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text 2016-08-06 16:08
Willoughby Book Club Unboxing #1

I decided on a whim to try out a subscription service, because the idea, to receive a package every month without knowing what is inside it, really appeals to me. And today I got my first package:



I have choosen the Willoughby book club, a UK-based subscription service, who donate a book to charity for every book they send me. They have different kind of book subscriptions, of which I have choosen the "Bespoke Book Club". You can either purchase the subsription for yourself or as a present for someone else. I had to fill out a questionnaire, telling them which genres I prefer, what kind of authors and books I like to read and I have given them the link to my Booklikes bookshelf, so that they could take a look at the books I have read so far.


And I´m so happy with the book they have choosen for me:



The blurb:


When Lucy´s father dies suddenly and unexpectedly, she is bereft. But as chance would have it, the recently widowed Wemyss happens to stroll past the garden the very same day. The two find them inexplicably drawn to each other and are soon engaged. But is it all too good to be true? What happened to Wemyss´s first wife and why does Lucy´s aunt suspect that all is not right?


I have never read a book by Elizabeth von Arnim, but this book is supposed to have inspired Daphne du Maurier´s Rebecca, a book which I adore. It´s seems like this novel may be right up my alley. And it really fells like the people at the Willoughby book club took their time to choose a book that I would like. I cannot wait to read it.




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text 2016-05-29 10:04
Monthly BFF Book Club Subscription! - MAY
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

With BL being so unsettled at the moment I've been mooching around to see what I can scare up in the way of book community replacement should the worst happen here (fingers crossed it won't come to that). There's not a lot out there.


However, the one good thing to come out of all this is that I found Bookstagram and I'm hooked already.  Even if BL is around forever and just keeps getting better and better I think I'll keep with bookstagram too.  It's quite addictive, in a Pinterest kind of way, and there's a sort of community there too...


Anyhoo, I was browsing their #tags from my laptop and my friend (who is a non-reader) was doing her own searches on her tablet and we were oohing and ahhing over the pretty photos when I came across a photo of someones book club package.  Now, I've seen mention of book club subscriptions before because some of my friends here subscribe to some of them I think.  I liked the look of this one that Lagniappe mentioned a while back but it's not open to us here in the UK :(


Oh well.


So, I found some UK ones on bookstagram and the web and my friend and I were checking them out.  The ones we found were for mostly used books and it was random surprises for everyone but the costs seemed way out of proportion to what was being offered. One wanted about £160 for a year!  £160 for 12 secondhand books! My friend was like, "No way!  Even I could do you a club subscription for a quarter of that!  In fact, give me a tenner for what's left of the year and I'll set up my very own BFF Book Club, just for you.  A years worth of amazing reads for a tenner?  You know you want to!". 


I did want to!  So I've signed up, lol!  A tenner gets me a surprise book every month and I've had the first one already even though I only joined yesterday!  She was quick off the mark and snapped up my May BotM (Book of the Month) yesterday afternoon and handed it in last night.  She hasn't been in the library for years she said but went in to get tips about what to choose and saw their booksale shelf crammed with bargains. People hand in their old books and the library just sell them on without introducing them to stock so bargains can be found. She picked up this brand new, unread copy for just 30p!  There was a little bag of sweets in with my package too (eaten already) and a velum bookmark.


June is only a few days away so I'm looking forward to seeing what my BFF club book will be for that month.  My friend says she'll have fun too, hunting down "cheapo" books as the heady world of books is all new to her.  Might even get her tempted to pick up one for herself while she's at it.


Such fun!

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url 2014-08-14 16:12
E-Book Subscriptions Got You Confused? Try Your Public Library





For quite a while now, I have been toying with the idea of trying out one or all of the e-book subscription services: Oyster, Scribd, and new kind on the block Amazon. 


But I just read this article which says maybe I should forget all of them and head to my public library --- digitally, of course. Most likely, they will have a better e-book selection of bestsellers than these services.


Anybody out there have any experience with this? What's your take on it? 




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