The Bookshelf is located in Thomasville, Georgia and is an independent bookstore. They also have a book podcast which is nice to listen to at work. The two hosts have really soothing voices that go well when you're working or just chilling. Sometimes Podcasts are dramatic or overly loud at moments but not this one. They talk about book releases, what they're reading and what the bookstore is up to.
They mentioned their book subscription a couple of times on the podcast so I checked it out when Uppercase ended. The subscription is a choice of different employees at the bookshelf. I choose Oliva's picks as she also reads mysteries so I figured (hoped!) we have similar taste.
I also picked the option to have the books and little extra from the store. I don't need the extras but I tend to like bookstore options. I figure if I like Olivia's suggested book titles I can keep going with this one or just the book titles. I paid for a three month subscription to try out.
The book included was Ruth Ware's Turn of the Key, which was a new release. I'm hit or miss with Ruth Ware, I find her writing incredibly dry but I did really like one book and was not as keen on the other. This will be interesting to see if I like this one.
The extra included was a set of "Pinch Me" Therapy Dough and a stress book with ideas to use with the dough. I've never heard of this (I have heard of stress balls) so that was interesting. I haven't opened it yet because I'm not wanting to risk a migraine when I'm already at risk because of these hurricanes. It could be really cool though. I live stress 24/7 so this might be nice to work with.
The funds from this help the Wounded Warrior Project, which I haven't checked on recently but they did have a spell of poor decisions with money management and the upper echelons of their foundation. Hopefully that's sorted but it has made me a bit iffy with them at the time.
Also included were these 'Indie' publications that explain what's coming up next in the book world. I haven't seen them before (they seem to come with every box) so that's really exciting. Speaking of the Colson Whitehead book (The Nickel Boys) I heard him on NPR's book podcast and wow. Just all the wows. It seemed like a deep, dark and fascinating read. I'm pretty sure it's going to wreck me but I went out to my local indie and bought it anyways. If you get a chance to get it, I think it's going to be a good book.
I included a picture of Ruth Ware. I hadn't actually seen her until this side of the jacket. It's such a nice picture isn't it? She's so much younger than I thought. Also, a close up of the book cover. The silver is very bright and eye catching. I really like it.