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Deep Readers Club Book Review – October 2018

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakNov 18, 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 Subscription Box: Deep Readers Club

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

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

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Here is the info sheet detailing the products included.

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Killing Commendatore: A novel by Haruki Murakami – Retail Value $30 (found here for $19.49)

This book is a new release and the hardcover design is gorgeous.

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Right off the bat, I wanted to commend Deep Readers Club for being a subscription box that works with a diverse group of authors, including minorities. This is the second box I have received from them to include a minority author (the last one was in June and featured There, There by Tommy Orange), and I am hopeful that that trend will continue. Killing Commendatore is over 400 pages and describes the journey an artist takes when he finds a painting in the attic of the home he is staying in. The author uses great imagery, but it is to the point that I can only read a little bit at a time due to the depth of the writing. This is the kind of book you need to savor as you read it, so I decided to put it aside and finish reading it after this semester's finals are complete.

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Typologie Paper Co. “Bravery” 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.

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Bones Coffee Company Frankenbones Ground Coffee, 4 oz – Buy a 16 oz bag for $19.99

Since I cannot drink coffee I passed this bag of ground coffee along to a friend. She was pleasantly surprised by the chocolate hazelnut flavor of the coffee and said it overall tasted similar to a mocha without having chocolate syrup added. Even though this 4 oz bag is called a sample, I think it is a generous bag that should make a decent amount.

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Read My Lips Call of the Wildberry Lip Balm, 0.15 oz – Retail Value $3.95

Read my lips takes lip balms and give them a literary twist! This Call of the Wild lip balm is flavored with strawberry and blackberry and is made with coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and almond oil. It is hydrating and tastes nice, too.

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Out of Print Raised by Books Pouch – Retail Value $12

I love the play on raised by wolves with this pouch- I taught myself to read when I was four (if my mom is to be believed), and I literally spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book. Even though I had two loving parents, I still strongly identify with the sentiment featured on this cotton canvas pouch, and I have already used it to store things.

The Verdict: This was another great month from Deep Readers ClubI really loved the pouch included, and it is nice to receive a hardcover new release! I did notice this was the first month in a while that didn’t have a candle, and while I always love getting candles I am still happy with the items sent this month. Value-wise, this month had a value of $53.95 (not including the coffee), which is a little more than the $35.25 cost of the box plus $11.99 US shipping. You’re really paying for the curation with this box, as the values are never much higher than the cost of the box itself.

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up today you will receive the November box (the November box theme is “Grateful”). If you want this box Deep Reader’s Club said on Instagram they will be having Black Friday sales on past boxes, so keep an eye out.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $47.24 including shipping which means you are paying approximately $9.45 per item.

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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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5 comments

Kristin

Haruki Murakami is perhaps the best known author from Japan.

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Kristin

Haruki Murakami is perhaps the best known author from Japan. Maybe a minority in the US but not in other parts of the world. I would not consider japanese people a minority.

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Steph

POC might be a better term.

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Anna

From Amazon:

Product description
The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84

In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.
A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby— Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

I really like it when the description of the book is included so for those that immediately go to Amazon to check out books I thought I’d share.

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Jessica Hapak

Thanks for your feedback, Anna!

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