Riot Read Monthly Book Club Subscription Review #RRD02
First things first – I do not recommend this subscription if you are looking for a good retail value. The goal of the subscription is to get you a new great book every month, but Book Riot and Quarterly can’t compete with Amazon, so you are paying a premium to get a monthly curated book sent to you each month. It’s not for everyone – but it does seem to be for a lot of people – it’s the 8th most popular subscription on Quarterly, and they are launching a YA and Nonfiction version soon!
The Subscription Box: Riot Read – Book Riot’s Monthly Book Club
The Cost: $30 a month
The Products: 1 new book (released within the past few weeks) selected by Book Riot.
Ships to: US (free shipping), Canada ($10 shipping), Worldwide ($15 shipping)
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Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing their selections. The Riot Read team discussed why they picked Land of Love and Drowning this month, gave a brief synopsis of the book, and also reminded readers that on August 27th there will be a live chat with author Tiphanie Yanique on the Riot Read site.
Amazon‘s synopsis of this book:
In the early 1900s, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.
Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, Land of Love and Drowningis a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Uniquely imagined, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and the author’s own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers
and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of Love and Drowning is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prizewinning young writer.
Verdict: After last month’s box, I was thinking about canceling my subscription because the value wasn’t there – but I didn’t get around to it. (I still love getting surprise books and packages in the mail, so maybe that’s why I dragged my feet). I think Book Riot can improve the value of this subscription by making the Book Club online info password-protected for subscribers only. That way there’s another item of value with this subscription that you can’t get unless you are a subscriber. (Currently you can just wait to see what the book selection is each month, buy it for yourself on Amazon for a lot less, and enjoy the free online content).
I guess I should also mention that I’m pretty excited to read this book! I’m almost done with Landline, so a book a month works for me!
What do you think of Riot Read?