ARC Review: The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter, MD

The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter, MD
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Source: ARC via Netgalley

OB/GYN, writer for The New York TimesUSA Today, and Self, and host of the show Jensplaining, Dr. Jen Gunter now delivers the definitive book on vaginal health, answering the questions you’ve always had but were afraid to ask–or couldn’t find the right answers to. She has been called Twitter’s resident gynecologist, the Internet’s OB/GYN, and one of the fiercest advocates for women’s health…and she’s here to give you the straight talk on the topics she knows best.

Does eating sugar cause yeast infections? Does pubic hair have a function? Should you have a vulvovaginal care regimen? Will your vagina shrivel up if you go without sex? What’s the truth about the HPV vaccine?

So many important questions, so much convincing, confusing, contradictory misinformation! In this age of click bait, pseudoscience, and celebrity-endorsed products, it’s easy to be overwhelmed–whether it’s websites, advice from well-meaning friends, uneducated partners, and even healthcare providers. So how do you separate facts from fiction? OB-GYN Jen Gunter, an expert on women’s health–and the internet’s most popular go-to doccomes to the rescue with a book that debunks the myths and educates and empowers women. From reproductive health to the impact of antibiotics and probiotics, and the latest trends, including vaginal steaming, vaginal marijuana products, and jade eggs, Gunter takes us on a factual, fun-filled journey. Discover the truth about:

– The vaginal microbiome 
– Genital hygiene, lubricants, and hormone myths and fallacies 
– How diet impacts vaginal health 
– Stem cells and the vagina 
– Cosmetic vaginal surgery
– What changes to expect during pregnancy, after childbirth, and through menopause
– How medicine fails women by dismissing symptoms
Plus: 
– Thongs vs. lace: the best underwear for vaginal health
– How to select a tampon 
– The full glory of the clitoris and the myth of the G Spot

… And so much more. Whether you’re a twenty-six-year-old worried that her labia are “uncool” or a sixty-six-year-old dealing with painful sex, this comprehensive guide is sure to become a lifelong trusted resource

This was kind of an impulse request on Netgalley. As someone who worked in a hospital for seven years, I am always curious about medical texts written for the average, non-medical person. As a woman, I don’t think I can ever be too educated about my own reproductive system. Although I’d never heard of Dr. Gunter before, I liked the synopsis of this book.

Reading it turned out to be a very good decision. This book covers pretty much everything you could ever want to know about vaginas and reproductive health. It’s written in a very easy-to-read, engaging way. Although some of the chapters could be pretty terrifying (I could have lived my whole life without knowing that it’s possible to tear the rectum open during childbirth and without knowing that the cervix can literally fall out through the vagina), they were definitely educational.

Probably the best thing about this book is the constant debunking of myths about vaginal health, feminine cleaning products, and STDs. Dr. Gunter takes a no-nonsense approach to everything from Goop’s jade egg to self-diagnosing various conditions.

The only negative thing I can really say about this book is that it could be very repetitive. Dr. Gunter addresses different pieces of the same conditions pretty frequently, so there can be some overlap. All in all, though, this is a great reference for pretty much anyone and I’m glad I took the time to read it.


Have you read The Vagina Bible? Is it on your TBR?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite things to eat or drink while reading

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is favorite things to eat or drink while reading, and since I make it a point to not eat while I’m reading (I would do way too much mindless snacking), I decided to go with my favorite teas.


ginger tea

This is probably going to be a shock, but my favorite kind of tea on a normal, day-to-day basis is straight up ginger tea. You have to REALLY like ginger to like this tea… but I REALLY like ginger.


minty tea

My second favorite kind of tea is minty. My favorite brand of minty tea is Tazo, but I’m not really that particular about it.


hot cinnamon spice tea

This is possibly my favorite tea in recent memory. It tastes so indulgent and amazing even though it’s just tea. I don’t know how they do it.


