Book Review: The Subtle Art of not Giving a F#ck


There’s this thing about self-help books: they only have one good idea. The rest is mostly fluff.

You know, punch the damn keys to reach the necessary word count.

This book, sadly, is no exception.

But the main idea is brilliant. And makes this book well worth a try.

What’s that idea you ask?

Well… self-awareness.

That’s how I’d describe it.

Most people are never fully aware of their own selves. Their feelings, emotions, reactions to particular events. They’re on auto-pilot.

While this idea is by no means revolutionary, it is nice to read about it.

It is also nice to read about the inevitability of suffering, the idea that we have to enjoy the journey, with all its ups and downs, to become worthy of the reward.

We have to be aware, and decide. Decide what is important and what is not. What merits our attention, time, and energy…

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Subtle Art of not Giving a F#ck

  1. You should check out his blog. It is the most golden genuine stuff about life and everything else under the sun! And the book is more or less a compilation of all that. Sometimes I feel cheated when authors do it. How the guys from freakonomics did with “When to rob a bank”

  2. This book is in my checkout on Amazon. I was discouraged when you said the author just keeps typing to meet a word count but then you totally still recommended at the end, lol I think I’m confused but thank you 😊 I’m always looking for a great self help book and any author who uses Fuck-whether with a hashtag or not-on the cover, is a friend of mines. Thanks!

    • Well, most self-help books are worth browsing through. You know, read the most important parts. They are still worth buying, don’t get me wrong. Exactly for those parts, there’s some great insight in most of them, but there’s also some fluff(and this book is no exception)

  3. I read part of this book on his blog, it is very insightful and thought-provoking, but that is it. It is worth reading, but I agree, self-help books have some brilliant ideas but it does not have to be that long.

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