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January 20, 2011 / Leslie

Booking Through Thursday ~ On Being a Magazine Hoarder

Booking Through ThursdayBTT is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. I haven’t posted in this meme for a while but this week’s questions is about a topic I was planning to write about anyway: Magazines.

What magazines/journals do you read?

I enjoy magazines that correspond with my interests and hobbies. I have to be careful not to order too many of them because they seem to start arriving faster than I can read them. Then I end up with piles of magazines all over the house. Another problem I have with magazines is I hate to get rid of them; I may need that article or recipe in the future if I can remember what issue it’s in and I can find it again. I guess that makes me a magazine hoarder!

One of my future projects is to go through those piles of magazines, scan the articles and recipes I want to keep and organize them neatly on my computer. I suppose a solution would be to receive my magazines as ‘e’ versions and ultimately I may do that, but I don’t have an e-reader yet and mentally I’m not quite there yet with e-books.

One pile of magazines I will never part with is my nearly complete and treasured collection of Omni Magazine, one of the most magnificent science fiction / fantasy magazine ever published. It was only in existence from 1978 to 1995 but it packed a lot into those years. It featured science fiction, science fact, high quality art and photos.

In addition to all the Omni Mags I have a few years of Wired, another beautifully done magazine that I can’t seem to part with, a stack of Better Homes and Gardens and Eating Well, a very nicely done food magazine with lots of healthy recipes with photos.

So what do I currently subscribe to? That would be Wild Bird and Birds and Blooms. Both of these magazines have such beautiful photos of birds that I can’t bear to throw them away resulting in more piles of magazines.

There are more than these lurking around my house and stashed on shelves and in closets, but you get the idea. So, yes, I’m a magazines hoarder and the solution is probably electronic versions unless anyone has a better suggestion, and bonfire is not one of them.

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  1. Rebecca Rasmussen / Jan 20 2011 11:07 am

    Love these, especially birds and blooms! XO

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  2. Suko / Jan 20 2011 2:38 pm

    Leslie, I remember you mentioned possibly doing a post on magazines a short while ago–here it is!
    I am not familiar with Omni or Wired, and will keep an eye out for them.
    My own magazines tend to pile up very quickly as well. 🙂

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  3. michelle / Jan 20 2011 11:04 pm

    Oh my your speaking my language…I have the hardest time parting with my magazines. I get Eating Well, Vegetarian Times and Sun Literary Magazine. MIne end up all over the house and several more are in my school bag for emergency reading. I did start a project one summer to clip all recipes and articles and file them-I’m still in the “middle” of that project. Birds and Blooms is a beautiful magazine.

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    • Leslie / Jan 20 2011 11:50 pm

      Oh yes, there’s always a magazine in my bag just in case I finish my book on my commute (I ride the train).

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  4. TheBookGirl / Jan 22 2011 8:18 am

    I can understand why you would not want to throw away those Bird and Bloom magazines; judging from the cover alone, it looks like they would contain such beautiful photographs 🙂

    I was an Eating Well subscriber a few years ago, but let the subscription lapse, as I had had too many going at one time. Now, I have four, all food related.

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