this italian tea from my boyfriend

This is probably the most fun tea I’ve ever had. It has little butterflies in it! My boyfriend picked this up for me when he was in Italy earlier this year and I love that it has a really light flavor.


blueberry tea

Before I really enjoyed tea, the only one I’d really ever drink was this blueberry tea.


this matcha latte

I have had exactly one matcha latte in my life, and it was this one. It came from Grace Coffee Co. in Madison, WI and it was great.


chai

While I don’t drink a ton of chai anymore, it was my drink of choice in college. Way back in the day, I worked in one of the campus cafeterias as an assistant to the pastry chef. On my last break of my last shift, he brought me a cup of chai and that was that.


pomegranate green tea

One of the good things about working in an office with waiting room snacks was that I got to sample pretty much anything whenever I wanted. I don’t think I would have bought pomegranate green tea for myself, but it turns out that I really like it!


lemon ginger tea

It’s probably not surprising, given that my #1 tea choice is ginger tea, that I love lemon ginger tea. I don’t drink this one particularly often, but it’s great for if you’re feeling kind of gross.


mint lemonade kombucha

The last tea on my list is kombucha! I love most kombucha, but I think my favorite is this Brew Dr. mint lemonade.


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What do you like to eat or drink while reading? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Game of Thrones Book Tag

So, like three months ago, Bibi tagged me in the Game of Thrones Book Tag! As I’ve been saying lately, it took me a while… but I finally did it! Thank you for the tag, and sorry it took so long!


HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR

NAME A BOOK THAT YOU ORIGINALLY LOVED, BUT UPON A RE-READ REALISED THAT IT WASN’T SO GREAT AFTER ALL.

I hardly ever re-read anything, so this doesn’t happen to me often! The only case of this that I can think of is the Mates, Dates series that I was so obsessed with in middle school. I picked up the first book for a re-read a couple years ago and cringed through it. It’s definitely not something you read once you’re a fully grown, full-fledged adult.

HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING

NAME YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE FOR 2019.

The Seduction Expert (The Seduction Expert #1)

A bunch of my most anticipated books came out in the last couple weeks, but one I’m still really excited for that’s coming out later this year is The Story That Cannot Be Told! I haven’t read it yet, but I’m part of the blog tour and I’m really looking forward to sitting down to read this one.

HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD

 NAME A BOOK THAT YOU FELT COMPLETELY SLAYED WITH FANTASTIC CHARACTERS, PLOT, PACING, ETC.

The Song of Achilles

If we’re talking about books that slayed me, I can’t really go wrong with choosing Love and Other Words. This book left me A MESS.

HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY

NAME A BOOK THAT ENDED WITH A CLIFFHANGER ENDING THAT GENUINELY PISSED YOU OFF.

Sorry Not Sorry

I love Saga, but come on. That was just rude.

HOUSE MARTELL: UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKEN.

NAME A BOOK, OR BOOK SERIES, THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Delirium is one of the first books I ever added to my Goodreads TBR, and if I’m honest, I’m probably not going to be reading it any time soon.

HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP

NAME THE MOST GRAPHIC OR DISTURBING BOOK THAT YOU’VE EVER READ.

You probably saw it coming: Troll.

HOUSE TYRELL: GROWING STRONG

NAME A BOOK OR BOOK SERIES, THAT GETS BETTER AND BETTER WITH EVERY RE-READ.

I’ve mentioned a ton of times how I don’t like to do re-reads, but one book that I actually re-read that enjoyed more the second time around was The Catcher in the Rye.


Since I’m three months late on this one, I’m not going to tag anybody, but if you think it looks fun and you want to do it, please feel free! Don’t forget to link back to me so I can see your choices. 🙂 Which cliffhanger upset you the most? What are some books that were better (or worse!) after a re-read? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Taylor Swift Book Tag

I have been listening to so much Taylor Swift recently! Lover is basically constantly on repeat in this house, so Alex tagging me in a Taylor Swift book tag that’s different from the three I’ve previously done couldn’t have come at a better time!

