Book Review: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a Fu*k by Mark Manson


Let’s start by establishing one important thing; I’m not a fan of self-motivation books. Yes, it’s a shocker to some people and I don’t know why.

In my personal opinion I feel that these types of books with their specific repeated jargon are all the same. I could be wrong, but that’s my opinion.

Now that we know that I’m not easily lured to read such books, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a Fu*k was my light at the end of the tunnel. I have never heard of Mark Manson before, so this was a plus for me.

Mark Manson runs a blog as a full time job, we learn this from him directly in the book. He left his day job to concentrate fully on his blog, thus, the book gives you this feeling of reading multiple blog posts which are not totally connected to each other.

The first few chapters were exactly how I expected them; his satire-style spoke to me since I really prefer such style to approach serious matters instead of the usual strict method.

Later on, the book almost takes the usual path of self-motivation books. Did that bother me? Yes and no. It bothered me because I thought that he wasn’t going to go down that route since I have already seen many, and no because despite the said fact, he still has his touch of sarcasm and potty-mouthed style.

From start to finish, the book goes like I mentioned above: blog posts from his personal life, people he knows, celebrities, and his own projections on different subjects such as cheating, death, etc.

The book is 200+ pages. I consider it a light reading before bed time, you don’t need to be completely focused to understand everything and enjoy what’s written.

Finally, I give it 3.5 out of 5, even though some websites like Goodreads rated it 4.5, again, people have different opinions about such subjects, maybe the fans of this genre found it a gift from God while others like me found it interesting enough to keep reading it to the end.


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  1. I feel the same way. I’m not a fan of self help books at all but I understand how people can be. I know I tend to write/say things similar to what might be in self help books (my recent post, Awaken to the Sight of YOUR-Self could be a good example of that) but I’d never write one. I give advice as needed, when asked or prompted. In my stories especially because well that’s just the mark of good story telling: themed nuance.
    It seems to me you gave it a fair try and that’s respectable.
    Thanks for the review.

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    1. Thank you for passing by. I’m not against self-motivation in general, the problem with this genre is that many inexperienced writers who don’t have any kind of qualifications, bombard us everyday with such books like: how to be millionaire, how to find love, how to succeed, etc. They are just recycling the same stuff over and over again.

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