- Craig Graziano
Stuck in that static rut? Looking for a fix when imagination is on the fritz? Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun is the book for you.
Essential is the right word. Broken up into easy-to-read sections and articles, Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen's title is a complete guide to inspiration and suggestion. Looking for a great animated movie you haven't already seen a thousand times? Unbored has some tips. Want to play in a band but you don't know where to start? This book can get you on the right path.
These pages are packed full of fun factoids, too, like any great trivia book or almanac. One section talks about the history of condiments. I had no idea that some historians believe that mayonnaise was partially responsible for a war between the Spanish and the French hundreds of years ago. Suddenly my tuna sandwich has become way more interesting.
If only I came across this book as a teenager, it would have saved me some uneventful summers, afternoons, and weekends. Unbored easily explains what meals that a middle schooler can make, how to create seed grenades so you can beautify empty spaces with flowers, ninja skills, as well as the do's and don't's of roughhousing. I'm certainly making up for lost time. You better hope that I can part with the copy I have checked out by the time you read this. Share the unboredom!