For me, reading a book means reading fiction. Life is hectic and stressful enough, so getting lost in another world outside of your own can feel like heaven.
I stepped away from that mindset to read Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** (the public and PG title). This “self-help” book is unlike any other; it feels more like you’re having a conversation with a drill sergeant. The conversational tone of the book is arguably its best aspect.
Manson dives into all of the things possibly going wrong with your life and how to handle them like an “adult”: stop giving a f**k. With chapters like “Don’t Try”, “You Are Not Special”, and “You’re Wrong About Everything”, Manson teaches the reader how to grow up and live life for yourself and not for others.
If you’re into books that swear a ton, you’ll probably love this one. Through his informal swearing, Manson emphasizes that life is difficult and strenuous, but everything comes down to how we handle those difficult times. A new spin on self-help, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** helps us to realize that maybe we are the reason that we need help in the first place.
Cassidy Johncox is a senior studying professional writing with a focus in editing and publishing. When she isn’t working, you can find her reading, writing, or playing video games (…mostly video games).