabulous. Both of our birthdays are next month, too. 🙂

    (I think you forgot to add your list. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  16. I love this! Recently started researching trauma and healing and can’t afford to add this to my library at the moment, but it would really be invaluable.

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

  17. Happy Booksgiving, love and light to Jenny and all the amazing friends you brought together by sharing your life with us. PS- Thanks for signing my taxidermy fish! Here is a list of books I have been drooling over-

    (This is an awesome list but can you narrow it down to just one book? ~ Jenny)

  18. Commenter #20, a copy of You Are Here is on the way. From one Jenny Lawson fan to another.

  19. All I really need is to look at Jean-Luc Picard in his swimsuit. That’ll do fine for me!! Seriously, I LOVE this idea, Jenny.

  20. Jenny, please correct my phone’s idiotic autocorrect. It should read “Not a voracious READER child.” facepalm I’m totally going to end up on Damn You, Autocorrect!

  21. How do you find a strangers link?

    (Just go to any link that they share in the comments and you can buy a book for them if it hasn’t been bought already. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  22. I don’t have enough money to gift someone with a book, but I sincerely wish everyone the happiest of Booksgivings!

  23. I’ve loved buying for people before and unfortunately now I’m in the need category. Both my son and I are bookworms and he also loves drawing. He’s 7 and I’m trying to encourage him but since my husband was just laid off (side eyeing you, huge corporation taking advantage of tax cuts) I really want to make sure my kid gets something fun for Easter. Yes, I think ahead because that covers my brand of worrying about everything. Luckily my family balances me so I don’t drive them nuts and I’m the only one who suffers the insomnia. Hopefully I did the link correctly.

    (Someone beat me to it! ~ Jenny)

  24. The Bee: A Natural History

    I’ve gone back to school, so book purchases are a luxury for me.

    I’m studying Spanish and Latin American studies; the focus of my degree is Heritage Farming – farming practices and the ecology of the Southwest at the time of the European arrival.
    I got into bees (and developed the focus of my work) when I was walking across campus and saw a dude with a box of bees. He was just standing there, him & his bees! 🙂

    As an older student, that’s been my bridge and how I’ve connected to other students and not felt out of place while back and school.


    (Looks like someone beat me to it! ~ Jenny)

  25. This made me smile as I’m having a really rough day. I used to read as a way to deal with my anxiety but it’s been so bad that I haven’t read a book in months. I used to read over 100 books a year. There are three books on my list-one for me and one for each of my kids. If someone wants to be generous to us, pick one of my kids. <3


    MEEEEE please. Also, I have two teenagers that I’ll loan out, free, anytime. Don’t even have to ask. Just stop by- I’ll send you my address. One is very helpful but has incredibly expensive taste in EVERYTHING (poor sucker, get a job), and the other is a 17 year old girl. I don’t think I need to explain anything more than that. Ok, if you need dishes SORTA washed after much yelling and reminding and attitude, she’s your girl!

    ha. haaah. hahahahahahahahaOMGSENDMESANITYINBOOKFORMhahahahahaha

    (I tried to buy one but you don’t have a shipping address. Can you add? ~ Jenny)

  27. I have heard so many great things about The Wife Between Us. I cannot wait to read it! I could use an escape from reality right now. 🙂

    Thank you!!

    (It won’t let me buy it for you because it’s a kindle book and it wants to send it to my kindle. Can you change it out for the paperback version on your list? ~ Jenny)

  28. I’m going through some shizzzzz right now, and either one of these would be super helpful.

    Off to give more books.

    (Can you add a shipping address? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

  29. This may become a new favorite holiday! Booksgiving…how fun indeed. I have so many books I would love to acquire but I’d love one of your books….Furiously Happy is such a great title too. Something I’m craving extremely bad in my life is more happy. Thank you for doing this!

    (I went to buy you Furiously Happy but it’s kindle so I can’t send it. Also you need to add a shipping address. ~ Jenny)

  30. I think I did it right? I’m looking for something to distract me. Life is a big bowl of suck right now. Thanks❤

    (Just adding a note that you’re in Canada so any Canadians looking to gift a book will know where to go. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  31. Oh Jenny, I participated last year and a very kind person sent me You Are Here. I was really struggling at the time and that was such a kind gesture that I’ve literally thought of every day since. 💞
    This year, I’d love to have a copy of The Book of Dust. I’m a big His Dark Materials fan and I’ve been dying to read it. Here’s my link – I live in Germany, by the way, and hope to find a few Europeans to buy books for in return!

