5 Books To Read If You Need A New Hobby

Feel like you should have used your time in lockdown to acquire a new skill but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet? It’s not too late: with the help of the right books, you’ll be able to pick a new talent up in no time. From growing your own ingredients for dinner to finally running that 5k – here are five books that need to go on your reading list if you want to find a new hobby, plus the perfect outfits for the respective activity…

1. Gardening: Grow and Cook by Mark Diacono

Since spending more time at home, you might have felt inspired to grow a little of what you eat at home. Starting your own kitchen garden may seem like a daunting task at first, by Grow & Cook will make it a lot easier for you. Whether you are new to gardening and only have a small window box or you are much more experienced with the space to experiment, this handbook will definitely inspire and help you to make the most of it…

2. Sewing: The Golden Thread – How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St Clair

If you’ve been thinking of learning how to sew, you should read this book first. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and reading this collection will show you how and why. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future and will set you up to sew by giving you a deeper appreciation of fabric.

3. Running: I Can Run – An Empowering Guide to Running Well Far by Amy Lane

Ignored all those 5k run nominations you’ve been tagged in because you think you can’t do it? It’s time to change that. I Can Run is not a running book for ‘runners’, it’s the must-have running book for anyone who has ever experienced a moment of defeatism and had the little voice in their head make the excuse, ‘I can’t run’. In twelve chapters, you will discover that you can…

4. Ayurveda: Prajna: Ayurvedic Rituals for Happiness by Mira Manek

Looking for a new sense of meaning in your life? This book curates beautifully simple, age-old rituals for modern-day living that will enhance your wellbeing and bring you happiness. Allow the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda into your life by learning simple practices for every day and every occasion, from the moment you wake up and need the energy and positive mindset to help you start the morning to night-time practices that allow you to get the most benefit from the healing power of sleep…

5. Reading: Books For Living : A Readers Guide to Life by Will Schwalbe

If the hobby you want is actually reading more, start with this book. For author Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big and small questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, he invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions…

 

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