I have always loved to read and read and read some more. I come from a family of readers and was read to a lot as a child. When I was in college, I didn't have time for selecting my own novels because I majored in English, so I had to read whatever the assigned reading was. I read lots of great stuff, don't get me wrong, but my reading style changed.
You see, I joined a gym and at the gym, I would do the eliptical or the stair climber. This allows a great opportunity for reading magazines. Since I was trying to get in shape and I had no children, I would read magazines like Shape and Self. I liked the information on how to tone up and the tidbits of info on health and lifestyle. The magazine would easily lie open, once I ripped out all of those annoying cardstock inserts--seriously, those things should be banned, and I could read away while working out. The best of both worlds!
Then, I got married and had kids and I stopped working out at the gym. At home I do exercise tapes which don't allow me to read while I exercise. I do have subscriptions to several magazines now though: Parents, Midwest Living (thanks Mom & Dad), Better Homes & Gardens (thanks Sabina), LDS Living (thanks Donna), Family Fun (thanks Phil & Ruth), the Ensign and Ladies' Home Journal. Each of these magazines provides a different and fun reading experience. The problem is that I am also involved in two book groups and so that has kept me really busy reading novels. You see, no one is going to ask me about the character development from the latest magazine I read.
So, what has happened is a pile-up. I have a stack of seven magazines sitting on my microwave right now and they are dying to be read. Do you know what magazine I am currently finishing? Parents December 2007 edition. Sad. You know what's worse, I just got notice from the library that the book I requested is in to pick up and another friend of mine just loaned me another book to read. I'm drowning in words over here.
I never thought in a million years I'd be feeling overwhelmed by my love of reading. The truth of it is, I now have to add to my to do list: read magazines Jan-May 2008.