One of my “resolutions” for the new year is to read more. Yeah, that’s a common one, but I’m not the best with resolutions. I wanted the books I read to be interesting and potentially helpful in my life. As a 28 year old with no idea where to even begin life, this book stood out to me. It’s become wildly popular and definitely blew up my social media in the beginnings of January.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
My Initial Thoughts
This book is incredibly easy to read. The author makes it feel like more of a Ted Talk than reading a book. He’s more loose with his words, and definitely doesn’t shy away from cursing. He’s incredibly relatable and definitely has the experience to back up his writing. Don’t know about you, but I’d prefer advice over someone who’s fucked up their life a bit over someone who hasn’t. If you screw up enough, you will eventually learn what not to do.
What I Liked
There are so many great things about this book. The way Manson explains things is just perfect for not being too patronizing for not knowing, but also informative without being a know-it-all ass. He always has examples to pull from to give us a visual if you’re the kind of person who needs it (and I’m the kind of person who needs it).
His writing style is that of the tough love one would need to actually make a change in their life. It definitely makes me want to get out and start doing so many things. The “Just Do It” aspect of things hit a spot with me. While I don’t think I have severe social anxiety, I do have issues in some social situations
What I Don’t Like
As someone who’s been told their entire life what I was allowed to do and not do, figuring life out on my own is incredibly overwhelming. There’s a reason my first book of the year is a self help book. Reading about how I just have to go out and “do it” is intimidating. Where do I start? What do I do? I know a book isn’t going to tell me what to do, but a few more visuals on what to do would have helped a lot.
I absolutely love this book. I’m going to have to re-read it and pay more attention, since it was a book I read at night so my comprehension wasn’t quite there. But I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s incredibly inspiring and makes you literally not want to give a fuck.