I hope that you are familiar with Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess. She’s wonderful, magical, funny, sweet and writes a stellar blog.
In addition to her blog, she writes books. There are three out so far, ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened’, which I believe I had written a review about back before my old blog got nuked, ‘Furiously Happy’ – the review of that is here and ‘You Are Here’ which is a delightful mix of writing and fabulous coloring opportunities (I will likely write a review for it when we get to the letter ‘Y’ in the blogging challenge).
Jenny has a delightful sense of humor. She writes about mental illness with gentleness and compassion. There are days that I read her blog that I laugh until I can hardly breathe and days it makes me mist up and I love all of it. I’ve had the tremendous good fortune to meet her in person when she did a book tour for her first book. Even though she has anxiety issues, she was charming and gracious and it was lovely for the few minutes that I got to speak to her.
Anyhow, if you have a mental illness yourself or know someone who does, I highly recommend Jenny’s books. I have given both Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy to my Mom and I think they both provided several ‘lightbulb moments’ and epiphanies to her that perhaps I wasn’t ‘trying to be weird’ when I was a teenager, that, in reality, things were going on that I couldn’t properly articulate that were seen as just ‘teenager bullshit’ that was actually far deeper than that.