June 27, 2012

Off The Summer Reading List Already with Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Okay, so, technically I'm back ON the summer reading list now, as I am currently more than half way through The Goose Girl. But I took a brief detour last week when my number came up on the library hold list for Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.

So, let's start here. Have you heard of The Bloggess? I stumbled upon her blog http://www.thebloggess.com/ last year...I don't even remember how, but I picked the perfect day to happen upon it, as she had just posted what turned out to be one of THE funniest blog posts I had ever read-- about her purchasing a giant metal chicken for her husband for their anniversary. You can read it here: http://thebloggess.com/2011/06/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-battles/. Anyway, I about peed my pants laughing when I read this and, at that moment, I REALLY wished that she lived next door to me so that I could watch the show live. Alas, she does not. My neighbors are FAR less cool and interesting than that, as far as I can tell.

Over the next year, I visited The Bloggess's site periodically so I could catch up on her fun and crazy antics, and you can imagine my delighted surprise when I discovered she was coming out with a book. Well, I put myself on the library hold list as soon as it was released, and won the new release book lottery last week. So I briefly digressed from my summer reading list.

So how was the book? I'll quote my husband for you..."I have never heard you laugh out loud so many times while reading a book." That's what he said when I was reading the last chapter in bed last week. True story.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened is Jenny Lawson's memoir and it is filled with funny, quirky, touching, and out-and-out strange stories from her life thus far...and what an entertaining life it has been! It is a true testament to the adage "truth is stranger than fiction." And the book is written in the same fun, blunt, irreverent style as her blog. Really. Read her blog. If you like, you'll like the book. If you don't, you won't. I'll just say this: it was an enjoyable, fast read, that was, at times, truly laugh-out-loud funny. I mean VERY funny. And it will totally make your life look normal and easy...whatever that means.

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