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February’s theme is ‘Notes on Love’. The curator note describes the items in the box along with a reminder to discuss and share with other subscribers.
Here are the items in the Hello Book Lover February box. I am loving the theme!
The February Book Selections are Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and The Engagements by Courtney Sullivan. I have been checking Hello Book Lover’s social media for months and been pleased with their book selections. I am excited to try the subscription box out this month!
I selected Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari ($11.04) because I could not resist a social psychology book written by a comedian. As Amazon explains
At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?
Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”
But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.
For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.
In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.
The dating world has changed since I met my husband online! It made me laugh while worrying about whether my sons will meet the women of their dreams. I hate to see what dating will be like when my oldest is ready to be married.
Neither T (age 17) or I realized he was a standup comedian. He does make us laugh on Parks and Recs. My seventeen-year-old son can’t wait to read the book because it must be humorous if it is written by Aziz Ansari. I am sure my sister will want to read it too.
The Sunkissed Botanics Rose Clove Organic Tint Lip & Cheek Balm (0.5 oz, $10.00) is handcrafted in California. It is made with organic rose petals and organic essential oils. It blended in with my skin tone when I tried to swatch it. It’s a gorgeous pinkish red and goes on lightly. I tried it on my lips and was surprised by the spicy, minty taste. I will be using it as a cheek balm because it is easy to apply.
We used the Gold Heart Envelope Stickers (2 sheets, $1.66) on Valentine Day’s cards. It is a great inclusion that can be used any time of the year.
The heart stamp (appx $1.00) came without a stamp pad. My eight-year-old and I used it to make adorable hearts on the envelopes.
The stamp fits on the foil heart.
It was a fun project that we enjoyed together!
My family enjoyed the February’s Hello Book Lover ‘Notes of Love’ theme. I greatly enjoyed Modern Romance which my teenager plans to start reading next week. My younger son and I had a wonderful time creating beautiful envelopes for Valentine’s Day cards. My husband appreciated our hard work! The value came to $23.70 using the Amazon book price which is less than the monthly cost of $28.00. However, it is one of the few book subscription boxes that allows you to select your book. It also has a book club. Hello Book Lover is a wonderful subscription that will encourage you to read!