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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life | Mark Manson
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, weve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Lets be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesnt sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it isa dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, lets-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
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Zenythios

But while investing deeply in one person, one place, one job, one activity might deny us the breadth of experience we'd like, pursuing a breadth of experience denies us the opportunity to experience the rewards of depth of experience.

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Zenythios

Well, next time you're at a swanky cocktail party and you want to impress somebody, try dropping Manson's law of avoidance on them:

The more something threatens your identity, the more you will avoid it.

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theladyinblack
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Got my hands on this one.
Better late than never. 📖☕

wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 2w
theladyinblack Thank you! 😊😊 2w
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2w
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hannah-leeloo Welcome to litsy hun. I hope you enjoy 1w
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theladyinblack @rather_be_reading @LitsyWelcomeWagon Thank you for the warm welcome!! 2d
theladyinblack @hannah-leeloo Thank you so much. ❤️❤️ 2d
hannah-leeloo @theladyinblack your very welcome hun ❤️🙃 2d
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daughterOFbooks
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Just started it and I love it.

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Kell1
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Mehso-so

Misleading title, should be called the subtle art of giving a f*ck about certain things. I think I have read a lot of these books, the advices now sound almost the same. A good read nonetheless.

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Sresendez12
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Finished this one while drinking my coffee this morning. I read this book slowly as instructed by my brother in law and I‘m glad I did. It definitely opens your mind to thinking differently. I‘ve made some good notes and hope to make some small changes to lead a less stressful life. The only compliant I have is the last chapter. I feel that it was put in just because the book needed an ending. I don‘t feel it added much value.

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Antonsigurdur
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Good book.

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kiwigenxer
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A late night read....

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4w
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BookishGirl06
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Gonna give this a try on the side.

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ferprimoso
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Okay

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! @litsywelcomewagon 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👻📚👻 1mo
Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy ☕️📚📚📚☕️ 1mo
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Nidhi_Ashok
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Mehso-so

Now this read is a full disclosure. He has warned us that it is counterintuitive. So I was reluctant to read this book as it was seen in everyone‘s hands. Be it airport or at a random get together. On my friend‘s suggestion that it is good, since we have been reading all books together since 9th grade, I went ahead with it. All I have to say about this book is may be I don‘t agree to everything he states but there is some take away from the book.

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Sresendez12
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My vacation reads plus a download on my phone from the library. It‘s nap time for everyone but me so I can get some reading done!

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soulseeker
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Amazin

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Sresendez12
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Starting this one tonight per my brother in law‘s recommendation. He told me to read it slow and really think about it as I read it. I told him I would shoot for a small section each night before bed.

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BulkingBookie
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Mehso-so

It's not the most philosophically tight book you'll ever read, but it does reframe some things you might be stuck on, through suprising bolts of wisdom and fun. He forgets he's already said stuff and going with the flow makes him sound contradictory at times, so don't expect a lot of systematic reasoning or scientific accurateness. It's like your slightly enlightened uncle, who still gets annoyed, decided to tell you hard things about life.

BulkingBookie Haven't finished yet btw! I do find it annoying at times, as in "how is this guy qualified to write a book?" You get disappointed at the lazyness, you feel like Manson wrote the book in a weekend, and just yelled "f*ck it!" at his editor. OR MAYBE it's deliberate and geniously written for a wider public, a culture sick of what's fake, politically correct and insanely positive. You DO have moments of 'Holy sh*t, this is so true, I need this' ? 3mo
BulkingBookie Very ambivalent, still swinging between So-so and Pan 🤔 3mo
Andrea4 😂😂 you must know my Tio!😂😂 3mo
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BulkingBookie @Andrea4 Depends, does he swear a lot when saying something wise? 😂😂 3mo
Andrea4 @BulkingBookie is the Pope Catholic? Lol 3mo
BulkingBookie @Andrea4 ??? is he? (check out "The Young Pope" when you can) 3mo
Andrea4 @BulkingBookie lol I somehow knew you'd come back with a response to that. 3mo
BulkingBookie Thank you for expecting wit of me. 3mo
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JadeBethJ
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I‘ve had this book for some time but I‘m just now getting around to reading it. I think I might enjoy it. Fingers crossed I learn something!