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

  32. I love this idea!

    (It won’t let me send anything kindle. Can you delete and add something physical instead? Also, that book doesn’t come out until Halloween. Just FYI. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  33. Would love to be surprised with any of the books on this list – but especially any of Jenny Lawson’s books. I’m trying to move away from using my kindle to read as much so paperback or hardcover preferred.

    (I think you forgot to add your list. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  34. Would love to be surprised with any of the books on this list – but especially any of Jenny Lawson’s books. I’m trying to move away from using my kindle to read as much so paperback or hardcover preferred.

    (Just sent you Furiously Happy! ~Jenny)

  35. I love Booksgiving! I was recently recovering from a pretty major surgery and I had some friends randomly send me books and coloring books and it was awesome! Already ordered a book for someone on the list here and that made me very happy.

  36. When my husband was at MD Anderson in Houston, I was reading “Furiously Happy”–and laughing out loud (which gets some strange looks in a quiet cancer center). I would love “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” (which would actually also be an appropriate title for the situation–Kindle version would be great). Just picked up your other book a week ago and am looking forward to some coloring. Thank you! (And thank you for your interview on The Hilarious World of Depression).

    (It wouldn’t let me buy the kindle version so I sent you the paperback version. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  37. Jenny,
    You are beautiful. You make us more beautiful, too, by association.
    I am blessed because I own my own used bookstore and I’m surrounded by books every day, all day. I don’t need any books today and I have all of yours. But it warmed my heart to read this post and to play a bit of fairy-book-godmother and order for someone else.
    Did I tell you how brilliant you are? You Are!

    I’ve spent the last 6 months recovering from a mental breakdown. I love Jenny, her blog, what she has to say. This book exchange is so wonderful.

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

  39. I love Booksgiving! Thank you so much Jenny. I’ve done my purchase for another– so fun! I put three cookbooks on my list. Several of my immediate family are going through such stressful times and the best thing I know to do is to cook for them. I don’t want more than my share, though. If there’s only two books on my list than just know that I am the happy recipient of all that I need 🙂

  40. OMG. I love that you consistently bring humor and hope to dark moments. Booksgiving has to be the best idea for a holiday ever. I’m fairly certain sending books to random strangers is actually the first step to world peace. Also, I’d comment more often if auto correct was not convinced my name is Tardis.

    (Looks like your book is on the way, Tardis! 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  41. I’m so happy you’re doing this again, Jenny! Booksgiving is such an awesome idea (thank you)! 🙂
    I remember reading “A Wrinkle in Time” (many) years ago in school… and I’d love to read it again and then pass it on to my book-loving daughter!

    Now off to shop for one of you! 🙂

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

  42. This is such a great idea, Jenny! Thank you so much for promoting this! I don’t know why I feel ashamed to put my’need’ on here, but we’re really struggling right now and it is all I can do to restrain myself from buying this book. Oh, trust me – it’s odd that I will not mind AT ALL to get someone else a Book because that is kindness, but to get this book for myself…I just can’t make the splurge! But I need this book so I can embark on an awesome, yet very confusing series I already own. This BOOK I NEED is the companion that helps you keep it all straight, so I really do need it. The book is
    The World of Ice and Fire (The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin
    My list is “A Book I Need” under Shannon White,
    Thank you so very much!

    (Can you comment again and link to your wishlist? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

  43. Happy Booksgiving!

    I’ve heard “The Last Black Unicorn” is hilarious, and funny books are my favorite:

    (Looks like it’s on the way. Also, I’m adding that book to my own to-read list. ~ Jenny)

  44. This is the very best holiday! I’ve loved sending books in the past, but this is my first time requesting a book!

    I was so excited to get ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’ by Ijeoma Oluo from the library right when it came out. Then some personal stuff come up, leaving me to return without finishing. Now the waitlist is several months long (ahh!) Would love to be able to finish the book and loan it to friends and family, as it is a truly incredible source for recognizing and examining privilege and taking action for a just and equitable future. Thank you!

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

  45. I participated last year but unfortunately this year I am unable to send anything but good wishes. I lost my job 7 months due to my mental health taking a massive dip. I’m a work in progress and getting better slowly but I’m having a hard week and I’d love a pick me up. This year my list is here:

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

  46. This changed my life last year. Seriously. Too much to explain how it made a difference, but it really did. SO grateful to this community for their kindness last year.

    I’ll be off buying books for other folks in just a moment (that really is THE BEST BIT of booksgiving), but I’ll leave this here in the meantime, just in case there’s a fellow guitar player and enthusiast out there who is all “This book is awesome, you need to read this”.

    Happy Booksgiving everyone!!

