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@Avanders Thank you so much for the thoughtful end to a great two years!!! What an awesome package! Total Alice overload! I love it! You have no idea how long I‘ve wanted the Alice pop up book & I cant wait to make some of the treats in the Literary Tea Party book. They sound delicious! I hope everyone enjoyed my book. I‘m excited to read your notes. (Sorry for the delay posting). #sfmbc #thereveal #endofanera

Avanders Yay!!! I‘m glad you like your Alice 👧🏼🐰🕳⏳☕️🧁🎩👸🏻🌱🌸♥️ package! 😁😘😘 Thanks for doing #SFMBC with me - you picked such an interesting book and I had a great time w you these past couple years 😁♥️♥️ 3y
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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While authenticating gazillion documents in preparation for our move and visa processing, husband and I have to breathe for a bit and have some millefeuille pancakes - the chocolate chip kind and grilled banana flavour, and yes, espresso. We will be mainstays of the embassy I suppose. #EndOfAnEra is what my academic friends and I are calling the move of quite a number of colleagues.

vivastory I'll take some, please! 4y
Theaelizabet Yum! And good luck! 4y
CollapsingLibrary Haven‘t seen that cover for An American Marriage before… it might be my favorite! 4y
Redwritinghood I hope the move goes smoothly. And “yay!” for new adventures. (edited) 4y
Chelsea.Poole Those pancakes!!! Ahh, I need some!! 4y
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Well, this happened today. Strikes against #botm

1. 10 days for shipping?!?
2. Bindings and jackets cheap now
3. Poor selection aka books I have little interest in
4. New credit system is too expensive

