I too can become overwhelmed by the magazine monster. My reading pattern is not front to back but rather a random pattern depending on interest or relevance to immediate projects/concerns. One thing I've started to do lately is after I've read an article, if it doesn't have any lasting (reference/should be saved) value, I fold the pages in half. Then the next time I pick up the magazine I can zero in on what's left. At the end of the process I can file the remaining articles or put the magazine in the recycling container.