    (Just making a note here that you’re from the UK so we can best match people. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  47. @Jamila. Tried to gift you the book but Amazon wouldn’t let me. Got this message:
    “We’re sorry. This item can’t be shipped to a Wish List or gift registry address.”
    Evidently a gift list book can’t be sent from a 3rd party seller.

  48. becky #132…you didn’t include your address in your wishlist. I want to send you your book! <3

  49. My favorite holiday! I have heard such good things about this author, I desperately need an escape from life right now.

    (I think you forgot to add your wishlist. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  50. Hey, tribe.
    this has actually been sitting in my wish list for a while. It’d berad to get it, finally. I’ve been in QUITE a place, lately, and hope this book will help me out. I just can’t bring myself to buy it for myself. I keep using it as an “earned incentive”, but I continue to move the line. Sigh…
    ANYWHO, here’s my list.

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

  51. I love Booksgiving. My bank account is a little emptier but my heart is full. Thank you, Jenny, for starting this tradition.

  52. I’d love a book, and my son asked for a book as well. I’d love to receive You Are Here, and he asked for Hyperbole and a Half.

    A Book I’d Love

    (Can you add your shipping address? ~ Jenny)

  53. I got so excited I hit send before realizing I didn’t completely follow directions! 🙂 The book I’d like is Before We Were Yours. I’m fascinated by true stories!

  54. Oops lol Jaime the Human looks like you have 2 copies on the way then 😂😂 share it with someone else who needs a copy too ❤️

  55. I love Booksgiving! This year, I’m not in a position to give, which makes me a little sad. I had such a blast gifting last year. This last month or so has been a struggle, and a book would warm my cold, dead heart.

    Next year, I am budgeting for Booksgiving early. Because it’s awesome! What better gift than a book?

    (Looks like it’s on the way. Excellent taste in books, btw. I miss her too. ~ Jenny)

  56. Nobody wanted to do secret santa last year, so…awesome!!

    You know how there’s just some things that you just never get to buying for yourself? This is mine. Ordered the kids three books yesterday, but the price dropped on this one since I added it and it still just…sits on my wishlist. Why am I like this?!

  57. Happy booksgiving! I just got my first ever job but I don’t get paid until the end of the month so I’ve been stuck eating ramen and watching whatever shows Hulu has to offer. I’m a real fan of cheesy horror books because they make life seem so easy in comparison. Hopefully I’ll be able to be the one giving next booksgiving! Happy holidays you beautiful weirdos.

    (The link doesn’t work? ~ Jenny)

  58. I made a promise that I wouldn’t buy another Jane Austen themed book, but there was never anything mentioned about someone else buying me a Jane Austen themed book.

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

  59. Catherine Cooper and Tammy Eaton – Happy Booksgiving! Your book is on the way to each of you!
    Love and Hugs, cuz we all could use some!!

  60. April (#203) – your book is on the way! I couldn’t believe when I checked out and saw you were from Michigan too!

  61. Greeting fellow book lovers ! I have been blessed enough to have both your books Jenny ! They have been a life saver too ! I am stuck here pretty much 24/7 due to too many damn health problems, so books are my only getaway ! Due to eyes and the option of increasing font size, I have to read on my kindle. I miss the smell of new book and being able to turn the pages…lol I am weird, I guess 🙂 My daughter and I have an on going list and it was so hard to narrow down ! But I chose 2 books and here is the list ! Thank you for looking and Happy BooksGiving !

    (I’m not sure how to buy something for someone else’s kindle list. When I try to buy something it puts it on my kindle. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. ~ Jenny)

  62. Suffering from anexity myself I had an extremely amazing time reading and colouring ( you are here) and I wrote you an email but didn’t figure were to send it( I couldn’t find an email address in the blog 😐) .. I’m looking forward to read the two other books but I Won’t add a wish list as I live in Cairo Egypt and the shipping to here is expensive.. Thank you for the lovely idea and thank you for being you 😉

    (Thank you. 🙂 Ps. My email is ~ Jenny)

  63. Tammy #187 – your book is on its way!

    I benefited from this last year and would love to do it again, but I am moving in a week and don’t want the chance messing with the mail. 🙁 Maybe next year!

  64. Yay booksgiving! I love buying books for others! I’m really bad at buying them for myself though! 😥

    I put two on my list, because they’re a series, and due to a fluke, I bought issue 8 and 9 before 7, and now I’m stuck! And I put Volume ten on there, because it’s the series end and I’d like to finish after waiting so long. I really love this series because it inspired me to follow my dream of being an art student, and I really relate to o e of the relationships one of the girls are in. It’s a beautifully illustrated book series, I’d recommend it to anyone! This book would definitely be welcome, since my recent decision to pursue college has put new stressors in my life and is making me reevaluate who and what belongs there. ❤

  65. I don’t have money right now to buy anyone a book, but I can definitely express my appreciation, love, and gratitude for all of the “book fairies” out there! 🙂 <3

  66. I really need an escape from life right now. I’m trying very hard to deal with a narcissist ex-husband who keeps trying to poison my five year old daughter against me. I can really use some laughs and I just love your work Jenny! Here’s my list, but I can’t get the hyperlink to work. Sigh. . .

