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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The Box: Deep Readers Club
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Deep Readers Club June 2018 “Grief” Review
Here is the info sheet providing more details on the products included.
I am going to say what everyone is thinking—I was not excited to read a book about grief, having enough grief in my life already. I wasn't sure what to expect when cracking open this hardcover (also, I love that we were sent the hardcover edition!), however, I experienced grief between I finished the prologue. The introduction to the book contains brutally honest facts about the horrors Native American tribes experienced at the hands of early Colonial America up through World War II. While I was not naïve to all of the horrors that occurred during those centuries, I was still shocked at some the brutal and horrendous harm that was committed against so many people. This book then takes these historically accurate facts to try and explain how “Urban Indians” came to be in the fictional story. I am about halfway through, and I feel like reading this book is like being on a train destined to crash—something bad is going to happen, but you don’t know which characters will be affected or how badly. This is a really great book and it is thoughtfully written, but I can only read a chapter or so at a time due to the weight of the material. From Amazon:
Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.
Typologie Paper Co. “Grief” Definition Print, 5” x 7” – Estimated Value $8
We get a different definition every month, and I'll be honest and admit that it's not my favorite thing about this subscription. That being said, I don't think anyone is subscribing to this box specifically for the print, and this isn't a big-ticket item, so to me, it is just something to neatly pile on my desk because I don't want to throw it away but I also don't have a use for it.
Fly Paper Products Vintage Library Card Memo Pad - Retail Value $5.95
I haven't seen library cards like this in over ten years, and I am loving the nostalgia this memo pad provides! I normally don't like using smaller notepads like these, but now I am thinking of ways I can use them. I love that there are five different colors that look just like the cards that used to be on the inside cover of a book detailing who read the book before you. This is a perfect item to include in a reading subscription box!
Obvious State Bloom Bookmark Set - Retail Value $5
This pack of six bookmarks is designed with gorgeous floral patterns in a somewhat muted color scheme, and each bookmark has a different quote from a poet from the Romantic-era. While poetry has never been my thing I still appreciate how beautiful each bookmark is! I am a big believer in passing on books after I have read them, so I will be sticking a bookmark in each book that I am passing along to friends.
Harney and Sons Tagalong in Tower of London Blend, 5 sachets – Retail Value $4
This tea is made with Chinese black tea, dried stone fruit, and bergamot, and the blend is really lovely and comforting. When steeped it is a gorgeous caramel color and the taste has a slight back note of licorice. While I don’t like licorice, it really compliments the overall blend. Plus, I love the handy packaging of this! It is the perfect size to throw in my purse while still keeping the tea bags dark and secure. When my sachets are gone I will be repurposing this tin to store other teas, because it is so handy! Harney and Sons also has a tea of the month club that I am now seriously contemplating because this tea was superb.
Baitx Made Jasmine Fields Soy Candle, 4 oz – Retail Value $8
Oh, I love candles! The fact that a candle comes in every box (along with tea and a book!) really makes this subscription near and dear to my heart. Before now I didn’t really have experience smelling jasmine flowers, but if this jasmine candle is any indication I would love it. I found the scent to be very fresh and uplifting, helping me to chase away the rain of the afternoon storms we get every day.
The Verdict: Deep Readers Club is such a lovely subscription to receive! I really find the curation to be stellar around each month's emotion, and this really is a great subscription for any book lover. I love looking forward to a new book, tea, and candle every month, and I find the other bookish items included to be great for the box as well. This box doesn’t make any promises on reaching a certain value threshold, but I calculated a value of $56.90, 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:
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $47.24 including shipping, and I calculated a value of $56.90. That means you are paying approximately the following per item:
- There There: $21.57
- Art Print: $6.64
- Bookmarks: $4.15
- Memo Pad: $4.93
- Tea: $3.32
- Candle: $6.64
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