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Feminasty
Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy without Drinking Herself to Death | Erin Gibson
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A collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary from the charming, feminist and wickedly funny creator and host of the "Throwing Shade" podcast and TV Land show. Am I allowed to do this? Most of my decisions in life have been preceded by this question. Some of the rules women are expected to follow are obvious... DON'T: be loud/muscular/good at math... DO: be helpful/have babies/smile. Some are ambiguous and subjective." Erin Gibson has a plan for women to make our future the one Beyonce already thinks we have. In FEMINASTY--titled after her nickname on "Throwing Shade"--she has written a collection of make-you-laugh-until-you-cry essays that expose the hidden rules that make life as a woman harder and deconstructs them in a way that's bold and funny and provocative. Whether it's shaming women for having their periods, allowing them into STEM fields but never treating them like they truly belong, or dictating strict rules for how they should dress in every situation, Erin feels that oppression is both organized and chaotic, purposeful and unintentional. That doesn't make it impossible to dismantle, it just means we have to recognize and destroy the problems one by one. In FEMINASTY she will start the revolution.
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WriterAtHeart
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I enjoyed this book a lot. The language was a little more crude then what I might say, but I feel like her points were either in line with mine or brought a new idea to the table.

#womenreading - I will be mailing this out tomorrow @Julie548 - @Melismatic @TheReadingMermaid - P.S. - Sorry for the delay. Back to school craziness.

Julie548 Same here! I will have two to mail out shortly! Almost done with the RBG book. 6d
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BeaG
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Hilarious!

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Augustdana
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#riotgrams day 20 books and flowers. Trying to read this and the collected schizophrenias. Wish me luck.

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LaurenAsh
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Relevant, funny, and informative...for instance, if you wear makeup and are tired of giving all your money to men, Erin Gibson has done her research in order to completely switch her traditional makeup loot to products made by women-owned, women-run companies.

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LaurenAsh
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Back from vacation, unpacked...sorta...and in my pajamas for reading and relaxing.

ReadingOver50 Looks interesting 3mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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Turns out I can‘t walk past this book at the library and NOT take it with me.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I had so much fun with this book! 3mo
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PerksOfBeingABookworm
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Given the state of my overall mental health and mid-thesis anxieties, these are probably not the best book choices, let alone best book combo. But... this is what my weekend looks like. I‘m definitely reading Feminasty because of @Riveted_Reader_Melissa posts! ☺️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I hope it makes you laugh at the insanity like it did for me! 4mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve definitely laughed out loud several times already! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @PerksOfBeingABookworm Yay! That‘s always my fear, that what I find funny won‘t work for someone else. 4mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I listened to an episode of her podcast before buying the book. She‘s certainly funny. It‘s a good book to keep my brain thinking about current events without feeling totally beaten down by the heteropatriarchy. 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I absolute loved this ballsy, umm vaginasy, book! She pulls no punches and takes no prisoners as she eviscerates with sass, class, humor, and a liberal dose of cursing this crazy upside-down surreal time we find ourselves living in.

Lady Power!

*and really isn‘t that cover just the best!

And thanks @Expandingbookshelf for putting this book on my radar.... #BlameItOnLitsy!

xxjenadanxx I loved this book. And yes the cover (and title of course!) was the reason I grabbed it in the first place! 4mo
Megabooks My library only has audio. Did you perhaps listen? I‘m excited about it. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Megabooks no, I read...it‘s the only version I could get. But if she reads it herself I bet it‘s amazing on audiobook! 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Megabooks She also has a podcast, I found out while reading....so hopefully I can check that out soon too! 4mo
Megabooks Awesome! Thank you! 4mo
AlaMich That definitely wins Best Cover Award!!🥇 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Yea! ✊

Where is my promised Harriet Tubman bills?!?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SW-T Yes, I remember reading something about that early in his tenure....so disappointing though. 4mo
BillBlume @SW-T good grief. How much dumber can the Trump administration get? If the point of changes is to thwart counterfeiters, that seems like a strong argument for changing the picture to Tubman. 🙄 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Oh no, this definitely needs to be a real word!

““Non-pology” is a made-up word I use to describe a fake apology that acknowledges the reaction to the wrongdoing while avoiding blame for doing the bad thing in the first place.”

“I have a hypothesis for male scientists that I think will help them understand: If a woman is offended by your words, then you are saying something repugnant.”

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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😂🤣😂🤣😂👍

I‘m reading it 🤫

BethM 😂 4mo
LauraJ 😹 4mo
Lindy 🤣😂😆 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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“Here‘s how you can handle it with humor. Next time a man is looking at your tits, try this: Look them in the eyes, giggle lightly, and say—loudly—“ It‘s so funny that you‘re trying to look at my boobs!” Now you‘ve got everyone‘s attention. Escalate your laugh into a deep, maniacal cackle. He‘ll try to leave the area, but you block him with your laugh-scream and shout, “It‘s so funny that you‘re trying to see my titties, ‘CAUSE YOU‘RE NEVER...”

