When I was at school, I remember being asked by a teacher to list our hobbies. I stared at the blank page in front of me for a long time before scribbling all over it. I didn’t have any hobbies.

What I hadn’t realised is that reading is a hobby, and I did that a lot.

When I married, my mother-in-law taught me crafting. “Find one you like,” she told me, “and stick with that.” We did dressmaking, applique, patchwork, sewing, embroidery, and crochet.

These days, much like my writing, I am eclectic. I like to try many things, and then curse because I don’t have time to do them all. Mother-in-law said pick one, and I found that an impossible choice.

Most people are good at what they do. They focus on one thing and are great at it. That will never be me because I love to try new things and ideas.

These are some of the other things I have tried my hand at.

  • Knitting
  • Drawing
  • Scrapbooking
  • Family History
  • Cross Stitching

What I haven’t mentioned is writing stories, that, and reading has remained my passion since being a child.

A hobby is something that makes you happy and gives you pleasure. Everyone should do things that make you happy. Find time to do something you enjoy.

As January is hobby month, I’m sharing a selection of books to help get you started.

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