The Book Drop “The Jane” Subscription Box Review – Nov 2015
The Book Drop is a book subscription box from Bethany Beach Books. You can pick one of four different subscription options:
This review is of The Jane subscription.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: The Book Drop
The Cost: $20 for the Jane/Ernest version, $16 a month for YA version, $13 for children’s version
The Products: One book selected each month based on the book-type preference you select.
Ships to: US
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The box came with a note explaining why the book was selected, and a Bethany Beach Books bookmark.
Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers – Retail Value $16 (On Amazon for $15.07)
Book summary from Amazon:
In 1963, twelve-year-old Florine Gilham enjoys an idyllic childhood in small-town Maine—until her beloved mother vanishes. Untethered and adrift in the wake of her disappearance, Florine finds her once-cherished joys—watching her father’s lobster boat come into port, baking bread with her grandmother, and causing mischief with the summer folk—suddenly ring hollow. When a figure from her father’s past comes calling, Florine must find the courage to lay down roots of her own. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Maine coast, Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea is an extraordinary snapshot of a bygone America as seen through the eyes of an iconic New England girl.
What My Mother Gave Me edited by Elizabeth Benedict – Retail Value $15.95 (On Amazon for $12.31)
A bonus book!
Book Summary from Amazon:
In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists.
Whether a gift was meant to keep a daughter warm, put a roof over her head, instruct her in the ways of womanhood, encourage her talents, or just remind her of a mother’s love, each story gets to the heart of a relationship.
Rita Dove remembers the box of nail polish that inspired her to paint her nails in the wild stripes and polka dots she wears to this day. Lisa See writes about the gift of writing from her mother, Carolyn See. Cecilia Muñoz remembers both the wok her mother gave her and a lifetime of home-cooked family meals. Judith Hillman Paterson revisits the year of sobriety her mother bequeathed to her when Paterson was nine, the year before her mother died of alcoholism. Abigail Pogrebin writes about her middle-aged bat mitzvah, for which her mother provided flowers after a lifetime of guilt for skipping her daughter’s religious education. Margo Jefferson writes about her mother’s gold dress from the posh department store where they could finally shop as black women.
Collectively, the pieces have a force that feels as elemental as the tides: outpourings of lightness and darkness; joy and grief; mother love and daughter love; mother love and daughter rage. In these stirring words we find that every gift, ?no matter how modest, tells the story of a powerful bond. As Elizabeth Benedict points out in her introduction, “whether we are mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, or cherished friends, we may not know for quite some time which presents will matter the most.”
This box also came with an Indie Bound flyer for additional book recommendations.
Verdict: I like that The Book Drop occasionally does things to add value to their boxes like including signed books, or throwing in a bonus book. This doesn’t happen every month, but I appreciate it because otherwise the value of this subscription would be consistently low. This month the value is a win – about $27.
If you value signed books, and a thoughtfully curated book, this subscription might be worth it to you!
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