The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

eBook - 2016
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A humorous self-help guide helps readers figure out the things that they should care about to lead contented, grounded lives.
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins,, 2016
ISBN: 9780062457738
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Subtle art of not giving a fuck

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Jan 30, 2018

Though many of the quotes and the Do Something principle resonates with me, I found this book quite repetitive and somewhat unoriginal - that is, many of the concepts I’ve read already somewhere else. I found the title to be more of a sales tactic than what I expected out of it. The beginning was much more honest and had witty humour, but then as the author attempted to delve deeper into self-realizations, it started to get dry and I found myself just trying to finish the book. Nevertheless, not a bad read if you’re curious!

Jan 26, 2018


While it is frank and often vulgar, it is honest and truthful. This may help you, it may not. There are plenty of good observations and advice here but nothing you cannot find in other similar books. If you want street-language kinds of advice, then this might be the ticket to unplugging yourself from your issues. I prefer more literate fair but I read this for its brutal tone to see if it made a difference. It did. He's not a doctor or a psychoanalyst and doesn't pretend to be. That's fine. Sometimes we need to hear the same messages from a different voice for them to resonate.

Dec 12, 2017

This book had been getting a lot of buzz so I figured I'd grab it from the library (after a couple weeks of being on the wait list of course). I wouldn't say this is your typical self-help type of book. The author breaks down ways to focus and prioritize your thoughts effectively (how to pick and choose what matters to you and what does not matter to you based on finely honed personal values). And although the title mentions "not giving an f", the struggle is actually in figuring out what things to care about and what ones to leave at the doorstep. The counterintuitive approach definitely made me think (such as realizing you will ALWAYS have problems in life and the enjoyment comes from solving them, making sure you are accepting of failure because it allows for growth, and understanding that death is inevitable so while we have the time, we should truly LIVE!). This is a great reminder to pick your battles (whether internal or external) wisely and prioritize the things that you truly value in life. I would give it a 7 out of 10.

Nov 17, 2017

Nonsense disguised as common sense. Doesn't tell me anything I have already figured out. Title of the book is only for shock value. Same old self-help garbage just rehashed with different wording. This book isn't going to change your life.

Aug 19, 2017

A self indulgent, snowflake, potty mouthed Millennial with hedonistic tendencies, comes to the realization that he's NOT the centre of the universe, and that indeed, the Buddha and some historical great philosophical thinkers might know a little more than Facebook or Instagram. He blogs about his 'awakening', (as they all do), and decides to try and sell a book or two regarding his navel gazing and musings. How cute.

AuroraPLAdult Aug 11, 2017

To get anything of value out this book you must first get past the shock value prose of the author. Manson argues that you need to face up to difficult, stressful, and challenging endeavors, taking responsibility for yourself and telling the truth. None of these accountabilities are easy and they create conflict, but they are essential for self-improvement and ultimately fulfilment. He highlights the fact that the accomplishments we get the greatest gratification from are the most difficult and often unpleasant challenges. Manson argues life isn’t fair and you may have been dealt a losing hand, however, you still must take responsibility. Even when treated unfairly, you still need to take ownership and move on. Wallowing in the unfairness will only lead to bitterness. Manson also claims that failure leads to improvement and without failure we stagnate therefore, we need to stop avoiding doing something because we are afraid of failing. Conflict is a critical element of relationships, you cannot have a strong relationship without trust and without truth. If you have truth you will have conflict. Avoiding conflict leads to a weak relationship. This is one of the most contrary self-help books that I have read, but many of the author’s points ultimately make sense.

May 04, 2017

Wow... Um... I think I actually might have just finished a self-help book written by Peter from the Mindy Project? I am not even sure what to say... Good solid safety orange dust-jacket? Clever font? This book is rife with unsettling examples, such using racist books/speakers/Halloween costumes being barred from college campuses to illustrate a point about entitlement (pg 56) and false sexual abuse allegations to illustrate a point about trusting ourselves less (pg 123), and crappy lecherous dad jokes... I am not sure where this thing ends and my horror begins anymore, actually... Sure, there are some philosophical basics buried in this book-sized bro-turd, but I might have gleened more real insight from a jar of hummus... Not for me. Not for me at all.

Apr 19, 2017

Might read this later ;)

Apr 18, 2017

Short and to the point, this book actually had some fairly profound moments. Lots of stuff that had me thinking, "Well ya! That makes sense" but do I actually do these things? Not really. A nice, realistic check in for someone who isn't incredibly interested in self help but needs to get their "shit in check".
I loved it.

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