Books Influencing Interests and Hobbies
I think it's definitely safe to say that my hobbies and interests have been influenced by the books that I read. A couple of years ago I read the novel Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John and afterward I really wanted to learn American Sign Language. Since then I have learned some ASL (although I've been a slacker and not been practicing enough). I was already interested, but reading a novel about a deaf character and the way they perceive things was really interesting. I've read a few other novels with deaf main characters since and I have the same feeling after reading those.
Reading in general has also shaped what I enjoy doing. The more books I read that I like, the more I want to read instead of doing some other activity (most of which I don't think I would get nearly as much out of). That's not a specific thing, but it's still changed the way that I live.
I'm sure there are many other things I've picked up from reading that I can't even think of. What about you? How has reading shaped your interests and hobbies? Let me know in the comments!