Jenny Lawson's life in books

09 December 2012

2012: A year in books

What is your favourite book of the year? 

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran 

What is your favourite Picador book ever? (published by Atlantic in the UK) 

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs 

What is the book that was most neglected (fairly or unfairly)? 

The Miniature Wife and Other Stories by Manuel Gonzales

What is the book that was most over-rated (fairly or unfairly)? 

50 Shades by E L James

What are you looking forward to reading most next year? 

Anything by Neil Gaiman 

2012: everything else

What was your favourite cultural event of the year? 

Halloween.  I love dressing up. 

Who is your hero of the year? 

Doctor Who 

Who is your villain of the year? 

Book burners 

What is your most powerful memory of the year? 

Finding out I debuted at No. 1 on the NYT list.  I wasn't expecting to sell enough to even make the list. 

What is your greatest disappointment of the year? 

The slowness of equal rights  

What is your resolution for 2013? 

To never make any more resolutions 

What is your favourite blog or who is your favourite tweeter? 

I adore Hyperbole and a Half

What was the best movie? 

Hunger Games 

What was the best song/album? 

Amanda Palmer's newest album 

Give us one Prediction for 2013? 

I'll be another year older. 

Becoming and being a writer

What would you be if you weren’t a writer? 

Probably dead. Writing is a therapy for me. I wouldn't have survived without it. 

What was your favourite book as a child? 

Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew 

What is the book you recommend most? 

The Sandman Chronicles 

What is your favourite poem? 

Dorothy Parker's "One Perfect Rose" 

Where do you write? 

On my blog, journal, my hands, napkins...anything I can get ahold of. 

Can you give one piece of advice to people wanting to become a writer? 

To paraphrase Nike: Just do it. Write for yourself and you'll never be disappointed. 

Do you read on paper or ebook? 

Both, but I prefer paper. 

One book that changed your life? 

Ray Bradbury's From The Dust Returned 

One book you have read more than once? 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Your worst ever job?

I working in Human Resources in a non-profit religious organization.  It was not a good fit for either of us. 

What gives you nightmares? 

Excel pivot tables.

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