    (Can you add your address? ~ Jenny)

  67. Laura Ulak, your book is on the way!

    Thanks for this. I’m crying, but in happy ways right now.

  68. I would love Let’s Pretend This Never Happened for my Kindle. It’s weird the Kindle edition is the most expensive. I bought Furiously Happy and can’t afford the first book right now to complete my collection. You are the best! thank you for being you!

  69. @Becky – Looking for Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – please add your address to your list and I will be happy to send you this excellent book! 🙂

  70. Amelia (#205) – I will always enable a Jane Austen enthusiast. You’ve got great taste! (And your book should be on its way!)

  71. Here’s my list! I’m in Canada, so it’s an list. Happy Booksgiving everyone! you’re all amazing and wonderful people.

    It’s “Unf*ck Your Habitat”. This is a book about how sometimes mental illness or other issues can stop you from creating a clean and organized space and how to make it better without making yourself more crazy.

  72. After 6 weeks of respiratory illness piled on top of Young Onset Parkinson’s (which is piling on the depression and anxiety), I am so tired…right now, this is the book I think I need most: The Well of Being: A Children’s Book for Adults…thank you Jenny for the laughter and courage…I need a role model for surviving and thriving in spite of everything in the worst way…

    Elizabeth Michelle

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

  73. Suffering from anexity myself I had an extremely amazing time reading and colouring ( you are here) and I wrote you an email but couldn’t figure out where to send it as I couldn’t find an email in the blog 😐 I’m looking forward to read the two other books..
    Thank you for the lovely idea 😄

  74. Aww! Thank you, Elizabeth!! (209) It’s funny; we’re not originally from Michigan. We moved here two years ago for my husband’s job. However, the book that I sent is going to a woman that lives in the neighboring town to the one that I grew up in in Florida! It really is a small world!

  75. cher, #238 – Your wish is my command! Enjoy your book and good luck with your studies!

  76. Beautiful Jenny this is so wonderful, thank you! I’ve recently had a baby and struggled a lot with antenatal and postnatal anxiety. I dive into your books head first and they got me through sommuchin this new scary wonderful period in my life. So my book wish is for my beautiful baby girl, so she will grow up knowing that the world is beautiful and people are kind.

    Hello. Please take a look at this list:

    (Sending you so much love. And adding a note here that you’re in the UK so that another UK person can find you. ~ Jenny)

  77. Maria (#222) – I hope you and your mini enjoy your Binky adventure! Happy Booksgiving!

  78. Booksgiiving made a big difference to me last year. I was so thrilled to get a copy of Ridiculously Happy and to be able to gift one of my favorite books to a stranger/friend.
    This year I’m requesting a Kindle edition of No One Cares About Crazy People, a fact I know first – hand. I’ve been wanting it since it was published, at $14.99, it was too expensive to buy for myself (cue mental block about thinking you don’t deserve to spend money on yourself when you’re obviously worthless), and my library doesn’t have it.

    (You are totally worth it. But I can’t figure out how to buy kindle copies for other people. I suck. ~ Jenny)

  79. This is the nicest thing I’ve ever heard about. I’ve loved reading your books, and I’m excited to send someone a book they really want!

    I’ve add Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward to my list. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book.

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

  80. Money’s tight because of medical bills, or I’d be buying everyone books. And I have Jenny’s books already, but this one, I feel like I need to read, but can’t afford…

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

  81. Sometimes genius is mistaken for madness…just sayin’.

    Sent from my iPad


  82. I don’t think you can gift Kindle books this way – you have to know the person’s Kindle-linked email address to send as a gift.

    (Good to know. ~ Jenny)

  83. I love this! I have two books on my list, one for me and one for my daughter. I would be so grateful for either one. I’m going to see if I can send a book to someone as well. I think this is going to make my week! Thanks so much for even considering my list.

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

  84. This is the most amazing idea ever! My mother taught me how important literature is from a very young age! Thank you for starting this and for sharing your awesomeness!
    You are an inspiration 💕 keep writing ✍🏻 I too suffer from depression, so thank you! I need to buy all of your books! I didn’t realize you had 3!!
    A book I need

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

  85. This is the best holiday ever! I am asking for a copy of a book that was recommended to me after reading all of YOUR books! Depression and other magic tricks. I also have a book in my list for my kids! they have read all the Dorothy must die books and now they really want the stories that go with the set!

