Read UP

By Maddie Wood

I want to start off by posing a question. When was the last time you read something for fun during the school year? Now, when was the last time you watched a show or movie on Netflix?

If I were a betting woman, I would guess your answer to the latter question is much more recent.

I’ve always been an avid reader, but found myself relegating pleasure reading to extended breaks or beach vacations, as I’m sure many of you have. The ease of opening up a laptop and mindlessly watching episodes of The Office for the 600th time usually reigns supreme after hours of academic reading and writing.

However, I want to encourage you all to try something new this spring, and introduce pleasure reading into your routine. Whether you indulge in 10 pages or 10 chapters in one sitting, take the time to read a novel, memoir or long-form article that you enjoy. I promise you’ll see benefits in your energy and focus levels and creativity.

Now I know the process of finding a book to enjoy can be daunting, so UP has decided to start a book of the month club where we will publish suggestions and encourage intelligent discussion regarding each month’s book choice.

UP debuted this idea in our Winter 2018 issue (found here) with The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown. If you’re interested in reading about fashion, publishing, writing or just badass women in general, give this compilation of Brown’s diary entries a try.

With spring break coming up and the typical post-midterm lull, there’s never been a better time to start this new habit.

After you’ve read Brown’s work, tell us your thoughts! Feel free to comment directly on this post, email us at, stop by our office (Armstrong 3016), or tweet us @upfashionmag.