Reading is definitely my favorite thing to do in my free time. Reading is a constructive activity--you can learn so much by what you choose to read. It also helps keep your mind sharp and active. You could certainly never say that you're wasting your time with reading as a hobby.
I used to love to collect baseball cards, but who can afford to do that anymore!!!
Reading and writing!!!! I am the happiest when I am doing these things. Of course, one can't spend life in isolation with a book, and I do enjoy being social as well, so my next favorite hobby is spending time with friends in a casual setting.
All of these posts sound really inspired, so I won't 'out' myself by saying that my best hobby is watching reality television or anything... On a more serious note, my true love is reading; I am a book-addict! Like post #5 mentioned, when you teach all day long and are surrounded by people, it is definitely nice to have some quiet 'me' time and prop my feet up with a good book.
I have three favorite things to do, listen to/play music, read, and exercise by walking or swimming. There are few days on which I don't do all three, at least for a little while, and I try to arrange things so I don't have to choose amongst them because I value all of them so highly. I spend a great deal of time with other people through the day, particularly in the classroom, so these solitary activities are what recharge my batteries.
The hobbies I find most rewarding are playing/making music and making art.
I do collage art and draw. It's always fascinating to sit down to a blank page, spend some time with it, and end up with art. The process is a transformation that is both obvious and actual, and also metaphorical.
I also play guitar and sing. This is a quite visceral outlet, often inspiring and relieving at the same time.
I am a longtime collector. I have a spare bedroom filled with music and music memorabilia (including about 4000 CDs and many old LPs); tens of thousands of old baseball cards (mostly pre-1980s); and a large stamp collection. I also have many antiques and artwork, mostly purchased at auctions over the years.
My favorite hobby is reading literary poetry, short stories and novels. I enjoy poetry by T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Suji Kwock Kim, and a host of other poets whose work appears in contemporary print and on-line journals. I also enjoy genre novels of the espionage category.
Another hobby I enjoy is following baseball and engaging in some study of baseball statistics - of which there is a myriad of on each team and their players.
Another favorite hobby of mine is playing chess. I typically play on-line, although I do have a nice chess set at home for face-to-face games. I love the strategic and analytical aspect of chess. The challenge to me in this game is improving my performance and my rating when I play. I try to learn from mistakes I've made in previous games to take my chess playing to the next level.
Two of my favorite and best hobbies is drawing and playing the ukulele. I've been drawing for almost 15 years now and at first, I was an amateur artist. However, over time, I managed to refine and hone my skills in drawing with pencils and now I can draw realistically. Due to the fact that i've improved so much, I competed within my school district and in the nation to win several awards and prizes. I'm very proud with what i've achieved.
I love to read. I am a book-addict too. I have a library of 200 books at most. Sometimes I'm so addicted, I even have to sneak it in my text books and read it in class.
Its like the moment I enter a bookshop or the library, the calmness, quiteness and the smell of fresh books just sooths me. The fact that the books are all just waiting, their pages crisp and waiting to be flicked through is just so appealing.
It has been different things at various stages of my life. As a child I was fond of collecting stamps but when I was a teenager it changed to gardening, playing chess and solving mathematical puzzles and reading Urdu poetry and fiction (mainly humour) in addition to building mechanical models. At college and university level photography was added to the hobbies but there was no time left for gardening and model building and it continued like that except that gardening was coming back and going depending on the place I was living in.
Now my hobbies mainly include gardening, mathematical puzzles (Sudoku) and reading and understanding Quran though photography has not been completely divorced but is limited to landscapes and flowers etc.