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...”‘CAUSE YOU‘RE NEVER GONNA SEE THEM. EVVVVVVEEEEEEERRRRRRR!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!!” And then you keep laughing until no one knows what to do so they pack up their things and leave the building out of fear for their own safety.” 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I laughed so hard reading that I think I scared my cat! 4mo
Reggie You made me buy this book. Lololol 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Reggie 😂 Right! It‘s definitely a #BlameItOnLitsy book, this is where I saw it first too. 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Again, something I hadn‘t thought of that way, but she‘s right.....how do we make her less confrontational and less demanding, make her a little girl!

gradcat I love this post, too...great commentary on the statue! 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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🤯

gradcat 👊🏼 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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About the Girl Power phenomena...I‘ve never thought about it quite that way, but she‘s right..😕

SW-T Such a good book to read! Funny how you see things but don‘t pay attention until someone points it out to you. She does that a lot and I‘m glad she did. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SW-T I completely agree, I‘m finding that a lot in this essay. 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I think I want to be her when I grow up! 🤣

CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Nice 4mo
Slajaunie 😂 4mo
Emily92Bibliophile I never have wanted a book so much 😂 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Emily92Bibliophile Right, it‘s all so true and it‘s great to hear it verbalized sometimes, especially in such a take no prisoners way! 4mo
Megabooks Sold! 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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“...horny, flaky-scalped, lizard-lipped man gets a free tax ride but I have to pay an extra 9 percent to soak up my monthly Nightmare on Panty Street? Even some cotton balls are tax exempt! Ques que le difference, tax code? A tampon is just an orgy of cotton balls climbing a gym-class rope up into my crampy vagina. Tampons are subject to sales tax because they are considered a luxury item.”...(cont.)

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...”You know, private jets, infinity pools, super-absorbency tampons.” 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Damn! Tell us how you really feel! 🔥 🔥

Augustdana Oh man. I requested this book a while ago at the library. Might just have to go out and get it myself! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Augustdana It‘s just the cathartic Nasty Woman read I didn‘t even know I needed. 4mo
SW-T Lot of good stuff in her book! 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I love her cursing, frank, no holds barred style.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Susanita TBH this man is why I‘m not all that keen on impeachment. 4mo
Bookcation74 Obviously (😉) I purchased this book today after reading your posted quotes - thanks! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Susanita Right!?! They‘d both need to go together! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookcation74 Haha! And that‘s just the first essay in the book! But yes, I read the intro and was like, YES, this is the book I‘m reading next! And you‘re welcome! #BlameItOnLitsy 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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😂🤣😂🤣😂. That‘s a Mike Pence story I had not heard before, and I agree with the author “Unearthed by Andrew Kaczynski for BuzzFeed, who deserves a medal for finding it.”

Eyelit Holy cannoli that‘s crazy pants (yet not at all surprising) 🙄 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Eyelit Right! I knew about conversion therapy and a lot of his other horrible policies....but this is crazy. Crazy, but at lest it‘s making me laugh about how crazy our world is that THIS guy could become VP. 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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“They‘re like a Christian mullet—religion in the front, evil in the back.” 👍😂

Bookwomble I literally dropped my jaw at what Roger Rivard said. How are people like this elected to power? 😡 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwomble We live in a crazy surreal world at the moment!🤯 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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😂🤣✊

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Not what I‘m supposed to be reading today, but I‘m already more intrigued by this intro. than my supposed to be reading book.... sorry, not sorry! 🤷‍♀️

RebL This is a common experience for me too! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @RebL We are Rebels! 4mo
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purebugbeauty72
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A friend finished this yesterday and left it on my doorstep just now so I can read it, then meet her for Manhattans to discuss. 😍

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Melismatic
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Ladies, I‘d like to offer this up for a nonfiction suggestion for our next #LMPBC - have any of you read it? It‘s hilarious but also heartbreaking and informative... Let me know! 🤗 #GroupO @WriterAtHeart @TheReadingMermaid @Julie548

WriterAtHeart Looks good to me! 7mo
TheReadingMermaid 👍🏻😁👍🏻 7mo
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Hornsby78
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I tried to listen to this one on audiobook and halfway through the first CD, I had to turn it off. Reading the book may be different but this was not funny to me. I am an intersectional feminist and agreed with everything she said so it was just like listening to my own mental rantings in audio form. I'm angry enough at the current events without listening to it while I drive.

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whatsthEStorey
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The Complicated Women‘s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death. Obviously, I was going to love this. Smart, funny, current, & relevant. I think I would‘ve enjoyed this more on audio. I‘ve never listened to Erin Gibson‘s podcast, but I bet she talks exactly like she writes, and I think it would work better for me on audio.

