Vintage Magazines

It’s no secret I love magazines but lately the ones that have caught my attention are vintage ones. I’ve been looking on eBay, Thriftbooks and thrift stores for vintage editions of magazines. It can be magazines that are still in print but more than likely it’ll be the out of print ones.

Some recent finds include Modern Priscilla (August 1926), American Girl (April 1964) and Highlights Handbook (1970). I do remember the Highlights magazines from elementary school.

Why do I want to look through these? I get a kick out of seeing the adds from way back when and as I typically choose women’s interest magazines, I love to see the fashions and home decor. Of course it’s also fun to see the cost of some of the items and to see products that were popular then and are still going strong now.

And, look at this ad for maidenform bras. Enter a dream contest! What a hoot.

So what am I doing with all of these? I’m not collecting them but I am using them as part of my mixed media projects. Whether it’s a glue book, an art journal or anything else, I think these will be fun to use in those projects.

I’ll cut out ads, headlines, anything that looks like it might add some interest in a collage.

So if any of you have any fun magazines you want to get rid of, let me know! haha… I could take a few off your hands. Or better yet, why don’t you give them a go yourself in your journaling, or other crafty projects.

I’d love to hear if you’ve done anything like this or are maybe tempted to try now. This weekend I need to catch up on my reading for book group next week but I do know Half Price Books is having a sale so I may have to go for a visit and see if I can find more vintage magazines. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and more book talk soon.

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Three Books

I wanted to do a quick post on three books I’ve read. All very different but hopefully you’ll find something here that interests you. Unfortunately the last one I did not finish but because I actually got almost done I figured I’d still give you a few of my thoughts on it.

The Master Key
By Masako Togawa, Translated by Simon Grove

“When the woman had got about a third of the way across the road, a small van came racing towards her from the direction of the Gokokuji temple. It was fully laden with wooden kegs of nails. The young driver, a boy from the mountains, was affected by the snow; his mind was full of the rose-cheeked girls of this native place, and he had his foot hard down on the accelerator as he came up the slope.”

This mystery kicks off with news of a kidnapped child and takes the reader into an apartment complex only for women in Japan. Two receptionists man he front desk and take notice of the comings and goings of the occupants. On top of that the whole building is being moved and once this happens a big secret is revealed, the body of a child buried underneath. As this mystery is uncovered it is clear that there are more secrets locked away in each apartment all linking the residents. While I did have a bit of confusion at certain parts in the narrative this was definitely a compelling puzzle I was working to solve and found it had a very clever resolution. Would love to read more by this author.

By Jayne Ann Krentz

“Fifteen years earlier… She was fourteen years old and sleeping in yet another bed. The little house on Marigold Lane looked cozy and welcoming from the street – lots of curb appeal, as the real estate agents liked to say – but she had decided that she would not be there for long.”

Jack Lancaster, an FBI consultant specializing in cold cases, has a calling to help get justice for victims. All along also hoping to find justice for himself from Quinton Zane. Zane wrecked havoc on his life and his two adopted brothers. The only time Jack feels at peace is with Winter Meadows who is a meditation therapist. Winer has her own dreams to deal with and soon she’ll be joining forces with Jack to help save their lives. This book is the third in the Cutter, Sutter & Salinas trilogy but can be read on its own. Actually, if you’ve read the first two and expect a lot of interaction between the previous characters you may be disappointed. This book falls a bit more in the romantic suspense category with the usual strong characters the author creates and readers can enjoy even if the mystery was a bit farfetched.

America is not the Heart
By Elaine Castillo

“So you’re a girl and you’re poor, but at least you’re light-skinned – that’ll save you.”

A story of the immigrant experience in America. Paz is a nurse in the Philippines who moves to the U.S. with her husband. Together they raise a daughter and just as I was enjoying the narrative about Paz adjusting to life in the U.S., the story shifts to focus on Hero de Vera, Paz’s husband’s niece. Despite Hero coming from a well-off family, she has suffered at the hands of the government for her political dissent. One of my favorite parts in the story was when Hero is in the States and hangs out at a local restaurant owned by other immigrants. I loved hearing about how they had found a way to make the States their home. What I didn’t like were the shift in events from past to present and while I normally do enjoy that, this only made the story feel like it wasn’t moving forward and all of a sudden Paz’s story seems to get lost. The story felt very long and  I simply lost interest and didn’t finish this one.

All of these were advance review copies from NetGalley.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought or if one of these is on your wish list.

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Currently Reading

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had some very warm temperatures and I was almost ready to turn on the A/C. I wouldn’t mind a few more weeks of cold weather that’s for sure.

Anyway I don’t know how the weekend just flew by but I wanted to pop in and tell you about my current reads.

On my commute I’ve been listening to The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain. Tess DeMello’s carefully planned life is changed forever after one night. This is set during WWII and as Tess dreams about her career in nursing she realizes that after the events of that night a lot of things will have to change in her life. So far I’m really enjoying this drama.

I’m also reading Blue Label by Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles. Eugenia Blanc is a young Venezuelan woman who dreams of finding her grandfather and hopefully establishing residency outside of Venezuela. She needs to leave the country. Her road trip with a friend brings her in contact with dreamers, political activists and other Venezuelans who want something different from their country and government. A timely read.

My nighttime read is My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. I loved her book Olive Kitteridge and so far this one isn’t grabbing me as much as that one but it’s still a bit soon so I’m hoping I’ll change my mind about it soon.

Finally in my effort to read more poetry I also have The Crooked Inheritance by Marge Piercy on my nightstand. Have you read any of her poems? I know I’ve read a few of her poems here and there but I’m really glad to read through this whole collection. I’ll let you know more.

Anyway, that’s it for me lately. Have a great week and let me know what you’ve been reading.

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