Once Upon a Book Club Review October 2020

Once Upon a Book Club is a unique, interactive online community that offers a monthly subscription service where readers will receive a monthly box in the mail containing a newly released book to read for the month, along with 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. They kindly sent us this box for review.

Since becoming a mom I’ve realized what a great stress reliever reading is. I don’t get to do it as often as I did prior to baby Steven being born, but…….I try to set aside at least 20-30 minutes each week to curl up with a book. It’s something I truly look forward to, and it’s just one of many reasons I LOVE book subscription boxes like Once Upon a Book Club.

Subscription Details

When you sign up for Once Upon a Book Club you have two options to choose from:

  • Young Adult Subscription
  • Adult Subscription

Both options start at $34.99 per month and you can choose a month-to-month subscription, 3-month subscription, 6-month subscription or an annual subscription.

Here’s a closer look at the October Adult Once Upon a Book Club…..

Note: Each box comes with a book and 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. To fully experience the box they remind us to only open the gifts once we reach the corresponding page numbers.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

Page 34

On page 34 Nora is presented with the Book of Regrets and given the opportunity to open it, so here we have our own book of regrets. Tucked inside we have a slip of paper that we aren’t supposed to open until the end of the chapter.

Page 131

On page 131 Nora encounters a bear and uses a ladle and pot to make noise in an effort to scare it away.

Page 195

On page 195 one of the characters refers to a chess board, how they have put it back together, and how safe and peaceful it looks before the game starts. I feel like this is a significant part of the book.

Page 266

On page 266 Nora is given a pen and I believe it is so she can write her own story…..a spoiler for the end of the book:)

Once Upon a Book Club Review October 2020 – Final Thoughts

As much as I love my Once Upon a Book Club boxes, I have to be honest, not every box/book is the perfect fit for me. Take this month’s book choice for example, it’s not a book I would have picked out on my own, and at first glance it didn’t appeal to me. But, with that being said, I am very interested in the storyline after reading the description. I feel like it’s one of those books I will keep on hand and read at a later date. When we look at the subscription as a whole, I really do love it and would definitely recommend it to any book lover!

-AYOB Sarah

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