Favorite magazines?

I thought this would be a fun topic especially with summer coming up. (Lots of vacation reading...) When compiling my list, I discovered that my daughter and I subscribe to an embarrassingly large number! Oh well, there are worse things to worry about. Here's my list. Would love to see your favorites.

Vogue, People Stylewatch, InStyle, Glamour, Marie Claire, Allure, Bust Redbook, Elle, WWD

Real Simple, Bust, The Week, O Magazine, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living

New Mexico, Lucky Peach, Food Network, Popular Mechanics
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  • In a past life I was a Magazine Buyer (for a living)....I miss the 'glory days' of Magazines and Zines...sigh.

    Anyone remember Fact Sheet Five? Utne Reader? (now down to a quarterly, sigh)

    Used to work at one of the largest indy bookstores....sigh.now all is online. (and the web is so much cheaper than ink).
  • edited May 2016

    I subscribe to: Vanity Fair, Ms., & MoJo.

    Used to get: Bust, Bitch, InStyle.

    I love magazines :)  Graydon Carter's editorials in VF were the only thing that kept me sane during the Bush years.

  • edited May 2016
    My favorite pop culture magazine is Entertainment Weekly (Rolling Stone is a close second). My husband subscribes to PC Gamer Magazine, but otherwise I don't have any subscriptions (just pick up mags when I'm traveling).

    I would really like to get a personal subscription to Library Journal, but it's super expensive (they are currently having a 50% off sale which puts it at $78!/year). I miss thumbing through the book reviews (I used to work at a public library, where I also was able to select books to purchase in my collection development areas.)

    I think Sassy will always be my favorite magazine though. I felt so much more sophisticated reading that over the other teen mags like Seventeen or YM! (LOL)
  • I subscribe to People, Entertainment Weekly and Vanity Fair. Also the New Yorker although I almost never read it anymore, but hubs still does. I have electronic only subscriptions to them (except the New Yorker b/c husband likes print) and I read them all on my iPad.

    If I need something extra on vacation, I pick up InStyle (used to have a subscription but let it lapse a few years ago). I still buy the Vogue September Issue, but let that lapse a along time ago, too.
  • I would really like to get a personal subscription to Library Journal, but it's super expensive (they are currently having a 50% off sale which puts it at $78!/year). I miss thumbing through the book reviews (I used to work at a public library, where I also was able to select books to purchase in my collection development areas.)

    I get Library Journal as part of my ALA membership. I'd be happy to mail it to you rather than recycling it which is what I do now. Just let me know if you'd like me to do that! 
  • Used to subscribe to Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Flare Magazine but cancelled some time ago. I found that they were piling up and I just couldn't keep up and/or didn't care to read them any more. I also found that I was reading blogs more often than magazines. 

    I saved some classic Vogues and Allures from the early '90s (pretty much anything with all of the supermodels on a cover together, I saved). The only thing I get now is Runner's World. 
  • I currently subscribe to Entertainment Weekly, INStyle, Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV Magazine, International Living, House Beautiful, Domino and Darling. I didn't realize how many I got until I listed them out! I get most of them digitally these days, but I missed curling up with magazine at the pool or couch.
  • I subscribe to Time and Ent Weekly (miss the days when I got comp subs to stuff).
  • I don't read a lot of magazines.  I subscribe to The New Yorker and feel proud that I am a mere two weeks behind in reading it.  And I get Opera News as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

    Every so often, I'm tempted to subscribe to The New York Review of Books and/or the Times Literary Supplement, but I resist, as that way madness lies (in the form of lengthy lists of "books wanted" and "books to be read").
  • I subscribe to Smithsonian, Tea Time, and Vegetarian Times.  I do but Food Network occasionally and All About History.  I am thinking of adding a few more history ones as my grandpa likes looking at all the pictures.  He tries reading them, too, so I try to get ones that have larger print for him.  He was never a great reader so it occupies almost an entire day for him to pour over 1 magazine.  We will need this during summer.  
  • I don't subscribe, but the ones I buy are Good Housekeeping, The O Magazine, People (those are for me), American Girl and Discovery Girl for my daughters, and Game Informer for Charlie. 

