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Target Book Club Subscription Review – January 2018

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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

Check out all of our Target Book Club reviews!

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill– Retail Value $12.75 (On Amazon for $12.10)

Book Summary from Target:

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one’s origins. It might also take true love.

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.

Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city’s underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes – after years of searching and desperate poverty – the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.

With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O’Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell.

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:

And this month’s book is signed, too!

I absolutely loved this book – the writing is incredible. The story is both magic and tragic. And I couldn’t put it down. (Word of caution – this book is graphic and brutal at parts, so it’s not for everyone. You get a sense of what to expect from page 1, though, so if it isn’t for you I think you’ll be able to tell quickly.)

 

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?

This month I discovered a new favorite author – well worth the cost of the subscription to me!

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

4 Comments

  1. What is The Party by Robin Harding?

    • Oops! Sorry I updated the link but forgot to change the text. That was last month’s book. The post has been updated. Sorry again!

  2. I really like this subscription. The books are reasonable. While not the cheapest, they are just a couple dollars more than amazon, and they often include exclusive content or are signed. You can also skip the month if the book is not one in which you are interested. I’ve discovered some great novels.

    • Yay! Glad you like it, too! I think it’s been a great discovery book subscription for me 🙂

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