The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson – A Review

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
Nonfiction | Self-Help | Personal Development
Published by Harper Collins
Released September 13th, 2016
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_and_a_half_stars

“In my life, I have given a fuck about many people and many things. I have also not given a fuck about many people and many things. And like the road not taken, it was the fucks not given that made all the difference.”

Self-help books have become a staple of my TBR, primarily because, despite being almost 33, I’m still trying to figure my life out. As are many people. A lot of self-help books are all the same: manifesting good vibes, having faith in something, etc.. For some people that’s fine, and sometimes, depending on where I’m at in my life, it’s fine for me as well. More often than not though, it’s not enough.

I DNF-ed The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck last year because I was turned off by the edginess/cringiness of the author saying “fuck” in every sentence. Cursing in no way bothers me, but it’s obviously a ploy to stand out and catch people’s attention for this book.

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I recently gave it another shot, listening to the audiobook on Scribd. Once I got through being annoyed with the style of Manson’s words and all the “fucks,” I ended up having an amazing experience with this book. In fact, I’m planning on buying a physical copy soon just so that I can read it again.

The thing that I like about The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, especially as compared to a lot of the other personal development and self-help books that I’ve read, is that it focuses on taking personal responsibility for your actions and how you respond to difficult and stressful situations. Most of us are guilty of, at some point in our lives (and some more often than others) of blaming the world or someone else for everything wrong in our lives. Sometimes it is someone else’s fault, but as Manson frequently points out in his book, the way you react to your problems is more important than anything else.

Manson has a way of making his points easy to understand and uses a lot of great examples from his personal experience to sell his ideas to readers. It works well. Listening to the audiobook was like having a serious, sit-down conversation with a mentor about getting my life together. I feel like so many people can benefit from an experience like that.

My absolute favorite part of the book is how he discusses in length the fact that you are not special. It’s even the name of one of the chapters. Coddling people is not good, and there are so many parts of society where that is happening. Participation trophies, thinking your problems are unique, etc. are leading to a culture where people don’t know how to deal with problems, losing, or any kind of disadvantage.

Obviously, Mark Manson’s approach will not appeal to everyone. It’s worth it to give it a read (or listen, the audiobook version is really good) if you think this book might help you.


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Healthy as F*ck by Oonagh Duncan – A Review

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Healthy as F*ck: The Habits You Need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy, and Kick Ass at Life by Oonagh Duncan
Nonfiction | Health & Fitness
Published by Sourcebooks
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Release Date: September 17, 2019
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars

Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

As I grow older, I put more and more time into self-improvement. Especially with having depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, it’s really important to me to stay on top of my health. It hasn’t been easy this past year, and as of this writing I’m overweight and still experimenting with medications to treat the above-mentioned conditions, but this book was a great motivator to put some new, healthy habits in place.

I requested an ARC of this book as soon as I saw it, and am so, so thankful to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy. It’s honestly the best self-help book I’ve read since starting this blog.

Healthy as F*ck is a no-nonsense look at creating healthy habits to improve your health and fitness. Oonagh Duncan doesn’t fluff up any of this book with woo-woo nonsense, which is something that I come across so often in the self-help genre. Instead, she focuses on the most important part of getting healthy – creating solid habits.

How many of us have started a new workout routine or diet, only to give it up a week later? I know I have, and I imagine most of us have at some point. Focusing on habits first is so obvious, and yet I don’t think it’s talked about enough. For that alone, I’d recommend Duncan’s book to anyone wanting to get healthier.

The other reason I love this book so much is that she emphasizes many times that you need to be happy now and in your current body before you can be happy at a lower weight. She’s completely right that losing weight won’t make you happy in and of itself. This is something I’ve lived through and can vouch for. I’ve weighed as little as 115 lbs and as much as 270. I can say for sure that in my own experience, my happiness depended on my mental health, the people I surrounded myself with, and how I chose to spend my time far more than on a number on a scale.

This book is packed with an insane amount of information. I went through an entire stack of page tabs while reading it. Since finishing it a few days ago, I’ve already found myself coming back to it over and over again for advice and to remind myself why it’s important to focus on my habits.

If you’re looking for a great book to motivate you to be happier and to make better habits that will lead to you being a healthier person, look no further. Oonagh Duncan’s Healthy as F*ck is a perfect choice.




