The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do by Sarah Knight

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do

THE "GENIUS" (Cosmopolitan) NATIONAL BESTSELLER ON THE ART OF CARING LESS AND GETTING MOREAre you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It's time to stop giving a f*ck. This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo's bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up explains how to...

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do Reviews

  • Janet

    I thought this would be all sass/irony, but there's a lot of substance as well. The author gives good hands-on tips while explaining how life will improve when you prioritize what's truly important to you. Knight mentions she wrote this in a very short time (per her contract), and it's apparent that was the case: it feels quite off-the-cuff in places, which is just an observation and not an insult. Overall, I am thankful to say I didn't need much of the advice, as I have done a lot of work over

    I thought this would be all sass/irony, but there's a lot of substance as well. The author gives good hands-on tips while explaining how life will improve when you prioritize what's truly important to you. Knight mentions she wrote this in a very short time (per her contract), and it's apparent that was the case: it feels quite off-the-cuff in places, which is just an observation and not an insult. Overall, I am thankful to say I didn't need much of the advice, as I have done a lot of work over the years to be polite & loving while living the life *I* want to live. As a business owner who employs a team of people, I hope my staff members skip the "work" chapter (or, if they read it, don't identify with too many of the frustrating scenarios!). A good new year's read for sure.

  • Diane Barnes

    Only 3 stars for writing and overuse of the F word. I have no objection to the word, but 20 or 30 times per page is a little repetitive. However, the content was excellent. Written as a parody of Marie Kondo 's book about tidying up your home, Knight advises us to tidy up our mental space and stop caring what other people think. There are exceptions, (family, boss, close friends), and she's pretty strict about not being an asshole while you're saying No. But she's funny, and the advice is perfec

    Only 3 stars for writing and overuse of the F word. I have no objection to the word, but 20 or 30 times per page is a little repetitive. However, the content was excellent. Written as a parody of Marie Kondo 's book about tidying up your home, Knight advises us to tidy up our mental space and stop caring what other people think. There are exceptions, (family, boss, close friends), and she's pretty strict about not being an asshole while you're saying No. But she's funny, and the advice is perfect.

  • Amanda

    This book is a parody of the bestselling organization book

    . Instead of physical clutter, Knights's book focuses on mental clutter- letting go of too many obligations, being protective and selective with your time, money, and energy.

    *

    : Avoid this book if you are highly offended by or sensitive to the "f" word because it's used a minimum of a half a dozen times on every single page.*

    In 2015 author Sarah K

    This book is a parody of the bestselling organization book

    . Instead of physical clutter, Knights's book focuses on mental clutter- letting go of too many obligations, being protective and selective with your time, money, and energy.

    *

    : Avoid this book if you are highly offended by or sensitive to the "f" word because it's used a minimum of a half a dozen times on every single page.*

    In 2015 author Sarah Knight quit her job at a major publishing house to begin her own business as a freelance editor and writer. "I was almost thirty when I began to realize it was possible to stop giving so many fucks, but I was nearly forty before I figured out how to make it happen on a grand scale."

    Personally, I think there is a natural progression to this mindset after living almost four decades on this planet.

    Knight differentiates between being "an asshole" and putting her philosophy into practice. The basics she stresses are taking care of yourself first, allowing yourself to say "no," and releasing yourself from anxiety and guilt associated with saying "no."

    There were no grand revelations here for me because I've drawn many of these conclusions already and put them into practice in my life. For example, I'm comfortable enough to run to the supermarket sans makeup. I am choosy with whom I spend my time, especially family (no need to subject myself to toxic people). I no longer feel any qualms about hanging up on a telemarketer. I even deactivated my Facebook account for a while because I felt it was mentally exhausting and a time drain. (I probably shouldn't mention this because according to Knight, not being on FB is "akin to being a Communist in 1950s Hollywood.")

    I think that the author is probably a little more hard core than me. I truly believe that in society reprocicity is important. After all, I'm not charismatic enough or powerful enough to completely stop attending my friends' functions and expect them to support me. If I care about a friend, I would go to her baby shower (even if I dislike showers). And I'd probably buy my friend's homemade peanut butter (at least once).

    I found this book entertaining, thought-provoking, and LAUGH-OUT-LOUD funny at times. I would have given it 4 stars, but I deducted one because of the excessive use of the "f" bomb.

    Excerpt:

    This- THIS RIGHT HERE- is why I wrote the book you are holding in your hands. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or expert no-fuck-giver,

    is for people who are exhausted by presenting a façade of interest, enthusiasm, and conformity to the rest of the world. It is about empowering them (you) to feel free to be themselves (yourselves) and live their (your) best lives.

  • Cat

    I took this book's advice and stopped spending time I don't have with an authorial persona I find vaguely irritating reading this parodic self-help guide that offered neither sufficient laughs nor sufficient guidance to merit completing it. All of the best parts of the book are condensed into this interview, which I suggest you read instead:

    It's a great parody idea and actually the tip that you give your daily task, commitments, and worries and decide whi

    I took this book's advice and stopped spending time I don't have with an authorial persona I find vaguely irritating reading this parodic self-help guide that offered neither sufficient laughs nor sufficient guidance to merit completing it. All of the best parts of the book are condensed into this interview, which I suggest you read instead:

    It's a great parody idea and actually the tip that you give your daily task, commitments, and worries and decide which could/should be dismissed or at least minimized is an excellent one. But Knight adopts an affected Bridget-Jones-esque pose in listing her own proclivities and peeves that feels forced-funny to me rather than funny-funny, and it just goes on for too long. Also, though I quite enjoy using the word f*ck a lot, turns out I find it rather boring to read repeatedly.

