Top Ten Tuesday #288


Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these: I’ve had a bit of a whirlwind the last few days! I met up with my friend Hannah on Saturday which was lovely, we had a really good catchup, which obviously involved a lot of talking about books! 

However the news of the national lockdown in England has meant a very swift change of plans, and I’m heading back up to Stirling tomorrow for the next month or so in the hopes that having more space will help my mental health in what is sure to be a challenging winter.

Anyway, enough of the downer that is the pandemic, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking about our Non-Bookish Hobbies. I deliberately didn’t include writing on this list, as though it’s not reading, a lot of the writing I do is still book related (whether it be writing books or talking about books here), plus, I do also intend for it to be my job so including it as a hobby didn’t really feel right! 

  1. Horse riding

I’ve mentioned this plenty of times on the blog before, but since it is one of my biggest hobbies outside of books, it was worth mentioning again. I’ve been riding for over sixteen years now and it’s a massive part of my life, I’ve always loved horses, and particularly this year, being able to get out in the fresh air for a ride (since the first lockdown was eased) has been a real lifesaver. I’m going to miss it a lot over the next month! Being part of the Equestrian Club at University was also a great way to meet people and I loved my lessons and helping out with competitions whilst I was there. 

2. Trampolining

Another hobby I’ve had since childhood, I started trampolining at about 11, I think after there were some summer sessions at my future secondary school, I was immediately hooked and continued for the next twelve years. I was part of the Trampolining Club at my Uni as well, which was also a fantastic way of meeting people at Uni. I haven’t really been able to do any since I left as it’s a harder hobby to keep up once you’re an adult than riding is, but I definitely want to look into places I can do it again once things are a little more settled with the pandemic!

3. Running

I swear these first three hobbies are going to make me sound like I’m a lot more into sports than I actually am! Running is a great stress reliever for me, I first took it up during my A-Levels as a way to get out during revision, and this year in particular it has been really important for me to get my weekly run in as over lockdown it was the only exercise I could really do!

4. Watching movies/TV

I’ll admit, I’ve been doing more of this than I even I like to over the course of this year, but I do enjoy bingeing a few boxsets on Netflix or watching a cheesy romantic comedy. Usually I prefer it to be a relaxation after a long day of actually doing something rather than the only thing I’m able to do! Having said that, TV and films have been a great comfort as well over this period, especially things like Bake-Off and now Strictly which are providing real joy in an otherwise dark time.

5. Listening to music/podcasts

This is kind of a cheat as I tend to do both of these things whilst reading, but I’m including it since it is technically a separate hobby, I just like to combine them into one! I’ve always loved listening to music, but I only really found podcasts in the last couple of years and they’ve quickly become one of my favourite things as they’re a great way to explore my interests and learn new things (my current cycle of podcasts is a pretty good indicator of my interests: they include feminism (The Guilty Feminist), musicals (The Hamilcast), History (Stuff You Missed In History Class) and mythology and folklore (Myths and Legends).

6. Ice Skating

This isn’t a particularly frequent hobby, I tend to only do it around Christmas, but I wanted to include it anyway as it’s one of my favourite activities around the holidays. I love wrapping up all warm and cosy and going skating with family or friends.

7. Shopping

Granted I’ve not been doing much of this this year, at least not in person and online isn’t quite the same! Book shopping is obviously my favourite kind of shopping, but I do enjoy clothes shopping as well, I’ve had some great times with my friends picking out ugly outifts for each other to try on!

8. Hanging out with friends

I wouldn’t necessarily count this as a hobby, but hanging out with my friends and just talking is honestly one of my favourite things to do. We can talk for hours and hours and it feels like no time at all has passed. This is the thing that definitely hit me hardest about the first lockdown, as videochatting, no matter how many people try to extol the virtues of it is just not the same. Is it better than nothing? Sure. But the amount of difference I felt in my general mood once I was allowed to see my friends again over the summer? It made so much difference and I’m going to miss being able to see them so much over the next month.

