Book Subscription Review: The Book Drop

Book Subscription Review: The Book Drop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly, I have a book hoarding problem. I have at least a thousand unread e-books on my kindle and an endless TBR on my bookshelf, but the idea of a month book subscription box is a very tempting idea.

(I’m hopefully going to try one new book subscription service a month.)

I’m starting out with the cheapest one I could find first: The Book Drop!

The Book Drop is run through an independent bookstore called Bethany Beach Books located in Bethany Beach, Delaware, which is something I love. They offer four different kinds of boxesbookdrop

I was really surprised that they actually offered a children’s book box. I’ve honestly never heard of them; unless I’m living under a rock and there are really tons of children’s book subscription services ha-ha.

They offer different payment plans going from a month to month plan, a three-month prepaid plan and a sixth-month prepaid plan. I picked the Young Adult month to month plan for the month of June for this post.

Shipping was pretty fast, it got here right when they said it would!PicMonkey Collage

This month’s box came with the book More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, a signed Leteo Insitute pamphlet (an institute in the book that has figured out a way to erase unwanted memories), a sneak peak of Sophie Kinsella’s new book Finding Audrey,  a Bethany Beach bookmark, and a promotional bookmark for the new Harry Potter “special rehearsal edition book” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I have yet to sink my teeth into the book (once I do I’ll post a review on my book review blog), but here a snip bit of what it’s about:

“Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future. As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten and shatter new-founded contentment,  revolutionary memory- alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?”

I most likely won’t be using the subscription box again. Don’t get me wrong I love helping out independent business and such, but I found it to be a bit underwhelming. It’s $13 a month for the box, but the shipping and handling is around $11, so in the end you’re paying about $24 a month for a paper book and a knick-knack. All personal opinions aside, if you decide that you want a simple book subscription with nothing too flashy or distracting, you should totally give them  a try.

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Fun fact time!

I LOVE food. I don’t love the act of eating. If I loved eating, I wouldn’t really care about the quality of the food, but I love tasting and trying new foods. I will literally eat anything, so long as it’s not seafood (fish are friends, people), blueberries (the texture makes me uncomfortable), or avocados (slightly allergic).

Through the years, I’ve tried to master the delicious art of cooking, which has had some… disappointing results. (I have yet to set the house on fire, though!)

Here are a few of my trail and kind of “errors”.

bacon wrapped chicken

Chicken, wrapped in bacon, with a honey glaze . It was pretty good, the chicken turned out dry but for some reason I always have that problem with chicken.

French Breakfast MuffinsFrench Breakfast Muffins

sugar muffin
French breakfast muffins! These are amazing and one of my go to coffee date/ brunch meet up snacks. They’re super easy to make and they kind of taste like a churro.
potato soup
Potato soup with homemade bread bowls! I love my crockpot, and potato soup is the best, but it’s taken me awhile to find a recipe that I can’t somehow screw up. This soup is nice and creamy, (mostly from a good chunk of cheese I threw in) and the simple bread bowl adds to the comfort food train that is homemade soup.
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Sweet and sour chicken! Ok, I’m really sorry for the cruddy picture, this is delicious and I was hungry. This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes! It’s somewhat quick to get going, and you can just leave it to cook for an hour. It’s a good alternative to take-out if you really don’t feel like leaving your house. I honestly don’t remember where I got this recipe, so I apologize for not being able to link the blog but I’ll list it below

 

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Chicken:

3-4 boneless chicken breasts

1 cup cornstarch

2 eggs, beaten

 ¼ cup canola oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

¾ cup sugar

4 tbs ketchup

½ cup vinegar

1 tbs soy sauce

1 tsp garlic salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325. Rinse your chicken breasts in water, then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into cornstarch to coat then dip into eggs. Heat your ¼ cup of oil in a large skillet and cook until brown, but not cooked all the way through. Place chicken in a 9×13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour flipping the chicken every fifteen minutes.

 Enjoy!