Review | The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson

Title: The subtle art of not giving a f*ck

Author: Mark Manson

Date of publication: 13th, September 2016

Print length: paperback, 238 pages

Genres: Non fiction, Self-help, Psychology

You can buy this book from Amazon

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General topic 9/10, Arguments made 8/10, Examples to support the idea 8/10, Writing Quality 9/10, Logic 10/10, Enjoyment 9/10, Overall 8.84/10 equals to 4\5 stars.

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I remember last year a class mate was reading this book and was highly praising it, so I was intrigued. I was a bit skeptical starting this book as I don’t read a lot of nonfiction and I’m even less used to making reviews for this genre. I had to change the criteria I use in giving the rating, and I’m still not sure I found the best way to appreciate this type of books. The premise of this book seemed to promote the impossible: not caring. I am a person who cares wholeheartedly and I get attached easy, and sometimes it would be a good thing to be more detached. In ended up really enjoying this read, even though it was not what I was expecting. It read fast, it was cohesive and made a lot of sense.

I was mistaken thinking this book promises to teach people how to not care about things. At it’s essence it promotes having good values and not caring about what doesn’t align with them. In other words, know what’s important to you and do not mind the less important things. I found it interesting that instead of trying to promote solutions and easy-fixes, it encourages to face problems. In my eyes it is connected to the law of attraction as it states that changing your values you can change your life. If you can envision what you want your life to be you can align your values and habits to fit that life, therefore changing your perspective. In my previous experience with nonfiction, the writer promotes things that are counter intuitive and hard to accomplish. It wasn’t the case in this book, and for me that was a huge plus.

The tone of the book was humorous. The book was easy to read, but for me it wasn’t always relatable to my case. Sometimes it made me think of things my mom said to me, but somehow, hearing it from someone else I could change perspectives with more ease. The translation I read of the book was well made and I didn’t notice any mistakes. I did really appreciate that Mark Manson gave quite a few examples, which helped get his point across. The book was well structured and cohesive. I liked that the writing felt personal, not detached as it can often happen in non-fiction. However, I did not find the information in this book to be well backed up. In my opinion, there were few studies and experiments mentioned, I would have liked more.

Overall, this was a solid, enjoyable read. It made me think and I find that to be very important, but I did take the information provided in this book with a grain of salt. I probably won’t reread this book anytime soon and I think that is also something to consider. I would recommend this book if you are passionate about self-help. I also think this is a good start if you haven’t read non-fiction before, as it isn’t that heavy and it mostly reads like a life-story. I would read another book by Mark Manson in the future, but probably not in the very near future.

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