Delightfully Profane and Irreverent Books can be both Fun Gifts and Mental Health Aids

For some reason (and I'm sure we all have 2020 our opinions about 2020 what that reason is 2020) books with profanity in their titles are wildly successful this holiday. Yup, inappropriate words with an asterisk replacing an important vowel, are doing extremely well. This unexpected trend, after some thought, now seems like such a wonderfully healthy way to deal with the stress of 2020. So, in the hopes of sharing some of the mirth and optimism of this quirky genre of books, we submit this holiday blog post.
Dec. 14, 2020

Hey! What the heck happened to book covers? Dirty language is supposed to stay INSIDE the book. For shame. Are there no limits to tongue-in-cheek humor anymore [he says with tongue firmly in cheek].

One of best uses of using excessive profanity is a kind of 'shock therapy' - an approach common to many of the books in the f*ck genre. To shock us out of the psychological doldrums. Some humorous unpredictability in a manageable format. To highlight and exorcise the bad habits we might get into which often accompany too much predictability. To leap out of the rut we may be in. These days it might anything from doom-scrolling or repetetive and oppressive progress-free diets. Sometimes we just need a Fun, LOUD, WAKE UP! call.

Some of these are profanity-enhanced weapons of mass distraction. Some are down-to-earth self-help and advice books for people who do not want to be talked down to or lectured. And all, all are here to make us smile a little bit.

Images of Books with F*ck in their Title You can see all these and more together on OMG at Images of Books with F*ck in their Title.

So, yeah. This is 2020. Things have been just a little stressful. It is time to bring out the big gun stress relievers: adult-themed coloringbooks, cookbooks and self-improvement books. Yes! Finally. [Though many of these were published in 2016. That year was kind of the beginning. Or the beginning of the end of the beginning. Or something significant like that. Not sure we know exactly how to frame these last few years yet.]

Delightfully Profane Books for Emotional Stress Relief

Calm the f*ck down

Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book

4.6 stars. 14,083 ratings. 52 pages

The author, Sasha O'hara, is the pen name and alter ego for an author and pain and stress relief therapist in Portland, Oregon. She loves helping people relax and laugh. Her home page expands on the theme of the books and provides some context for the series.

Also available in the series:

  • Chill the F*ck Out
  • Cheer the F*ck Up
  • Happy f*cking Holidays
  • Calm the F*ck Down Calendar & Planner
  • Cheaper than Therapy
  • Peace, Love & F*cking Happiness
  • Badass Chronicles: A Journal for Snarky People
  • I f*cking Love You
  • Color Me Hangry

The comments are happy, happy comments:

"This book summarizes my life"

"Loved the title"

"It will help you calm the f down"

"you can't own this book and not laugh while coloring in it"...

Published in 2016, this book is part of the adult coloringbook craze as well as the irreverent socially-inappropriate humor craze. Kind of like giving yourself, or someone you like, the gift of Zoloft. But, you know, not get arrested.

There are many more adult coloring books with an irreverent theme. Here is an important one:

Delightfully Profane Books for Self-Improvement

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

4.6 stars 35,638 ratings. 304 pages. Published 2016

This book was also published in 2016. Proposing to be the opposite of the successful positive psychology science, author Mark Manson book has as it's mission: "In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.",

Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it.

Mark Manson's website offers more of the same, with free e-books and the ability to subscribe to get to see "members only" content.

The reviews are mixed. Some older folks wonder if this kind of "common sense with flair" approach works better for younger folk.

"A very entertaining romp through philosophical thought by a skilled wordsmith, but I would say the age cut-off for this book is 50. Beyond 50, you've probably already learned most of the lessons in this book the hard way"

"A drunk guy at a bar giving his version of buddhism"

"Immature and self-aggrandizing".

Others, perhaps just those same youngers, are more positive:

"This book really changed my perspective on things and ultimately I feel much better and improved!"

"This book is a game changer. It makes you think in a way you never have"

There are enough reviews that, yes, some are by people are turned off by the use of expletives not deleted. I agree this book is likely to be more successful with younger readers (I won't pick on millennials, at 26-41 years old now, many are perhaps world-wise in ways I bet they wish they weren't).