  86. @heather #208 – something special is flying your way this week!!!! <3

  87. Oh my goodness! I just had so much fun buying books for people 😀 I hope you all enjoy!!! Great idea Jenny ❤

  88. So, last August I had to have a total hysterectomy. I have been an emotional Rollercoaster ever since. Right after that my husband got laid off and started a job that was a significant pay cut. Needless to say with a 7 person family it has been rough. We are finally getting back on our feet. I would love to have a copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to complete my Jenny Lawson collection. Thank you so much.

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

  89. Such an awesome idea! Do I have to give and receive Lawson books only? Am I allowed to trade my collection of nasal hairs taped to pieces of college-ruled paper?

    badparentingweb recently posted something that won major awards (probably), which means you should check it on out there:

    (You can ask for or give anything. No nasal hairs necessary unless you’re feeling generous and find someone with a fetish. ~ Jenny)

  90. It’s been a bit of a shitty year so far, and I could really use the escape. Between health issues, mental shenanigans, a friendship-roommateship falling apart, and grad school generally sucking, I need a bit of happy in my life. Thanks in advance!

    (I think people can’t buy kindle editions unless they have your kindle email. Can you change to a physical book? ~ Jenny)

  91. #206 and anyone else with kindle request you have to post your email address in the message to receive books. I am a kindle reader so I would love to gift what I can to those in need.

  92. Elizabeth (#190) I tried to send you your wish but your address wasn’t linked. See if you can fix it so we can send you something!! 🙂

  93. You people are FAST! I keep trying and either books are already sent, or the ones that aren’t are because people didn’t choose to enter their address. I’ve tried several and they would only come to me. Can ya’ll fix that so we can send you books?

  94. OOPS. I accidentally posted the link to my permanent (very long) list of wanted books. I have now deleted all except for one each for my husband and I. I apologize for looking greedy.

  95. here is my one book I would love..

    I’m sending Misty of Chincoteague plus some other well loved children’s books to a friend in Kentucky because she made me some amazing candy and she’s never read that book, and I want to instill the horse crazy in a child (I don’t have kids, but I need to pass on some of my crazy non genetically)

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

  96. I love this. A book has been sent. A few people’s link’s don’t have shipping addresses – make sure you add one!


    Love this! Jenny, your books helped me so much through difficult times in my life. 🙂

    Crystal 186 and Elizabeth 190 – I don’t think you have shipping addresses in your lists.

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

  98. I have been having a really tough time starting this year out and am having a hard time seeing the light past the cloud hanging over me. Books are my escape and I have been wanting to read Neil Gaimon’s American Gods since the Starz adaption. I would so appreciate anyone that is able to help. Thank you and Happy Booksgiving!

    (Sending you love. Also, I love that book. Looks like it’s on the way! ~ Jenny)

  99. I can’t tell if this worked when I tried to post before…

    Thank you, Jenny! I love this. Your books have been so helpful to me!

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

  100. KINDLE BOOK REQUESTERS – you need to either provide your email address in the post or in the notes of the book list place your email address.

  101. This might be the most awesomest thing I’ve seen. This makes me even extra happy I’ve recently discovered your delightful craziness that makes me feel less alone!!! I own both audio and print of Furiously Happy, audio of Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (currently listening to it, & still need to own that print), but I’d LOVE You Are Here for general life purposes and for vacation coming up – it seems like something that I could definitely use! 🙂 Now I’m off to see if I can buy one for someone else! The few I clicked on were already taken. Woo-hoo for the book giving going on!

    A Book I Need 🙂
    (Hopefully that all works okay!)

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

  102. This is my first Booksgiving! I already got to play book fairy for someone else, and that’s honestly the highlight of my week. I love surprising people, so thanks to Jenny for continuing this tradition! (And for just being a general beacon of hilarious light to so many of us suffering from mental health issues. Really, I can’t say thank you enough.) I just started grad school, which has been a difficult journey due to my severe anxiety and bits of remaining depression. I would appreciate a good escape now and then in the form of some short stories. Thank you and a million hugs (or a handshake if hugs aren’t your thing) to whomever might buy this book for me. Y’all are truly special.

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

  103. I put a book I need for a course I’m wanting to take (I applied for a scholarship and am saving up money for it in case the scholarship doesn’t come through). There are a few books for the course as well as other expenses and this would be a huge help plus an emotional boost while I wait to see if the scholarship comes through.

