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Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k: Review

In January, I decided, as part of my resolutions, to read more. It had occurred to me that I wasn’t reading anything for me, for the enjoyment of doing so. No offence, Julia Donaldson, as much as I love your witty rhyming there’s only so much Gruffalo one person can take. So, I resolved to read a minimum of one book a month, ideally two. I realise that I am exceptionally behind however, in April (and May), I read: The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving a F**k, by Sarah Knight.

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An Overview of The Life Changing Magic…

In Sarah’s Words:

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck is for all of us who work too much, play too little, and never have enough time to devote to the people and things that truly make us happy.

I’m sure most of us can relate to this feeling, which is exactly why I picked up the book!

This book teaches you:

How to stop spending time you don’t have, doing things you don’t want to do, with people you don’t like.

The book, or at least its title, is a parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up- (another book I should probably read!). Sarah describes how she read Kondo’s book after leaving her career in 2015 to become a freelance writer and realised that it was more than just her socks that needed some order! She explains how she undertook projects, social events and even ate food with regard for someone else and how she decided that this way no way to live.

Sarah Discusses the following:

  • Giving & Not Giving a Fuck,
  • Deciding Not To Give a Fuck: Things, Work, Friends/ Acquaintances/ Strangers and Family,
  • Not Giving a Fuck,
  • The Magic of Not Giving a Fuck Dramatically Transforms Your Life,

My View?

I would give this book 3 stars.

If I’m totally honest, I struggled to get into this book. The fact I persevered probably tells you a lot about why I needed to read it in the first place! It did take me longer to read as a result. However, I am a stay at home mum and I don’t live in close proximity to my family therefore large sections of this book aren’t very relevant to me currently.

I did find it funny and there were some useful tips; particularly in how to say No to the event you really aren’t up for! If you are offended by swearing you might want to give it a miss, there is a lot in the first half- I’m not sure if there is actually less in the second half or if I’d adjusted! Although, you probably guessed that from the title! I think, I probably gave less fucks to things than I was giving myself credit for. If you feel like you’re saying yes too often, mostly to things you’d rather not, give this book a go!

You can find Sarah on Twitter & Instagram and her book is available from the Kindle store, Amazon  & other retailers.

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  1. Aleena Brown

    I read Marie Kondo’s book about a year ago, and I have seen this on the shelves but wasn’t really sure what it was about.. It’s now on my birthday list! #RV&HT

  2. Emma Murphy

    Yeah, I could do with giving less of a f*ck but I think i’m starting too less the older I get. Like the honesty of your review and am pretty sure now that I can’t be arsed to read the book. #PostsFromTheHeart

  3. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    Great idea for a book, I think it it so easy to give in and agree to things rather than face the fallout so maybe this book would be useful to me 🙂 #RV&HT

  4. Daddy Poppins

    Haha. Love the fact that you’re not sure whether the second half has less swearing or you just adjusted to it by then. Good honest review. I’d be sucked in. Y the book title myself.

  5. The Breastest News

    Sounds like an interesting book especially from the title. Kind of like the fact there’s a bit of swearing in there haha.
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  6. Catherine @ Story Snug

    I don’t read as many books as I would like so I can totally understand where you’re coming from! I’m a but impatient when I start reading a new book and don’t persevere if I don’t like it. Well done for keeping going with this one!

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  7. Amy

    I’m not a fan of reading unless it’s for pleasure (ie fiction books) but this one sounds great! #triedtested

  8. Jodie Melling

    Haha I definitely need this in my life!

    Jodie x

  9. Cee Arr

    I’ve heard of this one – a lot of people really like it 🙂 For some reason, I always start singing ‘I Don’t Care’ by Fall Out Boy in my head every time I see the title *shrugs* – that’s probably just me! #RVHT
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  10. Jaki

    Sounds right up my street – especially the section about how to say no to events you’re not up for! I really need help with this! Having said that, if I struggle to get into a book after the first couple of chapters I tend to give up, I need to look forward to the book I’m reading, not inwardly groan at the thought of it being hard work. Well done for finishing it. Thanks for joining us at #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again next week 🙂
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  11. Ali Duke

    Great review. I like the idea of the book, but, like you, I might find it hard to get into.

  12. David

    Really nice book review. I’m going to check it out. Thanks.
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  13. MomOfTwoLittleGirls

    Great review. I need to start reading for pleasure again. It’s been far too long. Love the title!

  14. Kate Fever

    Love the idea behind this – and I need to learn to say no more! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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  15. chickenruby

    i often pick up a book and not get past the first few pages, if i can’t i just find another book to read

  16. Suzie

    Not sure I’d want to read this but I think the title is great. Well done on getting through it.

  17. Mummy Times Two

    I think I need to read this, I say yes far too often. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it with us at #PostsFromTheHeart

  18. Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)

    This book actually sounds pretty good but I find it hard to get into books like this too. I’m a serial worrier though so I bet I could pick up some tips!


  19. Helena

    I’ve yet to read both books but they have been recommended by lots of people. #bloggerclubuk

  20. Colette

    I’d seen this on social media and thought it sounded worth a read . . . perhaps not!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x
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  21. Laura - Autumn's Mummy

    I think I could take a leaf out of this book! Thanks for a honest and helpful review. #postsfromtheheart

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