Beautiful Madness Book Case Chapter Three Review + Coupon- Aug 2016
Beautiful Madness Book Case is a brand new subscription service for bibliophiles! Each month they send one book along with two to three items that compliment the theme of the box, plus a drink and a snack.
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The Subscription Box: Beautiful Madness Book Case
The Cost: $46.50 per month with discounts available for longer subscription commitments
COUPON: Use code SIMPLYMAD to save $4 off your first box! (available for first 200 subscribers)
The Products: One handpicked book, a snack and a make-able drink, (think coffee, tea, hot cocoa), and two to three bookish items that round out the theme for that month
Ships to: US only, for free
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This is the third box from Beautiful Madness, and the theme is “Be Right Back… Laughing Forever.” They have such clever, unusual themes! This list was included, detailing the contents of this month’s package. Above the list is a bookmark that was included.
The World’s Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key – Value $15.99
I have been feeling a little stressed lately, so I was really, genuinely happy to see a humorous book in this month’s package. I don’t think I’ve ever read Harrison Scott Key before, but he has been compared to David Sedaris, whom I adore. I plan on sinking my teeth into this right away. From Amazon:
The riotous, tender story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his flawed, Bunyanesque father, told with the comic verve of David Sedaris and the deft satire of Mark Twain or Roy Blount, Jr.
Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father – a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers.
Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn’t have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison started to view his father in a new light, and realized – for better and for worse – how much of his old man he’d absorbed.
Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World’s Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir – the story of a boy’s struggle to reconcile himself with an impossibly outsized role model, a grown man’s reckoning with the father it took him a lifetime to understand.
Beautiful Madness also included these humorous writing prompts from the author. They actually are pretty funny, and I think you could really use them to get the creative juices flowing. I love when book subscriptions get exclusive content from the authors! Very cool.
Vintage Gilded Journal by Galison – Value $14.99
How wonderful that Beautiful Madness also included this journal, to do your own writing in! This ties in so well with the writing prompts! I like the design of this one a lot, too.
I’m Totally Flexible Mug by Studio Oh! – Value $13.99
The only problem I have with this mug is that I never claimed to be flexible! Haha! This is a good size (16 oz), and I like the gold foil a lot. It’s pretty stylish for a mug.
Lord Winston Porcelain Plate by PPD – Value $9.50
This little plate is awesome! I love it! Lord Winston is a very cool design, and he matches the book cover, which is giving this box a very put-together feel.
Pralines by Savannah Candy Kitchen – Value $2.80
My husband loves pralines, and he is thin as a rail, and it is super irritating. My point is that he loved these and was so happy to get them, but I got side-tracked thinking about the unfairness of it all. I have to confess that I did have a tiny bite despite my recent health efforts, and it tasted amazing. But, it was also so much sugar that I thought I was going blind for a minute! Whoa that’s sweet!
Cold Brew Coffee by Cold Brew Kitchen – Value $5
This is the second time I have received cold brewed coffee, and I don’t think I’m a big fan. Iced coffee is a nice treat in the summer, but I think I would still rather just brew it strong and ice it. Cold brewing makes the coffee always taste a little too bitter to me. This blend was a little less bitter and lighter than the last one I tried. If you like cold brewed coffee in general, you would probably like this one.
Verdict: I am turning into a big fan of Beautiful Madness Book Case! I have now received three boxes from them, and I’ve totally loved all three! I loved how well everything in this month’s box went together, like the gold accents, the deer, the writing tools – it was just very well curated! I will also use everything in the box! The value this month comes to about $62, which is really great for a $46.50 box, especially a book-centric one. I love it!
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