There’s a new book out there for grown-ups that at first glance reminds me of The Dangerous Book For Boys. It’s got a short introduction and two-page overviews of over a hundred fun activities or hobbies to explore. It sounded like a real kick, and I was excited to take a look when the Parent Bloggers Network asked me to review this book.
Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle does what it advertises, which is to present short blurbs on a wide variety of activities. From composting to stargazing to seed trading, if it’s interesting and it’s a hobby, it’s probably in there. The book is an interesting browse, and it really is amazing to see the bredth of activities that adults occupy themselves with. Get a Hobby! is such a wide-ranging book, however, that it doesn’t have room to present more than a paragraph about each hobby, a bit of history, a short list of websites and other resources, and maybe a diagram or interview with a hobbyist for each activity.
The book begins with a 1 page forward, 1 page introduction, and a 19 question test. I was really interested in the test, thinking maybe I’d find a new interest based on the 19-dimension classification system that the book uses. Unfortunately, the test is 1-dimensional. Each question is in essence a filter for whether or not that attribute (“adventurous,” “crafty,” “patient”) applies to the reader. The end result is a list of adjectives. Then each new activity is introduced with the highlighted adjectives at the top of the page. I would have really liked an index that sent me to the ones that were a good match … maybe an accompanying web site will spring up that will use the set of selected adjectives to send the reader directly to suggested activities?
Get a Hobby! is a book that means well, but it may just be a book for a different audience — say, people with more time on their hands than ideas they’d like to implement. Want to see for yourself? Go visit PBN and leave a comment on their launch or mid-campaign posts, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of the book and a $100 gift certificate to Michael’s!
P.S. I almost totally forgot. Note to authors: Astrology is not a hobby; it’s a lie.