Monday, August 22, 2016

Cozy Reader Club Book Subscription Box Review August 2016

If I could explain how messy my desk is right now, I would. But I can't so I'm just going to tell you what showed up in my Cozy Reader Club box since it's right here staring me in the face. I love this box because I love reading but also because it makes me feel special. It's like a gift. It's different from other book subscriptions in a few ways.
Cozy Reader Club doesn't send fan art, doodads, goodies or other things that tend to find their way (at least in my house) to the trash bin. This is not a YA lit box. Now, don't get me wrong, I *love* YA lit a LOT but I'm a little past the point of needing postcards with Harry Potter quotes on them. And by point, I mean age. Heh. There is nothing wrong with those boxes (Love you, Owlcrate!). They serve a different audience than Cozy Reader Club does.
They also don't do bare bones. Book of the Month is the most bare bones, sending just the book and that's it. There are others out there like Muse Monthly and Noveltea that send just a book and some tea. They're affordable-ish and provide the two things every reader needs-- tea and a good book!

Cozy Reader Club is a splurge. It's more expensive by a lot (double?) and you'll receive items of real value along with a book. This is something you get for yourself thinking "I deserve it!!!!!" and forget about the price because you're awesome and the box is what you want. (I do that with PSLE).

The Cost: $64.95/month plus shipping

What You Get: One newly released women's fiction novel, an artisan coffee, tea or hot chocolate, gourmet treats and beautiful handmade items.

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty- I haven't heard of this book or the author so I hope I like it and that the author has a bunch more books. Although after looking at Amazon, the reviews aren't so hot.
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
I may have to start in the middle and then go back to the beginning just so I don't get frantic or frustrated not knowing what happened. I can be like that sometimes.
Value: $26.99 (cover) $16.19 (Amazon)
Tracy Stern Tea & Co. in No. 8 Park- This is artisan, organic black ceylon tea made up for icing! My favorite summer iced tea is definitely black so this will be perfect. I was just thinking yesterday I needed to brew some up. This must be pretty fancy tea because it's expeeensive!
I'm very excited about keeping the tin! It's cute and can hold more than my current tea tin.
Value: $20
Franklin Studio Silk Scarf- This is a 100% crepe de Chine silk scarf. It is hand-dyed a beautiful multicolor pastel. It took my breath away when I opened it up. I almost didn't want to touch it for fear I would get it dirty or something. It's 14" by 72" and I am finding some way to wear this out as soon as possible. It is gorgeous. It's going to look so good with my hair, too.
Value: $38
Ona Cookies in Brownie and Maple Pecan- Gluten, dairy and grain free! How can it be a cookie!? Oh, they're made with almond flour. Aww, darn, they both have nuts in them. Walnuts in the brownies and pecans (obviously) in the Maple Pecan. Dangit, my two least favorite nuts ever. Maybe the *only* nuts I don't like. /cry

VERDICT: Cozy Reader Club does an excellent job of curating items for these boxes. The value always comes out to at least what you've paid for it (and that's using the Amazon book prices). And like I mentioned before, it's like a gift. I can't even describe how delicate and pretty that scarf is. I probably wouldn't ever buy $20 tea but since I have it now, you bet I'm using it. It better be amazing, too. If not, at least the tin is perfect. I think this is the first month where I've been kinda "meh" on the book choice. I've liked all the others but this one doesn't really appeal. We'll see.

If you would like to sign up for Cozy Reader Club, you can do that here. Use code COZYTIME for $5 off your first box.

How do you feel about this subscription? It's definitely coming close to the cost of  PSLE and it's true that something hand curated like this won't have the value a mega-corp can provide. I admit I love the attention to detail and the thoughtfulness of the handmade item choices. I will be sad when my subscription is up.

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