Getting to Know: I used to be part of an online book club for years. I was even one of the moderators by the end, as it was on a forum. It was a great way to meet new people who had the same interests as you (this is before I started a blog and found other book bloggers). We also read the same books and had discussions as we went along; usually week by week but sometimes people read faster and created a final thread to discuss the book as a whole.
I found some great authors this way like Nick Hornby and Chuck Palahniuk. I also discovered Gillian Flynn, back when she published her debut novel, Sharp Objects (it was a book club pick). We also read classics like The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I loved being part of this club and I even got to meet a lot of the "regular" members a couple times. One of the members lives in NYC and any time I visit, I always meet up with her, including this past May when I went to BEA.
To go with this week's Getting to Know, I wanted to share a suitable subscription service called BookCase.Club. They sent me a subscription box for September to review; all opinions are my own!
One thing I really like about this service is that you choose the theme you want - Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller, Children's Picture Books, and Romance Novels.
Choose the theme you want. Pick the order type. Get two books in the mail every month, as well as another fun bookish item.
Month-to-Month: $9.99 (shipping $5)
3 Month Prepay: $28.00 (shipping $5)
6 Month Prepay: $54.00 (shipping $5)
12 Month Prepay: $100.00 (shipping $5)
Ships To: The Contiguous United States at the moment
Charity: "BookCase.Club has partnered with Books For Keeps, and each month we will donate a book for each new and recurring subscription."
My Review: I was given the opportunity to review one of the boxes that BookCase.Club sends out every month. I decided to go with the Young Adult case because I love YA books and I know a lot of you reading this do too! I figured it might be the box of most interest.
The fun, bookish item I was sent was this Do it Now: Daily Action Plan for Guaranteed Success which is pretty cool. I think it would be a nice holiday gift so someone could start using it during the new year. Be sure to check out the link for the Amazon listing if you wish to know more! Overall, I thought this was a fun addition. I like that it goes along with the whole book theme but it's not what you'd expect from a book subscription service.
Underneath the journal, I found this two beauties nestled in my box (it was a plain white box, by the way, in case you are curious how things are shipped!). These are both part of series that I have wanted to read for a while now, so that's awesome! Etiquette and Espionage is the first in Gail Carriger's YA series, so I'll have to try and start this soon. Zom-B: Underground is actually the second book in the series. It's not too far in and I can probably find the first book for cheap or at the library, so it's not a big deal. Regardless, if you are going to be sent a series book, it would be nice to get the first, just in case!!
I'm excited about the books I was sent. They aren't super new releases, so there is a chance that people getting this box will have already read these or have copies. I suppose that's the chance you take, but I'd give the box a few months to see if you mostly get new books. If not, it might be a good idea to try a different theme if you don't usually buy certain books but still like them. For me, I think I'd get a lot of books I hadn't read in the Mystery/Thriller category, and it's one that I still really love. I also really like the Children's Picture Books option for my niece and nephew, or even to donate to a local library or school that could use them. All the boxes are a fairly good price for two books a month + something extra, I think!
What do you think? What theme would you choose?