#byefelicia #endofanera

REPollock I feel the same, and at the same time I‘m heartbroken because I loved BotM for a good while there. It just got too much negative for not enough positive. 4y
Whimsical.Curiosity I recently joined so I'm not really aware of the changes. I will say I hate the jackets and I vaguely remember somewhere they said they send special gifts sometimes and I've yet to see any of those. 4y
Kindredanne I cancelled my membership because I thought it was expensive and the books were such a poor quality. Disappointing. 4y
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Megabooks @REPollock Agreed. I had so much fun doing the BOTM challenge last year, but this year there are some months I don‘t want to bother with any of them. 4y
Megabooks @Whimsical.Curiosity They haven‘t sent special gifts in a long time. They even stopped with the special bookmarks. ☹️ I hope you enjoy it, though. 4y
Megabooks @Kindredanne Yes. I wanted to choose more than one reason for stopping. It‘s just not that good anymore. I‘d rather buy a book a month from my local store. 4y
Kindredanne @Megabooks I agree!! I would rather buy a book from my local store than do BOTM. 4y
Reviewsbylola You go girl!!! Stay strong with me. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Rachbb3 I cancelled this month too. It was my last. 4y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Support group!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
wordslinger42 Yeah, I tried it again after a long absence and ended up cancelling this month for many of the same reasons. I feel like they offer the same genres all the time and don't really branch out 4y
Megabooks @Rachbb3 it‘s just not worth the money anymore. 4y
Melkyl Like @Whimsical.Curiosity I recently joined #BOTM, and I really like it so far. I have loved the books I chose each month. Maybe I am blissfully ignorant of how it used to be 😊 4y
Megabooks @wordslinger42 Yes! It‘s like they‘ve found the lowest common denominator and go there every time. I miss the judges. If you look at the books in 15 and 16, they‘re so much more intellectual than what they‘re choosing now. Even last year was better. 4y
Megabooks @Melwilk I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it. 👍🏻👍🏻 it is a lot of fun to get the bookmail every month. 4y
wordslinger42 @Megabooks I definitely agree! I would rather spend my money at the bookstore or on a better bookish subscription! 4y
emilyhaldi Our #botmchallenge group is falling apart!! I cancelled too 😥 I agree with you completely- they have totally fallen apart. For $15 a book I can just buy from the bookstore or amazon 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4y
Megabooks @emilyhaldi It is sad, but I feel like I barely recognize BOTM. I have limited funds and would just rather get a better looking book from Amazon or my local. Maybe someday their quality will go up and I‘ll rejoin. One can hope. Because it was fun last year! 4y
MoniqueReads305 I brought the yearly subscription but I'm doubtful if I will renew it when I finish up the credits. I haven't read any of the books I have order and can't compare quality. But the back covers are ugly. 4y
keys_on_fire I just ordered a one month subscription (basically a trial) for Uppercase Books. Has anyone tried that? @emilyhaldi @Kindredanne @Rachbb3 @wordslinger42 4y
VeganCleopatra The covers severely went downhill! And while I never loved all their selections, it was better when there were judges. I've never loved BOTM but it is a shell of what it was when I joined. 4y
Whimsical.Curiosity @Melwilk I really do like it. Or the idea of it anyway. I love the book mail part and the fact they don't charge if you skip. My only quam is that I keep skipping and I'd like bookish items too. But I haven't found a subscription that does that yet. I still love getting the picks and looking them up! 4y
Whimsical.Curiosity @Megabooks I do enjoy it, I just wish it could be better. I keep skipping though. 4y
Whimsical.Curiosity @keys_on_fire oooh is it just like botm or different? 4y
keys_on_fire @whimsical.curiosity It‘s a book box. You get one book and then several bookish items. There are several other ones out there, so I just gifted myself one month to see if I like it, and then I‘m gonna try the same thing with a different service. www.uppercasebox.com is what I got for August and then I‘m gonna try www.onceuponabookclub.com (edited) 4y
keys_on_fire Once Upon a Book Club is really intriguing me, because they wrap the gifts and put bookmarks in the book to tell you when to open each gift, so it corresponds to the story. Sounds soooo neat! @Whimsical.Curiosity (edited) 4y
Megabooks @MoniqueReads305 I got a 6 month gift for myself and renewed a single month. The yearly is the only way it‘s a good deal. I hope they improve. The covers are ugly. 4y
Megabooks @keys_on_fire I‘m excited to see what you think! 4y
Joy0201 @keys_on_fire I wasn‘t a fan of Once Upon a Book Club. Cute idea but the bookish items weren‘t really doing it for me. I‘m going to try Uppercase Box 4y
Megabooks @keys_on_fire oooo!!! I‘ve never heard of once upon a book club. That sounds really cool! 😎📚 4y
L_auren The end of an era!! I wonder why they couldn‘t keep up 4y
MoniqueReads305 @keys_on_fire @Megabooks There are very slim pickings when it comes to adult themed book boxes. I'm thinking of trying Page Habit because the books are annotated by the author and they have different genre selections. 4y
8little_paws Yeah i'm canceling when my current membership ends. The physical quality of the books is worse and the books aren't as cerebral as they once were. 4y
8little_paws That said I LOVED 2 2018 picks so far. Small country, and the girl who smiled beads 4y
Megabooks @L_auren I don‘t know. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It is sad. 4y
Megabooks @MoniqueReads305 I got a free month of page habit, but it was a horror book, so I didn‘t read it. It seems like a cool idea though. 4y
Megabooks @8little_paws Yeah, it‘s just not the same. Maybe they‘re funneling all their money to tv ads. 4y
wordslinger42 @keys_on_fire I haven't tried Uppercase before, but I'm thinking of trying Once Upon A Book Club in September if I'm able. I've seen some of the gifts they include on their Instagram & it looks like a high quality box!! Plus, it seems like they choose a wider variety of genres! 4y
keys_on_fire @wordslinger42 Yeah, OUAB allows you to pick either an adult box or a young adult box, where as Uppercase appears to be Ya only 4y
Megabooks This has been such a great thread! Thanks for all the ideas! 4y
rather_be_reading 😢😢😢 4y
MicheleinPhilly Good for you! As soon as I use up all of my credits (I pre-paid for a year) I‘m out too. The only other box I‘ve seen that looks interesting is the Powell‘s box. But they don‘t always have spots open. I like the idea of buying one book a month from a local indie so I think I‘m going to do that. 4y
Megabooks @rather_be_reading I know! It‘s sad. 4y
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Thanks! I almost signed up for the Powell‘s box last time there were openings. I think I‘m going to hold off jumping into another box right away, though. High five for supporting our local bookstores! 4y
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#thatdaywhen you bring in the last load of books that lived at your house all through grad school research 📚#endofanera 💀#buttheywanttolivewithme 😢