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Deep Readers Club August 2018 “Understanding” Review
Here is the info sheet detailing the products included.
A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball – Retail Value $15.06
This book, quite frankly, made me mad. It started off slow but interesting, and the author used a lot of artistic space. At the first part of the book, I was so interested I could not put it down. About a third of the way through the book, however, the format changes and not for the better. The author continued to use artistic space, but rather than having a lot of page breaks there were no new paragraphs and the entire thing read like a run on conglomerate of sentences describing conversations and appearances without really giving the reader time to take pause. The new format was hard to read, and after a few pages, I ended up giving up because while I wanted to see the characters full story, it was just such a frustrating format. Maybe I’m just not fancy enough to appreciate the authors work. From Amazon:
A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an "examiner," charged with teaching the man a series of simple functions—this is a chair, this is a fork, this is how you meet people. Still, the man is haunted by strange dreams, and when he meets a charismatic, volatile young woman named Hilda at a party, it throws everything he has learned into question. What is this village? And why is he here?
Typologie Paper Co. “Understanding” Definition Print, 5” x 7” - Estimated Value $8
We get a different definition every month, and my opinion hasn’t really changed. I’ll be honest and admit that it’s not my favorite thing about this subscription, but I don’t think anyone is subscribing to this box specifically for the print. 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.
The Montana Homestead Emporium Country Roads Candle, 2 oz – Buy an 8 oz candle for $14
There are few candles that have smelled bad in my eyes, but this one seriously smells so good! Country roads is a blend of fresh cedar, true patchouli, lavender, clove, and eucalyptus. This is the perfect rainy day candle for me, and it really sets the mood to curl up with a blanket and a book with the candle burning.
Along with the candle, print, and book, every box includes a beverage of some sort. I usually love the tea selections, but I am bummed we only received two sachets of tea this month. Meditative Mind is a white tea with jasmine and rosebud, and I found it to be light and very mild in flavor. Boulder Blues is a green tea with cornflower and sunflower petals along with strawberry and rhubarb flavoring. Bouldering Blues had a bit more vibrant of a flavor, and I thought that a sugar cube really rounded out the flavors for a nice cup of tea. I did also think the tea leaves themselves were beautiful!
Out Of Print Banned Books Heat Reactive Mug – Retail Value $12
I am one of those persons who doesn't really feel an affinity for anyone mug- I just grab the first one I see in my cupboard. My mom, on the other hand, has a very specific mug she uses for her morning coffee and she is not happy if she can't have that mug. This banned book mug may be the mug to turn me into my mom- I absolutely adore it. It has a nice weight to it that feels good in my hands as I sip it, and the tall sides keep my tea warm. I love the heat reactive paint that reveals the titles of banned books as the hot water warms the mug, and I also like that as I drink the book titles become covered again. This is microwave safe, hand-wash only, and while I abhor things that can’t be thrown in the dishwasher I think this mug is worth the sacrifice.
The Verdict: Normally I love the books selected by Deep Readers Club, but this month didn’t do it for me. That is a bit of a bummer because this is a book-centered box, but no one is going to be happy with the selected book 100% of the time. I really love my new mug, however! That is a hero item for me, and the candle is lovely too. I do wish we got more than two tea sachets, however.
To Wrap Up:
Can you get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up today you will receive the September box (the August emotion is Penitent, and the featured book is Waiting For Eden by Elliot Ackerman)
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $47.24 including shipping which means you are paying approximately $9.45 per item.
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