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Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau – A Review

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Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau
Non-Fiction | Self-Help | Personal Finance
Published by Crown Business
Released September 19, 2017
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars

My number one goal in life is to work for myself. I’ve never been a fan of corporate 9-5 desk jobs or customer service jobs. It stifles my creativity and heightens by anxiety and stress. My current job is so stressful that it prompted me to start taking anti-anxiety medications, eventually leading to the drugs not working and finding out that I’m bipolar.

Chris Guillebeau is the writer behind the blog The Art of Non-Conformity. He writes about how to work for yourself and live a freer life, both things that I can fully get behind.

Side Hustle‘s goal is to set up a profitable side hustle in just 27 days, specifically “designed for the busy and impatient.” I did appreciate that the book was geared toward people who already have a full-time job and a lack of free time, which is probably most of us.

Get rich quick schemes are nothing new, especially in America. It’s safe to say that most of us would like to have more money and more free time.

The book is full of useful information. The reason I couldn’t rate it higher than three stars, however, is that none of the information in this book is new or innovative. It’s the same information that you can find for free online.

Also, the whole “getting rich in 27 days” aspect of the book seemed gimmicky and lessened the quality of the advice.

I can’t bring myself to recommend this book because you can literally get all of this information for free online. There’s no need to buy and read this book.


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10 Self-Help Books to Help with Your New Year’s Resolutions

The book market is inundated with so many self-help books these days that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth reading. In the spirit of all the New Year’s resolutions being made this week, here are ten of the best to help you make 2019 your best year yet!


You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

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This was the first self-help book I read that really blew my mind. While I’ll admit that I am not a spiritual person and I initially scoffed at those sections of Sincero’s book, I started putting her advice into action and I started feeling more confident almost immediately. I’m probably going to be re-reading this book at least once a year.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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This is a classic for a reason. Originally published in 1936, people have been going back to this book over and over again. If you want to learn how to succeed in both your professional and personal lives, this might be a great option for you. From the synopsis: “Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.”

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The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV

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I’m a huge fan of the Dalai Lama’s books, and this is one of the most beloved. You don’t have to practice Buddhism in order to learn from him. In this book, you’ll learn how to deal with anxiety, anger, insecurity, and so much more. I mentioned in a previous post how another of the Dalai Lama’s books, How to Practice the Way to a Meaningful Life, literally changed my life, and this one is even better.

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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I’ll admit that many of the sports references in this book were lost on me, but the general information in this book is the kind that literally everybody can appreciate. So many of us have trouble sticking with habits and new routines, whether at work or in our personal lives, and Duhigg examines why some people are able to stick with a new habit and some aren’t. He also explains how we can cultivate our minds to embrace new, healthy habits.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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While not everybody is an introvert, those of us that are will take some pleasure in this book that takes a look at the cultural biases that have grown up embracing extroverts over introverts. Introverts might handle certain scenarios differently, but that doesn’t mean we’re in any way inferior. This book will help introverts appreciate themselves more.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

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Marie Kondo is a Japanese cleaning consultant, and in this much-loved book, she will help you to declutter your home. It’s hard to be happy when you feel like your house is messy and you’ll never have time to clean and organize everything, so spend some time practicing the advice in this book and you’ll notice how much your day-to-day life will improve.

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

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This book is perfect for people who are technically adults but feel like you have absolutely no clue what you’re supposed to be doing. To tell you the truth, I was 100% one of those people in my early twenties. Brown’s instruction manual to adulting will help you get your life on track with everything from relationships to finances. She also manages to keep everything fun with her tongue-in-cheek writing style.

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 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

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Mark Manson’s book has been widely acclaimed, and much of that has to do with his no-nonsense methods. While so many (or, practically all) self-help gurus instruct you to focus on positivity, Manson teaches you how to learn to deal with the negative things that happen in your day-to-day life. From the synopsis: “He tells it like it is—a 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, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.”

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The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

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For many people, bullet journaling has changed their lives, giving order to their to-do lists, calendars, and thoughts. Ryder Carroll is the inventor of the Bullet Journal organizational system, so there’s no one better to get advice from on starting your own.

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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

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Rachel Hollis is the blogger behind TheChicSite.com and in that role has helped thousands of her followers live a better and more fearless life. In this memoir, she uses her own experiences along with a good dose of humor to share even more of her advice. “From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.”

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What is your favorite self-help book? Let me know in the comments!