No matter how much you love reading your way through one book after another, sometimes it’s good to mix up your regularly scheduled programming (er, reading) — and what better way to do so than with these magazines that book-lovers should subscribe to, especially if you’re looking to ramp up your reading game in the New Year. After all, the next best thing to reading a book is reading a magazine about books. Plus, the magazines on this list are a great way to make sure your TBR pile is up-to-date with all the newest titles and bestsellers, keep up with what’s fresh and exciting in the publishing industry, and discover some of your future favorite writers before their books have even hit store shelves yet. (And you’ll be one step ahead of all your bookish friends when it comes to knowing what’s coming out, when.) From killer reviews and anticipation-filled press releases, to book excerpts, short stories by some of literature’s newest voices, and more, these magazines are filled with must-read publishing tidbits that bookworms will love.
Check out (and subscribe to!) these 10 magazines that every book-lover will enjoy. I promise your books will still be there waiting for you when you’re finished.
Available via both a print subscription and online, Bookforum offers readers exactly what their name suggests: a forum for sharing intelligent and artful book reviews and essays, and discussing literature. They’ve got a slightly-offbeat, somewhat-subversive vibe, so the magazine is a great place to hear about all the books that might not hit your radar otherwise — and the book-related personal essays are great.
2World Literature Today
I am OBSESSED with World Literature Today, and if one of your reading resolutions for 2017 is to read more diverse books, this bimonthly magazine definitely needs to be your first stop. The absolute best international literature and culture magazine out there (IMO), WLT publishes interviews, essays, poetry, fiction, and book reviews, and is a great way to get a sense of what is going on in literature all over the world, in a multitude of global languages.
Glimmer Train is a quarterly literary magazine of some of the best short fiction being published today — and you want to subscribe not only for their great content, but for their tendency to discover some of the freshest, newest voices in fiction. If the authors in Glimmer Train don't already have published novels, tons of them end up hitting bookstore shelves eventually, so you'll cultivate a list of names to keep an eye out for.
Available in both print and digital subscriptions, Publishers Weekly is your one-stop-shop for all the must-know comings and goings of the international (but largely English-language) publishing industry. The magazine covers major and mainstream authors, publishers, and the books they put out into the world, and features book reviews, summaries, and all the forthcoming books you're not going to want to miss.
5Poets & Writers
Though Poets & Writers magazine is definitely geared towards poets and writers (you could have probably guessed that) it’s also an awesome magazine for anyone who appreciates the craft of writing itself. P&W features author interviews, blurbs about great literary events, words of wisdom from those in the publishing community, and tons of excerpts from forthcoming or recently-published novels, memoirs, and poetry collections.
Published six times a year, Bookmarks Magazine features nearly 50 book reviews in each issue. Some of their latest themes include: Japanese postwar fiction, novels of exile and assimilation, literature of modern Cuba, prehistoric novels, fairy tales in modern fiction, literature of the new India, contemporary Irish fiction, Jane Austen, modern takes on classic novels, Chinese novels in translation, literature of World War I, unusual narrators, and depictions of the circus in fiction — aka: everything you could ever think of, and more.
Available online and via your inbox, Guernica advertises itself as a magazine of art and politics — and it’s definitely not a book and publishing industry-focused magazine. But what I love about Guernica is that tons of the magazine’s featured writers have published nonfiction books, journalistic investigations, and poetry collections that I might not have otherwise found if I didn’t first discover their voices in Guernica. It’s definitely a magazine to check out — and with the option of being delivered straight to your inbox, it can’t get any easier to subscribe.
According to Creative Nonfiction magazine’s website, they are the voice of the genre — and anyone who has ever read Creative Nonfiction knows it’s true. Any reader who loves nonfiction won’t be able to resist this quarterly magazine, which features fresh, long-form essays and micro-essays that will wow you with their creative style as much as they will their content and substance. This is the best magazine for enjoying work from your favorite nonfiction writers, as well as discovering the newest authors of the genre.
9The Writer's Chronicle
Published six times a year, the Writer’s Chronicle is another magazine for readers who are just as interested in the craft of writing as they are in reading books. Geared toward writers, editors, students, and teachers of writing the Writer’s Chronicle features essays on the craft of writing,investigations into literary trends and traditions, and interviews with some of literature’s most accomplished and experienced authors.
10New York Review Of Books
Available in print, and supplemented with digital content, the reviews featured in the semi-monthly New York Review of Books are organized largely by genre, theme, and relevancy to current politics and/or events. In addition to some of the greatest literature coverage in the world, the NYRB also covers culture, economics, science and current affairs, and includes long-form essays and original poetry by (usually) well-known writers.