If you’re interested, the previous Taylor Swift tags are here:


Teardrops on My Guitar:
a book that always makes you cry

I have to agree with Alex here! Me Before You made me sob.

Stay Beautiful:
a book with the prettiest cover

One of my recent favorites is The Babysitters Coven! I love the colors and the illustration style!

Love Story:
favorite romance/couple

I couldn’t possibly go with anyone other than Josh and Lucy!

Fifteen:
favorite coming-of-age story

I really enjoy coming-of-age stories, so it’s hard to pick one favorite! I think I’ll go with Fangirl, though.

Back to December:
biggest bookish regret

Hmm, maybe not getting into graphic novels sooner? I was kind of a book snob and told myself that they weren’t real books for a long time. Now I love them (obviously) and can’t get enough.

Never Grow Up:
favorite childhood book

I’ve talked about Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret a lot on this blog, but it really is one of my favorite childhood books. It’s also one of the few books that’s held up really well over several re-reads.

Red:
favorite book with a red cover

I’ve enjoyed so many books with red covers over the years! The first one to come to mind is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together:
a book you really wanted to love but couldn’t

After seeing so many rave reviews of The Foxhole Court, I really thought I’d love it. I ended up not connecting with the characters at all and thinking the plot was absolutely ridiculous.

Bad Blood:
a book featuring enemies to lovers

One of my favorite tropes! The first one that came to mind was Hotshot Doc.

Shake it Off:
a book you couldn’t let go of

I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for a lit class in college. It was the only book we read that I’d really heard of before, so I chose it as the topic for my presentation. Then I realized it was also about three times longer than any of the other books! I had a momentary panic about whether I’d be able to finish it in time, but I didn’t really need to worry, since I could hardly put it down.

I Did Something Bad:
book confession (do you dog ear pages? destroy books for art?)

Haha, I think my only bad book confession is that I have a terrible habit of buying books that I don’t read. I have shelves and shelves of books that I still haven’t read. I get very tempted by cheap used books.

Getaway Car:
a book/series you abandoned

I don’t often DNF books, but one that I made it about 12 pages into before realizing it just wasn’t for me was Monstress.

Delicate:
a book you read when you feel vulnerable

I don’t know that there’s really a specific book that I’d read if I was feeling vulnerable. When that’s happening, I tend to reach for fluffy romances because they just make me feel so much better.


I just tagged a bunch of people in a different Taylor Swift tag, so I’ll leave this one open to whoever’s interested! I’d love to see your answers if you decide to do it! What are some of your favorite covers? What book did you try to love but just couldn’t? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • Well, I have moved. Getting here was interesting, to say the least, but I arrived safely and now I have a little bit of time to settle in before starting a new job. This week has been a blur of unpacking, reassembling furniture, and trying to remember where I put things, but I’m happy.
Here’s my cat, now a true Southern belle.

Blog hopping:

  • Quite honestly, I was lucky to find the time to log in to WordPress at all this week. Blog hopping will likely be back next week!

Song of the week:

I put on a very old playlist while unpacking this week and was reminded of how much I used to love this song. Way back in the day of 2006, I was in the front row at a Mae show, leaning up against the stage and singing my heart out.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Blog tour (+ review!): The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • GoodreadsB&NKoboGoogle Books
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Source: ARC via FFBT & Netgalley

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

I’ve been excited about reading The Babysitters Coven since I first saw the title and cover many months ago. Then it was compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of my favorite late 90s/early 2000s TV shows, and my anticipation went up about a hundred notches. When I saw the opportunity to join the blog tour, I knew I had to do it, and I was thrilled when I got the email that I’d been chosen to participate! So, first things first, thanks to the FFBT team, the publisher, the author, and Netgalley for making this blog tour and book review happen.

Now, onto the review.

From the beginning of the book, the parallels with Buffy the Vampire Slayer were really clear. Instead of Slayers fighting vampires, we have Sitters fighting evil, and I am 100% here for it. Esme and Cassandra reminded me a lot of Buffy and Faith.