  • Kelli

    I don't give a f*ck about reviewing this book!

  • Joy

    I loved this book! It's hilarious and actually quite helpful! I didn't realize that I already followed a lot of the advice she gives. I really disliked

    which this book parodies, and was so tired of reading the word "tidy" in it, but if "f*ck" bothers you, you might have trouble with this. She uses it just as much. Anyway, I appreciated the philosophy behind it and I do recommend this book. It's well written an

    I loved this book! It's hilarious and actually quite helpful! I didn't realize that I already followed a lot of the advice she gives. I really disliked

    which this book parodies, and was so tired of reading the word "tidy" in it, but if "f*ck" bothers you, you might have trouble with this. She uses it just as much. Anyway, I appreciated the philosophy behind it and I do recommend this book. It's well written and very clever.

    Just wanted to add that I especially like Sarah's "personal policy" suggestion (see page 86). To minimize hurt feelings, say you have a personal policy against (and then fill in the blank). I think this is a brilliant way of getting out of something you don't want to do!

  • Vanessa

    This was one of the most enjoyable and funny self-help books I've read to date. Sarah Knight, inspired after reading

    by Marie Kondo, decided to write a book to help you get rid of the

    clutter in your life - essentially, giving a fuck about things you shouldn't.

    Although I did think at times that her use of the word fuck itself was a little bit overboard (okay, I get the point), the humour in this book was brilliant and something I could completely rel

    This was one of the most enjoyable and funny self-help books I've read to date. Sarah Knight, inspired after reading

    by Marie Kondo, decided to write a book to help you get rid of the

    clutter in your life - essentially, giving a fuck about things you shouldn't.

    Although I did think at times that her use of the word fuck itself was a little bit overboard (okay, I get the point), the humour in this book was brilliant and something I could completely relate with. The book addresses four main categories: things, work, friends, strangers & acquaintances, and family. Knight leads you through examples of things in her life that she has decided she either needs to give a fuck about, or not, as well as the results of research she has conducted with the general public, and I could sympathise with so much of it! She gets you to write lists, narrow down your options, get rid of things, and even draw diagrams to show how much time, energy, and money you'll regain by re-prioritising your priorities.

    Not only is this book fun, but I think it's also useful as an eye-opener to things you might be wasting your time, energy, and money on. I worry about a lot of things, and this book was a breath of fresh air in helping me open my eyes a bit and see that sometimes things just aren't worth getting wound up about.

    If you like self-help books with a bit of a light-hearted approach, and with practical useful tips to implement in your life, then this is the one for you.

  • Khadidja Megaache

    Apparently this is a parody of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“ I haven’t read the book, this was recommended to me by amazon when I was checking the subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson, I’m so glad I found this book. Although I can’t relate to some things listed here but I see her point. Sarah Knight describes her “nightmare” with giving a fuck about her wedding: the budget, the venue, the catering, the dress, the photos, the flowers, the band, the guest list, the invitations

    Apparently this is a parody of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“ I haven’t read the book, this was recommended to me by amazon when I was checking the subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson, I’m so glad I found this book. Although I can’t relate to some things listed here but I see her point. Sarah Knight describes her “nightmare” with giving a fuck about her wedding: the budget, the venue, the catering, the dress, the photos, the flowers, the band, the guest list, the invitations (wording and thickness thereof), the vows, the cake, and everything else—the list goes on. I guess quitting her job was a wake up call, she realized that it was a dead end and needed a change in her life.

    you Go girl!

    I have some rules of my own when it comes to giving a fuck about things; I always ask myself does it really matter? How much does it affect me? Does it make me happy? Is it really worth it? If the answer is no I just stop giving a damn fuck! Simple as that.

    i couldn't resist..i had to post those Spiderman memes because THEY ARE SO FUNNY! :D

  • Chris

    Utterly loved this book. Laugh-out-loud funny and, yes, inspiring. Life-changing indeed!

  • Jennifer

    Truthfully, I really liked what

    is saying in her self-help book:

    . It's basically stressing prioritization of emotions and commitments but in a modern, casual way. She makes some good points and gives great examples for how

    can totally change your life. She discusses the difference between being honest and being an outright @sshole, and she gives readers much needed permission to say “no” and to stop saying “sorry” all th

    Truthfully, I really liked what

    is saying in her self-help book:

    . It's basically stressing prioritization of emotions and commitments but in a modern, casual way. She makes some good points and gives great examples for how

    can totally change your life. She discusses the difference between being honest and being an outright @sshole, and she gives readers much needed permission to say “no” and to stop saying “sorry” all the time. I think I would personally benefit from incorporating some of her suggestions within my life in a stronger sense than I currently do; however, I also think if I followed this book to a T, I would feel selfish and self-centered versus an individual with healthy boundary-setting skills. I don't think that is the author's intention, and to be clear, this is only my perception of how I think I would personally feel. On the contrary, I truly think Ms. Knight wants her readers to live the best, guilt-free, anxiety-free, and honest life possible. As with all self-help materials out there, use what you're comfortable with and let the rest go. Revisit the materials later if or when you're ready. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    OK, lets talk about this book and profanity. I personally think cursing can be an art form in itself and I am known to spew it out when I am really pissed. Sometimes it sounds creatively lyrical and other times it sounds like I am just word vomiting. Otherwise, I throw around a word or two here or there and am generally unbothered by it in my music, film, and reading material...but seriously, the use of the word “f*ck” is quite excessive in this book. I get that it's in the title but it became flat out annoying after a while. Maybe it felt more grating in the audiobook experience versus how it would read off the page, not sure. Just putting that out there. I guess the author just didn't give a f*ck...


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