Geeky Magazine Meme

I haven’t geeked in a few weeks, and I figure I’m past due. That, and this week’s geek is something right up my alley:

This week’s Weekly Geeks theme is to talk about the magazines we read. In order to get you started, I prepared a little magazines meme, but feel free to take it further if you want. I also think it’d be great if you displayed images of the covers of your favorite magazines.

I like magazines, but I don’t do book magazines, preferring to get my book recommendations from less lofty sources. I’ll read a magazine about just about everything else. We used to have more subscriptions (to Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, and National Geographic among others, including Time which we let lapse because we read it on-line now) but we’ve cut back in recent years. So… the four magazines that I read (not counting the kids magazines or the gossipy Hollywood magazines I do buy on occasion when there’s some good movie news):

Name of magazine: Better Homes and Gardens

Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then? I subscribe. I ended up with the subscription when a girl came around selling subscriptions for points so she could earn a trip to wherever, and dumped on me a sob story about being knocked up by her boyfriend who then dumped her which is why she was out selling magazines. I couldn’t find a polite way to say no. (That’s kind of how I ended up with Smithsonian… MADD called with a magazine drive, and I tried to think of an obscure magazine that I actually wanted to read, hoping they wouldn’t have it, but dang it, they did.)

What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine? Um… I don’t know. They have started doing this paint thing, where they pick a color and then do all sorts of shades in that color.

What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you? That I have a home and I like to decorate?? Either that, or I’m a sucker who can’t say no.

How long have you been reading this magazine? On and off my whole marriage, so 15 years.

Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading? Not really… in fact, I’m letting my subscription lapse because I get too many ideas and then I get depressed because I don’t have the money to do all the things I think of. Better not to get the ideas in the first place.

Name of magazine: Family Fun

Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then? Subscribe.

What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine? I like the crafts, I like the family traditions that they spotlight, I like the recipes.

What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you? I have kids and I like to have fun with them.

How long have you been reading this magazine? I first noticed it when M was little, but I didn’t start subscribing until 5 or 6 years ago.

Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading? It’s really heavily Disney- and big-money-vacation oriented, which bugs me to a certain extent. But they really do have fun craft ideas.

Name of magazine: Bon Appetit

Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then? I subscribe. It was a gift from my parents. (I chose it over Gourmet, but I have to admit, it was an arbitrary choice…)

What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine? I haven’t been reading it long enough to really have a favorite. I do like the pictures of food, though… they have some good photographers working for them.

What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you? That I like to eat. Good food, especially. 🙂

How long have you been reading this magazine? I think my subscription started in April. Or maybe May. Either way, not long.

Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading? I don’t know if I’ll keep this one up after my gift subscription runs out. I do like looking at the food, and there have been some helpful cooking tips, but I’m thinking it’s a bit too high end for my family.

Name of magazine: Ensign

Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then? I subscribe.

What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine? It’s a magazine for the members of my church, and so it’s mostly doctrinal and inspirational articles. One of the things I do like, though, are the stories — of miracles, conversions and experiences — sent in by members around the world.

What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you? That I’m a good Mormon. 🙂

How long have you been reading this magazine? 15 years. But I’ve been reading the church magazines (they have ones for kids and teens) my whole life.

Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading? Not really. I read it because I should, but also because it helps my faith, and it gives me ideas and courage and strength to keep going every day. (Granted, I usually only read it on Sundays, but better once a week then never. Right?)

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