BulkingBookie Reading this too! It's not the most philosophically tight book you'll ever read, but it does reframe some things you might be stuck on, through suprising bolts of wisdom and fun. Just don't expect heaps of coherence 😅 3mo
JadeBethJ You‘re right! I try not to go into these types of books expecting too much. Things that are supposed to teach you how to “life” are to always be taken with a grain of salt. Everyone is different but I try to at least look at what they are trying to say and see how I can apply it to my life. 3mo
Chelleo I started the audiobook but put it on pause. I think I‘d like it more if Samuel Jackson narrated it 😂 3mo
JadeBethJ Omg that would be great lol 3mo
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BulkingBookie
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One of my reading corners
Might as well be reading 'A Clockwork Orange' 🍊

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sberley
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great read! really encouraging me to change my mindset/values before I move to a new Cory to start a new job next week. just what I needed at just the right time. #bookly

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candority
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I don‘t typically read “self-help” type books, but the fact that this one was so popular and that I found it for 50 cents at a thrift store inspired me to give it a try. While it wasn‘t earth shattering or life changing, I did find myself agreeing with some of Manson‘s points – as long as I ignored his slightly pompous (and ironically entitled) tone and skimmed past the overly repetitive bits. I can see how it would be more impactful for others.

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Bookish_Katty
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Pickpick

5 Out of 5. Its amazing transformation book.I learned “Trust is the most important ingredient i. Relationship”

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Bookish_Katty
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#book4of2019
The Subtle Art of not giving a Fu*k - a must must must self-help read. If you are looking for some Life Transforming book , pick this one. Its a one week read. I enjoyed this Thoroughly with Hot Chocolate Mug .🎀

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Tobibibiabis
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Going through my next existential crisis I stepped over this book.
It gives you very good ideas about how to handle the modern world with its modern problems. It's not just about eating, working or getting friends anymore. This book's a great start for everyone who doesn't feel like he's at his peak right now.
It's easy to read and basically a good start for the whole load of self improving books.

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maxrcg
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Awesome!

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Cailey_Mac
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This doesn‘t even need a filter 😎☀️ This week there were only 2 good days, as the forecast calls for unending rain🌨 BUT I took full advantage! I listened to the tagged book, and the first day walked just shy of 4 miles, and yesterday did well over 5! I love audio walks and find them so peaceful😌 #bfc #audiobook @wanderinglynn

britt_brooke Beautiful! 5mo
Amiable Glorious! 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 5mo
Bklover Oh how beautiful! Were you on vacation? 5mo
Cailey_Mac @Britt_Bratt @Amiable @wanderinglynn thanks guys!😎 and @Bklover nope this is like a 5 or so minute drive from my house ☀️ 5mo
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goodbyefrancie
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I finished it, but it's crap. Basic self help book drenched in trendy language to sell. There are so many good books out there of this genre, don't waste your time on this one.

keithmalek I agree. 5mo
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goodbyefrancie
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Morning audio as I get a few things done. So far, just meh. I'm about 1 1/2 hours in, hopefully it gets better.
#Overdrive

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kricheal
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Panpan

Do yourself a favor and do not read this horrible toxic garbage- especially if you have anxiety, PTSD, grief and/or any sort of associated triggers. Disclaimer: I didn't know anything going into this book or know anything about the author. I thought it was it was going to be funny. 🤦‍♀️ The author unfortunately takes himself seriously, I'm curious to see if or how much he's respected in this field. #throwitacrosstheroom

