Sure, you’d love to spend a lazy afternoon getting lost in your favorite book or the latest bestseller. But either there’s not enough time or you can never get more than a few pages or chapters in before an interruption permanently takes you away.
Don’t think you have to give up leisurely reading altogether. Turn to these ten magazines to soak in their longer-form writing that’s still short enough to fit into the busiest of schedules. It’s the next best thing to reading a great book.
The Atlantic: Every page of this magazine is well-written, but the features on the latest social issues—like the effects Facebook has on us, changes in autism diagnoses or whether women can have it all—are the real gems.
Sports Illustrated: Even if you’re not a sports fan—but especially if you are—you’ll appreciate the well-written attention given to topics like agents paying players, Tuscaloosa’s devastating tornadoes and Title IX 40 years later.
Saveur: You’ll want to eat up this delicious writing that explores simple pleasures at home and exotic locales and cuisine abroad. It’s travel-meets-food in its best page-turning—and low-cost getaway—form.
National Geographic: Best known for its breathtaking photos, this magazine’s articles on sociological topics—like the impact of dying languages—and others with an environmental and scientific focus are written just as well.
EatingWell: As if the healthy recipes and nutrition news weren’t reason enough to read, features like the conglomeration of dairy farms and abundance (and health benefits) of salmon put this magazine over the top.
Garden & Gun: This Southern Living-meets-Oxford American publication explores everything Southern through the written word of some of the region’s best writers like Rick Bragg, Roy Blount, Jr., and Winston Groom.
Time: This news magazine provides thoughtful and thorough examinations of the latest political issues like healthcare and changes in international governments, as well as a healthy dose of culture, travel, food and sports.
Smithsonian: There’s a reason it was voted the most interesting magazine in America. Covering a little of everything—history, psychology, medical research, sports—and excellent writing surely had something to do with that.
Wired: Not just for techies, this magazine’s great writing on provocative and timely subjects like hurricane hunters, Olympic athletes and the latest in movies and TV are sure to please anyone looking for an interesting read.
Rolling Stone: If you dig that hip rocker vibe, you’ll enjoy reading it too. This magazine exudes cool in every way—including its writing on politics, social issues, music, television, video games and more music.