#relatedtoapodcast #booked2019

Cinfhen I‘m intrigued and always looking for audio suggestions ~ thanks 🙏🏻 8mo
4thhouseontheleft Awesome choice for this prompt! 8mo
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SW-T
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Sanitary supplies definitely aren‘t luxury items. Glad those days are behind me, but it‘s irritating to think you‘re paying tax on a necessity just because it‘s so profitable. Interesting and informative read. Lots of topics covered. Would definitely recommend.

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SW-T
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Never gave much thought to who owned makeup companies other than whether it was natural, animal tested, etc. Gibson provides a list of women-owned, women-run companies. Nice!

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#18in2018

Such a hard list to put together! In no particular order:

The Sun Is Also A Star
Iron and Magic
Stamped from the Beginning
Feminasty
Ancillary Mercy
White Trash
The Heritage
Sweet Home Cafe
Ancillary Sword
A Duke by Default
All Systems Red
Loaded
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Malice of Crows
The Dire King
Artificial Condition
Rogue Protocol
Ancillary Justice

Honorable mention: The Arena, Rafi Kohan

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Expandingbookshelf
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I read a lot of books that are billed as “laugh out loud funny” but none of them have made me snort with laughter on a busy subway (sorry about that, Orange Line). “Feminasty” is probably the funniest book I have read all year. Every page is full of gems. I can‘t wait to see what Erin Gibson does next, and until then I‘ll just keep rereading this.

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Amie
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Nothing really Earth-shattering in this book, but you get to laugh while reading/hearing about the same old bs that women have to put up with. And bonus points for the cover - it's the best!

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Expandingbookshelf
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I saw the back of this book...and I knew I needed to read it immediately

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking that one!👍 8mo
mreads I saw this at the library today look forward to your review. I went feminist adjacent and got 8mo
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NotCool
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Fun and angry (fangry?). Worth reading.

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Jen2
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Smart and hilarious!

GingerAntics I will give this book a try just from that epic title!!! lol 9mo
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elisebarker
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From Mike Pence, to Donald “the human centipede” Trump, to feminine products and make-up, this book covered it all. In this day and age women need to be fired up. And Erin Gibson‘s book made me realize I have A LOT more that I should be fired up about. It‘s so good and so relevant. If you want to get more fired up, READ THIS NOW!

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Lauren.Archer
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Solid humorous essay collection. I actually learned a lot. Some things will make you angry, but overall she compliments with a lot of jokes.

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Lauren.Archer
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I have been hearing a ton of good things about this one. Hopefully I will get a few needed laughs.

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DimeryRene
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WHEELHOUSE. 😍

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Anovelobsession
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My daughters and I went to see Erin Gibson last night at #brazosbookstore. She is hilarious and it was a great night. Best part was when she led us all in a scream of anger to let off some frustration with current events 😍

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LaurenAsh
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Birthday gift yesterday from my baby sister; she knows me so well.

DaveGreen7777 Hope you had an awesome birthday, Lauren! 😊🎂🎁🎈🎉 11mo
DivineDiana Wishing you a fabulous year! Books are the best gifts! 🎉📚🎂 11mo
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Jillianne
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Funny and infuriating. Great for fans of her podcast, Throwing Shade, or for angry feminists who are in the mood to get a little more pissed off.

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Melismatic
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Oh man, is “Feminasty” spit out your coffee hilarious and utterly upsetting. Truth to power, man. Also - if you‘re like me and haven‘t heard of Jackie Speier, do yourself a favor and Google her. She really *is* the female Jason Bourne in getting ish done for women!

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Melismatic
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If you live in NY (like I do), I hope you get the chance to vote in the primary today! My local bookshop was offering a discount for today only for voters, so I picked up this one. Erin is one half of one of my favorite podcasts, Throwing Shade. It‘ll be next up for me after I finish my current political read. 🙌🏻💪🏻

zsuzsanna_reads What a brilliant way by your bookshop to remind people to vote. ♥️ 11mo
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tholmz
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Super hilarious and legit educational. I don‘t know Erin Gibson at all, but I‘d recommend this to anyone even if you don‘t listen to her podcast.

TheBookStacker I picked up this book simply for the title and I loved it and now I just started the podcast and love that! Yay! 11mo
tholmz @TheBookStacker That‘s great! I need to listen to her podcast now! 11mo
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LadyElaine
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Very excited to dig in to this today!

Linsy Truth! 🙌 12mo
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TheBookStacker
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Yassssssss! (I imagine she is saying that) I think this book will be a fun wild ride!

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Born.A.Reader
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My #bookmail for today. My first win off of #Goodreads in literally months.

Misanthropester Brilliance! Gibson is a f*cking delight 12mo
Born.A.Reader @Misanthropester Awesome! I'm really excited to read it! 12mo
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