I use this blog as a vehicle to spread the word about books I’ve read, but I thought magazines deserve a turn as well. And since I noticed I’ve been getting a bit ranty lately, I decided to cool it down – after all, it’s summer! And it’s a Saturday! – by talking about the magazines I’m most likely to pick up at a doctor’s office or impulse-buy at a grocery store. Or, to put it another way: if five friends came to me, each offering a gift subscription to a magazine of my choice, these are the five I’d be most likely to pick.
Granted, this says absolutely nothing about which magazines are good. It tells you the reader more about me than about magazines. But like so many reviews and recommendations in the library world, it’s a good jumping-off point for a discussion. And if nothing else, I suppose Christmas is coming . . . surely I’ve got five friends, right? (Just kidding.)
So here are my five favourites, in no particular order:
1. Maclean’s. It’s a broad range of current-events articles from all over Canada and the world. I tend to pick it up whenever there’s a cover story that particularly interests me, but I usually find at least three or four other stories that grab my attention as well.
2. Psychology Today. We interact with other human beings every single day, including ourselves; who wouldn’t want to know how the human brain works? This is a magazine that mixes a scientific point of view with a real-world perspective, so you know how cutting-edge psychiatric knowledge can improve your everyday life.
3. Martha Stewart Living. For a while I was subscribing to this magazine, and I loved learning more about how to achieve better living through handicrafts, cooking, and the collection of miscellaneous tidbits around the house. This one only works, though, if you’re good at discarding ideas that don’t fit with your scheme. If you take everything Martha says as absolute gospel, you’ll be completely reworking your whole home every few weeks!
4. Writer’s Digest. It’s no big secret that I’d like to be able to publish fiction. Over the years I’ve snagged a few copies of this magazine to give me helpful hints and practical tips on how to improve my technique. But if I ever actually finish my writing – unlikely if I continue blogging at this astonishing rate – the publishing tips will hopefully help as well!
5. Healthy Cooking. Actually, I would be absolutely addicted to any magazine full of recipes. But if I had to choose just one to become a loyal subscriber, I’d go with a magazine that provides creative recipes with guilt-free ingredients, so I could even make the desserts without my husband accusing me of trying to fatten him up. (He’s right. I am.) I love cooking, so a collection of recipes will always make me happy!
What are your favourite magazines, and why?