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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Review Of a Book Worth Remembering

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Maureen peeps around the room and checks under the seat cushions. Phew. It looks like the gremlins aren’t paying any attention.

As you can see, life got in the way of blogging for awhile. A long while. I created this blog with the goal of sharing the little bits of happiness in my life that help me appreciate it, and also acknowledge that happiness is hard work — achievable but hard — for people with depression. Hence the eclectic stuff that shows up here.

I’m breaking my silence to recommend a book by a fellow (and far more successful) blogger, Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess. The book is called Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir), and it is the ‘mostly true’ memoir of an amazingly funny woman who lives with anxiety, a husband, and a daughter somewhere in the wilds of Texas. I laughed until I cried and cried until I laughed all the way through, and identified with the feelings she expressed all the way through the book.

This is not a book for people who are afraid of the f-bomb, or taxidermy or zombies. This book may not be for you if you consider run on sentences and parenthetical phrases a tool of the devil. The Bloggess’ style is unique, and so are her life experiences. It is a great read for a plane ride or bus ride or day at the beach, of you are one of those people who has leisure moments like that. It’s also great bathtub reading.

‘Way back when I started this blog, I posted questions of the day, which never seemed to get much response. I’m thinking of doing something similar again, more of a thought of the day or an absurd moment of the day or something. And I’m too busy (or too inconsistent) to do it daily, so ‘several times a week’ is probably what I’m aiming at.

In the meantime, read The Bloggess’ blog. You’ll be glad you did. Unless you aren’t. In which case, sorry.

P.S. This advice is coming from a woman who on the same day (today)

1) Watched Repoman! A Genetic Opera (which needs to be remade without the 90s sensibilities) on Netflix
2) Watched Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog (also on Netflix)  with my 15 year old and proposed that he and I sing Penny and Billy’s duet and post it on YouTube and….
3) Also discussed the merits of Jonathan Coulton’s First Day of May, Iz’s (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s) version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and the relative merits of the 9th and 10th Doctors Who.

If none of this makes any sense to you, you may not be the Bloggess’ target audience. But you are still invited to broaden your tastes. She’s awesome.

See you soon.

 

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