I’ve finished my first book of the New Year! Only 74 more to go!
While I have all these ideas fresh in my mind, I thought it would be a good time to crank out a little book review. So let’s jump right in.
Get Your Sh*t Together was written by a charming woman named Sarah Knight. As indicated by the title, she tends to curse a lot, and the primary topic of the book is gaining control of all aspects of your life. So far, so good. (I mean, I don’t personally curse much, but I don’t mind people who do, so whatever.)
MY RATING SYSTEM
Overall, I’d rate this book a 4 out of 5, which is exactly what I did on my Goodreads profile. Here, I’ll go into more detail about why it deserves a four, but first you should know that my mental system for ranking books is as follows:
1: I couldn’t even finish this book because it was so bad.
2: I finished this book, but I really wish I hadn’t picked it up to begin with.
3: I could have gone my whole life without reading this book and not really missed anything. Having said that, it was okay.
4: I am glad I read this book, but I may or may not reach for it again.
5: I loved this book, and I will very likely read it again.
KEY POINTS FROM GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER
Here are a few key takeaways from Get Your Sh*t Together:
The book is well-organized. I listened to the audiobook version because my library didn’t have the ebook, and it’s sometimes difficult for me to stay focused on audiobooks. This one didn’t have that issue. I managed to keep up with each topic as she switched gears, and the book flowed well overall. This may seem like a small thing, but I’m currently reading a book that is NOT well-organized. Trust me; it makes a huge difference.
The author curses a lot. She warns you of this within the first 5 minutes. She also tells you not to complain about it, so I won’t. However, it really seems like cursing is a goal of hers. That sounds trite and stupid, but my husband got the same impression. It’s almost like she throws curse words into places where they don’t really belong, just so she can keep up her persona of the “cool self-help girl who doesn’t give a f***.” And that’s fine. I mean, it honestly is kind of her thing. But it was off-putting and distracted from some of the points she was trying to make.
There’s a lot of good info and advice in this book. Honestly, she could have organized her thoughts in a flow chart or something, but I didn’t feel like there was a whole lot of fluff. Instead, she backed up her advice with personal anecdotes and more specific advice and guidelines. That’s a common technique with self-help (or “help you help yourself books,” as she calls it), and it works well. It makes the author feel relatable while also making the advice feel more attainable.
The author’s voice is annoying. Obviously, this is very YMMV, but I found the author’s voice somewhat grating. Again, I listened to the audiobook, and I really wish I’d stuck to my usual ebook format. Normally I enjoy listening to authors read their own books, but this is one situation where she should have hired a professional narrator. Her reading style is jumpy, and she doesn’t sound like she connects with the writing at all. I actually thought the reader was a voice actor at first, and I told my husband that I never would have approved that work if it were my book. It wasn’t till I finished the book and heard the credits that I realized the author had actually narrated her own book.
Overall, I definitely feel like this book is helpful, and I’ve already started using some of the advice she gives (e.g. break large tasks down into small chunks). It’s not groundbreaking advice, but she presents it in a fresh new format, so it feels new. However, I’m unlikely to read the book again, and I will definitely opt for the ebook format if I read more of Sarah Knight’s work in the future.