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The Year of No Nonsense: How to Get Over Yourself and On with Your Life

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  60 reviews
In the vein of How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, a practical guide to acknowledging and getting rid of the nonsense and bs in your life

Exhausted and overworked lawyer, triathlete, wife, and mom Meredith Atwood decided one morning that she'd had it. She didn't take her kids to school. She didn't go to work. She didn't go to the gym. When she pulled herself out of bed hours
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by Da Capo Lifelong Books
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Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up for many reasons.

I have a lot of thoughts about this book. First thing I will say is that I generally try to read a book without reading the reviews. Sometimes, in the middle of the book, I'll go and see what others wrote. In this case, I was a bit surprised at the unequivocal positive reviews. This is a good book, but in my opinion the reviews feel a bit slanted. I am pointing this out because it might be that I am reacting to this as I sit down to write mine and I am movin
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this book through the author's podcast. I love all the material, content, and references in this book, but I think some sections could have been condensed a bit. But overall a great read and one I will pass on to people who want to get rid of their own Nonsense. ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best inspirational books I've read. It helped me take a deeper look into my nonsense and peel back some additional layers of the stories I've created throughout my life. Meredith has a great way of helping to help name and dig deeper into them and offers insights into how to go about changing them. Great read! ...more
Susan Folger
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is life changing - thought provoking and soo applicable to every woman in every stage of life!!!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This will be a book that you will want to read at many stages in your life.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is life changing. Everyone needs this book, to start 2020, as "The Year of No Nonsense". Start living your life for your self. ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I relate to everything the author is going through. I even agree with her approach to dealing with her “nonsense”. But the writing was hard to read. Rambling anecdotes that relate tangentially, if at all, to the point she is trying to make, over-repetitions of phrases and sentences and random capitalizations which, I assume, are meant to stress key emotions and concepts (but I couldn’t find the theme) - all these made the book unreadable for me. It’s a pity - I waited 16 weeks for this book from ...more
Kristie (fabk)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well dang. I have onions that I need to peel. This is a book that will be re read in about a week as I work through the work that needs to be done.
I listened to the audiobook but will be ordering the physical book to work through the pieces better.
Highly recommend.
Part audiobook, part ebook.

I didn’t think this book would be for me at first. Nothing in the first chapter really resonated with me, but chapter 2 hit differently. I still don’t think I have that much nonsense in my life, but I did uncover a few reasons behind my beliefs about myself.

I did hate the stylistic capitalization though. Personal preference.

Edit (2/1, 4:53pm) I usually make my reviews as notes for myself should I want to reread a book. I do think I’ll return to this book at another po
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m sad that I forgot to mark this book as “read” and write my review when I finished it, instead of 2 months after the fact! What I most recall is an overwhelming feeling that either I wrote this book or that the author is my long-lost identical twin!! I shared many commonalities, and so the content resonated with me deeply.

I also remember feeling that the book stretched on 2-3 chapters beyond its usefulness. Maybe it was because I was just excited to get started working through my “nonsense”?
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A lot of good points that I highlighted...but read more like a textbook to me. Been following the author for a long time...
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
DNF. Maybe I'm just not in a place where I can relate to this book. ...more
W Nixon
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally well written book that will make you discover the limiting the factors in your life and take action on the distractions in your life. The author takes you on a journey while sharing her own experiences of overcoming her distractions with things like people pleasing and social media.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Sound ideas to think through...I definitely have some "nonsense" to sort out and this book gave me some real food for thought. I especially enjoy Meredith's sense of humor. While she is offering a serious perspective on improving one's life, she also provides some laugh-out-loud moments. Looking forward to seeing her in person when she comes to my city! ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the first book I got from the Library in 2020, and what an unfortunate year for it to come out.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I wasn’t always a fan of the writing in this book, but it did help me to reflect, and for that it was worth the read.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book seemed like a really useful step by step guide for anyone who needs to make major life adjustments! I enjoyed the no nonsense tone of the author!
Heather Bennett
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
the Year of No Nonsense is a good book that reminds us to focus on what is important. Some of the information is not new and there is some repetitive information. Overall it is a good book.
Caroline Sterkel
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a powerful, thought-provoking book. If you are looking to make major changes in your life, this is the book for you. Atwood writes with such honesty, vulnerability, forwardness—and sprinkled with humor.
Nanci York
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read - funny at times, potent, made me think and feel stuff i haven’t wanted to but needed to in a safe way
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to call this book “nonsense”, but realize that it just wasn’t for me. I expected a book titled “the year of no nonsense” to have more of an empowered (read: badass) undercurrent to it, but that was clearly an assumption. While I appreciate the author’s candid and IFGAF tone, the book seems to be joint therapy for readers who feel broken, stuck, and/or held back by their own internal dialogue. I’ll admit that we all need someone at some point in our lives to tell us to “get your sh*t tog ...more
Amelia - Valkyrie Marketing
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational. Funny. Applicable. This won’t be the last time I read this book. Thank you, Meredith, as always, for your candor and your Truth.
Leah Enright
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
When I first heard Meredith on a favorite running podcast last spring I knew she had a lot to say. And I felt like she was talking directly to me. Fast forward some months to the publication of her new book. Wow. It’s like she wrote this book just for me. And millions of other people-pleasing, over-worked, under-appreciated/loved women who are sick & tired of their own nonsense.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’d rate this about a 3.8 so I rounded up. The overall rating on Goodreads is probably pretty accurate.