I really enjoyed Esme as a main character. She doesn’t fall into a lot of the stereotypical YA main character pitfalls and instead comes across as a really average teenager. Even with all of this crazy stuff going on around her, she’s still worried about normal things like her mom’s illness, getting her drivers license, and avoiding the school bullies.

There were two things that really kept me from rating this higher than three stars, and they’re both things that are specific to me as a reader and I don’t think are necessarily problems in general. First, there’s a lot of modern slang in this book, and as I was reading, I imagined myself having to explain to my future child what “I was wrong AF, and now I am sorry AF” means. The only other thing that I didn’t love was how the book just kind of… ends. The action really ramps up a lot, then it’s all over with and the book is over too. I know there’s a second book in the series coming out next year, but I wish there would have been at least a little bit more closure.

All in all, though, this was a super fun book! It was cute, it was weird, and I can’t wait to see what Esme gets up to in the sequel.


About the Author

 

I’m a YA write or die, originally from Kansas but now living in California.

I’ve written for Cosmopolitan, NYLON and Seventeen, amongst other magazines, and worked with brands including Urban Outfitters, Vans and Calvin Klein.

The Babysitters Coven is my first novel, but fingers crossed it won’t be my last.

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Follow the tour!

September 11th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

September 12th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookmark Lit – Review + Cover Colours
TBR and Beyond – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
The Reading Chemist  – Review
Musings From An Addicted Reader – Review

September 13th

Here’s to happy Endings – Review
Hauntedbybooks – Review + Favourite Quotes
Flipping Through the Pages – Review
Phannie the ginger bookworm  – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Bibliophagist – Review

September 14th

Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
Ambivert words – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Art of Living – Review
Pages Below the Vaulted Sky – Review
The Book Dutchesses – Review + Favourite Quotes

September 15th

The Book Nut – Review + Playlist
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – Review
The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
Kait Plus Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Dream Within A Dream – Review

September 16th

Bookish Geek – Review
Artsy Draft – Review + Favourite Quotes
We Live and Breathe Books – Review
Bookish In Bed – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Desert Bibliophile – Review

September 17th

Wishful Endings – Review
Novel Nerd Faction – Review
Lili Lost in a Book – Review
The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist
Lost in Storyland – Review


Enter the giveaway!

Win a finished copy of The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams!
(US Only, ending September 25, 2019)


Have you read The Babysitters Coven? Is it on your TBR? Can you think of any other witchy books you’ve read recently? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Unique Blogger Award (Take 6)

Thank you so much to Heran for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award! This is always a fun tag to do. 🙂

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes here: onetwo, three, four, and five!

RULES:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

3 questions from Heran:

What’s the best and what’s the worst book you’ve read so far this year? And why?

Setting aside all literary merit and objectivity, based solely on the way they made me feel, the best would have to be Bloom and the worst would have to be Little Birds.

Bloom made me smile all the way through. I loved that it featured a love interest who really enjoys baking, and I also thought it was super cute.

Little Birds was the least erotic erotica I’ve ever read and it was just one cringy moment after another. I guess if you’re into pedophilia, racism, and bestiality, you might go for it, but if you’re not… I’d just steer as clear as you possibly can.

At what time of the day do you like to read most? Morning, afternoon, evening? Why?

I usually get the most reading done in the evening after everything that needs to be done is done. I have trouble focusing on a book when I know that there are other things — cleaning, shopping, etc. — that need my attention more than the book does.

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

I think I’ve answered this question before, and I said something sassy, like Let’s Pretend That Never Happened.


My questions:

  1. What book are you most looking forward to in 2020?
  2. Do you have any bookish events coming up? If not, what bookish event would you most like to attend?
  3. What is your favorite trope and some examples of books you think do it well?

I’m taking a break from tagging people, but if you like tags and I never tag you, please let me know! If you want to answer these questions, please feel free and make sure to tag me in your post so I can see your answers. ❤

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