Check out this month’s BookCase Club loot! For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, BookCase Club is a magical subscription box where, for only $10 a month, you get two books delivered to your door.
There are six different genres or themes that you get to pick from, (Booking for Love, Thrill Seeker, Strange Worlds, Teenage Dreams, etc.) but the specific books chosen each month are a surprise and hand-picked each month by the BookCase Club experts. Each box also comes with a nifty little gift too, and this month it was a small purple journal.
The genre I picked is Thrill Seeker!
Inside the box we have two delicious new books accompanied by a cute card that gives a brief introduction to the month’s selection.
This month includes The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh and The Babylon Rite by Tom Knox. I appreciate a good title, and I was immediately drawn to The Weight of Blood for that reason, but upon second glance, The Babylon Rite looked at least as interesting. The sentence that stood out to me when I flipped it over to read the back was this,
“If you dig up hell, you uncover evil…”
You got me, I’m intrigued.
The Babylon Rite involves a journalist in Edinburgh, an anthropologist in Peru and a man and woman in The Amazon. I don’t usually enjoy multiple stories converging into one, but this one looks like it might do it right. Knox “weaves together past and present terrors in an intense page-turner,” a page-turner that involves suicides, blood rituals, and all manner of horrifying circumstances. This book may not be for the faint of heart.
Next, The Weight of Blood
McHugh’s debut novel, The Weight of Blood, is marketed as a good read for those who enjoy reading Gillian Flynn novels. Essentially, it’s a dark and gritty book that might make you cringe even as you turn the pages frantically to get to the root of the mystery. As the title suggests, The Weight of Blood is about family, the secrets families keep, and the strength/truth behind the phrase “blood is thicker than water.”
16-year-old Lucy Dane is the protagonist, and together the reader gets to uncover the alarming connections between her mother’s disappearance years ago and the recent death of her best friend, Cheri. Set in a fictional town in the Ozark Mountains, readers are calling McHugh’s novel “grit-lit,” a term meaning “you’ll want to start singing Miranda Lambert songs and wearing boots.” This one looks like a good one, guys.
Thanks again to BookCase Club for the opportunity to read their books! All you book nerds out there need to check them out! You can use code GEEK2016 to get 20% off BookCase Club’s six and twelve month subscriptions. It’s a great deal and you can’t beat having a book expert pick your books out for you. They’ve even launched two new quarterly themes. They now send out Cooking and Military History every three months, which would make an excellent gift. Happy reading, everyone!