Now in Books April 2022 Review: The Good Deed & Resilience

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Getting diverse books in the mail monthly is possible with Now in Books! The April 2022 YA Books & Music Box was all about RESILIENCE, while the Fiction Books & Music box explores what it means to do THE GOOD DEED. Aside from novels, Books & Music boxes also have extra materials to make your reading experience better, like a music playlist and an activity.

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Books & Music: Young Adult 

Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson ($16.49) is a YA science fiction with a queer Black protagonist. Jamal is a budding journalist, and the story starts with him attending a BLM protest after the police killing of a Black man. This fast-paced story can easily get readers hooked, and the themes are also relevant in today’s society. The author weaved science fiction seamlessly with social issues, making it worth a read.

Here’s the book club guide, with information about the author and the cast of characters in the story. Of course, there’s a playlist that you can listen to while reading or even afterward! Another page has a recipe for a potato salad recipe and a crossword puzzle to keep you busy.

At the beginning of the book, the author included names of Black people who were victims of police brutality.

Books & Music: Fiction

The Fiction box also features a diverse book: Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez ($18.90)! Inspired by true events, this historical fiction is about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama and two young girls she tried to save. The story tackles the reproductive rights of Black women and young girls and it’s told in two timelines,1973 and 2016 respectively.

Of course, there’s also a booklet which introduces us to the book’s author, as well as the characters in the book. There are also mood tunes and discussion questions to help us appreciate the story more! It’s easy to access the playlist they made, you just have to scan the provided QR code. For bookworms who love dessert, there’s even a recipe for banana pudding.

I have two new diverse reads to add to my book collection and both are engaging and well-written! These books tackle social issues, and while they are fictitious, there’s so much to learn from them. If you’re like me who enjoys not just reading but also other bookish activities, the Books & Music box would be a good fit for you. Each box includes a Spotify playlist to listen to and a recipe to make at home, along with other useful information about the featured book. If you simply want to get the book and none of the extras, Now in Books also offers a book-only box!

Now in Books is a book subscription that caters to fans of YA and fiction. They promise to send books that feature new authors, diverse stories and characters, and engaging narratives relating to social issues. There are currently 4 plans available. Two are book-only plans, while the other two offer an immersive experience through playlists, guides, and additional activities.

  • Young Adult ($16.99) – one newly released young adult novel each month
  • Books & Music: Young Adult ($19.99) – one gift-wrapped young adult novel, specially curated music playlist, book club guide, discussion questions, and a fun activity like recipes or puzzles each month
  • Fiction ($19.99) – one newly released fiction novel each month
  • Books & Music: Fiction ($24.99) – one gift-wrapped fiction novel, specially curated music playlist, book club guide, discussion questions, and a fun activity like recipes or puzzles every 3 months

Now In Books is included in our list of the best book subscription boxes for 2022, chosen by readers!

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