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Deep Readers Club Book Subscription Review + Coupon – May 2018

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJun 2, 2018 | 5 comments

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Deep Readers Club is a book box for readers who love literary fiction. The box includes a book and 3-5 bookish goods that are curated around a certain feeling. There's also an option to add a second book for an additional cost.

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About This Book of the Month Club

The Box: Deep Readers Club

The Cost: $35.25 + shipping. Save with a longer subscription!

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Shipping: the US for $11.99 and Canada, Mexico, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom for an additional cost

Deep Readers Club May 2018 “Contentment” Review

Here is the info sheet providing more details on the products included.

Tin Man by Sara Winman,

Tin Man by Sara Winman - Retail Value $25 (found here for $20)

Right off the bat, I appreciated that the book we received was the large print version, as it makes reading without my glasses easier. I am about 130 pages in, and this is definitely a book that draws you in. The author’s style is a bit unique for my taste—there are no quotation marks, so it can get confusing following conversations between characters, and certain words are bolded, which always makes me question if I am being cognizant of what the author is trying to tell me. While her artistic style isn’t my favorite, there is no denying the author has crafted a compelling story that makes you want to know what happens, while celebrating and mourning certain aspects of life that everyone will go through. I don’t know quite yet how this book fits with the contentment theme, but I feel like I will have that answer by the end of the book.

From Amazon:

This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.

Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.

But then we fast forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question, what happened in the years between?

With beautiful prose and characters that are so real that they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.

Typologie Paper Co. “Contentment” Definition Print

Typologie Paper Co. “Contentment” Definition Print, 5” x 7”  - Estimated Value $8

I believe a definition print is included every month, and while I am not a big user of prints like these I can appreciate the quality printing. I hope to continue reviewing this box, and that means I need to start thinking of ideas for what to do with these prints! Any ideas?

Typologie Paper Co. “Choose Books” Quote Print, 5” x 7” – Estimated Value $7

Would writing on the back of the print be considered sacrilege? I think this quote is lovely, and I would love to write a note to a friend on the back and include it with a good book as a gift. I love books and I love sharing books with friends, and I think this print perfectly encapsulates that.

Peony and Moss Brocade Knee High Socks, one size

Peony and Moss Brocade Knee High Socks, one size - Retail Value $14
I love the look of these socks! Not only are the flowers lovely, but flowers also tie into the book too. I could see Ellis planting flowers like these as he worked the garden, and I think that is a really sweet touch. I have very thick calves and these were a touch too tight to wear up to my knees (comfortably, at least), however my calves are definitely the exception to the norm.

Leaf and Twig Morning Harmony Loose Leaf Tea, 0.8 oz - Retail Value $5.50

This tea has notes of cinnamon, holy basil, and berry, and It made for a really comforting cup of tea. The balance of sweetness from the berries and the spiciness from the cinnamon make me think of cuddling up with long socks (which was also included in this box) on a dreary winter day. Luckily, even though it is late May and HOT I can still cuddle with this tea when I have my AC blowing and there’s a storm outside. This is a great pairing with the other items in the box and really adds to the overall curation of the box.

Pleasant Run Farms Candle Company Contentment Candle, 4 oz – Retail Value $8

You may wonder how I know the retail value of this candle when it is not available for sale on the website—it’s because I contacted the company to ask if they had anymore left because this is one of the best candles I have ever burned. The combination of vanilla, sandalwood, and fresh cut grass just makes the air smell so clean and fresh. I would almost describe this candle as being scentless and cleaning the air around it rather than filling the air with fragrance (and I LOVE that). I was conservatively burning this candle to make it last until I was able to buy the last two available, and now I can burn it a little more freely. I love the wooden wick, too! I had been wanting to try a wood wick candle and I love how unique this looks when burning. I would tell you that you needed to immediately go and buy this candle because of how great it is, except I already purchased the last candles available for sale. Oops.

The Verdict: I thought my first month from Deep Readers Club was quite fantastic. Based on previous boxes it looks like every month I can expect a new tea and candle to accompany the book and print, plus one or two other goodies. I love that, as I feel like this subscription really celebrates reading and the act of being away from electronics and buried into the pages of a good book. The June theme is grief, and I am both nervous and excited to see what the box will hold. This box doesn’t make any promises on reaching a certain value threshold, but I calculated a value of $67.50, which I think is more than fair for a box that costs $47.24 ($35.25 a month plus $11.99 shipping) and includes high-quality artisan goods.

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up today you will receive the June box (the June emotion is Grief!).

Coupon - Use code SUBADDICTION30 to save 30% off any subscription

Value Breakdown: This box costs $47.24 including shipping, and I calculated a value of $67.50. That means you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Tin Man: $17.50
  • Contentment Print: $5.60
  • Choose Books Print: $4.90
  • Socks: $9.80
  • Tea: $3.85
  • Candle: $5.60

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Deep Readers Club is a book box for readers who love literary fiction. The box includes the book and 3-5 bookish goods that are curated around a certain feeling.
Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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I personally love receiving simple prints (as long as the printing is quality) and socks as box items.

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Prints are my least favorite filler item in subs. And that’s all sub box prints are to me.

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Instead of adding those two prints to the box which I see no value in they should add maybe a paper back book a bath item or a snack.

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I love that they sent a large print book. I wish there was a subscription box that only did large print books. I also wish sub boxes would not include socks. Socks are not a one size fits all item. It is really disappointing to receive a high value item that doesn’t fit.

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2 prints in 1 box? That seems excessive. I think this box could have something good going for it, but that’s a big chunk of value for something that was so simple to make. If it was a beautiful image, at least that would be more effort and feel like it was more of an item with value.

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