This week’s book review is of a book I’ve spoken about quite extensively on social media. I read Sarah Knight’s first book: The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k, and I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d read Get Your S**t Together.
Where should I read it?
Like I said in my review of Danielle Marchant’s, Pause, when you read a self-help book, you want to be in a position to do the activities suggested. So, being on holiday or sitting around the pool probably isn’t the best location. This is another one for a cosy evening. With autumn on its way, it seemed like the perfect time to review this book.
This isn’t a calming book that will relax you before bed. It’s laugh-out-loud funny. It has a hell of a lot of swearing in it and has been dubbed the ‘self-help book for people who hate self-help’.
Is it for me?
If you like a bit of humour with your life lessons, this is for you. Self-help books have a tendency to come at you with pages and pages of statistics. It’s great when the author backs their thoughts up with statistics, but some of my favourite self-help books back their thoughts up with case studies and proof that it works.
One of my favourite bits of this book is called Gyst Bingo. The idea of Gyst Bingo is that if you do something every day towards your goals you’ll be happy. Sarah uses her friend Joe as an example. He believes he wins at life if he does one of these three things:
Refrain from drinking alcohol.
And so, the Gyst Bingo board was born. The board features 10 important things we should all be striving to do everyday. Examples include; taking one step towards a goal, controlling an impulse and not being an insufferable prick! Create a little drawing or emoji for each one of these important things and make sure you do one every day. By the time your month’s over, your Gyst Bingo board should look very full and you should feel very satisfied. I’ve tried it, it works.
What will you get out of it?
This is a good one for the kind-of-stressed-but-not-in-a-serious-way sort of people. If you find yourself snowed under in the office, or if you think you’re in a bit of a rut, this is great. It’s very funny. It helps you organise your life in a way that everybody can relate to. It’s not a lecture on how bad your life is; Sarah herself often refers to her own. If you don’t take yourself too seriously, you’ll get a lot out of this book.
As ever, please send over your book recommendations. I will try to put a new post up once per week, so I’ll need plenty to keep me going!