The Cozy Reader Club box came at just the right time–when I needed a serious pick me up. I had been working nonstop, and hadn’t taken a single moment to myself when the doorbell rang–naturally, it jolted me because I was deep in thought. My favorite mailman greeted me in the middle of my driveway with an assortment of book mail. This being my favorite package.
I am so in love with my unboxing this month, as I was with last month’s. I opened it upside down (I really was practically delirious at this point), righted myself, then dug in, and found that every item reminded me of fall and had me sweeping the rest of my work away for a few treasured moments.
The Cozy Reader Club is especially good at delivering what we need when we need it. Like the hot/cold microwave corn bag for my inherent lower back pain, and the Lark cookies for my incessant sweet cravings.
In this month’s box we received Leave Me by Gayle Forman. You might recognize that name from her New York Time’s bestseller, If I Stay.
I love that she came back with an adult title after spending however many years catering–and catering well–to a younger crowd.
Every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, and every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention–meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.
Surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: she packs a bag and leaves. But, as is often the case, once we get where we’re going we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves.
With bighearted characters–husbands, wives, friends, and lovers–who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing the fears we’re all running from. Gayle Forman is a dazzling observer of human nature. She has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head on and asks, what happens when a grown woman runs away from home?
I wasn’t stoked on last month’s title Truly Madly Guilty, so I checked the ratings on this one, and found them to be rather high. Plus, I know I’m in good hands with Gayle Forman, having read/devoured her previous titles.
We also got:
Big Island coffee (I don’t drink, but my mom ran out and almost cried when I gave this to her so she didn’t have to go to the store, she loved how it smelled. I took a whiff myself and couldn’t really tell the difference), Lark cookies (not my favorite, but certainly did something to my sweet craving), Big Island chapstick (coffee flavored), The Jack’s Meow microwave corn bag, and a beautiful, book-themed bracelet by Jennifer Li.
Well done! Can’t wait for next month’s box, be sure to subscribe before then!