Zen as F*ck (Zen as F*ck Journals)

4.7 stars. 12,964 ratings. 128 pages

"Monica Sweeney offers the perfect gift of mindfulness with this beautiful, uplifting guided journal for when you just don't give a f*ck."

Published 2018.

A self-help book for managing stress and life's little gotchyas. It contains a lot of positive self-imagery and accessible exercises (e.g. encouraging you to fill out lists in the book itself). The book is 128 pages, which some feel is too small (is this a good sign? I think so).

"Must have a tolerance for profanity but awesome... useful, beautiful, and hilarious"

"15 year old daughter loves it"

Monica Sweeney has a couple of more books using profanity to help communicate useful information:

  • Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind and Creating a Happy Life
  • Find Your F*cking Happy: A Journal to Help Pave the Way for Positive Sh*t Ahead

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life

4.6 stars. 9,532 ratings. 224 pages. Published 2017.

This self-help psychology book encourages people to 'walk the talk', albeit mocking the talk that goes with the walk. The best comment that summarized the, generally quite positive, feelings about the book:

"this isn't a typical self-help book, and mocks affirmations...[yet] works around 7 set affirmations, such as 'I accept uncertainty'... [in summary] makes it clear that just reading books like this will not impact your life. You need to take action."

Other mortifyingly unapologetic about cursing books on self-improvement are:

Delightfully Profane Books for Passing the Time

F*CK I'm Bored: Activity Book for Adults

4.5 stars. 78 ratings. 120 pages

Published 2018.

Another book with a title that resonates with this blogger...

"Featuring 100 F*cking Adult Activities: Coloring, Sudoku, Dot-to-Dot, Word Searches, Mazes, Fallen Phrases, Math Logic, Word Tiles, Spot the Difference, Where the F*ck did the Other Half Go, Nanograms, Brick-by-F*cking-Brick, Word Scramble, and Much More! Contains Inappropriate Language"

The reviews here are mixed. Compared to the previous books, this book is 'lighter weight' and less audacious with respect to its goals... it just seeks to entertain us for a little bit.

"...when you throw in cuss words when it doesn't make sense and are every few words, it got to be obnoxious and old..."

"...great way for my husband to pass the time while recovering from surgery"

For the hard cases, those whose boredom has become this enormous black hole threatening to suck everything in the universe into its boringness, there are more books, strangely more successful than the first:

Delightfully Profane Books for Cooking and Dieting

Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck: A Cookbook (Thug Kitchen Cookbooks)

4.7 stars. 2001 reviews. 240 pages. Published 2016 (apparently a good year for publishing f*cking books)

"Thug Kitchen blew up the Internet back in 2012, when they first began blogging. Their first cookbook was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and their second book was an instant New York Times bestseller as well. They are based in Los Angeles, CA."

Thug Kitchen blog is at They must be doing pretty good in order to afford a two-dictionary-word dot com these days. Their Beastless Feasts sure seem appealing to this 41-years vegetarian.

But back to the profanity...

There is something about the love reviewers show for cookbooks and coloring books and kids books...

"If you are easily offended, if "F-Bombs" make your blood boil, then simply steer clear. This book is in your face, offensive and as full of expletives as it is recipes. Amazon as a "look inside" feature that really helps immerse you in the tone of the book so you know if it's for you or not."

"Very easy to follow.... Very amusing.... The recipes do take time"

Others describe how fast the recipes are ... all what you are used to, I guess. This comment clears up these contrasting opinions some more...

" are supposed to prep as you go through the recipe, not prep before you even begin. If you stick to that it really doesn't take long"

But, yep, this is a book of inappropriately worded vegan recipes.

"As an aspiring vegan, I have really enjoyed this book. Some of the best recipes are the Fideo, Mujaddara and the Not Terrible Lentil soup. And the Sun Dried Tomato Carbonara is to die for."

