reading room

Things I Lurve: Next Issue

I luuuuuuurrrrrrrve magazines. Much to N's chagrin, a number of them arrive at our home each month. Right before I went on vacation, I learned about Next Issue- a monthly subscription magazine service that gives you electronic access to some of the post popular U.S. magazines for download on your iPad or other tablet device.

You can get your pick from 84 titles for $9.99 a month which includes magazines like Allure, Details, Cooking Light, Elle, Fitness, Bazaar, Instyle, Lucky, Marie Claire, Saveur and Self, to name a few. If you upgrade to the Premium service you can add weekly titles like People, New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly too! Now, it doesn't have every U.S. magazine title, but since it includes most of the titles I subscribe to anyway, I see it as a great value for money.

Even with all the subscription discounts from the actual paper products, I consume well over $14.99 in magazines (although I don't have a subscription to any of the weeklies, as much as I enjoy them). In addition to the savings, there is the real benefit of being environmentally friendly by avoiding paper, and not having to carry heavy magazines everywhere; not to mention not having a spouse who is annoyed by magazines covering every surface! On the downside, you can't exactly tear out pages from the magazines, but I've found that I end up never looking at them again anyway (at least not from the fashion magazines), so that's not a huge loss for me.

Have you given Next Issue a shot? They offer a free 30-day trial... will you try it?

Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Next Issue whatsoever. I just happen to be a fan of the product!! 

Recovering from Downton Abbey

I've previously blogged about my obsession with Downton Abbey, and Season 3 did nothing to dim my enthusiasm. I'm not going to give anything away about the season, but suffice it to say, there were MANY EXHAUSTING EMOTIONAL ups and downs. For those of you who watched the entire season, you know exactly what I mean....

If the season left you wanting more, albeit with a little levity, I invite you to read Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey (note: its available in kindle format as well!)

I only just started the book, and I absolutely LURVE it so far!! Of course, there is the added appeal of it being a comic book, which makes it an even faster read!! If you do pick it up, let me know what you think! Maybe we can even do a book club meet up (aka excuse to drink wine)?!

Reading Room: Awkward Situations for Men

I love reading. Always have. I also read very fast, must to the frustration of a lot of people. I'm ALSO the type of person who (for a mystery book) will flip right to the end and read the last chapter. So sue me.

Now that I've started riding the bus to work, I've been reading a lot more, and am always on the lookout for a good book. My main criteria is this- IT MUST BE WELL WRITTEN. Otherwise, you will just hear me complain non-stop about the awful writing, and no one wants that. On occasion, I will read biographies and mysteries, but my favorite genre is chick-lit (I'm not embarrassed about this- I like to vegetate when I read). Now when I say chick-lit I don't mean boy-meets-girl-sweeps-her-off-her-feet-random-problem-breakup-get-back-together-live-happily-ever-after. No, I'm looking for a smart, sassy female, with a sense of humor, and some funny life situations. That is my ideal sort of book. Since I'm always looking for a good read, I will be blogging about books I'm reading with the hope that you will share some of your favorite books with me too!!

I recently finished Awkward Situations for Men, written by Danny Wallace (who is a very funny host on a British radio show). As the name suggests, Danny finds himself in these awkward situations, which he believes happen mostly to men. Danny lives in London, so the book is set there, and has some British humor, but overall, you don't have to "get" British humor to find this book funny. It is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Literally. I would burst out laughing on the bus ALL THE TIME. Which may be an awkward situation of its own, but that's another story...

PS. If you're in Cleveland this weekend, check out the 7th Annual Luau on the Lake on Saturday at Whiskey Island. I've never been to this event, but I've heard its a blast, and it benefits Shoes and Clothes for Kids so you could be having a great time supporting a great cause!!