Feminist Book Box Unboxing May

Welcome to May’s Feminist Book Box Unboxing! This will be my last unboxing post for a while as my subscription has ended. I am planning to do a post next month talking about my first experience of a subscription box, with my overall thoughts and asking the big question: will I subscribe again in future? For now, though, I’m just focusing on the May box, which arrived I think on May 4th, which was the first working day of May thanks to the three day bank holiday. So, 10/10 for delivery speeds!

What is the Feminist Book Box?

Selected by the team at Hachette, each month, subscribers receive two paperback books, a piece of artwork, and a booklet with information about the books, their authors, and the reasons for their selection. Subscribers also get access to an exclusive event with one of the authors, information about which is sent via email later in the month. The books are usually one backlist book, and one new release, with the aim of introducing readers to books they may not have encountered before. As such, they aren’t usually the biggest releases, which I really appreciate. The backlist books could be ones published a few years ago (yes, to me 2006 is a ‘few’ years ago…), or one from the late-20th Century — or at least they have been so far!

In previous months, books have included Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell (March), Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, and I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite (April). So, what was in May’s box?

May’s Box

The backlist book in May’s box is The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. O’Farrell is most well-known currently for Hamnet, the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020. I read Hamnet last year, and posted a review on my blog. If you’ve read my review, you’ll know that I really enjoyed Hamnet! And if you haven’t read it, maybe today is the day you do? Seeing as I really enjoyed Hamnet, I was excited to find a title by Maggie O’Farrell in this month’s Box, and I am definitely excited to get round to reading it!

The other book included in the box this month was Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb. I’ve never heard of Bess Kalb before, but this book looks lovely! From reading the blurb, this book is based on conversations with Kalb’s grandmother, and the life lessons she imparted. I’m really glad that this book was included in this month’s box, because family relationships, particularly ones between women, are something that really interests me. Especially because this one sounds so personal, I think it’ll be something I connect with and get a lot out of!

This month’s artwork is something quite fun, and my kind of style! If I had a noticeboard still, it would definitely be pinned up on there. As it is, it’s kind of propped up on my bookshelf along with some cards and other artwork. It reads “When the Earth is cracking behind your feet, and it feels like the whole world is going to swallow you up, you put one foot in front of the other and you keep going”.

Thank you for reading this post and checking out the contents of May’s Feminist Book Box with me! I was really pleased with the contents of this box again, and I will be a bit sad to not be receiving this box next month. How do you feel about subscription boxes? Are they something you enjoy? Do you receive any at the minute?

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