    I also added a book for my son. He loves Harry Potter and got the 1st illustrated book for the holidays (he can’t read yet) and is looking forward to seeing pictures of his favorite movie character Dobby in book 2. I’d be happy if this was the only one we got for this special gift giving holiday – if you want to give but feel torn on which to get.
    Thank you so much.

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

  104. @cornishcastle ACK! i knew i forgot something! i added my address to my list. 🙂

  105. This makes me so happy! Off to booksgive to someone (Is that a verb? If not, it is now! Blam!) as soon as I’m done typing this.

    I literally just found out that my grandma died as I was reading this post, and weirdly, maybe, reading about death helps me process it, so I would love a copy of Caitlin Doughty’s From Here to Eternity, which looks at different cultures’ approaches to treating the dead with dignity. If I’m gonna have to grapple with mortality this week, I might as well do it armed with books!

    (I’m so sorry. Sending you love. That book is amazing and it looks like someone has already sent it to you. ~ Jenny)

  106. I’ve been letting depression get the best of me this week and could definitely use a pick-me-up. I don’t really read many physical books anymore, so I put an eBook on my list and included my Kindle email address in the notes.

    Thank you, Jenny, for organizing this. It feels good to give a book or two and help someone else out as well as the potential of receiving a book. You have the best ideas!

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

  107. Struggling with my request for a Kindle ebook. Thanks for pointing it out.
    The book I requested is No One Cares About Crazy People.
    Original post is #256

  108. 315 (Laini Taylor is A.MAY.ZING) & 316 – your books are on your way! 🙂 I hope they bring some happiness your way!!! 🙂

  109. Nicole (comment 113), Thomas (comment 138), and karmicallyscripted (comment 281) – your books are on the way! Enjoy!! 😀

  110. I would love Let’s Pretend it Never Happened

    (I think you forgot to add your wishlist. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  111. yay! here is the list for my kids and I! I dont own a copy of furiously happy! and my kids LOVE to read and would love these books they are 12 and 3 and LOVE to read!

  112. I didn’t know this was a thing, thank you so much for hosting an event like this, Jenny! I’ve been struggling with my mental health a lot this year and something like this really helps. Id love to get a copy of “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” because it seems like the perfect campy, 80s horror-style read to take my mind off things for a while. Thank you so much! ❤️

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

  113. Damn, i can’t think of a book i need right now…. probably a good thing because i’m in a depression and nothing is fun right now, can’t concentrate to read anyway. Sadness. The last book i desperately wanted i got for myself with last year’s B&N gift card.

    I’m glad ya’ll are having so much fun with Booksgiving!!!!!!

    (You are not alone, my friend. Sending love. ~ Jenny)

  114. Kate Sullivan your book is on the way. From one Sullivan to another, enjoy. Hope your pup feels better soon.

  115. Oh and i had 5 1/2 hrs of neurocognitivepsych testing today. All i want is ice cream!!!!!

  116. Sue #338 I would love to gift you that book for escapism. I’ve heard good things about it but for kindle you either need to provide your email address here or in the notes of the wish list.

  117. You are beyond amazing! Because of this, not only was I able to give some really cool books, bt received one as well. I have all your books, love them and you to pieces. All the good and not so good ones. Its been a hell of a few weeks for me, just getting through finding out I have 2 more rare spinal conditions, and apparently they’ve never seen this happen before. Its bad enough I win Twister just by walking in the room. But it just makes me stronger, or shorter, or both.
    Thank you again for the amazeballs unicorntasticness you bring every day

  118. I have a very large ‘to be read’ shelf. So this book would be for my son. He has been saving up to buy the Gravity Falls Journal 3 from B&N where it is $20. He saved for months. (His allowance is tied to him actually doing chores. Yeah, I’m that kind of monster….) Anyway, one of his friends was having a birthday party and instead of gifts, he asked for donations to a charity that helps children born with a club-foot get it repaired. My son gave that charity ALL of his money. He had finally earned enough to buy his book and we were going to go to the store after the party and he just shrugged it off saying he thought the charity was ‘more important’. (Cue the tears, y’all!) I must be doing something right and he deserves to be rewarded for realizing that his hard work can be put towards something greater than himself. Did I mention he’s only 8? Most adults still aren’t there yet!
    Anyway, here’s the link and thank you in advance:

    (I love him. And looks like it’s already on the way. ~ Jenny)

  119. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love booksgiving and how much joy it has brought me before..
    At the moment i’m in the middle of EMDR sessions, therapy twice a week and I joined a grief after sucicide support group.
    Probably is all going to help me in some way, some day, but MAN is it fucking hard and upsetting and horrific…

    Books, even if I have the focus of a 2 year old on a sugar high, a life saviours, really..

