5 Books That Promote New Hobbies and Better Living

A lot of people have habits they want to start to get into, and even more they want to break. Good habits on everyone’s list usually include working out, eating better, quit smoking, drink less, and so on and so forth. But what about those habits, or hobbies like reading a book, learning a language, traveling the world/country, and trimming down that bucket list, that we have always aspired to do but haven’t gotten around to? We tend to find excuses like work and obligations for not forcing ourselves to start building a new lifestyle, but there comes a time when we have to either decide to do it or simply give up, and the latter doesn’t seem like much of an option.

We all have different pastimes and modes of entertainment we like to indulge in, so it can be difficult discovering a new hobby that we really enjoy. Fortunately there is plenty of guidance out there that can help you narrow down your interests and find a hobby that is both relaxing and therapeutic. Below are five books to help you discover new hobbies and start living a more fulfilling lifestyle.

1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

New York Times bestselling author Stephen King’s memoir on the craft of writing, published back in 2002, is a perfect place to start for those of you interested in writing. Using a practical approach and drawing upon his own experience, King outlines the techniques of writing and the tools he insists every writer should have. He often draws upon his childhood and early career before his success with Carrie in 1973, and also of his near-fatal accident in 1999 and how writing helped him recover.

2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Corey

Author Stephen Corey’s self-help guide to improving your business and lifestyle has sold more than 15 million copies since it was first published in 1989. The book outlines a series of principles the author presents for helping the reader to set and achieve goals by aligning themselves with these principles. There are three main sections: Independence, Interdependence, and Continuous Improvement that are broken down further to solve personal and professional problems, be adaptable to change as you grow, and never shy away from opportunity.

3. Stitch n’ Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook, by Debbie Stoller

Knitting might seem like a fashion that has long since expired to a lot of people, but in the last few years, a popular group called Stitch n’ Bitch has seen a drastic increase in the number of knitters coming out of today’s modern generation. The book Stitch n’ Bitch: The Knitters Handbook, that has stemmed an entire series since its publication in 2003, author and group founder Debbie Stoller provides a practical handbook to both the craft of knitting that details such things as styles of knitting and types of needles and yarn, as well as the lifestyle that goes with it. There is even a chapter dedicated to starting your own Stitch n’ Bitch group. This is a perfect way to take up a hobby you might find both enjoyable and practical.

4. How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food, by Mark Bittman

If cooking is something that you have always wanted to take the time to learn but, again, have never gotten around to it, Mark Bittman’s book of simple recipes is the perfect place to start. Bittman is a New York Times journalist and known (but controversial) authority on the culinary arts. In his book How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food, Bittman shows you how to enjoy cooking great food with simple techniques and standard kitchen equipment. This is a great place to get started if you have no conception of cooking and would like to add it to your reservoir of talents.

5. How To Draw What You See, by Rudy de Reyna

A fun and affordable hobby for you to pick up is drawing, and Rudy de Reyna’s bestselling book can help you get started. How To Draw What You See has remained on the bestseller list since its original publication in 1970 and has been used to educate and inspire thousands of artists around the world. In the book, de Reyna shows you how to capture what you see in the real world on paper, using various techniques and methods to identify the basic shape or form of an object, and the build upon it to draw the complete form. Even if you have always resorted to drawing stick figures, picking up drawing as a habit is a hobby you can easily start to develop; all it takes is a pencil and a sheet of paper!