Unboxing the July Bookishly Subscription

This is my second month receiving this Bookishly subscription and I have to say it is rapidly becoming one of my more anticipated subscriptions. Bookishly is, as the name implies, a book based subscription. They are based in the UK. There are different types of subscriptions, I signed up for the vintage book and coffee. they do have classics, science fiction, fantasy and various crime/mystery options. You can also choose tea instead of coffee. I have to admit I was curious about what books they would choose for vintage. So that is the subscription i went with. The subscription charges on the first of the month and ships out on the 20th. My package arrived on the 28th.

Each month I get a book, with a bookmark and a bag of coffee with two pots worth of grounds inside. At least it is two pots the way I make coffee. The company for the coffee is PerkuLatte Coffee Co. That is the same as last month. The type of coffee is different. This month we have a Guatemala El Boqueron with flavor notes of Blueberry, Cranberry and rose. I have not tried this particular type yet but it sounds interesting. I very much enjoyed the last one as it was good quality coffee. I like that they put the roasted date on the bag as well.

Shall we go on to the book?

I love that the book itself comes wrapped like a present. It somehow makes this subscription just a little bit ore fun to open. This month’s book is The Sea and the Jungle a travel and Adventure Book by HM Tomlinson. I have to admit, I have never heard of the book or the author (which is one of the reasons I wanted to try out the subscription, to bring books I might not find on my own to me).

According to Goodreads…

wrapped up on arrival

Considered a masterpiece of travel literature for nearly a century, The Sea and the Jungle is a wise and witty book of firsts: ostensibly a lighthearted story of a Londoner’s first ocean voyage, it is also a carefully crafted journalistic account of the first successful ascent of the Amazon River and its tributary, the Madeira, by an English steamer. First published in 1912, The Sea and the Jungle remains one of the most popular accounts of a traveler’s experience in Amazonia. As Peter Matthiessen observed fifty years later, ” The Sea and the Jungle is one of the few level-headed works in the literature of this region. . . . accurate and difficult to improve upon.”

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I am looking forward to curling up in my reading chair and reading. One of the reasons that I wanted to try pout this subscription was because a lot of my book choices have become stale. I find myself looking at the same books and same authors. Part of that is the situation. While my local library has gone through phases of being open and closed, most of the books I’ve taken out have come from their electronic lending library. Which is fine, but whenever I get in a rut with books, at the library I tend to just pick an aisle and wander slowly looking for something interesting that I’ve never checked out before.

an older book but in perfect condition

I have found some of my favorite authors and books this way. The library system does have recommendations but their recommendations rely on running an algorithm based on what you have checked out from their system before or are based on what books are popular in the area. If you base it on an algorithm then I just get more of the books like the ones I’ve already read. If you base it on what everyone else is reading then I just realize that my tastes tend to differ from many of my neighbors. At least according to the computerized system.

So for me this is a really good way to try out something completely random and from a different country entirely. I found this subscription by poking randomly around on Cratejoy and I am really glad I did. I also like that it reaches me at the end of the month. It lets me sit and read the book and about the time i have finished and am ready for a new one, the subscription arrives again. So for August it looks like I will be exploring the Amazon with Bookishly and sipping on Guatemala El Boqueron while I do. I’ll have to let you know how the blueberry, cranberry and Rose notes work out for me.

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Unboxing the Bookishly Vintage and Coffee for July 2022

I have recently been reviewing all of my subscriptions and looking at the ones I want to keep moving forwards and possibly some others to replace them. I love subscription boxes and services. I know that I spend more time talking about the beauty ones than anything else, but I am finding myself drawn more to non-beauty subscriptions.

And occasionally I poke around on Cratejoy just to see what is available. I recently came across this Bookishly one and as coffee and books are two of my favorite things, I thought it might be fun to give it a try. There are several different types for this service. There is this one which is listed as the Vintage and coffee, there is a coffee and classics and there is a sci fi/fantasy and coffee as well.

I believe you can choose tea instead of coffee if you are so inclined.

I can be somewhat picky about my sci fi and fantasy and at this point I have a rather large classics collection, so I decided to try out the vintage one. The subscription is a UK based one and I believe it is run through a small book shop. In the title I marked this as the July subscription, but it may actually be the June one. The first order of the subscription ships out within 2 hours according to the site, and the following ones ship out the 20th of the month. The subscription charges to your account on the 8th of the month. I did put this as the July post because I suspect that the one that is mailed out on the 20th won’t reach me until the beginning of August. I could be wrong, and if so then we will have two July postings for Bookishly as I already know I will be keeping it for a few months at the very least. As for cost, the cost o0n the site is listed in pounds (as is natural for a UK subscription) when all is said and done with the international fees ($0.81) and everything (Shipping flat $3 fee) the cost to me was $17.12.

And what did I get for my subscription cost?

Well I received a small bag of coffee and a paperback book. The coffee is PerkuLatte Coffee Co and the variety I received this time was Colombian Cauca Piendama. It was roasted on the 5th of May according to the bag and has flavor notes of cacao, caramel and apple. There were enough grounds in the bag for two separate pots of coffee. (I used a 10 cup French press and I tend to like my coffee strong, if you are doing your own comparison). I have to say I did notices some chocolaty notes with a hint of caramel-y sweetness to tone down some of cacao’s bitter notes. I can’t say I noticed any apple notes. But otherwise the description was pretty good. The coffee was quite good as well.

I took down one of my fancy coffee cups for the brew. I know this is the sort of cup that is usually doctored with a bit of brandy (and for the second pot I did add a little bit of cognac for a Sunday afternoon treat. But even without the alcohol that cup just feels good in the hand so I needed little encouragement to use it. (And really why should tea have all the pretty china?)

As for the book. The one I received was Graham Greene’s The Lawless Roads. Greene wrote both thrillers, novels and some serious works that I read is school. I think the Third man is one a more people are familiar with. I have read The quiet American and The Ministry of Fear. The Ministry of Fear is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it actually. I had not heard of The Lawless Roads, but I do like the author so I am looking for ward to it. I already started the intro and his writing is so easy to fall into. It is definitely from a different era though.

And hence well into the vintage category (Green lived from 1904-1991 in case you were wondering). I also love that the book was wrapped up in paper like a little present. It made it feel just that much more special.

book wrapped up

So I am well pleased with both the coffee and the book. The book is about Travels in Mexico and the coffee is Columbian. I don’t know if there is any thought to the pairing of the two or if that is incidental. I do know I enjoy both. The book clearly wouldn’t be the same for everyone, but I can say that the book is in good condition, no markings and no torn bits. It has some age to it, but it is not worn out. As I often think the same of myself i am fine with that.

There is a small paper bookmark that also came with the book. I don’t know if that is standard, So I’ll have to see about that moving forward. It is just a thick paper book mark with a Madam Bovary quote on it – “I feel torn to pieces by a rage of love.” As I read the book I’ll see if it relates to the book or if it is just random, but as I am only on the introduction, that too will wait.

I am well pleased with this Bookishly subscription. I know it is my first one, but I love the thought of getting a surprise book once a month. Something i may not have picked up on my own or may not have even come across. I know there is always the possibility that I will get something that I don’t really feel like reading, but I do read a wide variety of books and topics and even if I don’t like the book, I have a bag of coffee with two full pots worth of grounds inside ad my local library takes donations for their annual book sale. So it can never be all bad. I am already looking forward to what gets sent on the 20th. And to be honest, anticipation of a subscription is almost as much fun as getting the subscription. It has been a while since I have anticipated a subscription this much. Which is yet another reason for me to revise my subscriptions list. But for now, this is one I think I will keep around for a while.

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