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Take a leaf from my book and escape into another world with a handy book subscription that delivers a brand-spanking new read to you each month.

I consider myself a book lover, I really do, but the truth is I haven’t picked up a book in years! Yes, I’ve charged up my Kindle, but actually switching it on? That’s a different matter. I’ve got a wish-list on my Amazon account as long as my son’s Christmas list and even when I do go to the library, it’s with the kids and I never have time to pick up a book for myself. Throw in reality TV, binge-watching Netflix and lockdown, and the idea of reading a book just became distant dream. Again!

What I needed was for someone to physically hand me a book they recommended. And then it actually happened!

The Willoughby Book Club is like having your own reading buddy with a never-ending list of recommendations. They offer a book subscription for anyone and everyone, from couples to kids, food lovers to fashionistas.

You basically pick your subscription (crime, contemporary, food and drink, natural history), there’s 15 subscriptions to choose from so you’re covered whatever your reading preferences. And with each new subscription, the company donate a brand-new book to BookAid International. How nice is that?

You can also tell them a little about yourself and the kind of books you like. Then, just wait for them to send out a new read each month. Simple!

So that’s what I did…

I was quite specific about what I liked (female non-fiction, crime thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy novels) and what I didn’t like (definitely no chick-lit or cheesy romance novels).

A few weeks later, my books arrived! It was such a treat to get something in the post during lockdown and I really was excited to see what goodies I’d unwrap. I literally had no idea what I was getting.

Along with a handy bookmark, they sent me The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I’d never heard of either of these authors and a quick read of the book jacket made it clear that these were books that I would never usually pick up. Was this a good thing or bad?

I started reading The End of The Running Club on a Saturday afternoon. It’s a post-apocalyptic thriller about hope, love and endurance and nothing like what I’d usually go for, but by the third chapter I was hooked. Really!

I finished the book within two weeks; All 456 pages! Not bad going for a mum who hasn’t read one in almost six years and I can’t wait to start the next one.

The Willoughby Book Club. Subscriptions starts from £34.99 or check them out in Muddy Indie Store.

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