Date Night With A Book Review by Nazia – July 2018

A big thank you to James the founder of Date Night With A Book for sending me this exciting subscription package! I am a keen reader and love to read every opportunity I have, I literally jumped at the chance at reviewing for them when the opportunity was presented! Reading is my way of breaking away from reality and unwinding. Reading can be enjoyed just about anywhere and losing yourself in a twisted tale or a romantic fable is a great way to pass the time and for a moment forget about our daily struggles.

 “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” —Joseph Addison

If you missed my live unboxing, you can watch it back below on our YouTube Channel…

What is Date Night with a Book?

The opportunity to indulge yourself or a loved one with a surprise read (or more) each month. You will receive a surprise wrapped book, hot chocolate, tea, coaster and bookmark. Just let them know your 5 favourite books to give them an idea about your reading preferences and leave the rest to them. They hand pick the book from a genre/s you choose and all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the book. They offer a range of subscription options which also make a great gift for you or a loved one.

How it works:

There are many one-off treats to choose from, trial one of their classic Date Nights with a Book or be more adventurous and choose one of their other products.

  1. One-off boxes start from £9.95 per month including postage

Their one-off gift boxes are great for birthdays and other special occasions. They have many different gifts to choose from, you can even add a message inside the wrapped book to the lucky recipient if you wish.

  1. Alternatively choose from a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription with a choice of either
  • 1 book per month £9.99 including postage
  • 2 books per month £14.95 including postage
  • 3 books per month £18.95 including postage

Choose the genre you receive, the options available are:

Classic, sci-fi, detective/crime/murder mystery, romance, adventure, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, thriller or surprise me!

You can choose the flavour of hot beverage:

Tea choices: Mango & strawberry, blackcurrant & blueberry, cranberry & raspberry, Earl Grey, English breakfast, St. Clements or surprise me!

Hot chocolate choices:Chocolate, chocolate orange, mint, popcorn or surprise me!

  1. Movie Vs Book Subscription

A Book, DVD, tea, bookmark and popcorn; everything you need for the perfect date night in!

Choose from a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription with a choice of either:

  • 1 book & 1 DVD per month £14.95 including postage
  • 2 books & 2 DVDs per month £22.50 including postage
  • 3 books & 3 DVDs per month £27.50 including postage

Book & Movie Genre Options: Thriller, historical, action/adventure, supernatural, sci-fi, crime/murder/mystery, romance, comedy or surprise me.

Popcorn Flavour Options:  Sweet, sweet & salty, salty, butter or surprise me!

  1. Movie Subscription

A DVD, big bar of chocolate, 2 hot chocolates, 2 teas, a bag of sweets and popcorn; a movie lover’s haven!

Choose from a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription with a choice of either:

  • 1 film per month £14.95 including postage
  • 2 films per month £17.95 including postage
  • 3 films per month £ 19.95 including postage

Movie Genre Options: Thriller, historical, action/adventure, supernatural, sci-fi, crime/murder/mystery, romance, comedy or surprise me.

Popcorn Flavour Options:  Sweet, sweet & salty, salty, butter or surprise me

USE OUR EXCLUSIVE CODE ‘10%OFF’ TO SAVE 10% OFF ONE OFF TREATS AND PERSONALISED GIFTS.

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” —J.K. Rowling

Box contents:

You’ll receive a beautiful parcel containing your brand-new book, along with a few extra surprises to enjoy while reading.

  • The Road – Cormack McCarthy

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is grey. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

  • Glass Coaster ‘Little things make you happy’
  • Options Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate sachet
  • Twining’s Mango & Strawberry tea bag
  • Bookmark

What I Thought

The Road by Cormack McCarthy

In some ways a harrowing and disturbing tale, but also one that does eventually show hope, as we follow a father and son on a journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape that is America. The unnamed father and son scavenge for food, look for shelter to survive and are ever-fearful of attack, especially as some of the few survivors have resorted to cannibalism. The two, pushing along their rusty cart, travel the road heading south simply because they must. The alternative is death. For a post-apocalyptic theme there was a lot less action and violence than what I was expecting however, there were a few dark and disturbing scenes involving cannibalism and such which were vividly described.

I’ll be honest, at first, I found the novel painful to read. It was so dreary and relentless, and the characters had no goal except survival: finding food, finding blankets to keep them warm through the cold winter nights, finding a safe place to sleep. The book also leaves a lot of unanswered questions; there is no explanation as to how the world became that way, where father and son are travelling to or why. All I know is that they have to keep moving in order to survive. You never get to find out the names of either the protagonists or any of the other characters in the book. However, I realised that to continue surviving, the father must pass on his knowledge and humanity to the boy. Ultimately, the love between father and son gives the book its core and offers up a bit of hope to the reader. It’s such a beautifully sad story of a father and son trying to survive in a world that is ravaged and lost and all they have left in the world is the love they have for each other.I wouldn’t say this was a pleasant read as some of the scenes depicted in the book are quite shocking but overall a gripping story that had my emotions all over the place. It is bleak and depressing, yet hard to put down. It is sad, yet also full of promise.

I’m a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genre and I was surprised by just how well this book was chosen for me. I have come to find that this book was also made into a film, which I definitely want to watch as I believe the best books are made into movies. It would be interesting to see how the film compares to the book.

Glass Coaster – ‘Little things make you happy’

This is a cute addition to this beautiful subscription package and the perfect place to rest my mug whilst delving deeper into the book I am reading. Made of delicate glass with the gold inscription ‘Little things make you happy’on a pink background it adds a little bit of understated girly sparkle. 

Options Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

I can drink hot chocolate for days, so I really wanted to like this as it would be nice to have a low calorie hot beverage to enjoy. There is a hint of salted caramel, but it’s very subtle but this mainly tastes of sweetener making it very sickly sweet. Sadly, I wasn’t a fan. Maybe it has a place on a calorie-controlled diet, but I would rather have a real hot chocolate or even try a different flavour. 

Twining’s Mango & Strawberry Tea Bag

A great balance of both strawberry and mango flavours that I found very refreshing and enjoyable to drink whilst reading. 

Bookmark

These guys have thought of everything as this is another great addition to this package and exactly what I needed whilst reading my book. I don’t have many bookmarks as I end up losing or misplacing them, so I’m really pleased they’ve included one. The design is fun and reminds me of the stamps that you receive in passports when travelling abroad.

Conclusion

Whether you’re an enthusiastic reader or barely read at all and want to do it more, Date Night With A Book can help you discover great books and have a fun and relaxing experience while doing it. Your book subscription will fit easily through your letterbox and I’m pretty sure that this is the most adorable post you’ll receive this month! I especially loved the personalised tag attached to the parcel, which adds that extra special touch.

Obviously, there is a chance you won’t like the featured book, but even then, you’ll still have something to read. You may even be surprised to like something that you wouldn’t necessarily think to pick. Alternatively, once you’ve read your book you can start a book club of sorts by passing on to either a family member or friend and deliberate, evaluate and discuss your thoughts on the book together.

This subscription is an absolute must for anyone who enjoys reading and also makes a marvellous gift. It is certainly excellent value for money as you have the choice of several different subscription options and there is something to fit everyone’s need. These packages aren’t just for adults, they also have one aimed at children so there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. For me, this has been a thrilling experience and I am really please they chose a book that although had a slow start was in the end spot on.

Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be, lose yourself in the stomach of a whale, take a trip down a rabbit hole or discovery a secret garden, every book takes you on a journey of wonder and imagination! Discover a package that’s suited to you and don’t forget to use our exclusive discount! What will your next book be?

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —Joyce Carol Oates

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Happy reading!

Nazia x

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