9. Travelling

I love travelling so much and it definitely really hurts that I’m not going to be able to for the forseeable future, though of course it’s understandable. I have serious wanderlust, being able to go to different places and see different things is something I love to do, especially when I go with my friends because we always have so much fun.

So there we go, one less than usual this week, but I didn’t want to force it. What hobbies do you enjoy outside of reading? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back with another Top Ten Tuesday next week, this time we’re going to be talking about Book Titles Which Would Make Great Song Titles, but I actually think it would be more fun to do it the other way round and talk about Song Titles I Think Would Make Great Book Titles so that’s what I’m going to do!

63 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #288

  1. Kel 03/11/2020 / 4:41 pm

    I miss horse riding. I could do it here in Texas I just don’t take the time. Perhaps that is something I need to look into picking back up.

  2. evelynreads1 03/11/2020 / 5:17 pm

    I love running too! It is great to clear your head!
    I should have put ice-skating on mine as well! I love it, I just don’t do it very often!

    My post!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 5:18 pm

      It really is. Neither do I really, it’s a very seasonal thing for me 🙂

  3. lydiaschoch 03/11/2020 / 5:39 pm

    Someone else mentioned horseback riding this week, too! And I didn’t realize trampolining was an official sport. That’s pretty neat.

    My post.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 5:14 pm

      Yeah, I saw it on a few people’s lists! It is yeah, it’s in the Olympics and everything, though it doesn’t get much coverage sadly.

  4. Time for tales and tea 03/11/2020 / 5:43 pm

    I also love Stuff You Missed in History Class! What are some of your favourite episodes?

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 5:12 pm

      Agh there are so many, it’s hard to pick! I always really enjoy the Unearthed episodes, it’s always fun to find out things that have been discovered recently. I always love the ones that talk about women, some of my faves from the past have been on Chien Shuing Wu, a Chinese Physicist, Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American women to become a doctor and Nellie Bly who was a journalist who went undercover in an asylum. I also really loved one they did this year about Annie Londonderry who cycled round the world….or at least pretended she did!

  5. anovelglimpse 03/11/2020 / 6:23 pm

    I miss hanging out with friends. That’s such a fun hobby.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 4:56 pm

      I’ve been able to hang out with mine more since the summer but that’s all stopped again now, sadly.

      • iloveheartlandx 12/11/2020 / 5:27 pm

        Hopefully once the worst of the winter is over we’ll be able to meet up with them again!

  6. Leah's Books 03/11/2020 / 6:29 pm

    I’ve recently gotten into listening to podcasts as well and find that I can learn so much cool stuff from them! I didn’t even realize trampolining was a thing, but it definitely sounds like fun. I used to horseback ride when I was younger, but allergies put an end to that. I was so sad, because horseback riding was so much fun yet relaxing at the same time. This is such a great list.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 4:47 pm

      Yes, definitely, they’re a great way of learning new things. Stuff You Missed In History Class has been particularly great on that front for me, I studied History at Uni, but there’s so much that gets missed out or not taught. It really is. Oh no that’s such a shame. Thank you 🙂

  7. lindseyhabets 03/11/2020 / 6:38 pm

    Trampolining sounds like a lot of fun! I’m just now starting to get into podcasts, as in I just started my first but I’m already loving it (Let’s Talk About Myths Baby) and I’ve already added so many to my list 🙂 And definitely agree with you about hanging with friends, it’s so important to me too!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 4:37 pm

      It is! Ooh I’ll have to check that one out, I’m a big mythology nerd. Yes, it’s probably the thing I missed the most during the first lockdown, and we’d been able to see each other so much more since June but of course that’s stopped again now.

  8. priyankaswonderland 03/11/2020 / 7:56 pm

    I have started to listen to podcasts these days! I want to learn how to ice skate.. one day I will!!
    Here’s my TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 4:24 pm

      They’ve been great as a distraction through this whole pandemic thing. I’d definitely like to learn more, I can do the very basics, skating forward in a straight line, but I’d love to be able to do proper shapes and stuff!

  9. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books 03/11/2020 / 8:04 pm

    So many great hobbies! My family is huge into horseback riding and my grandfather owns a farm with many horses, but I am allergic!! It makes me so sad!

