I am so sorry! I totally scheduled the post for the wrong day! I cannot believe I did that. Well at least it is better late then never right? Today, I wanted to look at the Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. Yes, I know it’s a little weird that I’m reading non-fiction and not fiction, but it does happen.
I decided to pick this one up because a) it has been a top seller at my bookstore, b) the title is amazing, and c) I just felt that I needed to read this book. I’m glad that I (am still) read the book. I’m halfway through it and loving it.
The message is definitely one that is counter intuitive and very down to earth. Plus, Mark Manson’s writing style is honest, true, funny and unique. Is it crude in a lot of different ways? Yes it is. He drops swear words like crazy and usually I’m not a fan of this. He makes it work though in a good way. I think a lot of the reason why I don’t find it uncomfortable to read is because it is really well written and he uses those swears in the appropriate ways (this is totally a great thing to keep in mind when writing fiction FYI).
I also enjoy that he doesn’t quote every known study that you can get your hands on to back up what he is talking about. He is aware of them and you definitely are aware that he’s aware of it, but its nice not having the science jargon being thrown at you repeatedly.
I do, however, have a complaint with his book so far. It has a lot to do with going over the same point repeatedly. It will get on your nerves a bit and I’ve never been one who likes to have the same information jammed down my throat a hundred times over. Now, I do know other people need this to happen. The other reason this kinda ticks me off is that he doesn’t really offer solutions as to how to go about and stop giving a f*ck about everything in your life. It could also mean that I’m just not at that part yet.
Overall, I’m really enjoying the book. The message behind it is a good one. Problems are good for you and should be embraced instead of avoided and that you need to focus on what really matters. Plus the world is a little f*cked up, which if we’re being honest is pretty true. Accepting that and then moving forward with your life is also a good thing to do as well. It’s these things that sets you up to be happy.
Also, you should check out Mark Manson’s website here. It has a lot of extra information on it and it’ll give you a taste of his writing style. Basically just go through the FAQ’s page – it’s pretty funny.
That’s it for me today! We will be talking about character voices next week on Tuesday. It was a question that popped up in my NaNoWriMo feed from last month and I’m going to do a post on it.
Until next week!