Once Upon a Book Club is a subscription that offers a unique reading experience. Each month, you’ll receive a book to read, a 5″ x 7″ quote print, along with 2-4 corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in the book. Readers are advised to open the gifts as they finish the corresponding page to make them feel as if the book is coming to life!
You can choose between Once Upon a Book Club’s Young Adult edition and Adult edition. This is the review of the Adult box.
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The box was designed by @ChickLitDesigns.
First look inside!
The box included a tri-fold booklet.
You can join the author and other book club members on these dates for some read-a-long and discussion activities.
The box interior looks lovely with those words in script, plus the illustration of a woman inside the book.
Everything in my box! What a fun and unique idea – excited to get reading and find out what goodies are in store!
Also included is a coupon to get 30 days free access to audiobooks.com!
The Great Alone Quote Print I like the print enough that it’s an item to me. The quote was taken from this month’s featured book by Kristin Hannah.
You either belong here, wild and untamed yourself, or you don’t.
There’s also a note that reminds you to fully experience the box, which means don’t open your gifts until you have reached the page number attached to it. Sounds exciting!
The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah ($17.39)
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.
At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.
In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.Age Range: Adult .
The back of the book features some reviews. It sounds like a good story of survival and resilience!
The inside flap contains information about the story we’re about to explore.
It’s an engrossing and well-written tale, with some parts that might make you bawl your eyes out.
Upon reaching page 239, we are now allowed to open our first gift!
Matthew’s Heart Necklace It’s a lovely silver necklace with a white heart pendant!
The chain also comes with an extender, so it can easily be adjusted.
It’s the perfect gift along with the book, as the story has a lot of “heart” in it.
Like in the story, the necklace heart pendant is also “made of bone” (it’s really a stone but that’s better!).
Upon reaching page 298, another gift is revealed.
This page actually gave us a hint on what’s inside the package…
Checkered Print Flask/Thermos. This looks like a cute purse, but it’s actually a container where you can put your favorite drink.
I love the buffalo check! This is too cute.
The red checkered design is cool. The page that hinted about the gift also had a bit of a bloody scene, so this gift references the text in two different ways!
Another gift can be revealed upon reaching page 421.
It says “series of paintings” on this page, I think that’s my clue as it’s a scroll or something…
Can’t wait to reveal this one out!
Canvas Painting This is wonderful! I know it’s abstract but looking at it, you can see something else. And I am seeing multi-colored clouds!
Looking closely, it can also be taken as raging waters that come in different colors.
The painting leaves a lot of use for our wild imagination, and I think that’s what abstract art is supposed to be. It’s absolutely beautiful and I want to hang it up. I was a little unsure what to do with it, but I’ve found these instructions by a landscape painter on all the options.
It’s like Christmas again! I love getting gifts and surprises, and a little something to think about before revealing them.
Once Upon A Book Club did a wonderful job with choosing the accompanying gifts to match the text (I can’t imagine the difficulty of selecting a book that would lend itself to this experience and also curating all the gifts), and I love getting surprises so I really enjoyed everything! This is a great subscription to add a new book to your shelf every month, with the gifts that are not just attractive but useful at the same time! I think the concept of this subscription is exciting and fun – I loved the idea that I could only open the gifts after reading the corresponding page. Having goodies to open along with the text added an additional layer of suspense to the novel.
What do you think of this month’s Once Upon a Book Club?