13 in ’13 Reading Challenge Update, Or, Why Blogging is at Least Seven Kinds of Awesome

Last time we talked about the 13 in ’13 Reading Challenge around here, we didn’t talk so much about books as we did about, um, boys. I’d like to say that I’ve become more focused since then, now that I’m down to having only 35 days left to finish 3 books, and I have been focused – just not on books. There’s been a ton of food and wine and friends in my life lately, but not a lot of reading. I brought “Minister Without Portfolio” to California with me (The Orenda was too heavy, literally. I couldn’t sacrifice a pair of shoes for the space it would take up in my suitcase!) but I didn’t open it once.

I did finish an entire book on the plane ride home, though! Here it is:

Dear Person Sitting Beside Me on the Airplane: I'm sorry. It was the book's fault.

Dear Person Sitting Beside Me on the Airplane: I’m sorry. It was the book’s fault.

Do you guys read Allie Brosh? Does she make you laugh so hard your lunch almost comes out your nose when you’re eating in public, too? Allie (I feel like we’re on a first name basis, now, since she was with me for the whole airplane incident) writes a blog, and it’s fantastic and hilarious and she’s turned it into a book. I’m including that book as part of my Reading Challenge because it’s a different format than anything I’ve read so far (part collection of essays, part graphic novel) and because “fantastic and hilarious” don’t quite capture this thing and what I think it does.

Allie mostly blogs about her childhood (“Menace” is her latest and it’s a favourite of mine) and it’s vibrant and hysterical and very true, but she also tackles serious subjects like living with depression, and those posts are dark and morbidly funny and very true, too. I love, love, love that a blog that was started because of, in the author’s words, “procrastinating studying for a physics final” has led to a best-selling book and the author has ended up on Advertising Age’s “Creativity 50” list for 2013 . It reminds me that the internet can be a vibrant and hysterical and dark and morbidly funny and very true place, where people can express themselves and find safe outlets to process emotions and experiences that the real world can’t always handle. It’s not always just about pictures of cute boys.

Thanks to Allie, I now have a clear, empathetic, and relatable touchstone I can turn to if I ever learn that someone in my life is living with depression. Not to mention, I have awesome word nerd humour. And a coping mechanism if I get stressed out about trying to finish 3 books in 35 days.

Do you have a favourite humour blog? What makes you laugh on the internet? Tell me all about it in the Comments!

love amb

13 thoughts on “13 in ’13 Reading Challenge Update, Or, Why Blogging is at Least Seven Kinds of Awesome

  1. Oh my gosh! I just discovered Allie Brosh, too! I heard an interview with her on Fresh Air on NPR… and even that was hilarious! Sad, too, though, because she talked about her struggle with depression. It was clearly a difficult subject for her to talk about, but she did such a good job with the interview. If you haven’t heard it already, definitely check it out!

    • Sam, that’s too funny, I was listening to that interview last night while I was working on this post! Great minds, baby! I thought she did an amazing job, too πŸ™‚

    • Right?!? I love the way I can relate to or recognize nearly everything she writes … it’s like she’s inside my internal monologue, making it funnier πŸ˜€

  2. fun πŸ™‚ Love that you’re challenging yourself with your books! Variety, good. Looking forward to checking her out.

    In a similar vein, I enjoy http://crappypictures.com/

    Have her crappy picture parenting book and sometimes laugh so hard I cry when I read it. My 7-year-old got ahold of it once and thought it was funny, but that was an ooops as it’s definitely for adults only.

  3. Oh I am so glad that you LOVED this book and I think that those around you who heard you laughing and giggling are soooo much better off for that! Everyone needs some levity and lightness, especially on a flight!!! I am going to have to check out her blog after our holiday and see what she’s got, but your description and endorsement are more than enough for me!! I really appreciate how you call attention to the fact that she can make you laugh, and also bring sensitivity for those who spend time in the not so light moments of life. Love the URL just above me..must add that to ‘list’!! xoxo

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