Recently I've been getting into offline reading in the form of a new found love on independent magazines ( I blame Steven from Stack Magazines completely for this). With quite the pile of mags now accumulating by my desk I thought it might be nice to start a little feature where I share what I'm reading each week, hence the name Magazine Mondays.
I've spotted a few of my Facebook friends grumbling about the lack of decent magazines when they have been out shopping and it's true, there is generally a lot of cack in the newsagents and supermarket shelves - but there are plenty of high quality independent mags out there covering almost every conceivable subject (as you'll see over the next few weeks). It's just a case of finding them and hopefully this might help you find a new read that appeals to you.
First up, a magazine that I received via good blogging chum HPMcQ over the weekend. She spotted it in Selfridges and it 'reminded her of me' and thinking I would love it (good call Vanessa) posted it to me. I've been reading it since and really enjoying it. It really appeals to my lifestyle here in the forest where I spend so much time.
Lodestars Anthology is a bi-annual travel magazine, about place, journeys and discovery. It focuses on one country per issue and is made up of a collection of guides, interviews, essays, photographs and illustrations, capturing each destination’s history, charm and quirks.
Issue no.1 really spoke to me, from the article about cycling in the New Forest ( I run on the New forest cycle paths each week )...
...to the article about Cornwall, which happens to be where we are spending next week.
I loved how the magazine is confident enough to let images stand alone as well as being accompanied by beautiful writing.
And tells tales of places I've not been, really boosting my wanderlust that is already of epic proportions.
Oh and there's food, and everyone loves food...
I must admit, I'm a bit skeptical about a lot of things in life. In the past I've looked at at the boom in this sort of beautiful independent publications wondering if it's a lot of style over substance - it's not, it's really not, I was SO wrong. Every one I've found so far I have LOVED TO BITS, Lodestars Anthology is no exception in fact, it's exceptional.
Be good to yourself and buy a copy here.