Monday, March 6, 2017

Get Your Sh*t Together!

 Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight review by Tomes and Tequila Blog
I have to thank Netgalley and Little Brown and Company for sending me the most appropriately titled book for my present mood...Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight. It couldn't have come into my life at a better time as I'm really feeling like I need to make some changes, and if even one tip in a book helps then it was worth reading. And I highlighted more than one thing in this little book.

Get Your Sh*t Together was so funny, I actually read bits out loud to my son. That's not to say it isn't a self-help book, or wasn't filled with the sort-of tips you'd expect in a book about straightening your life out and getting your act together because it was all that and then some. But it is written in such a sarcastic manner that I was entertained so much I almost forgot I was "learning" something. And to be completely honest, I initially thought this book, and Sarah Knight's other cuss word titled book, were pure I was happily surprised by the legitimate helpful content.


Okay, so that's not really teaching me anything...but it made me laugh. And before anyone gives me a hard time, one of my favorite people in the world is a vegan. That doesn't mean it isn't funny. (I love you Aja) 😜 I was going to put the quote in that disparages Texas also, but I'd like to still have readers tomorrow.

As for the learning portion of the book, in between all the swearing and jokes, there really is a good message. It's basically all about strategy, focus and commitment. She likens it to your keys, phone and wallet. You'd have to read her description to get it really...but it makes sense. The plan outlined in this book centers on breaking things up into small, manageable chunks and focusing on them one at a time. Sounds simple, yet it's something I struggle with on a regular basis.

One thing I read in this that I hadn't really heard in other books involved the power of the negative. That involves focusing on those negative things that annoy you the most, and channeling your feelings into action. Or as she says "Rather than chasing those pretty, aspirational butterflies that have long seemed to hover just out of reach, stomp a few unsightly cockroaches that are right there on the floor in front of you." This makes sense to me.

The book also says that everyone is one of the three Chipmunks...Alvin, Simon or Theodore. I have always loved The Chipmunks therefore this speaks to me also. I actually think she may have written this book just for me personally. I'm not sure how many other Chipmunks-loving, potty-mouthed, messy bibliophiles there are out there...but if you're reading this, we are kindred spirits!!

I'm really trying desperately to give this a nice, serious review...but even looking at my notes I mainly highlighted the funny stuff!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's only about 300 small pages long, so it's a quick read. I have to give it 4 stars. I got some great tips on productivity and strategies to work on things I don't like in my life...but I also got some serious laughs along the way, which I need more of. Now I need to get her other book The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck as that's another area I could use help in!

So, since I always like to end with a question or two...are you a fan of the Chipmunks also? LOL Did you think these books were pure satire too?? Got any shit-sorting books you think I might enjoy?? Let me know in the comments here or over on my Facebook page.

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