Unboxing | Books That Matter: “Hot Book Summer” | August 2021

Another Books That Matter book box arrived on my doorstep a few days ago, and I’m very excited to share what was inside with you!

The theme for this month was “Hot Book Summer“, and we had four great items to help celebrate the summer months. I enjoyed 3/4 of the items -and I’ll talk about why in a minute…

So, what did we get in the box?

  • Fabric face mask
  • Bloom & Blossom foot spray
  • Issue 3 of Aila magazine
  • Organic Cotton Mini Mesh Grocery Bag by Westford Mill
  • Collectable Bookmark
  • Issue 5 of BTM newsletter
  • And the book – His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

The Items

Okay so let’s talk about the items to start with! I personally loved most of these. I think the foot spray is a really great summer item. It smells really nice and is a very lovely revitalising spray. I’ve heard of Bloom & Blossom before so it’s nice to have a small brand inside this box.

I have always wanted one of these mesh grocery bags! BTM promotes reusable items, and this would be a great item to take on a book shop outing.

And the third item I loved – Aila magazine! I said in my last blog post that I really enjoyed it when BTM adds in a little extra reading material, and even though it’s not a two book special it feels like one. I haven’t read the magazine cover to cover yet, but having a flick through suggests it promotes a lot of self-care, stories, and feminist articles.

However, I was a little disappointed with yet another face mask! We’ve had one in these boxes before, and they’re not the comfiest things to wear. Also, they are not medical grade and have no room for a filter, so even though they are technically a face mask, they won’t protect you/others as much as another type of face mask.

Moving on, though, we have the newsletter and bookmark. I think this is my favourite bookmark so far, the clear letters are very eye-catching and it’s one I’ll definitely use!

The Book

His Only Wife: Amazon.co.uk: Medie, Peace Adzo: 9781616209155: Books

Afi Tekple is a young seamstress living in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother. Afi’s future doesn’t seem to hold much excitement. Until, that is, she is offered a life-changing opportunity – a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo.

She barely knows Elikem, but that seems a small price to pay for a marriage that could offer her family financial security, as well as the key to the glitzy city lifestyle she’s always wanted. But when Afi arrives in Accra, she realises that her fairy-tale ending might not be all that she’d hoped for. Now she must balance the often conflicting roles of wife, daughter, niece and sister-in-law, without losing sight of herself.

Bursting with warmth and humour, His Only Wife is a witty, smart and moving comedy-of-manners about the search for independence, and the rules that might have to be broken along the way. – Summary via Waterstones

Once I’ve read this book, I will be posting a review on here, but it seems like a thoroughly fascinating read. I love reading books from other countries and cultures, and can’t wait to read this one. Something I really love about BTM is that they often choose a book I may otherwise have missed – being a lover of crime and YA rather than contemporary – so it’s a chance for me to read something outside my comfort zone and a little bit different.

Would you have wanted to receive this book box – or did you buy it yourself? What did you think of the items? Let me know in the comments below!

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