Over the years, I’ve gained new hobbies while old ones faded away. Some have stuck with me for a very long time. I still love playing computer games, watching cartoons, and although I haven’t done it in a long time, I’m still interested in model airplanes and cars. But there are some hobbies I never thought I’d get into.
About six years ago, when I started getting serious about photography, I also developed a liking for long distance walking. The longest I’ve walked is thirty-five kilometres in one day, and I usually walk around fifteen these days. I was never interested in that kind of exercise before, but I find I can relax mentally when I do it.
The next two I haven’t started, but I can see myself doing in the near future. Ten years ago, I’d have thought is never do them. The first is wine tasting. I’ve developed an interest in tasting wine, but I don’t think it’ll be serious. When I was younger, I didn’t like wine for some reason. Probably just drank the wrong wine.
The other is gardening. This kind of runs in my family, so maybe it was inevitable. I’d like to grow some vegetables and flowers, but is like to make and take care of a Japanese style garden. They would be quite the task, but I think I’d start small just to make sure I enjoy it.
Are there any hobbies you started that you would never have thought you’d do when you were younger?
It’s only the end of July and I have read less than a book a month. That’s awful. Take a look at my Goodreads reading challenge.
What’s wrong with this picture? 11 books behind schedule? What is going on? Well, I have to blame all the big books I’m reading this year. Turns out I gave myself a rather difficult schedule. The book I’m reading now has more than 1200 pages. But I’ll be finished soon! Lets take a look at my schedule.
For physical printed books, I have this schedule:
The Neutronium Alchemist – Peter F. Hamilton (currently reading)
The Iliad – Homer
The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
Mercury – Ben Bova
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
Redemption Ark – Alastair Reynolds
Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
Green Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
Children of the Mind – Orson Scott Card
Exile – R. A. Salvatore
The Naked God – Peter F. Hamilton
Armageddon’s Children – Terry Brooks
Blue Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
Memories of Ice – Steven Erikson
The Ringworld Engineers – Larry Niven
Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
Stone of Tears – Terry Goodkind
The Shadow Rising – Robert Jordan
Prince Caspian – C. S. Lewis
Absolution Gap – Alastair Reynolds
A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin
Black Powder War – Naomi Novik
Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett
Sojourn – R. A. Salvatore
Some of the upcoming books are shorter, so that’s good. And now for the eBooks, which I haven’t been getting through very quickly, either.
The Book of Deacon – Joseph R. Lallo (currently reading)
Keepers of Water – R. G. Porter
Young Lord of Khadora – Richard S. Tuttle
Blood and Steel – Martin Parece
The Seekers of Fire – Lynna Merrill
The Prophecy – Jeffrey M. Poole
Legon Awakening – Nicholas Taylor
The Shadowbearer – Terry C. Simpson
Supernova – Crystal Ward
Collapse – Richard Stephenson
Book of Remembrance – Tania Johansson
The Weight of Blood – David Dalglish
The Burning Sky – Joseph Robert Lewis
And then there are a couple art books I should really get finished. They’re quick reads.
The World of Robert Bateman (currently reading)
Robert Bateman: An Artist in Nature
As you can see, I like to plan out my reading schedule. Before, I’d just pile the books up around my bed, back when I lived by myself. It was easy. Now, I keep my books in a closet, and I can’t stack them up like I used to. But with the schedule, it’s easy for me to check and see what’s next.
Of course, I can’t get through this entire list before we move to Canada. I’ll be sending my books back to Canada. No, I will not sell them, I spent over $1000 on my collection of books, considering prices here in Japan are double or triple what they are in Canada. But that’s because they’re imported.
How’s your reading going? Like my list? Anything stand out? Let me know in the comments.
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