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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

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THE "GENIUS" (Cosmopolitan) NATIONAL BESTSELLER
ON THE ART OF CARING LESS AND GETTING MORE
Are 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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Hardcover, 209 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Little, Brown and Company
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Kelli
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't give a f*ck about reviewing this book!
Amanda
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2016-log
This book is a parody of the bestselling organization book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. 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.

*Warning: 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
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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 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing 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 ...more
Cat
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
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: http://idealog.co.nz/workplace/2016/0...

It's a great parody idea and actually the tip that you give your daily task, commitments, and worries and decide whi
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Khadidja
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 ...more
Jennifer
Truthfully, I really liked what Sarah Knight is saying in her self-help book: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. 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 not giving a f*ck 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 ...more
Diane Barnes
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Chris Roberts
Dec 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I find Sarah Knight's work boring and contrived...

Each page is a bloodless artifice...

and she goes on about it for the sake of it...

to fill, pad, word count the pages...

It is a collection of dry musings...

I'd rather have a safe drop on my head...

Chris Roberts
Gabi Coatsworth
Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book, I really did. But I didn't give a F*&k about it. Luckily, the author won't care what I say about it since not caring about criticism is part of her credo. It could have been good, but she uses f*$%k so often (several times per page) that the novelty wears off. The usage doesn't work very well either, in my opinion. Here's just one sentence: There are a lot of f%$ks that impose on your time or energy, if not your wallet. See what I mean?
Chris
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly loved this book. Laugh-out-loud funny and, yes, inspiring. Life-changing indeed!
Vanessa
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most enjoyable and funny self-help books I've read to date. Sarah Knight, inspired after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, decided to write a book to help you get rid of the mental 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
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Janet
Nov 15, 2015 added it
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 ...more
Vanessa Hurst
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amusing, woman-author
I loved Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, so I'm quite drawn to the idea of using her essential question, "does this spark joy?," to evaluate more things. In this book, Sarah Knight leads readers to ask this for everything that ever occupies our thoughts. You start with an inventory of all the Things, Work, Friends, Acquaintances, Strangers, and even Family that you feel pressured to care about or give your time/energy/money toward. Next, you evaluate one-by-one: does th ...more
Renay
I already give fewer fucks.

EVEN MORE THOUGHTS: http://ladybusiness.dreamwidth.org/20...
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Got some helpful tips out of this, but I feel like there was so much 'this book is going to change your life - just you wait' and very little of HOW to actually give less fucks, ya know? But when she finally did get to the good stuff, it was pretty good!
Inge
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simply fabulous.
Rachel Bridgeman
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes in life you need the obvious pointed out to you in a simple, well laid out and humourous way. I ahve read many self help books in my quest to be less of a doormat, say 'No' with good grace ,conviction and no exposition and at the age of 40 was no closer to finding the solution. Until I read an extract of this book. I searched it out half heartedly at my small,local Smiths, remembering only that it had a swear word in the title and mostly expecting it not to be there. It was wedged betw ...more
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
I need to start not giving a F*ck basically. This book is telling you to not care about anything and anyone that have no interest to you. *shrugs*
Steven
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
So many fucks I've given that I can't get back. This book really opened my eyes to the kind of shit I put myself through by feeling obligation to people who don't feel it to me, and similar situations with worrying and spending time, energy, and funds towards stuff I don't want to do.

So I'm going to be better. The magic really is life-changing.
Jessica
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I don't know how I feel about this. I can't really tell you how successful it is as a parody because I didn't read the original. To borrow a phrase - I don't give a fuck about Marie Kondo. My life is as tidy as I need it to be and I don't want to waste my time on something just because it's a trend.

I'm not sure how much Sarah Knight intended her parody to serve as an actual self-help book, but it was a middle-of-the road self-help book. It's one of those things that make sense in theory--essenti
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Ylenia
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
★ 2016 AtY Reading Challenge ★: A book with a beautiful title.

This was a funny read - and I actually learned something from it - BUT a little bit too repetitive for my tastes.
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Funny and realistic - the main thing I got from this book was that it is ok not to say yes to everything, as long as you are polite and honest about it. In other words, to quote the book, "Don't be an asshole" .
Elizabeth
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow!!! I feel like this book should be required reading for everyone! I am so glad that I took the time to listen to this book. I found the advice given to be truly life changing! I look forward to applying the advice given in this book!

*I listened to this book on AUDIBLE!

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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars

I absolutely loved the concept behind this book. I often feel overwhelmed by obligations, filling my free time with activities I feel like I'm "suppose to" attend. Then when I turn down invitations, I ultimately feel guilty.

Coming in under 300 pages, I breezed through this book in a few hours, but it didn't provide me with much insight. As a satire, the advice is given tongue-and-cheek. Personally, I would have preferred a more serious tone, but I realize this is intended to be a parod
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Maede
چگونه اهمیت ندهیم؟
کتاب با لحن طنز آمیزی این مسئله رو باز می کنه و سعی می کنه راهکار هایی ارائه بده. نثر نویسنده رو از خود کتاب بیشتر دوست داشتم و یک ستاره فقط برای همون بود. بیشتر کتاب جملات تکرار می شدند و به نظرم با کتاب کوتاه تری هم می شد جمع بندی کرد
خیلی از نکات و نمونه ها با فرهنگ ما تقریبا قابل تطابق نیست و کاربردی بودنش رو کم می کنه. در کل هم کتاب های این ژانر برای هرکس نیست و خب برای من خوندنش سخت هست
ولی باید اعتراف کنم که تکه هایی شو به کار گرفتم و حتی برای خودم هم عجیب بود. تکرار تاثیر
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Kirsty
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Made me chuckle. Lots of thoughtful stuff about crap you fill your days with even though you really don't want to pleasing people you really don't care about all that much.
Vikki
Hilarious and thought-provoking but will have to take small steps towards since not sure all of her advice will work without dire consequences especially on work issues. Wearing glittery heels to your work performance review to show you give zero f*cks? I think most of it was meant sarcastically and to be funny, which it was. Figuring out how to give less f*cks without hurting people’s feelings or just pissing people off will take a lot of thought and planning. Overall made me feel better.
David Schaafsma
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
“I call it the Not Sorry Method. It has two steps: 1. Deciding what you don’t give a fuck about 2. Not giving a fuck about those things.” –-Sarah Knight

Sarah Knight lives in Brooklyn. She writes “fuck” a lot, maybe 6-7 times per page, sometimes more. For laughs. And maybe because she is New Yorker? Like, it’s just part of the local patois? I lived there for five years and it sure seemed so! ☺ Now, if you are more offended by that word than she is by a word such as, say, “tidy” or “neat,” then yo
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Susan Arden
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The magic of not giving a...

A way to disengage from the people who we attach ourselves to out of guilt or our inability to stand our ground.

Funny and engaging. Knight has a way with words and why not. She's the editor (or was) of Gone Girl, etc.
Any who, if you found the 'joy' of M. Kondo a way to keep your house in order, this deals more with your head.

Maryana Pinchuk
Feb 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
I don't actually want to read this book – I'm just so happy it exists that I needed to express my joy by clicking a button.
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“I call it the NotSorry Method. It has two steps: 1.  Deciding what you don’t give a fuck about 2.  Not giving a fuck about those things” 25 likes
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