I first saw the idea for a 'Monthly Reads' post over on Hello October and really liked it as a refreshing blog post idea. As a teenager I was never without a book and would, before the days of MSN Messenger, Myspace and Hotmail, read before bed every night. Now we are so switched on 24-7 I often shut my laptop down, put it on the floor next to my bed and go to sleep.
This was until late last year when I picked up the first book in years, or since Harry Potter if I am honest, which had me laughing, crying and nodding along with every page. Since then I have decided to read a book a month and share them with you. I also read a lot of magazines so have decided to include those in my 'Monthly Reads'.
Company Magazine: I love Company Magazine. Ever since their redesign I have religiously bought it on the first day of publication each month. I cannot get enough of the fashion, music or lifestyle content and trend prediction within each issue that always introduces me to something new.
NME - New Music Special: I have a love/hate relationship with the NME. I hate how pretentious it has been over the years, how every new band will 'save music' and how if two bands come from the same city it is the 'new hot scene'. I also hate how it is now nearly double the price it was when I first started buying it. I love how it is informative, easy to read and has interviews with bands I am interested in. I love how it constantly introduces me to new bands every single week and tells me when they are playing. I love how it is still lining my bedroom walls ten years on.
Keith Richards 'Life': I have been obsessed with The Rolling Stones for years, they were one of the first bands I listened to with my Dad and ever since I have loved them. They are the ultimate rock and roll band whose legacy will stride on for decades to come. My copy of Keith Richard's autobiography is a bit battered as I have already attempted to read it once but was doing my dissertation at the time and became distracted. This time however I am flipping each page over eagerly.
Which books and magazines are you reading this month?