Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cozy Reader Club October 2016 Review and Coupon

I love Cozy Reader Club so much! I was out of the country for two weeks, visiting New Zealand, and when I came home I had a pile of boxes waiting for me. The first one I opened was Cozy Reader Club because I was feeling the need to curl up with a book. I'm glad I did because two days after we got home, I got the flu. Plane rides, amirite? Sheesh. I've been wiped out. Today is the first day I've felt remotely like just walking around.

Thanks to Cozy Reader Club, though, I had everything I needed to get me through the day! Although, you know what I would love to see in a box? Honey! Plus tea, of course. There are some pretty great small batch honey brands out there, I bet it could happen! But on to the box!

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.

CCMade Classic Artisanal Caramel Corn- I don't know what it is about this brand but every time I've tried it, it tastes burnt. Every.Single.Time. Is it just me? I mean, I love caramel corn and I've been eating the Werther's Caramel Popcorn like it's going out of style but CCMade? It tastes like it's burnt!
Value: $5

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult- I don't think I've ever read anything by Jodi Picoult. I can't think of why (except for maybe the 342 books that are on my TBR already) but I think it may have had to do with my mom banning me from them when I was younger. Sort of like she wouldn't let me read Sweet Valley High. I never did end up reading them although I remember thinking I wanted to just to see why my mom banned them.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

Value: $28.99 (cover) $17.98 (Amazon)
Sweet Lydia's Gourmet Marshmallows- Sooo, I had to snack on one of these before I even took the photo because I couldn't wait. They actually have pumpkin puree in them and you can totally tell. Very fun! I ate them all plain.
Value: $7

Ticket Chocolate Hot Chocolate Sticks in Fall Classics- I've never used these before so I'm excited to try these. With my sickness, I didn't really feel like drinking a whole lot of milk but as soon as I'm better, I'm trying these. With flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut and Spiced Apple Cider, I'm sure they're amazing!
Value: $15
Zeke's Safari Bookmark- I adore this! Love the charms SO much. Normally I dogear all my books but I made an exception for this bookmark. Heh. :D
Jacki Bean Knit Headband- Super comfy, super cute woolly knit headband with two super cute buttons. Love it and I've been wearing it nonstop. Except for when my fever was spiking. So I guess it hasn't been nonstop but you know what I mean.
Value: $18

VERDICT: Another lovely month! This box is way too "me" for me not to love it every time. I love the treats and snacks. I love the fact that there's always a beverage. I especially love it when it's tea and hot chocolate but the coffee is fine, too. The books are different than any other book subscription I get which is nice. I never have to worry about duplicates.

If you would like to sign up for Cozy Reader Club, you can do that here. Use code SAVEFIVE for $5 off your first month. Don't forget this would make an awesome gift for a book lover!! I think if you sign up now, you'll get the December box.

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  1. This is the subscription which causes the most " box coveting" for me.
    The curation is SO nice, and they always have books I want to read. This one is about my profession, and I've seen many cultural conflicts occur due to um, personal bias on the part of a family or patient. Not against me personally, but co-workers who were of a race other than Caucasian. It places a great burden upon the staff to make sure there is no violence or overtly angry confrontations, because our duty is to provide the same excellent care to each person. This would be especially true of a newborn baby, innocent and without voice or choice, most likely, except to live and thrive.
    Patients demanding a " different type" of nurse is not a new phenomenon, it goes back to my earliest years of practice, and still exists although usually is now centered more on the ethnic and known or suspected religious history of the M.D., not the nurse or nurses. I would like to read a fictionalized account of this type of hurtful conflict and how it was resolved.
    I think Jodi Picoult is a very thoughtful and intense author of meaningful fictionalized ethical and situational traumas and dilemmas. I may not agree with her choice of resolution, but she writes of relevant social and moral issues and even though the books are fiction, the situations certainly are based on modern truths and situations.

    Mostly, I like the little extras this company puts into the box with the book.
    It's just the cost factor that keeps me from subscribing...
    Do they offer a non-coffee choice to those who don't drink coffee?

    I know smaller subscription boxes can often add a note of substitution, whereas with the really large shipments of boxes packed and shipped off site, you get what you get, and that's it. :)
    Does this subscription box always choose to add either tea or coffee? I'd be fine with all tea, but do not like the taste of any coffee. That was one of my parents' taboos for me as a child, so I never learned to like it as an adult.

    I love the bookmark, and CHOCOLATE!!! though. Also, I would adore the headband ( I have to find the cashmere one I've never worn from a PS box)... This reminded me!! Like you, I agree that the CC Made brand of popcorn has a " smoky", almost scorched flavor, no matter whose box it's in.. and it's been in a ton of them...

    I hope your post means you are well now. :)

    1. I haven't started reading this book yet but it's so sad to know that it could be a true story. I just can't even imagine rejecting someone like that. I think it's going to be a tough, emotional read.

      Cozy Reader sends either a coffee, a tea or a chocolate beverage in each box and it seems to rotate regularly. I don't know if they can swap out coffee for you but you could always ask.

      I love the headband. I feel it's a little more versatile for me with my clothing style but the PS one is also wonderful! Growing out my pixie cut, I've been using a lot of head coverings :)

      I'm finally feeling better! Today is the first day I've gotten out and about. I have so much to do now, though!