    Anyway who would be willing to give me one…I love you.
    I do live in the Netherlands, so if you find postage to high and decide to pick someone else; I love you too.

    I love this place.
    xxxx Tamar

    (I’m sending you so much love. I wish it wasn’t so expensive to ship to the Netherlands because I would totally send you a book. ~ Jenny)

  120. I didnt realize it was so hard to send kindle books. Im sorry ! Ms Jenny, can you just delete my post ? I looked and mine isnt available in large print and hers is too much for a paperback ! Thank you ! #214

    (Actually, smarter people than me pointed out that you can buy a kindle book if you have the persons email so go back into your wishlist and put your kindle email address in the notes. ~ Jenny)

  121. I don’t need any books because I’m a compulsive used book buyer and have more that I’ll probably finish in my lifetime. But am digging The Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynn in case anyone is looking for recommendations.

  122. I’m having a really rough month with finances. Already lol. I would love a book to take my mind off of all the financial crap swirling in my brain right now. I have picked one book for me and I have two kids, a 2 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. If you’d like to get them a book I put one on for each. I sing Forever Young to my daughter all the time and I’ve been eyeing the book up for her for a while and it seems I’ve raised an Obama loving 7 year old son. Doesn’t get that from mom or anything. I know he would adore the Of Thee I Sing book. Thank you so much! So very grateful for seeing this today!



  123. Y’all. I love this so much! I can’t stop buying books for people!! #furiouslyhappy THANK YOU, JENNY!!!

  124. Julie #214/372 please go into the notes of our wishlist and add your email address and I will send those books to you and your daughter

  125. I’d absolutely love Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. I’m trying to read as much non-fiction as humanly possible at the moment with a view to writing a book (I’ve also devoured everything of Jenny’s twice!). The advice is always to read as much as you can. But this has only just come out and my local library couldn’t tell me if or when it might come in. I’m in the UK 🙂

  126. This is all SUPER DUPER sweet, and I am taken aback by the amount of people that love reading as much as I do. This book is for my friend Heidi, who lives in Australia. She has battled depression for the last few years and has found Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to be a significant source of joy. It has even inspired her to write a memoir of her own. Unfortunately, I am a student, and as such cannot afford to purchase this for her, but I know she would love to have it when she comes home in April. You are all so lovely and I am elated to see all of the support that takes place in this forum. xoxoxox

  127. Thanks, Kelly #353!! I’m so excited–I really appreciate it! You brightened my day.

  128. As a teacher, this is one of the best days of the year! Two years ago you were all able to help me with a variety of books about students who are struggling with their gender and middle school. Not only did I read the books, but so did a large number of my colleagues and eventually many students.

    This year I have books that are diverse and high interest for my students on the list. And a book for me as well! Thank you all for the joy of today! For being a giver and for being open to a gift. We need more of this!

  129. Ly G #298 Your second book is on it’s way to your girls! Hug them for me as you read it to them! This made my day!!!!

  130. To Jessica #397 –
    Happiest of Booksgivings to you!
    From Coriander

  131. I would like to help family get books that they would like to read! I added a book my mom had on her christmas list that she didnt get. I also added books to the list for my little sisters. I also added one for me. That you Jenny this is such a cool idea!

  132. THANK YOU, JENNY! And to whoever bought the science experiment book for my Ro, THANK YOU, TOO!

  133. Hey y’all – so, my daughter who is a lovely young lady, just moved halfway across the country from where she was living (a tiny little town) and had to part from her best friend/boyfriend and is, understandably, pretty down.

    There are 2 books on the list because I couldn’t decide which she needs more but just choose ONE if you choose to ‘booksgiving’ her.

    I’m asking y’all because she’s feeling pretty alone in the world and having Mom’s support is one thing, knowing that there are good people who care out in the world is another.

    Thanks for sharing the love.

  134. Jenny, you are awesome, and stuff, but dear god LEAVE SOME BOOKS FOR US TO BUY 😉 I can’t wait to trawl through all of these lists and find some new reading material, as well as buy something for someone!!

  135. I have told the tale of Jean Louise many times. And since I live in Florida, most people here, when hearing the story, nod sagely and only ask “Are you sure it didn’t happen here?”. As we are the state who provides many odd stories (“Florida Man Goes to Pet Store, Shoves Exotic Fish Down His Pants”) that make others think “Well, at least I’m not that screwed up.” And so it has happened that my copy of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” has been borrowed, so to share the shanty of J. L., but alas never to be returned. I am requesting a new copy so that I may let Floridians know that they are not alone in their love of stuffed alligators. And of course it would be wearing pirate garb – this is Florida.

