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A book review of That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby by Annie F. Downs

A book review of That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby by Annie F. Downs

Stars: ***

Revell (2021)
Christian Self-Help
240 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: We know there are certain things we must have to survive–food, shelter, and safety to name a few. But there are also aspects of life that truly allow us to be joyful and fulfilled. For popular podcaster and bestselling author Annie F. Downs, fun is close to the top of that list. Few would argue that having fun doesn’t enrich our lives, but so much gets in the way of prioritizing it. Tough days, busyness, and feelings that are hard to talk about keep us from the fun that’s out there waiting to be found.

With That Sounds Fun, Annie offers an irresistible invitation to understand the meaning of fun, to embrace it and chase it, and to figure out what, exactly, sounds fun to you–then do it! Exploring some research and sharing some thoughts behind why fun matters, she shows you how to find, experience, and multiply your fun. With her signature storytelling style and whimsical vulnerability, Annie is the friend we all need to guide us back to staying true to ourselves and finding the fun we need.

That Sounds Fun

This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. From the summary, I was expecting the author to discuss the benefits of hobbies. I figured she would talk about being an amateur at a few things as being a way to figure out what you enjoy. Many pages of the book actually show in small print what many, many people consider fun. They are displayed as if ideas for the reader.

The book ended up being more of a memoir of the author. Fun stories from her life. The stories were mostly interesting and FUN is mentioned many times. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. I think the main reason I didn’t enjoy it more is just that her life is the opposite of mine and I couldn’t identify with her life. She is single, no kids, very outgoing with lots of friends. I am married, 5 kids, and very introverted and don’t go anywhere.

The author is also a podcaster. Her podcast is called That Sounds Fun and she interviews all kinds of people and talks about what they like to do for fun. She has also authored other books.

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