Gezemice Haha, I tried listening to it and bailed after 15 minutes. The author was so full of himself, and sounded like an angry person who couldn‘t care less. Sorry, not someone to get life advice from. 5mo
Megabooks Yikes! Sounds terrible!!! 5mo
kricheal @Gezemice He totally invalidates people's pain. A Man was grieving for a child that he lost. The Man asked for advice from the author about his grief, the author basically(paraphrasing) said he made the choice to have grief.-- wth like that would be something he just turn off. The author wrote the book for his own ego, not to actually help anyone. 5mo
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Itchyfeetreader Yup not one for me - do love the image you have posted though. Is there a source please I would like to share it 5mo
kricheal https://themighty.com/2019/02/toxic-positivity-support/ I'm not sure if this is the original source, I've seen this image floating around between fb and insta for a couple of months. It was the first thing I had in mind for this book @Itchyfeetreader 5mo
kricheal @Itchyfeetreader the op is in the link I posted, but it this article does a great job expanding upon toxic positively. If you have Instagram I encourage you to follow her.☺️ 5mo
Crazeedi Sound advice, wouldn't pick this book 5mo
ElizaMarie Thanks for the heads up! 5mo
Gezemice @kricheal That‘s absolutely awful. What an asshole. Definitely not someone to ask for advice. 5mo
Itchyfeetreader Thank you so much 5mo
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karybeca
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I really like his view of live! Is like... fuck it, just live and enjoy your life! Have a lot of good points about why is he like that and i net that it's makes live easier... I actually identified myself with the book!

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tournevis
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#hellothursday @wanderinglynn
1️⃣ I refuse to feel guilty about what I eat. Enough with the needless blame and guilt. It's just food!
2️⃣ I'm not guilty about watching bad Christmas movies shot in Vancouver in July. They're delightful.
3️⃣ Again not guilty: fanfic
4️⃣ Same: chocolate is life, not guilt.
5️⃣ Or, you know, practice self-care and have what pleases you, parcimoniously, on a regular basis. No guilt! No shame!

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 great attitude! 😀 6mo
julesG My kind of attitude! 6mo
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BiblioLitten 5. 💜 6mo
sudi Love your attitude 💖 6mo
tournevis @julesG @BiblioLitten @sudi I'm tired of being made guilty about life processes. I blame patriarchy. Not you, @wanderinglynn, you're doing fine! 6mo
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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlylistening I'm wondering how this is gonna jive with all the mindfulness and meditation I've been trying to do lately.

ElizaMarie I have this on my wait list. That would be great to see what you think. (edited) 6mo
kricheal @elizamarie I hated it. I put up a review. 5mo
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StephanieGeiser
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Mehso-so

2.5 stars

I found myself distracted from what could have been some sage advice by a pompous author. There were some great quotes and bits of knowledge in here but nothing particular earth-shattering. There are so many other self-help books I would recommend prior to this one.

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StephanieGeiser

“...death is the light by which the shadow of all life‘s meaning is measured. Without death, everything would feel inconsequential, all experience arbitrary, all metrics and values suddenly zero.”

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EmilyM
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⭐⭐⭐.5 /5 I was really into the first half and then my interest wanted as Manson seemed to drift from talking about how not to give a f*ck, which is what I was interested in. I will go back and re-read the first half again before my school year starts again, as it had some very helpful advice, and as that is the time of year when I give too many f*cks and need to rein it in.

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GondorGirl
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#AudioGardening on the first nice weekend day we've had. I still have to trim the bushes and figure out what to plant in the berm I gutted, but this is a good start. Our house feels much more cheerful! 🏵🌼🏵🌼🏵

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candority
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Goodwill had a 50% off everything sale yesterday, so of course I had to go. I was looking for summer clothes, but I managed to come home with one shirt and five books. What can you do? 🤷‍♀️

I‘m only three weeks into my MLIS degree and it is kicking my butt. I‘ve barely had any time to read for fun 😔

In other news though, I realized that May 19th was my 2 year #litsyversary! Thank you all for your friendship and bookish love 💕📚

tracey38 Happy Litsyversary! 6mo
BookwormAHN Happy Litsyversary 🌹 6mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 📚❤️ 6mo
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StephanieGeiser

“When I was in high school, my math teacher Mr. Packwood would used to say, ‘If you‘re stuck on a problem, don‘t sit there and think about it; just start working on it. Even if you don‘t know what you‘re doing, the simple act of working on it will eventually cause the right ideas to show up in your head.‘”

rather_be_reading hmmm interesting 5mo
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sfreesky44
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Wow... the cuss words made me engage but the content made me really think. I thought about why I was so scared of everything, why I was living in the feedback loop and letting random meetings with strangers bother me, and why I was avoiding moving forward with my career. I have to say it‘s an interesting way to get people to read philosophy these days.

