The Friday 56 – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post URL, not your blog URL, to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

Lord, Jesus, I’m going to say this right now. I have absolutely no desire to read this book. So, why in the world am I reading it? Good question, and I’m glad you asked.

I decided to read some of my favorite bloggers, Bookstagramers, Booktubers, and just general folks’ best and worst reads of 2020. I thought it would be a fun project to see if I liked or didn’t like their 5⭐️ or 1⭐️ book. This may turn out to be a colossal fail, but for some reason, I am super excited about the challenge, but also super scared.

This book was chosen as the worst read by one of my Booktube commentors. She has recommended some pretty good books and I trust her judgment. But that is not why I’m not interested in this book. I remember when it first came out and I just simply didn’t care then and I don’t care now. However, I’m going to try and keep an open mind.

And, having put all that negativity out there, here’s The Friday 56. I haven’t gotten very far and not by far, I mean I’m just starting.

“. . .it appears that mor and more people, particularly young people, are forgetting this. Numerous professors and educatiors have noted a lack of emotional resilience and an excess of selfish demands in today’s young people. It’s not uncommon now for books to be removed from a class’s curriculum for no other reason than that they made someone feel bad. Speakers and professors are shouted down and banned from campuses for infractions as simple as suggesting that maybe some Halloween costumes really aren’t that offensive.”

 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, pg. 56

Have you read it? If so, what did you think?

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FYI: I’ll be linking primarily to The Storygraph vs Goodreads as I’m migrating there. You can find me at the Broken Spine.

3 thoughts on “The Friday 56 – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

  1. E.M. January 3, 2021 / 8:38 pm

    Reading the best and worst of booktube and book blogs sounds like a fun challenge. I’ll admit, the sentence from this particular book sounds a bit pretentious and out of touch. Hopefully because I’m reading it out of context. I know you said you didn’t care much for this book so I hope that there’s at least some good bits in it to make it a more tolerable read for you.


  2. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den January 3, 2021 / 12:12 pm

    I love the idea of reading the best and worst from other bloggers, etc! Sounds like a fun experiment. I heard a lot about this book, and it seems like people either love it or hate it. I think I tried to read this years ago … or if not this, a similar book. There are millions of them. I just didn’t feel like I was getting anything out of the book, since it seemed kind of like common sense. Hope this picks up for you or, at the very least ,ends up being a quick read!

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    • The Broken Spine January 3, 2021 / 6:00 pm

      Sammie, I’m hoping it will be quick as well. I downloaded the audio and it’s a little over 5 hours so I’m excited about that.


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