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Riot Read Monthly Book Club Subscription Review #RRD07

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Riot Read Monthly Book Club Subscription Review #RRD07 Package

Riot Read is a monthly book club subscription box from Book Riot and Quarterly. In the letter included in this package they let subscribers know this would be the last mailing of this subscription. (The Book Riot Quarterly Box is NOT cancelled).

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 #RRD07 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 #RRD07 Letter

Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing their selections. The Riot Read team discussed why they picked Sweetland 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 #RRD07 Sweetland

Sweetland by Michael Crummey – Retail Value $24.95 (On Amazon for $17.62)

Synopsis from Amazon:

The epic tale of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of one man determined to resist its extinction.

The scarcely populated town of Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package—the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town’s rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters. Evoking The Shipping News, Michael Crummey—one of Canada’s finest novelists—conjures up the mythical, sublime world of Sweetland’s past amid a stormbattered landscape haunted by local lore. As in his critically acclaimed novel Galore, Crummey masterfully weaves together past and present, creating in Sweetland a spectacular portrait of one man’s battle to survive as his environment vanishes around him.

Verdict: I’m excited to read this book, and a little sad to see Riot Read end. I know this wasn’t a subscription for everyone in terms of value, but I have read so much this past year thanks to subscription boxes, and part of that is thanks to Riot Read. (Fortunately I recently signed up for Powell’s Indiespensable, and Book People’s Trust Fall, so books will keep arriving!) I’m also excited to see what the upcoming Book Riot Quarterly box will include – they hinted in the letter that it will be a YA-themed box.

What do you think of the last Riot Read box? And what’s your favorite book subscription? If there are any I haven’t reviewed yet, let me know!

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. This is a bummer, but I’m excited of the YA box as well!

    Also, I just received an email and it looks like Quarterly just updated their return policy. They’re no longer accepting returns. It must be because they’ve had so many on various boxes in the past.

  2. Oh no! This was my first month. I guess that I was only able to sign up for the one month because it’s ending. Well I liked my book, I won’t spoil anything, but I read it in about 8 hours. Not that it’s a fast read book, I just tend to obsessively devour books.

  3. They announced today they are going to have a YA quarterly box too. So they’ll still have two subs.

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