top 5 magazines

My top 5 favorite magazines…

Real Simple – I subscribe to this one and it’s great!  It has some of the best articles in my opinion.

real simple

Better Homes & Garden – I also subscribe to this one.  Their recipes are my favorite and they photograph beautiful homes.

better homes

People Style Watch – It’s like People but only with fashion.  It’s a fun one to flip through poolside.

style watch

Shape & Self & Health – There are a ton of fitness magazines, and they are all pretty similar.  I like to flip through these three.  They actually have good recipes too.


Redbook – I only recently discovered this magazine.  I knew it existed, but I didn’t realize how much I’d like it!  Thinking I may need to get a subscription to this one.


Sometimes I want a break from reading books and during those times nothing beats a good stack of magazines.  🙂

summer reading list revised

Early I wrote this post with books I intended to read this summer.  I wanted to give an update on some of these, so here it is.

Haven’t Read Yet – No Report

Bark by Lorrie Moore

Cementville by Paulette Livers

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Going To Skip

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver – If you are a middle aged female biologist who loves romance novels, this is for you, if not, I’d skip it.  Mike read the first 30 pages or so and gave me a summary, not worth the read.

Read From List

East of Eden – Very long, but very good.  Give it 50 pages before the story line really picks up.

How Did You Get This Number – Pretty funny.  Kinda of a downer at parts.  Main character/author isn’t the most put together person in the world.

And The Mountains Echoed – Great story.  Tons of characters to keep straight.

Read And Not On List

never let me go

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – About a child at a private school in England.  A coming of age story.  Except there is a bunch of weird stuff going on and it’s science fiction.

black moon

Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun – Another sci-fi (not typical for me).  Insomnia is claiming the lives of the entire population.  Very creepy, but a page turner.  It took me a couple days to read.

Currently Reading

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

My Favorite

The Sci-fi ones were fun, but read East of Eden.  It’s probably been my favorite.

summer reading list

Some people have asked how I decide what to read, but there is no sophisticated process that I use.  I usually read or hear about certain books and type them into my phone for future reference.  Or sometimes I’ll use the website,  Here are some books on my list that I have NOT read.  I’m planning on reading most of these and then doing another post on whether or not I liked them.

khaled hosseini

And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini


Bark – Lorrie Moore


Cementville – Paulette Livers

how did you get this number

How Did You Get This Number – Sloane Crosley

east of eden

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

cat's cradle

Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

invisible man

Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

prodigal summer

Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver


Maybe I’ll get through them all by the end of the summer.  And hopefully I won’t have to wait on them being checked out already at the library – nerd problems.


I go through waves of reading more and then reading less, but I’m usually always reading something.  Right now I’m almost half way through with Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos and I’m liking it so far.  Here are 10 books I’d recommend if you’re trying to find something to read.


A Girl Named Zibby by Haven Kimmel.  Funny, easy read, great book.


Modoc by Ralph Helfer.  Based on a true of story, this book is fascinating.


Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.  I don’t think I’ve ever read anything so inspiring.  Non-fiction.


The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.  This book is mysterious, it kept me interested the entire time.  Unique and captivating.


Peace like a River by Leif Enger.  Such a sweet story with wonderful characters.  Heart felt and intriguing.


Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  Probably would be better if you haven’t already seen the movie.  Captures the human spirit.


The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.  True story of zookeeper’s at the Warsaw zoo hiding Jews in their empty animal cages, incredible story.

edgar sawtelle

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.  Born mute, Edgar lives with his parents on a farm raising and training a fictional dog breed.  Tragedy strikes and he flees to the wilderness with three of his dogs.  Beautifully written.

boy who harnessed

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.  True story of a boy in Malawi who embarks on a plan to bring running water and electricity to his village.  Craziness, just craziness.

west with the night

West with the Night by Beryl Markham.  Best adventure story I’ve ever read.  True story of Beryl’s life growing up in Kenya and later flying planes.  It’s awesome.

And here are a few books that I intend to read soon:

1.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2.  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

3.  The Fault in our Stars by John Green

4.  Left to Tell:  Discovering God Admidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

Let me know if you have any recommendations!