My Reading Habits Suck

When asked if I like to read I answer yes. However if I were asked to explain my reading habits you would quickly find out I am a horrible reader. I fall into if someone I follow on BookTube recommends it, it's on my Amazon recommendations list, if it's cheap enough to help round off the amount of my latest Amazon order, or if I think it will "help" me pursue at least one of my many interests then I feel the need to have said book to add to my TBR shelf. Now do I ever get around to actually reading half of these books? Nope. Thus why I recently carried 2 boxes of books out of here a few weeks ago and vowed to try to not buy books for quiet a while. Now people can gift me books all they want. I won't complain, but I have come to realize it's a waste for me to continue to buy books I know I will not sit down and read anytime soon.

Don't get me wrong I have been known to finish a book or two now and again. When I find the right one I can burn through that sucker in a weekend. I tackled John Jakes North & South, Love & War, and Heaven and Hell when I was a kid because I was in love with Patrick Swayze and he played Orry Main in the mini series. That was some serious reading for a pre-teen. I've reread my favorites Lonesome Dove twice (and really want to give it another go since I now have a new copy ready and wanting. Thanks Oz ;), and River of Earth I've probably read 3 or 4 times. I managed half of Pillars of the Earth before I gave up and finished it with the audio book version because I needed to watch the mini series I'd been loaned and had way too long.

However the reality is I order a box of books, grab an armful from Goodwill or Half Price Books, carry them home and they sit on my shelf. If I do manage to pick one up and start reading I am notorious for only getting halfway through, losing interest then said book sits there for days, weeks, or even months until I have forgotten what on Earth it was about. This explains why there is a stack of three books and 1 magazine with a multi page article that have been sitting on my nightstand for you guessed it...weeks. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath...yep halfway and there was a time lapse or I missed something somewhere and I was "what am I reading?!" so nice and politely the bookmark was placed inside and it was set aside. Then over the summer I finally started The Secret Life of Bees. I will be flogged for saying this but again I was giving it my all then it was placed neatly on top of the Bell Jar. My latest endeavor was Fearless by Arianna Huffington, not even halfway with this one. I burned through Lean In a few months ago and had the same hopes for Fearless but so far no.

So my goals for this last hectic month of the year is to the finish those previously mentioned books. Do my darnedest not to order anything from Amazon besides dog food and tackle my TBR shelf and keep only those books that I have a connection with or hold some special place in my heart. Wish me luck! And leave me any suggestions for what I should tackle in 2016. You never know it might be in there on the shelf already.

I Love Magazines

I have a love/hate relationship with magazines. I love to sit with a huge stack and flip through the pages and naturally fall in love with the most expensive item on every page. I hate that magazines cost a small fortune, are now almost completely filled with advertisements, and that I unfortunately get bored with them too quickly and end up tossing them. I have a vast range of interests too which makes magazine shopping and buying even more difficult. So I thought I would share with you some of my favorite magazines and a brief  description of why I like them. If I can I'll include a link so you can enjoy them yourself. Happy reading!


Click As someone relatively new to photography this magazine is full of info for the novice as well as experienced photographers. Published bimonthly with both a hard copy and digital versions available. Currently the only magazine I am subscribed to, pricey but I love it.

Artful Blogging This one is multipurpose for me with camera and blogging tips.

Popular Photography Good tips along with camera and equipment reviews.



Cottage Journal This magazine was a recent discovery and I absolutely loved looking at the homes in this beautiful magazine. Published quarterly with occasional special issues.



InStyle One of the few fashion magazines that still holds my attention.

Lucky Still a favorite but honestly no where near as good as it used to be.


Running & Fitness

Runner's World When I began my running journey and needed tips on anything from how to breath properly, which shoes were right for me, to all the latest and greatest running gear this magazine has it all. Who knew running was so complicated?!

Women's Running This magazine is a lot like Runner's World just on a smaller scale and geared only towards women filled with motivational and inspirational stories. They also feature a running/ fitness blogger each issue.

Backpacker I have extremely high ambitions of hiking the AT and/or the PCT one day...


Everything Else...

Pinterest For almost anything and everything you can imagine from fashion ideas, recipes, photography tips & ideas, craft ideas, decorating, health & fitness tips anything you can possibly imagine you will most likely find on Pinterest.