The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn’t sugarcoat...

Details The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

TitleThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Release DateSep 13th, 2016
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Philosophy

Reviews The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • Khadidja
    Masterpiece, incredibly funny. i don't usally go for self help books cause to me they are all the same! Smile more, love more, hate less, don't give up, it's gonna be okay, it's all in your head. Blah blah blah.... but this one was the exception. Anything with curse words on the cover picks my interest :P The first half of it was my favorite, the aim of this book is to help the reader to think a little bit more clearly about what they’re choosi...
  • Kevin
    Sort of an anti self-help book, meaning that it actually contains a useful philosophy, which is (mostly) just Buddhism dressed up a little for millennials. It's not as douchey as the title would have you think, and it's very entertaining. There's a lot of cross-over with Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World, surprisingly. A lot of good advice for those, like me, who over-stress themselves about mostly nothing at all. I really loved it; I'll proba...
  • Nat
    I went into this admittedly with quite some skepticism and entitlement— “what is this going to teach me that I don’t already know?”— but The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is truly one of the most ground-shaping nonfiction books I’ve read so far. It will and can change a perspective, a life. And as such, this is the perfect book to give to your loved ones on holidays, birthdays...It made me rethink all the times I ever gave a fuck ov...
  • James
    I'd review this book but I just don't... What's the phrase?You can buy the book here.
  • Jen
    Based on the title, I was pretty stoked for this, and the introductory essay explaining the author's Not Giving a F*ck theory made a lot of sense to me and made me really happy. Essentially, he says that the internet and the media demand that we give a f*ck about everything, but we only have so much time on Earth and so many f*cks to give and we have to choose who and what we spend those f*cks on. Makes sense.Unfortunately, the rest of the book t...
  • Lenore
    What a load of self-indulgent, sexist codswallop.
  • Mary Monaghan
    I started out liking this book, I really did. By the time I was halfway in, his smug attitude about things he frankly knows jack shit about were getting on my nerves. He made some excellent points, all of which have been made countless times by other, more competent writers. Read Sartre, Camus, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, and various Buddhist texts instead. Regurgitating Eastern philosophy and existentialism while swearing a lot only gets you so ...
  • libbyscreen
    I'm not actually done yet, but this book is becoming more problematic by the page. In re: false memories and page 128: False memories are absolutely a thing. But when the example you use to illustrate this fact is a 1980's feminist who falsely accused her father of abuse and you follow up with "in the early 1980s and 1990s hundreds of innocent people were wrongly accused of sexual violence under similar circumstances. Many of them went to prison ...
  • Christy
    4 stars! This book wasn't only about giving no fucks, it was about giving fucks about only the important things. If you're going to read it, I would recommend the audio book. I thought the narration was great and it was highly entertaining and made me laugh out loud more than once!!
  • Lyn
    A lot of necessary to hear hard truths.There is a distinction between what the title implies and what Manson intends. Manson is essentially inviting us to only care about what’s important and let the rest take care of itself.I’ve been accused of indifference or “living in a bubble” for years because I don’t follow politics and rarely watch the news. My mantra is the serenity prayer:God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot ...
  • Chance Lee
    I'm not one for self-help books, but this one spoke to me: "The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one's negative experience is itself a positive experience." I don't know how to review this book without typing out the whole book, so I'm going to try something different: to be brief. This book provides support for someone who wants to live in reality, someone who doesn't want...
  • Erin
    I don't read self-help. I simply don't believe in the self-help genre. If you need a book to help you live your life you have bigger problems than whatever brought you to that book. That may seem harsh but its just my opinion and you are free to ignore it.Since I don't read self-help, you may be asking "Erin, Why did you read this book? Blame Popsugar. I'm doing the Popsugar 2017 Reading challenge and needed to read a book from a genre I don't us...
  • Sinead
    Ego driven rantings Wish I could say I couldn't give a fu#k about spending £10.99 on this serious heap of rubbish, but yes, i do give a fu#k that this ego driven, talentless author swindled me out of money for a heap of rubbish. He is probably having a great old laugh at the fact that his mantra `dont try` has resulted in an awful written book, full of cliches, calling reader `dumbass`, referring to us wanting to feel jennifer aniston`s t#ts , a...
