With all of this time spent at home, everyone is struggling to separate work from pleasure. The world is slowly opening its borders again but life has become one light blob of working on your laptop and reading through a book. There’s a certain need within about igniting creativity and entertaining your soul. It’s probably time to try picking up a new hobby. Fortunately, there are plenty of pastimes you can do in the comforts of your own home that doesn’t involve scrolling through the internet. These books are a great place to start in finding your new favorite hobby in 2021.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Cooking is always a great hobby to add to the daily lineup of activities you love. Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate will inspire you to learn cooking. The novel follows the story of a young girl name, Tita, who longs for Pedro, her lover and neighbor. But she can never have him because of her mother’s upholding of the de la Garza family tradition: the youngest daughter cannot marry and must take care of her mother until she dies. Her mother rejects Pedro’s marriage proposal to Tita. Instead, her mother offers Pedro to marry Tita’s sister Rosaura  and Pedro accepts to stay close to Tita. Devastated and hurt, Tita can only express herself when she cooks. Like Water for Chocolate is an interesting story about family, love, and cooking.

Patchwork by Carol Wilson-Mack

Patchwork and quilting are a trending hobby for both young and old this past few years. These two are a skill that everyone has been wanting to add to their own resume of skills. Patchwork by Carol Wilson-Mack is a book that will inspire you to take patchwork and have conversations to all generations. This follows the stories and lives of women living in rural Bamberg, South Carolina during the late 1930s to 50s. These God-centered women gathered to create a community to help their families. This activity allows these women to learn quilting and enjoy a two-way conversation on Patchwork book. Patchwork encourages you to always have the conversation.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

Reading is probably a hobby you’ve been doing already, but reading more than you already do is a great addition to your lineup. Annie Spence’s Dear Fahrenheit 451 is a librarian’s collection of love letters and breakup notes that will leave you laughing and crying altogether. A book can be your soulmate or a toxic relationship you need to cut off from your life, either way a book will have a profound part in your life. Annie Spence crafted letters and note to the iconic and eclectic books she read over the years. Spence’s letters will remind you of your old favorites, classic reads, and contemporary books in a new light. Dear Fahrenheit 451 will convince you to read the many suggested books all because of Spence’s funny takes on them.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Gardening is a hobby you can benefit in: get more exercise, spend more time outdoors, and help save the environment. The Secret Garden is an enduring classic children’s literature that even the adults adore. The plot centers on young Mary Lennox whose set foot back to England after many years in India. Her parents’ neglect and selfishness left her with an unpleasant memories and trauma after their death. She was a rude, stubborn, and temperamental girl who underwent a gradual transformation after learning the tragedies that her uncle experienced. She discovered a charming walled garden kept locked. Sounds of sobbing on the other side triggered her curiosity. And that was when Mary went on an adventure of a lifetime.

How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron

Knitting is a nostalgic hobby that reminds you of your grandma knitting your favorite blankie or sweater during the cold winter days. Rachael Herron’s How to Knit a Heart Back Home will inspire you to try this activity. This centers on Lucy Harrison who sells books by day and volunteers at the fire department by night. Her life was smooth-sailing until a bad boy ex-cop Owen Bancroft came into her life. Lucy and Owen are thrown together by the discovery of the lost work of a local legend, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter.  Soon, both feels more than hate. Are they willing to open up to new possibilities and maybe gamble on love.