4 Hobbies for Bookworms (Besides Reading, Of Course)
by Karen Green
One of the most wonderful things about readers is that we are an interested bunch—new problems, new ideas, new places and new people can all be experienced in the books we read. But our curiosity shouldn’t just be relegated to the page—there are lots of things for readers to try and it’s never too late to find your new passion.
Take a look at these four great hobby ideas and the books that inspired them. From knitting with Debbie Macomber to baking with Susan Mallery, we’re sure you’ll find something to keep your hands busy when you finally put that book down.
Pick up some knitting needles!
There’s been a resurgence of popularity for knitting and other yarn crafts in the last decade or so, and no wonder—with low overhead, a very shallow learning curve and limitless possibilities for creativity, knitting is a truly satisfying hobby that can quickly yield a finished product.
For more knitting inspiration, pick up:
The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street) by Debbie Macomber
Originally released in 2004, this is the book that launched the popular Blossom Street series featuring a Seattle yarn store, its owner Lydia Hoffman, and the women who join her for knitting lessons—and much more.
If you can read a recipe, you can learn to bake and there’s nothing sweeter than whipping up a treat for the people you love. Learning to bake cakes, cupcakes and pies will satisfy your sweet tooth as well as your desire to try something new. Don’t be intimidated by the process—you’ll have your signature dish down in no time.
For more baking inspiration, pick up:
Sweet Talk (The Bakery Sisters) by Susan Mallery
Revisit this classic from 2008 and get to know sisters Claire, Nicole and Jesse as they deal with life, love and the family business. New bakers will appreciate Claire’s first days back at the shop, when she has no choice to but to rise to the occasion, taking care of her sick sister and the bakery’s tasks.
Take up photography!
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment—nowadays, anyone with a phone and a desire to learn the basics can become a fantastic photographer. Whatever subject matter you focus on, photography encourages us to view the world through a new lens and often, to find beauty where you never thought to look for it. Develop your skills today!
For more photography inspiration, pick up:
Guarding His Heart (Scoring for Love) by Synithia Williams
When a basketball star on the cusp of retirement plans a risqué photo shoot for a magazine feature, he has no idea that it’s the beautiful photographer who will steal the spotlight—and his heart. Jasmine knows how great he looks on camera, but will real life be as picture-perfect?
Try your hand at quilting!
There’s something almost magical about the process of making a quilt—piece-by-piece you see your project coming to fruition, allowing even the newest quilters to create a beautiful and meaningful heirloom.
For more quilting inspiration, pick up:
The Wedding Quilt Bride (Brides of Lost Creek) by Marta Perry
When a woman returns home to her Amish community, it is with the hope of providing her son with a good, stable future—and with the dream of opening up her own quilt shop. When a local carpenter strikes up a friendship with her son, she begins to see that there may be even more joy waiting for her than she had ever imagined.
Do you have a favorite hobby? Are you looking to try something new? Let us know in the comments!