Book Blogger Hop: What I Do When I’m Not Reading

imageI’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

What other interests do you have besides reading and blogging?

Where to start with this one?  I am one of life’s dabblers, dipping in and out of things as the mood takes.  I garden, but only once the weather gets nice, and take night classes – with Italian being next up.  I love to cook but am not sure that’s an interest or just something I do?

At the moment I’m researching my family tree for example, something I did almost obsessively about two years ago before running out of steam. Then on a recent day out I actually came across the grave of my sixth great-grandfather and I became hooked again. I’m not sure how long it will last.

Until this took up my evenings (in between chapters of course) I had been doing a lot of sewing, making cushions and curtains and bean bags for my daughter’s room. The bean bag is currently sitting unfinished…because the thing about being a dabbler is I am also not always a finisher or at least not an immediate finisher – it will get done eventually. I just need change and variety.

What about you? Do you have passions that you never let go or are you like me, a dabbler? What do you do when you’re not reading?



  1. I’m a dabbler too and a huge genealogy nerd! That’s so amazing you came across your 6th great-grandfather’s grave! One of my problems is that none of my family lived close to where I live now so actually physically finding things would involve driving for hours and hours. Or in the case of my dad’s family going to Ireland! The night classes sound amazing! I keep thinking that when my youngest goes to full day school I’d like to add some kind of class into my day.

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  2. I’m a dabbler too although the interests tend to come and go over a number of years, including genealogy which I’ve been doing on and off for over 10 years but still don’t have the definitive truth about my maternal great grandfather so every now and again I try again!


  3. I dabble too, mainly around crafting – sewing, cross-stitich, knitting etc and have plenty of half finished projects lying around! I researched my family tree a few years back but eventually decided I’d got everything I could and had to give up.


  4. Oh, I can SO relate to what you’ve written here! I tend to be a dabbler, as well, and leave things unfinished…. This has happened with my fan fiction stories. Although I’ve written a total of 10, only three or so are actually finished. This also happens when I read. I might start a particular book, only to get interested in another, and so I leave the first one in the middle, and then might start a third, and so on….

    Researching your family tree is certainly a great hobby! I started doing that about a year ago, at it can get expensive, though, so I stopped.

    Gardening and sewing are very soothing, even meditative hobbies, so it’s nice that you’re into those. I never did have the patience for either. Lol.

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my BBH post!! 🙂


    • I like to think it makes life more interesting though it probably says more about my commitment levels 😄. is expensive which is another reason I do things in waves. It does take a lot of the hard work out of it though!


  5. P.S. I did a double-take when I saw the time posted on my first comment!! It’s currently 9:15 PM on Saturday, April 9th, here in Miami, Florida. You must be on the other side of the world! Lol. 🙂


  6. I’m not a dabbler Emma, but I don’t really have a lot of other interests…. TV and writing (other than reading). I was very much into sports when young but that disappeared when I travelled o/s and I never regained any interest.


    • Sport is the one thing I rarely get interested in. I did tap dance for a while but gave that up when we moved and haven’t thought to start again I must admit.


  7. Geneology is so fascinating, isn’t it? It’s been years since I’ve worked on my family history–we hit several roadblocks and haven’t been able to make much progress beyond those yet.


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