When discussing Jenny Lawson, it seems appropriate to quote her Amazon author bio, which we presume she wrote: "Jenny Lawson is a very strange girl who has friends in spite of herself. She is perpetually one cat away from being a crazy cat lady." Her latest book Furiously Happy features a smiling racoon -- who might be performing "jazz hands" -- on the cover.
Jenny Lawson's Favorite Reads of 2016
Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners by Therese OneillI got an advance copy of this book and glanced inside to read that all Victorian ladies underwear were crotchless (no, really) and then I literally didn't put it back down until I'd finished it that night. Funny and fascinating and horrific, but in a good way.
The Discworld Series by Terry PratchettIs it cheating to choose a series that has eleventy billion books in it? Probably, but this is my list and all is fair in love and books. I'd always been overwhelmed by the sheer number of these books but someone suggested reading Wee Free Men with my daughter and I was hooked.
Stolen Things by Stephen ParoliniThere are some authors who can write about nothing and anything and their prose alone is a comfort. Ray Bradbury, Lucia Berlin, Neil Gaiman and Alice Walker are my go-to comfort authors that everyone knows. Stephen Parolini is my go-to comfort author that people should know.
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson is made of brilliance and I'd read everything of hers a million times. Then, last week, I saw this book of new stories and I was like, "She's been dead for 50 years and she's STILL putting out more new stuff? This is why she's a legend." Even the unfinished pieces are beautiful. A must for the Shirley Jackson addict.
Akata Witch by Nnedi OkoraforI bought this for my daughter and quickly stole it back because it was so great. I can't even fit all of the themes into one sentence but it's magical and beautiful and frightening and you should read it.
Also, because I can't stop myself, you should read Buffering by Hannah Hart, I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi, Maureen Johnson's The Shades of London series, and everything that Jessie Burton and Rainbow Rowell have ever written.