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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck is fun to read, but it could be more.

Mark Manson is a popular blogger and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” is his first book. Even though I didn’t know him, I was interested in reading this book. I have never read these books about self-development and happiness, so I was curious. This book is very popular and that’s mostly why it caught my attention. I didn’t have any expectations and I really read it because I wanted another look at life.

The views in the book are refreshing. When I started reading, I was surprised about it. Manson takes on a sarcastic tone towards certain subjects, which makes the book fun and refreshing. I loved reading them and trying to apply it to my own life. The things discussed in the book can also be confronting and maybe even unsettling. Still, if you think about what Manson states in the book, it’s true. Go read the book and find it out for yourself!

Not a major challenge to read

The book definitely gives an interesting look at life. The title “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” fits the tone of the book. The thing that mostly stuck to me after reading this book is that I sometimes can decide to not give a f*ck about something. The word “counterintuitive” is a good description of the look Manson has. As this is the first book about happiness and self-development I have ever read, I was really into it, because it’s simple to understand and based on reality, but I also think it is not really a scientifically proven book. So if that’s what you’re looking for, this isn’t for you. I would have loved to read more about where Manson found his ideas and how they were constructed. The book could be much more challenging to read.

Anecdotes?!

The views in the book are thought-provoking, but they are being made fun by adding a ton of stories. The book has a lot of different anecdotes, about Manson’s own life, but there are also mentions of Metallica, the Beatles, Romeo & Juliet and even Picasso. Some of the anecdotes are touching and impressive, but others could be replaced by something more interesting. Some of them feel like they needed to make the book more fun and easy to read. Don’t get me wrong, they do make the book more fun, but it seems like some of the anecdotes were only added to create a book that was fun for everyone and not just for the people who really want to get a good life following the book.

So to sum it all up, I liked reading this book. I think it’s definitely a great first book to read out of books about self-development and happiness. The book has an interesting tone and it’s simple, but I think there could be more to it. The anecdotes definitely lift the book up, but a more scientific approach would add more to the book than the anecdotes do themselves. I’d still recommend reading the book, it’s just really fun.

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