This review is for the audio version.

What I didn’t like: the description and jacket cover should maybe better explain what this is about. Like other readers, I don’t even have anything close to her issues. I don’t know her, don’t know her podcast, and hadn’t even heard of her; so, I had zero background on who she was. I read the jacket and bought the book.

I grew up in a great family with gre
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was excited to start my Audible year off listening to this book, but I was disappointed almost immediately with the reality of this heavily padded twaddle. Atwood defines much of her nonsense as doing too much for others, which sounds like a humblebrag more than a true self-assessment. When she then spent five minutes first reading the dictionary definition of the word nonsense, and then reading all of a thesaurus' synonyms of the word, I had had enough of the author's nonsense. First time I e ...more
Sarah Dressler
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to receive a copy of Meredith Atwood’s new release, The Year of No Nonsense.

Atwood’s writing reminds me of Brene Brown, one of my favorite self-help authors. She’s Brene with less scientific research, a bit more cursing, and a fire to use her life experience to help others!

This book has so many great points worth nothing, as you can see, I have post-it tabbed almost every dang page in the book! :) That’s the sign of a good book, if I do say so.

Grab this if you are looking to
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Wish I could give it more like 3.5 stars. It starts out as a pretty good motivational kind of self-help book. But it felt about 20-30 pages too long and some of the advice seemed...repetitive? As though the author was offering the same advice at different points, re-written to seem like it was a brand new point or suggestion. And I could understand the intention behind the seemingly Random capitalizations of Certain words, but nevertheless it was something that kept getting on my nerves througho ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a bit to get through, but only because I really took the time on the checkpoints and reread some of the chapters that seemed most pertinent to my own personal BS. I’m not sure why some of the reviewers got bogged down on her nonsense, and didn’t just see it as the example of the process it was meant to be. I don’t have a drinking problem (which is pretty freaking amazing, given what this year has been like) and I had what I would consider a normal, happy ch ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, this book isn’t for everyone, but if you truly want to make a change, then read it. Do the work. It will pay off. It may take time, but seriously, there is no free lunch. You have to do the work. Meredith’s writing style makes it easy to read, but also hard. She shoots from the heart...bearing her soul in order to help us all live with no nonsense. Read won’t regret it.
Bookish Heidi
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that I would love to dislike. But I refuse to dislike this eye opening, thought provoking book. The truth hurts sometimes. I love how honest Meredith is with her truth. It makes this book easier/harder to read because she is vulnerable. It's easy to relate to almost everything she says. She curses as well which makes it even easier to relate to. I am so glad I read this book. My eyes are open. When you know better, you do better. Thank you Meredith! ...more
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Meredith Atwood is a recovering attorney, wife, mother of two, four-time IRONMAN triathlete who had never run a mile in her life until she tackled the sport of triathlon. In 2010 she started writing and created her Swim Bike Mom blog.

Over 2.5 million words later, she has built a cult following of women (and men) who desired a change in their lives–but not at the expense of their health, family or

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