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Riot Read Monthly Book Club Subscription Review #RRD05

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Riot Read Monthly Book Club Subscription Review #RRD05 Box

Riot Read is a monthly book club subscription box from Book Riot and Quarterly. They’ve made some changes to this box (seemingly based on feedback from subscribers) and I’m impresesd with the changes:

1) Added exclusive members-only Goodreads discussion group for the book

2) Reduced subscription price from $30 to $25

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Riot Read Monthly Book Club Subscription Review #RRD05 Items

The Subscription Box: Riot Read – Book Riot’s Monthly Book Club

The Cost: $25 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)

Check out all of my Riot Read reviews!

Riot Read Monthly Book Club Subscription Review #RRD05 Letter


Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing their selections. The Riot Read team discussed why they picked The Book of Strange New Things this month, gave a brief synopsis of the book, and also reminded readers to look for podcasts and posts about the book on Book Riot.

Riot Read Monthly Book Club Subscription Review #RRD05 Book

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – Retail Value $28 (On Amazon for $18)

Here is the description from Amazon:

A monumental, genre-defying novel that David Mitchell calls “Michel Faber’s second masterpiece,” The Book of Strange New Things is a masterwork from a writer in full command of his many talents.

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC.   His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling.  Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable.  While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival.  Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

Marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made The Crimson Petal and the White such an international success, The Book of Strange New Things is extraordinary, mesmerizing, and replete with emotional complexity and genuine pathos.

Verdict: This isn’t normally the type of book I would pick up to read – but that’s what I like about this subscription. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading, and I like that Riot Read sends out a variety of books. If you are looking for a good retail-value subscription, this isn’t it, but if you want a new book each month with some exclusive perks like a Good Reads discussion group, I think it’s a fun monthly subscription.

Oh – and to everyone who has let me know about Powell’s Indiespensible – I signed up for that subscription too! Hopefully I’ll have a box to review soon!

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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  1. I just got my RR book today too! Yay! With the holidays around the corner, I’m excited to catch up on my reading. I’m glad that Riot Read lowered their price too. Getting a surprise book is so exciting. I’ve also signed up for Powell’s Indiespensible and Green Apple’s book of the month club (I’m a literary nerd, I can’t help loving books!). Green Apple is a independent book store located in San Francisco which I found from an older comment from an older Riot Read post here. I paid for a 3 months subscription and my first book from them should come at any time. Crossing my fingers that Green Apple’s book of the month is just as good as Riot Read!

    • Ooo – I may have to sign up for Green Apple next! Let me know what you think of it! 🙂

  2. I love Powell’s and visit it any time I am in Portland. I did not know that they had a book subscription program. They have sent out some good books through their program. But some are emotionally tough reads. This month’s book by Miriam Toews “All My Puny Sorrows” is an excellent book — makes you laugh and cry. I am very happy to see this book getting special treatment.

  3. Fingers are crossed for Powell’s…I signed up in August…got a box in September, and nothing since. They’re supposed to be every 6 weeks. I contacted them twice. The first time they just said they were having difficulty with this installment…the second time they assured me they would start billing around November 22. I have to admit, I was not impressed with #49, as it included the main book, and a second smaller book. I signed up for all the extras and didn’t get them.

    • Powell’s sub isn’t about a ton of extras. Usually only one or two. And the extra book is how it rolls sometimes.
      They also start it’s approximately every 6 weeks but there have been times where there was a lag between two shipments and then another one three weeks later.
      Book riots other box through quarterly is more about book stuff. Still books though

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