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Target Book Club Subscription Review – October 2017

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Target has a new book subscription! Every month, you’ll receive the paperback version of their latest book club selection.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Subscription Box: Target Club Pick Book Subscription

The Cost: $13.59

The Products: Target Book Club Picks Subscription gets you the newest Target Club Pick book delivered to your home every month! It’s the perfect way to get a head-start on some of the best reads picked by our book-loving team members. Every Target Club Pick is specially chosen by book-loving Target team members and includes a letter from the author, Q&A page/reader’s guide and select copies include authentic author signature tip-in sheet.

Ships to: US

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Leopard at the Door – Retail Value $17 (On Amazon for $12.32)

Book Summary from Amazon:

Set in Kenya in the 1950s against the fading backdrop of the British Empire, a story of self-discovery, betrayal, and an impossible love from the author of The Fever Tree.
After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she’d longed for is much changed. Her father’s new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites.

As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.

And good to know – this is a paperback made exclusively for Target. It includes a letter from the author in the front of the book:

I hadn’t read the summary of the book before I opened this package, and the letter really sold me on the book. Learning about how Jennifer McVeigh came to write this story was fascinating.

I found the story a little slow to start, and this letter is what pushed me through to where the plot started to pick up. (I’m one of those readers who can zone out if there’s too much descriptive text, but I think most readers will love how she paints a picture of Kenya’s wildlife, landscape, etc.)

One word of caution with this book – there is a lot of graphic violence.

Verdict: I love the idea of this subscription – it’s cheap, and it’s a great way to get a new and interesting paperback each month. The pricing isn’t bad, but it isn’t the best. (For example, I could just wait to see what the book is for the month and buy it cheaper on Amazon.) The question, though, is would I do that? Or is there value in having a book delivered to me because it forces me to read books I otherwise wouldn’t pick out?

So far I’ve received two historical fiction books from this subscription. I’m hoping they mix up genres for November!

What do you think of Target’s Book Club subscription

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!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I just don’t see the value in this sub at all. You can go into Target and purchase this book for $12.99. Maybe it’s a way to get rid of the ones not doing well in the stores?

    • Yes, the price is a little high but these are not older books. These are books that are just coming onto the market.

  2. @Liz – The book for November is My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry. It’s listed on Target dot com.

    • Ooh! Thank you!

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