Bookish Hobbies

May 2, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Every week here in the land of book blogging we engage with our books by discussing them, thinking about them off on our own, and just plain old enjoying them. But being a reader often means that an interest in books extends beyond the texts and into the realm of what I have dubbed “bookish hobbies.” By this I mean any hobby that relates to books or that you were inspired to take up because of a book.

For me, my most recent foray into bookish hobbies has been taking up calligraphy after reading a lot about both the Arts and Crafts Movement in 19th-century Britain and medieval literacy. Before calligraphy, I took book-binding lessons and, before the book-binding lessons, a friend and I tried our hand at making hollow books to hide things in. (So far, my half-finished hollow book only holds the Exact-O knife that started the whole project. Presumably past-me thought that if I ever cared to complete the project, it would be good to have the necessary tool close at hand.)

So I want to hear from you all. Do you get carried away with your reading into the realm of bookish hobbies? If so, what have you taken up? What did books inspire you to do?



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