  10. HerBookishDesires 03/11/2020 / 8:36 pm

    Ooo horseback riding! That is so cool. I have never been horseback riding. I will have to add that to my bucket list… it sounds like a lot of fun. Love to hear that you like skating! It is so magical especially during the holiday season.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 4:19 pm

      It’s definitely a lot of fun! Yes, it’s one of my favourite things to do over the holidays, so sad that it’s probably not going to be happening this year.

  11. Rabeeah 03/11/2020 / 8:55 pm

    So many active hobbies! I can’t believe you listen to podcasts AND read at the same time, I would just miss half of both things 😂 Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 4:11 pm

      Thanks! I like to try and stay active where I can. I’m not good at reading in silence, I need something to listen to, it focuses my attention better.

  12. FangirlFlax 03/11/2020 / 9:11 pm

    Love that you’re so active in your hobbies! I haven’t gone ice skating in years, and you’ve definitely made me want to try it again, haha. Happy TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 4:10 pm

      Thanks, I spend a lot time looking at screens, so getting out for some exercise is a nice break. Ha ha you should! It’s not something I do often, but I always enjoy it when I do.

      • FangirlFlax 07/11/2020 / 9:08 pm

        Absolutely agree, nice to get away from screens – freeing, haha! I’ll have to give it a go again, lockdowns permitting…

      • iloveheartlandx 12/11/2020 / 5:28 pm

        Definitely, I spend way too much time staring at one screen or another these days. Yeah, hopefully things get better soon….

      • FangirlFlax 12/11/2020 / 8:45 pm

        Part of the state of the world, I guess – but fingers crossed!

  13. Poinsettia 03/11/2020 / 9:53 pm

    What a fun list! I didn’t know trampolining was a sport! I really enjoy listening to music and running as well. Thank you for visiting Long and Short Reviews!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you! Yes it is, it’s pretty similar to gymnastics really just with added bounce. They are both super fun 🙂

  14. Anne Bennett 03/11/2020 / 10:52 pm

    Wish I could do more traveling these days. We can’t travel to Europe or Canada even. Stupid Trump had no idea how to control the pandemic and now we are stuck home. Grr.r. Election day today, however.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:59 pm

      Same, I’m grateful I got in my trip to South Africa before this whole pandemic thing started. Our government in the UK isn’t doing a great job at controlling things either. Yes, the election that will never end, I hope we find out the results soon!

  15. Ms. Yingling Reads (@MsYingling) 03/11/2020 / 10:59 pm

    Sounds like very well rounded hobbies. Haven’t ice skated in years. I always preferred skating on ponds– rinks just aren’t as picturesque!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:53 pm

      Thanks, I do like trying to do different things. I do agree, ponds are very beautiful, though I do like the outdoor rinks at Christmas, the atmosphere is always lovely 🙂

  16. Brittany 04/11/2020 / 2:11 am

    I miss shopping so much. Just being able to go into a Target and browse. I don’t even really do grocery shopping right now since I’m autoimmune and it’s not safe for me. Window shopping/browsing on the internet doesn’t quite give the same sense of satisfaction, lol.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:47 pm

      I miss it too, online shopping is fine, but it’s definitely not the same!

  17. Holliehocks 04/11/2020 / 3:29 am

    I absolutely love horseback riding. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to do so since high school, since I no longer know anyone who owns horses. Ice skating is another hobby I would love…if I was able to do it. Since it is only seasonal, and there are never rinks close to my home, it’s rare I get the chance to go. Podcasts are something I have a small interest in, but rarely find one I can stay invested in, but I love mythology so I’ll have to try out Myth and Legends!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:46 pm

      Ah that’s a shame. I’m very fortunate that I’ve always had a riding stables pretty close to where I live, my current one is only fifteen minutes away so it’s thankfully always been pretty accessible to me. I definitely feel you there, it’s not something I get a chance to do much either. We finally got a local rink last year, but I was so busy with work in the run up to Christmas that I never went, and now of course it’s been closed since March. Ah would definitely recommend Myths and Legends, the guy who does it is a really great storyteller and he covers all sorts of myths from all over the world.