    Magazines I *used* to like are Rosie, which was Rosie O'Donnell's magazine and my all time favorite, Time, which I used to read religiously and haven't picked up in years, Cosmopolitan and Glamour, which I just sort of outgrew, and Readers Digest, which I just sort of stopped buying.
  • added Diabetes Digest (or something), 12$ for 2 years...figure might get some good info...Rodale Press' Eating Well was great....
  • @TheLibrarian: That is a kind offer, but I wouldn't want you to do all that work! I can technically access Library Journal via our main campus's journal bundle subscriptions, but it's just not as enjoyable as thumbing through the print version. It's been a few years since I was a member of ALA, but I didn't know they included Library Journal with membership (I think it was American Libraries back when I was still a member). That's awesome!

    @Hstrylvr: You may want to consider getting your grandfather a subscription to Reminisce. My grandparents subscribed to it when they were still around and they loved looking at the pictures (also usually includes vintage recipes).
  • @TheLibrarian: That is a kind offer, but I wouldn't want you to do all that work! I can technically access Library Journal via our main campus's journal bundle subscriptions, but it's just not as enjoyable as thumbing through the print version. It's been a few years since I was a member of ALA, but I didn't know they included Library Journal with membership (I think it was American Libraries back when I was still a member). That's awesome!

    You're sweet. Let me know if you change your mind. (ALA should include something since the membership is so expensive!)
  • I used to love "Interview"; it was my bible throughout the 80's.  More recently I subscribed to W for awhile, but the large magazine was often shredded from being stuffed in the mailbox.
  • I miss the old tiny TV Guides (lol)

    my dads 'bible' was Readers Digest (he would quote it and my stepmom and I would quietly roll our eyes 8-)

    Bear Magazine (RIP) changed my life...(to know I was NOT a twink)
  • National Geographic Traveler and Fine Cooking.  I used to also get Conde Nast Travel, but at some point they changed editors and I didn't like the new setup. Can't beat any NG publication for the quality of the photos. 

    I switch up my cooking mags every few years, as I find I get tired of them otherwise. So over the years I've had Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, and Cooks Illustrated.

    Vanity Fair is my go to at the salon or for on a plane, but I can't bring myself to actually subscribe.
  • I subscribed to Cooking Light for years, but it started to get a bit repetitive.  I don't subscribe to anything right now, but I do occasionally pick up a cooking magazine at the grocery store when I need some inspiration, or a Real Simple for beach/vacation reading. 

    I used to really love Everyday Food Magazine, which was a small-sized Martha Stewart publication.  The recipes were not overly complicated, so easy to put together after work, and they profiled cooking techniques and seasonal ingredients.  The magazine put out two cookbooks, which I have and use a lot. 

  • I don't subscribe to any magazines right now, but have a long list of ones that I enjoy reading from time to time.

    I've always been drawn to magazines about architecture, design, and/or art and crafts. Architectural Digest, Dwell, American Craft, Surface Design Journal, HGTV Mag, any of the Somerset publications (the parent is Stampington & Co, with over 30 titles), The Cottage Journal, etc. I've even been known to purchase French and Italian versions of magazines, just for the photographs!
  • Qitkat said:
     I've even been known to purchase French and Italian versions of magazines, just for the photographs!
    I occasionally see Vogue Italia, and I have to say that it's weird to see all the English words and phrases interspersed with the Italian. 
  • edited May 2016
    For years my Christmas gift from my mother was a subscription to vanity fair. About two or three years ago I got really fed up with something Grayson did, I think it was the third cover in a row with a dead celebrity ( Marilyn, grace, Jackie or some such) and told her not to bother any more. I do miss it in the summer

    Someone sent me a gift subscription the The Week about six years ago and never told me who. It has followed me through three moves even though I never tell them my new addres. It's an easy read and helps me feel informed enough to keep up with the news and the crossword and sudoku are fun. I was a Time junkie for years too @offtoseehim. My mom even has a letter from the editor we received after I wrote them about a typo or something when I was nine. Yes I was that kid
    Somehow my bit about real simple got cut when j added about time. All I said was its irresistible house porn that ends up stacked in tippy topply piles for er because it feels like it might be useful but I never k ow which issues has which recipe etc.
  • I used to subscribe to Cosmopolitan and somehow I got onto a list for US Weekly but wasn't reading it fast enough so I just asked them to stop or didn't renew when the notice came. 

    I like reading People and US weekly when I go and get my hair done or when I travel. I may think about subscribing to People when we move to the new house but we'll have to see. Right now, 
  • I have always thought of US Weekly, for folks that think People is 'too literary'...
  • I miss the old tiny TV Guides (lol)


    I used to read that cover to cover every week when I was a kid. And highlight my favorite shows. 

