Once Upon A Book Club offers its members a unique reading experience in the form of the goodies included in the box. It sends you 3-5 corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in the story. As you’re reading you will notice messages instructing you to open one of your gifts. This concept heightens the reading experience. It aids the reader in being immersed into the world. Every month they also include discussion questions allowing the readers to interact with other subscribers and discuss the book/gifts. The box arrives with wrapped goodies (pictured above) with page numbers. When you get to that page there is a reminder it’s time to open one of the gifts. In April they launched their YA box and I was lucky enough to switch over my service and join in the excitement. Once Upon A Book Club now offers both their adult fiction and YA boxes to readers.
What was included (pictured below):
- hardcover copy of The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato
- a pair of little gold embroidery shears shaped like a stork
- custom made button necklace
- a black and white backpack with a lime green wallet inside, with a custom printed business card in one of the pockets
- a pair of sealed black gloves
The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato
Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.
Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance. (Goodreads)
I complained last month about the usability of the goodies after finishing the story and I was thrilled with this month’s contents. Everything in this box will be put to good use which is important to me as an eco-minded reader/consumer.
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