July Book Club Pick: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck


  • Title: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck
  • Genre: Self-help
  • Author: Mark Manson
  • Length206 Pages
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

For this months book club, we decided to pick a self-help option that has been on our reading list for some months now. While I usually don't gravitate towards the purchase of anything self-help related, this seemed like a unique approach to something we all want to conquer in our lives. After all, we all have that particular situation that we put too much emotion into (like what people think of us...just me?).

I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars for a few reasons. One of the main reasons was for the fact that it is a story we all know but sometimes just need to read as a reminder. While it gave some fantastic metaphors and pieces of advice, it wasn't the most original. That being said, it was still enjoyable to read, and I did take a few core elements and incorporated them into my daily life.


So, what is it about?
The title kind of gives this book away. Simply put, this is a book about not giving a f*ck. Mark Manson, the author, goes into a little rant about different things we care too much about and follows it up with real-life stories to make it understandable for anyone reading. He also is brutally honest in his approach to helping out whoever is reading his work.

Different from other self-help books, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck makes it critically clear that you are not some special unicorn who poops glitter. However, this switch of writing gives for a better self-reflection. Manson doesn't come at you in a way that will make you cry under your covers in depression, but instead self reflect on what you can improve on in your life.

It is not so much a step by step guide on how to not care, but a story on how to rewire our brains from societies toxic teachings.

Some of my likes...
I absolutely loved how Manson uses real-life stories to showcase his point. Whether it be personal or a celebrities story, he physically shows you how people's perceptions changed them into the person they are today (or were, depending on who he is talking about).

While it was a tad repetitive, I did enjoy how he continually reiterates his point in each chapter. Instead of just talking about it in the first paragraph and then going on a tangent, he repeats until it is ringing in your head. This form of writing makes it easy for you to use his words in real life instead of having it whisper in one ear and out the other.

Again, he states facts we all know deep down but sometimes just need to hear to make them a priority.

Some of my dislikes...
While I did love the book overall, some things lowered my rating of this self-help story. For one, it did feel like there were parts that Manson was cussing just to be different. While I'm all for the use of f*ck (I use it regularly myself), I also think it should be used to enhance a sentence. Throwing it around all willy nilly kind of lessens the severity of the word.

For the most part, there weren't particular things I disliked about the story. Most of the pieces I enjoyed were also things that annoyed me as well. For example, I enjoyed reading the book but felt like it was something I had read in other self-help books out there. The only difference was his writing style.

Since Mark Manson is a blogger, this book had that form of writing throughout each page. You know what I mean. That way of putting big words into a satirical style all while trying to be witty and funny but acting as if it comes effortlessly. Personally, I enjoyed this style of writing. However, I do know others who read this book and didn't appreciate the quirky form.

Ease of Reading
Like I said above, the style of writing could be the best thing you have ever read or could make you want to scratch your eyes out. For me, I enjoyed the witty banter that you can read on each page. It makes it lighthearted while still being serious about how to change your life around.

For ease of reading, I would say this would be a 5 out of 5 rating. Whether you like the style or not, it was easy to comprehend and made it simple to read without having to go over a paragraph multiple times.

Would I recommend it?
I would actually recommend this book! Even though I gave it an okay grade, I do think everyone should read the book at least once. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck gives everyone insight into their daily lives and puts it into perspective how silly it is for us to worry and live in a state of anxiety constantly.

I do want to say that you need to be ready to read this book. I met a woman who hated every page she devoured and didn't finish it entirely. However, by listening to her talk about it, you could tell that it wasn't the fact that she didn't like the book but the fact that she thought she was better than Mark Manson's advice. While she probably should read it more than others, her mind wasn't open to his words.

Just like any self-help book, you need to want to change. If you are too stubborn for change than you won't enjoy this book.

Have you read The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck? What did you think of it? Let me know some of your likes/dislikes and the rating you would have given it in the comments below! Also, what book would you like me to review next? Leave the title and author in the comments, and I'll pick one each month for my monthly review!
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