Not all 30 challenges are fun to read about, sorry. I had some fun ideas when the month began, but I just ran out of time to implement. I was able to give away 2 subscriptions through the blog and Facebook Page so that’s a good thing. When I started the month I had 53 magazines cluttering the house and amazingly 12 more found their way into my mailbox, so I ended up reading 65 magazines this month!! I’m feeling pretty good about that. 23 New Yorkers, 7 The Weeks, 7 HGTV, 7 Vanity Fairs, 7 Better Home & Gardens, 5 Cleveland Magazines, 4 The Writers, 3 ADDitudes, 1 Poets & Writers, 1 Woman’s World, 1 First For Women.
So obviously, I need to stop the clutter before it gets here and I’ve decided to give up several magazines that when read back to back made me realize that I just didn’t get enjoyment or knowledge from them. I’ll be dropping HGTV, The Writer and Better Homes & Gardens. Nothing wrong with them just don’t need them.
I am still madly in love with The Week, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. I also added a few new magazines that I love like Poets & Writers and ADDitude.
Here’s what the rest of what I haven’t posted already… If you want any of these sent your way, free of charge, just let me know. They head to recycling tomorrow.
Why do I have so many magazine subscriptions?! Honestly, it’s ridiculous. This challenge helped me see which ones are worth it and which ones I might cancel. I know for sure I won’t be keeping HGTV and The Writer but I’ll have to see if I can pick one more.
So, let’s get to it.
Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, Check it out!!!!
If you’re interested in me sending any of these to you. just leave a comment 🙂
So, I sent Gage off to first grade this morning and came home to figure out how I am going to complete this month’s magazine challenge. I have nine days so I made nine piles and just started filling them up. Each day has two New Yorkers (yikes!) plus two or THREE other mags. So, it looks like getting Gage on the bus and reading a few magazines while having coffee and breakfast are on the agenda for the next week.
When I started this challenge I made sure that I kept only magazines from 2017 (anything older was put in recycling immediately) and questioned whether to keep even those from January or February, but it was the February 6 New Yorker that make me happy I kept them. I loved the story on bestselling children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems!
As always, if you would like me to send of these magazines your way just a comment and I’ll get it to you.
This past week has been a slow reading week. It’s G’s last week before school starts and I’ve been trying to cram in as much fun as possible. Play dates, excursions, and eating out. It’s been a great week and I’ll be sorry to see him start school. Kinda makes me want to homeschool. Anywhooo, I did manage to finish my 5 Vanity Fairs. I had forgotten how much I love this glossy mag that has sexy ads AND great reporting about important issues. This is by far my favorite photo from the article titled, A Fine Bromance in the September issue (the quality doesn’t do it justice).
The highlighted quote from the article, “In a triumph over age and hubris, Macron clasped Trump’s tiny appendage in a gallic bone-crusher death grip.” This sentence made me laugh out loud.
My favorite article was the Elon Musk one about Artificial Intelligence. Excellent read.
I said at the beginning at the challenge that The Week is my favorite magazine and for good reason. It really does have a little bit of everything. Wanna give it a try? I have a free subscription to give away to the first person who leaves a comment 🙂
Can you see these well enough? Do I need to make them larger?
Polls like this make me fear for democracy.
If you want any of these sent your way just leave me a comment and I’ll stick them in the mailbox – on my dime.
At this rate I won’t finish so I need to pick up the pace! I read last week’s New Yorker and after reading the first page of some of their longer articles I skimmed or skipped the rest. I was surprised by how long it took me to read the whole First for Women. I’m not sure you can beat it at 120 pages for $2.99. I read the April Cleveland magazine. Since much of it is time sensitive I hate when I get behind like this.
See any that you want just leave me a comment and I’ll get it to you 🙂
I’ve had some very challenging challenges so far this year and wanted to find something that would benefit the household for this month. I thought about a decluttering challenge and ultimately decided on something more specific. This is my stack of unread magazines just from 2017…There are 53 here. I have the best of intentions but don’t seem to make enough of an effort. So, my goal this month is to get through all of these magazines, plus any that show up in the mailbox this month. Here’s how they break down.New Yorker-20 (I LOVE the New Yorker but they take so long to read!), Better Homes & Gardens-6, HGTV-6, The Week-4 (easily my favorite magazine), Vanity Fair-5, Cleveland Magazine-4, ADDitude-3, The Writer-3, Woman’s World-1 & First for Women-1 (both given to me by a neighbor).
I don’t want to skim them all in a day and pat myself on the back so my only rule is that I must read at least the first page of every article, but I must read every article. This will save me time with the New Yorkers for sure. I also plan on posting about them here and sharing things I learned and articles I loved.
I didn’t think this challenge would be that hard, but I didn’t finish my first magazine until 10:30 pm!
I receive this magazine because of the spring magazine drive at Gage’s school. I wanted to get something a little different. In addition to what I noted I can honestly say that I had no idea there were so many literary magazines! Want a taste? Here’s a link to the social media article I liked.
For the month I will be happy to put any magazine in the mail to you for free, just leave me a comment if you’d like to give it a try.