    My 11 year-old gets National Geographic and American Girl. My 9 year-old gets Cricket (which I used to get as a kid, too). I don't have any subscriptions any more, but I used to get The New Yorker (couldn't keep up with it), Vanity Fair, and Gourmet. I miss Gourmet. I will sometimes get a copy of Bon Apetit or Cook's Illustrated, but not very often. I hardly ever read mags anymore, and I used to love them. In high school, I papered my bedroom walls with Clinique ads from Vogue & Cosmo & Glamour. 
  • edited May 2016
    Hstrylvr said:
    I subscribe to Smithsonian, Tea Time, and Vegetarian Times.  I do but Food Network occasionally and All About History.  I am thinking of adding a few more history ones as my grandpa likes looking at all the pictures.  He tries reading them, too, so I try to get ones that have larger print for him.  He was never a great reader so it occupies almost an entire day for him to pour over 1 magazine.  We will need this during summer.  
    Just wanted to say that is so sweet of you to get these for your Grandpa.

    I quit subscribing to magazines years ago. I grew up reading my mom's Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day, my Dad's Time.  I pick up the People mags when at the Dr.'s office, but they just irritate me because it's just too much fluff.  Oh!  I think my favorite magazine that we ever subscribed to was Sports Illustrated.....yeah, I'm a sports nut.  Never did get into the fashion mags after my Seventeen years when that was a MUST.  As a lifelong Cubs fan, we are now buying the Cubs Vine Line after having a subscription lapse a few years ago.... go Cubs!  :)

  • edited May 2016
    Just realized that I don't subscribe to a single magazine anymore and it's been probably 10 years since I last did. I don't even pick one up to browse through at the hair salon. Damn. My husband still gets Time and National Geographic though.

    I do read the occasional Locus (sci-fi book reviews and news) when a friend lends me his copies. The internet has replaced paper for me, which is a shame, 

    The internet has also pretty much replaced TV watching too since virtually all television shows I want to watch are available to stream online. The only shows I generally watch on the big screen HD set are things like Game of Thrones or movies and TV that have great scenery - The Night Manager is one I preferred on the actual television. 

    Wow the old days of McCalls, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and (good grief) Reader's Digest are long gone. Are they still being published?

  • I haven't subscribed to any magazine in decades but whenever I'm at the library I check out a few along with my books. I don't have any favorites, at least none that make me wish I had a subscription.
  • Years ago when I was a Mag Buyer (for a living) I some how wound up with a comp sub to AVN (Adult Video News) god it was hysterical! (just the pics from the annual 'convention' (made Frank-n-furter look 'low key makeup' lol....

    but the spoofs were great...take any popular movie and 'pornify' it...The Adams Family became...The Anus Family, The Madams Family...the pics of Uncle Fester got...interesting

    Batman and Robin? Batman and Throbbin', etc....

    miss those days
  • @Anniebetts, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Reader's Digest are still around, but McCall's seems to be long gone.  I heard a reference to McCall's in an old movie the other day.

    I subscribe to Vogue, Runner's World, Sail, Yankee, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Vegetarian Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, and Love of Knitting (which I need to renew.)  I also get National Wildlife and Sierra as a perq of membership in the National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club, respectively.  Did sub to Running Times till they folded last year.

    One mag I loved but is no more was Southern.  My parents subscribed and I still have a few issues. There was this recipe for egg nog which was out of this world.  One cup of this would be enough to get you tipsy.  It called for a fifth of bourbon, a fifth of dark rum, maybe a fifth of light rum and I don't know what all.  In another issue, there was a reminiscence by William Faulkner's niece of the trip she and her uncle Will took to the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.  It was the best of the progressive South.  It called for a new symbol for the South years ago.


  • @Anniebetts, I started subscribing to Redbook a couple of years ago after I read a copy at a doctor's office. It's really different than it used to be. Now it's one of my favorites because it's kind of cool, the clothes and cosmetics are reasonably priced, and they have columns by people like Carla Hall. It's upbeat, realistic, and also practical. Some magazines make you feel like a loser because you don't normally spend $300 - $400 dollars on a dress, but Redbook has lots of items that are less expensive and come in plus sizes as well. I really look forward to getting it. Who would have thought?!
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