Book Lovers Coffee is the featured roaster for the February, 2018 Literary Fiction Apostrophe Box, and let me tell you, if you haven't experienced this coffee, you are truly missing out! Read on to learn more about this coffee company and its owner, Shelly Blakeley.
Book Lovers Coffee came into being in March of 2016 with a goal, according to Shelly, "to roast coffee as ordered and get it to our customer as quickly as possible. We do not hold any stock of roasted coffee and are very serious about freshness!" Shelly even hand-writes the roasting date on the bag so that customers know exactly how fresh their coffee is.
How it all began: "My husband Patrick and I started a coffee company called Lexington Coffee Co in January of 2016. I personally had big dreams of owning a coffee shop and book store but figured that would take years to come to fruition. After becoming part of the #bookstagram community I realized that I could have an online store and work toward making my dreams a reality a little sooner. This summer we plan on opening a coffee shop in the lake village we live in and I of course will be incorporating as many book shelves as i can stuff into one little shop! "
Most Popular roast/blend: "Our top sellers of 2017 are Book Haul which is Vanilla Cinnamon and Butterbeer which is a buttery butterscotch with a hint of magic."
Where Book Lovers Coffee can be found: Book Lovers Coffee pops up in various book subscription boxes and can always be purchased at our online store at www.bookloverscoffee.com
If you're searching for the perfect gift for your coffee-loving bookaholic friend, Book Lovers Coffee is a wonderful choice! Even the packaging evokes a love of literacy via labels that mimic library check-out cards!
Be sure to follow Shelly and her book-and-coffee-loving adventures on Instagram.
First of all, let me express how much I enjoyed this novel! (Immensely, hello!) Not only is it a well-crafted story that highlights the relationship between four siblings as children in 1969, but follows those siblings throughout important life decisions that are made in the wake of the prophecy they each receive from a fortune teller.
From Google Books:
“It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.
Over the years that follow, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies the fortune-teller gave them that day. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them? Golden-boy Simon escapes to San Francisco, searching for love; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel tries to control fate as an army doctor after 9/11; and bookish Varya looks to science for the answers she craves.
A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists is a story about how we live, how we die, and what we do with the time we have.”
The most important element of this novel, for me, is reflection; the time I spent considering the weight of words and how we, as people, often allow ourselves to be influenced by the ideas of outside sources. Did the Gold children make the choices they made based on the fortune teller’s words? Had they never gone to see the Romani woman, would their lives have been significantly different? If the same prophecy had been told by anyone else—say, a family member—would the children have allowed those words to hang about them as a shroud, a force that seemed to dictate what they were destined to do in life.
***SPOILER WARNING: If you do not want elements of the novel to be spoiled, do not read further.***
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January's Apostrophe Box featured Joe Hill's Strange Weather, the newest release from the horror writer. This collection of four short novels debuted at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list.
The four novellas that make up Strange Weather are Snapshot, Loaded, Aloft, and Rain. Each story differs from the next in terms of the point-of-view character, but, as one would expect from a collection of short novels, there are similarities aplenty. Let's chat a bit about the novel, shall we?
Hey, hey! Cheers to a wonderful (albeit cold) Saturday!
We're unveiling something pretty cool: Coffee Roaster Spotlights!
We're so excited about this opportunity to share a bit more with you all about the coffee roasters that we have (and will) feature in previous/upcoming Apostrophe Boxes.
If you're anything like us, you love to learn more about the people behind the products you love, and that's what this series is intended to do: help you learn more. Especially since we strive to source our coffee from small teams of roasters from across the US, it'll be a great opportunity to not only spread the word about their enterprise to Apostrophe Box subscribers, but it'll help spread the word about our love for coffee and books as well-- even to those who don't subscribe. Great, right? Right!
So, be on the lookout for those posts coming soon. In the mean time, be sure to check out Jeremy's discussion of The Collapsing Empire.
Candice & Jeremy
ALERT: Possible Spoilers.
Good day, everyone, and welcome to the first of our Apostrophe Box discussion posts! I’m Jeremy, and I’ll be your captain on our maiden voyage. Now, our first book to go out in the Apostrophe Box was The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. I chose this book for our inaugural run because I love Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and because good science fiction is always full of worthy discussion topics.
As a warning, these posts will include SPOILERS for the books they focus on, but anyone (not just our subscribers!) is free to join in below. We only ask that you keep it as clean and respectful as possible. Thanks, and once again, welcome!
We're excited to announce that in 2018 we'll be doing monthly giveaways for members of our mailing list. As a way of saying THANK YOU, we're looking to give a little back to you.
Winners will be randomly selected from mailing list members, so be sure to join our mailing list if you haven't done so already. You may do so by clicking <<<HERE>>>.
The first giveaway will be held on New Year's Day! Winner(s) will be announced via email and social media.
Good news, Book+Coffee Lovers! WE ARE LIVE!
*insert furious happy dance*
We are excited to announce that we are live and taking orders for a limited number of boxes that will ship just after Christmas in December!
The genre we have chosen for this first box is SciFi- Space Opera from an author with an extensive catalog of novels. The coffee curated for this first box is a delicious medium roast that complements the debut genre well. You'll be excited to receive the additional items we've curated for this box, as well, but it's a surprise!
Grab your box now before they sell out. We have a VERY limited number.
These boxes will make the perfect gift for the military scifi lover in your life.
Edit: Shipping month edited from January to December & genre modified from Military SciFi to Space Opera.
EDIT: This giveaway has CLOSED, but check back often for other giveaways. Be sure to join our mailing list for the monthly mailing list giveaway!
Great news! We're hosting our FIRST GIVEAWAY! And guess what?? It's for COFFEE!
I know you're as excited as we are about this! Click the link below to enter! You have until December 14th to enter, but enter early and take advantage of the daily bonus entry! [That means you can come back here every day and enter again!]
One winner will receive a 12 oz bag of ground Black Rifle Coffee Company coffee, a veteran owned company. US residents only.
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We're getting closer and closer to gathering together all the pieces of the puzzle that we will need to launch Apostrophe Box and open the floor for sales. If you own a small business (or a larger business that stemmed from a small business), you know the feelings of excitement and anxiety that punctuate each stride made toward reaching the final goal of getting this new baby out into the world. It can be just as terrifying as it can be amazing!
One thing that we want to let you all know is that we have started this subscription service so that we can share with you the books that we want to read. We are curating a book list that includes titles that either (or both!) Jeremy and I want to read. [I just realized that I haven't done a proper introduction post and will remedy that soon!] We have an eclectic range of reading interests and what this means is that you, as subscribers, will have the potential to read a variety of titles from many different genres.
While we don't want to spoil the surprise of what exactly will be included in the boxes alongside the monthly book just yet, we will say that there will always be coffee. We are coffee drinkers and coffee lovers and I find great joy in trying new flavors and roasts of coffees from different roasters across the country. We're aiming to share that experience with you. You can help with that, too! If you have friends or family members who are small or micro roasters who would love to get their brand in the hands of new customers, please have them email us at email@example.com. We are searching for vendors as I type this post!
Okay, book lovers. That's all I have for the moment. Go forth and drink coffee and read books!
Happy Saturday vibes to you!