This review will show my subscription to be shorter than it has been because I received a month through another website before subscribing here. So, I’ve had two months of two books so far. I’ve been impressed by how quickly the books ship and also how quickly UBM replied when I switched subscriptions. The first month, I received 2 very good quality trade paperbacks, and the next shipment was 2 hardcovers, also very good quality. They’re all things I wouldn’t have picked myself, which for me is the point of this. Yay! That means I didn’t completely adore everything, but I do think the books are all worth my time to investigate, and I’m glad I can use this to expand my selections.
I don’t know what’s up with other reviews that are less than positive, but I think I have some tips for bringing the right mindset to this service. I’ve tried to leave my subject area options open because I imagine the selection process is based on what’s on their shelves, so the more flexible I am, the more likely I’ll get something of good quality. I’m also truly approaching this as a little adventure in reading new things and not as a highly customized service. For me, this works very well to help me explore because I don’t feel as attached to needing to finish the books if I don’t like them, compared to other subscriptions based on new books.
If anything changes, I’ll be sure to update this...
My first delivery lived up to the glowing reviews here, and I’ll continue to sample future ones and update this as needed. I got two mystery/thrillers, and both look to be fun reads! The physical condition of the books is A+. I’ve requested some minor customization of my requests and look forward to seeing how that turns out. I recommend this as an affordable way to surprise yourself or as a gift for a book lover.