The Cost: $64.95/month
What You Get: One newly released women's fiction novel, an artisan coffee, tea or hot chocolate, gourmet treats and beautiful handmade items.
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney- I have this on my wishlist already so I guess I should remove it now that I own my very own hardbound copy.
Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.
Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.
I remember reading this blurb before the book came out and wondering what I would do in a situation like this. I think I'd probably be mad at my brother for SURE but personally, I've always thought my parents should just spend their money and enjoy their old age in style. They're not really old, being 60, and they'd be well taken care of no matter what but I'd love to see my dad retire and putz around the world with my mom. He worked hard for that money and he should enjoy it!
So I'm really curious as to what my own reaction will be as the plot unfolds. I'm also curious, of course, to see how this family functions and solves their issues.
Value: $17 (on Amazon)
Zkano Organic Cotton Socks- I love getting socks in my boxes! I don't know if I'm the only one like this but I just loved finding a good pair of socks in here. It's sort of my ritual... Comfy PJ's, comfy socks, comfy blanket, a good book and a great tea or hot chocolate. Perfect bliss! These socks are sturdily made. They're good quality, not flimsy in the slightest, hug my feet perfectly and keep them toasty warm. Love! (Not only that but they're made with organic cotton from the USA).
Jasmine Pearl Tea Company Jasmine Peony Organic Green Tea- This hand picked green tea is blended with jasmine flowers. After soaking up the scent and flavor of the jasmine blooms, the spent blossoms are removed and a perfect tea is created. I really enjoy green tea with honey, it's such a perfect combination. Especially with a good book.
Bee Local Honey Sticks- Remember earlier, I said that the curator of this box can read my mind? Not only was there delicious green tea in the box but there's also the honey I like to drink it with! I've received and enjoyed Bee Local honey before and been very pleased with it's flavor. Bee Local is based in Oregon and I think the Pacific Northwest has some of the best wildflowers for great tasting honey. I got sort of hooked on these sticks, too. They're such a handy way to make and stir into a mug of tea.
Almost Necessities Beaded Teapot Tea Infuser- This is probably the cutest tea infuser I have ever come across. It's almost too cute to use. I feel like I need to display it somehow. I don't usually use infusers, I use tea filter bags. I'd love it if one box down the road included some of those. I actually ended up wearing this as part of my Alice in Wonderland costume I made for a costume party I attended. Since I had sewed most of it up myself I was pretty happy to be a semi-finalist in the costume contest. :D
Grey Ghost Bakery Lemon Sugar Cookies- Grey Ghost is a brand I'll never tire of seeing in a subscription box. They make great sweet treats from all natural ingredients. These are made with candied lemon zest and topped with pearlized sugar. SO good! I had to share so I wouldn't eat them all myself. I didn't want to share but I knew I should. Hah!
VERDICT: I honestly love Cozy Reader Club! The books so far have been intriguing and yet so different from one another that you never feel like you just read a book similar to the one you received before. It's like taking a spa day for yourself only it's cheaper and you don't even have to leave the house. For me it's literally relaxation in a box. If you're a big reader and you not only enjoy being immersed in a story but also enjoying the experience of a good reading session, you're going to love it too. It's also a reason to just take me-time when life gets hectic. Sit down, grab your book, make yourself tea and cozy up for a perfect night of reading.
If you'd like to sign up for Cozy Reader Club, you can do that here. Use code COZYREADER for $10 of your subscription for life!
Are you a reader? What do you think of this box? It's expensive but I just love the immersive reading experience it provides. I think that taking time for yourself is always worth it!