Imagine Your Story -Variety Pack

You know how sometimes (or fairly often) it can be hard to settle down and read? I’ve found a variety pack of options to entertain myself, and maybe some of these ideas will appeal to you as well…

Magazines! From HGTV to Gourmet to bite sized articles in How it Works that help me learn something new, I’ve been enjoying flicking those pages until something catches my eye.

I’ve also been reading from the Diverse Voices for Younger Readers collection. I 100% think books for teens and younger readers can be as good -or better!- than adult books as they tell stories that are compelling but tend to be shorter (aka don’t get bogged down in wordy, unnecessary extras). Why not give it a try?

Sometimes I just listen to music while I clean or do some crafting…

But if you want to be ambitious? You could join me in the Great Courses Myth in Human History and -so far, so good!! And then I have an eye on How to Make Stress Work for You….

I hope one of these choices sounds appealing and gives you something new to try!


New Magazines in 2014

 Check out the periodical room as these new additions begin to arrive!

 Adirondack Life: A magazine of the region’s wildlife, history, lifestyle and vacation opportunities

 American Spirit: An early American history magazine

 Anthology: A quarterly shelter and lifestyle magazine

Domino: An interior design and lifestyle magazine.

Family Chronicle: A magazine for researching and documenting your family history

The Good Life: A new magazine from Dr. Oz

History Today: A UK-based magazine, publishing articles and book reviews covering all types and periods of history

Life: Beautiful: An inter-denominational, lifestyle magazine that celebrates an active, integrated faith

Science: A leading magazine for scientific news, commentary, and cutting-edge research

Smart Business Cleveland: A business management journal offering insight, advice and strategy for executives

VegNews: A vegan magazine packed with recipes, travel, news, food, reviews, and much more



Thick, glossy, information-rich magazines

I love magazines! They’re my reading-on-the-go. Rather than waste time commuting, waiting in line or waiting period, I read magazines to keep informed and current. I always learn something new, enhance what I already know, or at the very least, find some entertainment. Most months I check out the New Yorker, Real Simple, Vogue, Bazaar, Prevention, Martha Stewart, Mac World, and if I’m getting my hair cut, Hairstyle. However, I do have my must-reads. 

My absolute favorite is Vanity Fair because of the great writing that fill its pages. Contributing editors like James Wolcott, Lisa Robinson and Michael Wolff always have something interesting to say. The recent story by Bruce Handy “Don and Betty’s Paradise Lost” reveals the inner workings of my favorite television show, Mad Men, but more importantly, profiles the genius behind it, writer Matthew Weiner, and sheds light on his creative process. And although I read just one Michael Jackson story after his death, I have a feeling I read the best: “The Boy Who Would Be King” written by Lisa Robinson, who interviewed and spent time with him for the last twenty-one years. Aside from the feature stories, I like the “Fanfair” section, subtitled  “30 Days in the Life of the Culture” because it brings me up-to-date on books, music, movies, tech, fashion, beauty and travel.

Also, I appreciate what the financial writers put forth in Smart Money. With the rules changing minute-by-minute, they help me make sense of it all.

In my effort to learn both sides of the story, I rely on NewsWeek. Might be its thoughtful writing, its new format, or its awesome editor, Jon Meacham, that keeps me coming back.

And I always read Town&Country for my fantasy life. I just finished flipping through December’s “200+ Amazing Gifts” and I covet every one of them. However, I would forego them all to spend a single afternoon in the Biku tea lounge, an Indonesian restaurant/tearoom/bookshop/antique store  (page 107).