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MirandaLeighBee
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Sitting in the hospital, so it gave me a chance to catch up on my reading! This book was EXACTLY what I needed! I‘ve realized that maybe I need to re-evaluate some things in my life! Totally recommend this book!!

RvnclawWhovian I‘ve had this on my TBR shelf at home, I‘ll have to pick it up soon 6mo
RamsFan1963 The only self-help book I've ever read that made sense to me. His advice had made my life better. 6mo
StaceyKondla Hope you are ok - wishing you all the best 😊 6mo
MirandaLeighBee @RamsFan1963 Right? The only one I‘ve ever related to! I have learned a lot and know exactly where to apply it in my life! 6mo
MirandaLeighBee @StaceyKondla Thank you! :) I‘m ok...just some swelling in my neck they think is due to a clogged spit gland! I should be good to go in no time (edited) 6mo
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StephanieGeiser

“Technology has solved old economic problems by giving us new psychological problems. The internet has not just open-sources information; it has also open-sources insecurity, self-doubt, and shame.”

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StephanieGeiser

“Something about recent technology seems to allow our insecurities to run amok like never before. The more freedom we‘re given to express ourselves, the more we want to be free of having to deal with anyone who may disagree with us or upset us. The more exposed we are to opposing viewpoints, the more we seem to get upset that those other viewpoints exist.”

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Mrjayrunk

Great read

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StephanieGeiser

“If I ask you, ‘What do you want out of life?‘ and you say something like, ‘I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,‘ your response is so common and expected that it doesn‘t really mean anything. ... A more interesting question, a question that most people never consider, is, ‘What pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for?‘ Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.”

julesG That's a good point. But I suppose it's hard to answer. Only in hindsight do we notice how much we have struggled and persevered. 6mo
rather_be_reading @julesG i totally agree 5mo
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sudi
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I was curious to see how a person could write an entire book about not giving a f*ck. Since not giving a f*ck is actually easier said than done. But the author also focuses on different aspects like suffering, death, failures and the constant choices we have to make. The chapters are concise and easy to read. Whether you like self help books or not, it's still worth a try. Another upside is, it's pretty short, so no time wasted.

Tanisha_A I have this book! Super review! 👏 6mo
sudi @Tanisha_A thank you 😊😘 6mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser We bought this for our son last Christmas, I must pinch it from his room and have a read. 5mo
sudi @Curiouser_and_curiouser hope you enjoy it as much as i did 😊👍 5mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @sudi thank you, I'm sure I will. It looks good from what I've flicked through :) 5mo
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StephanieGeiser

“To not give a f*ck is to stare down life‘s most terrifying and difficult challenges and still take action.”

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monalyisha
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I fucking love this/her. 🖤

tournevis Fuck yeah! 6mo
julesG She has a fucking point there. 6mo
AmyG She‘s awesome. 6mo
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xicanti The thing that bothers me about the asterisks, in book titles and elsewhere, is that we all know exactly what word the writer‘s “obscuring” so really, they should just write it out. Own their words. 6mo
Eggbeater AFP is my favorite fucking musician! 👊 I contribute to her stuff on Patreon. 6mo
cobwebmoth I love her. 6mo
Clare-Dragonfly 😂 @xicanti That‘s exactly what I think! 6mo
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Ate0Ate
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This is an Amazing Read for anybody who cares to much about the world around you.

wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 6mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 6mo
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SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 6mo
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
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Sharpeipup
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Audio gardening.
#audiobook

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