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How to Start a Hobby if You Don’t Know Where to Begin

Painting, crosswording, hiking, birding: Our reading list breaks down why it’s worth the effort to discover what brings you joy.

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Read when you’ve got time to spare.

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A Field Guide for Fledgling Birders

Audrey NguyenClare Marie Schneider

Birding doesn’t require a pair of binoculars and a trip to a nature preserve. If you’ve ever paused to appreciate a bird, you’re already well on your way. Here’s how to get into birding.

BONUS READ: Great Reads for Bird Nerds via Pocket Collections.

How to Plan a Day Hike

Blair Braverman
Outside Magazine

If you're just getting started on the trails, don't be overwhelmed. This 101 guide breaks down where to go, what to wear, and everything you need to know to stay safe and have fun out there.

Do You Even Need a Hobby?

Corrie Evanoff
Pocket Collections

An essential reading list for breaking down the merits of introducing structured leisure into your life. Plus, how to find a pastime if you’re lacking inspiration.