  18. Laura Fabiani 04/11/2020 / 4:15 am

    Trampolining! Now that’s original. When my kids were younger I would take them trampolining and they had a blast. You sound like a super fun person.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:40 pm

      Aww thank you! That’s how I started originally, my old club ran summer sessions at my first secondary school and I enjoyed them so much that I ended up joining the regular sessions and kept going even after I switched schools when I was 14.

  19. Abigail 04/11/2020 / 8:19 am

    Wow, you do horseback riding! It’s one of my dream when I was younger, to own a horse and get to ride but where I’m from, it’s not a popular hobby.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:36 pm

      Ah that’s a shame. It’s still a dream of mine to be able to own a horse, but sadly they are very expensive 🙂

  20. Marianne Maurer 04/11/2020 / 11:45 am

    You’re a very active person. How come you still find time for reading? LOL

    Anyway, I love the travelling, as well, hope we can all do that soon again.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  21. Angela Lawrence 04/11/2020 / 12:27 pm

    What fun and different hobbies! I’ve recently gotten into podcasts.

  22. Lexlingua 04/11/2020 / 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the Podcast recs, will be looking up those!

  23. Michelle Louring 04/11/2020 / 2:18 pm

    I am utterly convinced that I would end up killing myself if I tried my hand at just one out of horse riding, trampolining and ice skating…

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:33 pm

      Ha ha well ice skating is definitely a very seasonal hobby for me and I’m not massively good at it, the others are far more long lived!

  24. Nicole 04/11/2020 / 7:59 pm

    Horse riding is a great hobby! I haven’t done it in way too long, but it’s so much fun. I’ve been meaning to get into podcasts for a while, too.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:29 pm

      It’s one of my favourite things to do, I already can’t wait till the second lockdown in England is over and I can get back to my stables. There’s such a wide range of podcasts out there, definitely something for everyone.

  25. Greg 05/11/2020 / 9:18 am

    I think an equestrian club at universty would be awesome. Music is awesome too, there is so much variety these days. Same with shows. I think we’re in a golden age of bingable shows with Netflix and everything else.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/11/2020 / 3:27 pm

      It was a lot of fun! Yes, there’s definitely something out there for everyone. Oh absolutely, there’s been so much good stuff coming out in the last few years 🙂

  26. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 08/11/2020 / 8:51 pm

    Oooh, trampolining sounds so cool! We usually take several road trips a year, and we’ve missed it so much this year. It’s definitely affecting our mental head space. Hopefully, we’ll all be able to travel again, soon. Great post!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/11/2020 / 5:34 pm

      It is! Ah that’s such a shame, I definitely get that, it’s not been easy not being able to do all the things I usually love this year. Hopefully! Thank you 🙂

  27. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 10/11/2020 / 12:54 am

    I like to write too, although it’s a bookish hobby and something of a professional goal (although I write fanfiction as well as original fiction so fanfiction is mostly on the hobby side). I like horses but don’t ride often. I just finished The Scorpio Races and I don’t think I’d want to ride those horses! I’d run more, but it’s hard on my feet, so I don’t do it as much as I’d like.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/11/2020 / 5:26 pm

      Yes, I do love doing it, I just didn’t think it quite fitted for this list given how much my writing tends to revolve around books! I ride pretty regularly although it’s been put on hold again because of the pandemic so I don’t know when I’ll next be on a horse. Nope, I’ve read that book, those horses are definitely not ones you want to be riding. I definitely get that, that’s why I don’t run every day because you definitely need to give your legs a break!

  28. Leslie 10/11/2020 / 1:56 am

    Trampolining sounds awesome!! You have a lot of awesome hobbies.. like horse back riding too! Great list.

  29. MomsBookCollection 12/11/2020 / 2:44 pm

    So many great hobbies!! jealous about horse riding i have always wanted to and just never have.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/11/2020 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you! It’s not the most accessible or cheapest hobby, I was very lucky to have both stables nearby and parents willing to support my obsession 🙂

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