The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy

4.5 stars. 1187 ratings. 304 pages. Published 2019.

We're going to stick with cookbooks for a bit. This one is irreverent on two fronts: both its language, and its anti-diet topic:

From comedian and ex-diet junkie Caroline Dooner, an inspirational guide that will help you stop dieting, reboot your relationship with food, and regain your personal power

Dieting requires such an oppressive lifestyle for so many people:

"I cried...I can't stop crying."

But just eat what you want? This comment points out the assumption by the author about the readers on this book... thin people on horrific diets.

"I just can't wrap my head around the program. If you were thin and your weight only bounced around about 20 pounds I could see giving this a try..."

"So, eating unhealthy and being obese is healthy as long as you accept your body?"

Everyone seemed to enjoy the writing, but the book's message - being heard by such a wide and varied audience with many different problems relating to their diet, physical and emotional health and self-image - does not always go over well.

Some other cookbooks and dieting books in this category of profanity in the service of a good meal are:

Delightfully Profane Books to Keep You Organized

Tidy the F*ck Up: The American Art of Organizing Your Sh*t

Here we have two profanities in one title. George Carlin would be so proud!

4.7 stars. 335 ratings. 192 pages. Published 2019.

"With a lighthearted tone that the finest sailors would admire, Tidy the F*ck Up will help you make your house a f*cking home."

The author bio suggests:

"Messie Condo is an organizational savant and devoted swearer. When her favorite label-maker broke, she tossed it the f*ck out and never went back. Messi lives in New Jersey, where she writes and organizes sh*t on the regular."

"This book is written in the way that a lot of people talk"

"Most of the satirical books I read are all about the jokes, but this title actually seemed interested in imparting many of the same lessons as the source material, just in a far more irreverent way (which I thoroughly enjoyed)."

"Resonates with my thought process because of all the cursing."

Some reviewers noticed the similarity in content and psuedonym with Marie Kondo's wildly successful The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Just presented with a more down-to-earth approach.

Other fun books on organizing your stuff:

Delightfully Profane Books for Female Empowerment

F*CK Him! - Nice Girls Always Finish Single - "A guide for sassy women who want to get back in control of their love life" (The Truth about his weird ... of commitment and sudden loss of interest)

4.6 stars. 2,004 ratings. 130 pages. Published 2016.

From the comments it appears that the profanity stops at the ambiguous cover. The book is not about sex, just relationship management. Just replace Fck with Ignore and you will understand what this book is about - that men are nicer people during the 'hunt' for their mate*.

"Basically the author considers "nice girls" to be women who don't respect themselves as much as they should."

"When we ignore the undesirable behavior, they [men] recognize the withdrawal and straighten out."

Other books on relationships and female empowerment:

Delightfully Profane Books for Learning How to Swear and Cuss

F*ck Y*u Around the World: Swear Word Coloring Book

4.7 stars. 88 ratings. 102 pages. Published 2016.

"Learn how to swear in 50 countries with this swear word coloring book"

If there was ever a serious excuse for all this profanity - it would be this - to be able to compete in the world markets; toe to toe; curse word for curse word.

"... in addition to stress reduction, I am now learning other languages! It's a win-win!"

That pretty much describes the benefits of this book.

Of all the books in this blog post - this category tempts me the most. I am a terribly ineffective tongue-tied swearer. I use like two words - applying repetition, more volume and changing the order when I get REALLY mad. My education in this field of study has been severely lacking.

More books in this category:

There are many more books in the F*ck-in-the-title section of your online bookstores. And we barely peeked at the Sh*t section.

I hope the quick tour above, however, communicates the upbeat and helpful nature of this cross-genre craze for swearing. It is a little zany, you bet, but it clearly is a response to the increased level of comfort with profanity we see around us in everyday life, not to mention on the Internet.

Although not I'm not personally a person who cusses in public, I can see the need for people to let off lots of steam after the kind of year 2020 turned into. And this kind of therapy is cheap, non-addicting, and harmless.

You can see all these and more together on OMG at Images of Books with F*ck in their Title.

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