A couple of weeks ago, research showed that books nowadays contain more swear words than before. There was a dramatic increase between 1950 and 2008, which made me notice that there are many books that have the word f*ck in the title. In light of this recent news, I was pretty sure we’d discovered a trend. Selling books with f*ck in the title immediately makes them edgy, and in the case of self-help, it makes them hard-hitting and honest. This week we’re delving into this trend and will tell you how edgy the books actually are by using the non-scientific magic of in-book-searches.

28257707The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Quick disclaimer: The only book I’ve actually read on this list is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Just like many on this list, it’s a self-help book, but unlike most self-help, this book doesn’t tell you to be positive. Instead, it teaches you to stop giving a f*ck about things that aren’t important. If reading self-help books makes you sad, but you’re still looking for a better life, then definitely try this one.

How many f*cks should I give about this book?

This might be the real deal. According to my in-book search, the word fuck appears 48 times in 210 pages, which gives us a f*ck percentage of almost 23% of fucks per page.

26200068The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Now you must have heard of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, THE organizing book even Emily Gilmore lives by. This one is a parody, one aimed at no longer giving a f*ck and cutting out the bad things from your life. I’m not sure how different The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck is different from our previous book, but this one seems a little more aimed towards women, who were also the audience of Kondo’s book.

How many f*cks should I give about this book?

Another winner! 52 uses of the word fuck in just 209 pages, which makes up 25%.

14553836F*ck! I’m in My Twenties by Emma Koenig

A collection of Emma Koenig’s best blog posts, F*ck I’m in my Twenties is about the realization that adulthood has arrived. Luckily it’s not just a rehash of a blog, but it also contains 50% new material that will guide you through your twenties

How many f*cks should I give about this book?

This is a little disappointing after the previous ones because the word fuck only appears twice in 128 pages. A measly 1,6%.

23492600F*ck Feelings by Michael Bennet & Sarah Bennet

Written by a father-daughter combo, where he’s a psychiatrist and she’s a comedy writer, this is supposedly the only self-help book you’ll ever need. Tell that to the previous authors we’ve already discussed. F*ck Feelings will teach you how to put aside unrealistic wishes and treat life as it is: hard.

How many f*cks should I give about this book?

Although twenty-two fucks aren’t bad, spreading it out over 384 pages is. A mere 6%.

18404243Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck by Amy Alkon

Still sticking to self-help territory, Amy Alkon’s Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck, tries to focus a little more on society than on your personal problems. Alkon helps you to navigate our modern world, with all its little annoyances, without being rude. It’s a lesson in etiquette more than anything else.

How many f*cks should I give about this book?

Three fucks in 304 pages gives us barely 1%. I guess swearing still isn’t considered good etiquette.

20696032Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Leaving self-help behind for something more delicious, Thug Kitchen is all about eating real f*cking food. Based on a popular website – what’s with all these websites getting book deals – they can count Gwyneth Paltrow among their fans. If you’re a foodie on a budget or if you don’t even know how to crack an egg, Thug Kitchen will turn you into a f*cking kitchen queen in no time

How many f*cks should I give about this book?

Fuck self-help! Cook books are where the real fucks are at! A whopping 94 times in 240 pages makes 39%, of which you know many are full-page pictures of delicious looking meals.

Do you any other great books that use f*ck in a title that we missed? Share your gems in the comments and let us know if you read any of the ones mentioned above!



Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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