    (Just sent you a copy of Let’s Pretend! ~ Jenny)

  136. I love Booksgiving day!!! I usually give but this year is hard and I have been hit with the depression stick again and again. Anytime I think I can see the light I get smacked in the face all over. I would just like I little happy in the mail to help remind me that I exist outside of my own mind.

    There are 2 books one is a digital copy of a “Rising Darkness” book. The series is great. Murder mystery with demons and a not all demon worshipers are bad heroine.

    The other is by one of my favorite YA authors. “The Trials of Apollo” great for escaping into a book with the friends that live there and learning about mythological figures.

  137. I would love to have a copy of this..

    (I sent you a copy of Let’s Pretend but I deleted your wishlist because your address was in your notes. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  138. I’m getting ready to move to San Francisco and I really need something to take my mind off all the scary changes. I will also be participating by buying a book for someone. I selected the Kindle edition so it can be sent to my Kindle instead of a physical book being mailed to me. Here is the book I would like to get:

  139. I’m #242, thought I’d share my kids came home from school and asked me what I was doing, and together we have been through SOOO many book lists trying to find kids to buy for. I hope you don’t mind I included books for them on my Booksgiving list. They had a BLAST buying a wish for someone we don’t know.

  140. ack! I tried editing my reply but EH. I don’t know how that works any more!

    My oldest is going in the mental hospital next month and I put a couple books in for him to have on hand, as well as a couple books I need to figure out how to help him when he gets out. I am in Germany, so idk if I have to be paired with someone or how it works exactly. thanks!

  141. I LOVE Booksgiving! Such a great way to spend an afternoon. Books on their way to Elizabeth (#190), Elizabeth (#201), Lesley (#233), Sonja (#364), and Jacqueline (can’t find your post and number, mi amiga brasileira)! Followed my same rules from last year: shared at least one of each of Jenny’s books, used up my “free” cash on hand on my Amazon Prime visa, and mined other people’s lists for a recommendation for my own list.

    Keep spreading the love and laughter, you wonderful community. 🙂

  142. Oh my. Um, I have had a really rough month (anniversary of a friend’s suicide, changing the furniture in our house which I know sounds stupid, but I’m autistic and this is really overwhelming me, having… issues with a family member who is repeatedly insensitive to my disabilities, trying to find a job because I’m currently out of work due to said disabilities). Um.

    Anyway, there is a book about trauma that I would like if anyone is able. I’m in Canada, though, and the screen in Amazon looks different. I don’t know how to set up a wish list because I’m not sure which options to check.

    Is there anyone who could tell me how to set up the wish list for this? BTW, it isn’t urgent or needed or anything, so if someone is more in need, please help them instead. Thank you for starting this, Jenny, and I think all of you who are participating and helping others are super. 🙂

  143. Msdarkstar
    I sent Mystie a copy of Adulthood is a Myth because I enjoyed it so much. Btw, I’m 56. Lol.

  144. Thank you so much for Booksgiving! I love participating in this tradition. This year, I don’t need anything for myself, but my mom and my aunt could really use a pick-me-up.

  145. To Fiona #103 – expect a parcel very soon! Seems like we’re the only ones from Germany so far! ^_^

  146. This is amazing, I saw this book at Barnes & Noble, started reading and really wanted but not enough cash to purchase and now…I just might get a copy, woohoo!

    A book I need

  147. Oh yay!!! My whole family loves to read. These short reads get me thru all of my doctors appts for breast cancer treatment. Mindless enjoyment💜💜💜

  148. Another Jenny fan from Canada here! Booksgiving is AWESOME!
    JENNY IS AWESOME! (I feel like I’m preaching to the choir here, but it’s worth saying again!)
    Last year, getting a booksgiving book was my February highlight. This year I can return the favor to a fellow Canadian!
    My list has a “cheat” – an audiobook on cd of a favorite story, beautifully read (I borrowed it once)… but also a paperback I could use if the cd book doesn’t count 😉

    I’ll be back later to find a Canadian to treat! ~Terry (aka “seethepeanut” – not as interesting as it sounds, haha)

  149. Dear #12 aka celebrinthil, I am so sorry, I bought this and it downloaded to my kindle, yours wasn’t an option. Gah! It does sound interesting. I will keep looking to see if you post again and in the mean time I will read this and think of you. I wish you well.

  150. I’ve been dying to read Feast of Sorrow (not as gloomy as it sounds — it’s a food-based novel about ancient Rome) forever but somehow never manage to actually buy it. Stupid life is stupid expensive and I am also stupid forgetful. I have it on a wishlist here ( and I’ve sent a couple of books to other people — this is such a cheerful thing during a really shitty week!