  • Mischenko
    I have mixed emotions on this. I was totally into reading it and it seemed great at first, but truthfully, for me, the best chapters were the last two. It's a positive message, but glad I didn't pay for it as it felt repetitious to me. I listened to it on audible and enjoyed the narrator. 3 stars...
  • TS Chan
    3.5 stars.I don't usually reach for self-help books. However, the title of this book piqued my curiosity and it also perpetually appears on the main page of Audible as a best seller, thus furthering my intrigue. As an audiobook, I did enjoy this as the narrator was really good and brought life to the narrative. To be honest, the advice contained herein was not ground-breaking, but was delivered in a refreshing and humourous manner. It served as a...
  • Jaclyn Salem
    I knew after the first chapter that I probably wasn't the intended audience for this book. Most of it was sort of a "duh" for me, but I continued on in hopes I would learn something new...WOW, this author is SO self-indulgent. He misses no opportunity to remind us about what a complete "fuckboi" he was in his twenties. The problem with this is that his tone (and the fact that he brings it up over and over and over and over again) makes it sound l...
  • Bonny
    I think The Subtle Art... might have had more impact upon me if I was 20-something instead of 59-years-old. The language isn't really an issue (it just becomes another word that doesn't even seem to have much meaning); it's more that Manson is repetitive and doesn't offer anything original that most people haven't learned for themselves in a few decades of experience. For me, the same ideas are expressed much more elegantly, cogently, and thoroug...
  • Cheri
    Definitely written by and for straight, white, entitled males. I have no fucks to give for this book or the author.
  • Michael Britt
    "Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only im...
  • crankmuffin
    I was expecting an enjoyable read on not taking things too seriously. Instead I got a collection of banal insights, wrapped in supposedly funny dirty-talk. References to philosophy/literature were reminiscent of an author who just skimmed through "100 ideas in X you need to know" and didn't bother further. They were forced and off-beat especially considering the overall tone, which itself fluctuated between the earnestness of self-help drivel and...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    This one comes with an interesting title! I wouldn’t normally reach for a self help book, but Mark Moran’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, was the pick for our book club this month. It also formed part of challenge read on 'read a self help guide' I have going with a fellow bookworm. I decided to give this book a chance and I went into reading it with an open mind, despite my reservation...
  • Zoe
    Nothing illuminating in this book but it is VERY funny. What the writer wrote about is something we know but often forget. So it was a good reminder for us to focus on the important things.
  • Johnny
    I listened to the audible version of this book, well read by Roger Wayne.I was misled by the title. I pre-ordered this book from some recommendation and forgot about it until it showed up, at which point I had some vague notion of what the book was about. Turned out to be much better than I expected. It covers some really deep insights about making meaning out of one's life, far exceeding what one would expect from someone as young as the author....
  • Amy Joseph
    Have you ever been in a bar and had a know-it-all tell you everything you need to know about life without any evidence to back up what he's saying? That's what this book felt like.
  • Nadin Adel
    Are you a Self-Development book type geek? Or you are that ANTI one? Whichever you are, this book is made especially for you! For me, I am the Anti-Self-Development type, however, sometimes I give a book or two a chance to make a difference and change my mind. And that truly rarely or never happens. I am one of those whom are fed up with all those toxic self-development books. That type of books like: How to achieve greatness, How to win and infl...
  • Tanja Berg
    "In life, we have limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely."There is an incredible amount "f*cks" mentioned in Mark Manson's sentences in the first 50 pages. It got on my nerves. Either it lessened afterwards or the content of the book improved to such a degree that a bit of off-putting language didn't bother me anymore. This is a brilliant handbook on how to do well in life. It's in tune with the books on cognitive p...
  • Amina
    This book is awesome and Mark Manson is crazy.I think that this is the closest to reality self-help book I've came across, it was simple and "realistic".
  • Matt Russell
    Like the road not.taken, it was the fucks not given that made all the difference.
  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    I love me some naughty words. I love it when they are used right and I love it even more when they are used wrong because wrong is sooo very wrong. (Cue Bad to the Bone) This book is seasoned with just the right amount of naughty words to make a girl like me smile and take notice of the point being made. The first few chapters are the best chapters though they were the hardest to read on account of all the fist pumping I was doing. I mean who w...