Coffee and a Classic is a monthly book subscription box that not only gives you a classic book (with three categories to choose from), but also a coffee, tea or hot chocolate to go with it. Each box has one book and every item inside is curated to go along with it! You can go here to check out my November 'Into Thin Air' box or here to check out my September 'Lizzie Borden' box!
December's Classic Fiction Standard Box: 'And Then There Were None'
The book for the classic fiction box is "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. This is a Barnes & Noble collector's edition of some of Christie's best mystery stories:
"A collection of three classic crime novels by Agatha Christie, the undisputed Queen of Mystery. In And There Were None, the bestselling mystery of all time, ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion of the Devon coast where, over dinner, a recorded message accuses each of them of harboring a guilty secret. And then night after night, one by one, another of them is found dead. The Leonides, at the center of Crooked House, are one big happy family living in a sprawling ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection. Suspicions naturally fall on the old man's young wife, fifty years his junior. But sometimes the best-reasoned suspicions overlook the clues. Endless Night is the story of penniless Michael Rogers, who discovers the beautiful house at Gypsy's Acre and heiress Ellie, a dream come true. But he ignores an old woman's warning of an ancient curse, and soon evil begins to stir in paradise--- for, as Michael discovers,Gypsy's Acre is a place where fatal 'accidents' happen. "
The standard box is like a deluxe box, it came with: the book of the genre I chose (classic fiction), a nice sized pouch of tea, a snack, a mug, two bookish items and a bookmark.
TEA: Earl Grey Moonlight Tea from Adagio Teas
I haven't tried this one, yet, but when I read the book, I will review the tea! And this tea is the reason this review is so late - - - when I received my box, it was missing the tea, I emailed the company a couple of days later, then finally, a month later, they emailed me back and sent out a package of the tea. I applaud that they did send me a replacement, but a month to even acknowledge my email??
MUG: 11oz Stoneware Bookish Mug
I liked that the mug had all the characters from 'And Then There Were None,' but on closer inspection, I noticed a chip in the mug. I understand that this can happen with boxes being shipped, but this chip is noticeably a chip that happened during the making of the mug, not shipping. So, I am disappointed that CaaC allowed a chipped mug to be sent out.
SNACK: Magnifying Glass Macaroon from Suga Suga, Portland, ME
No, you're not seeing the picture wrong. When I opened my box, the macaroon was completely crushed. I can overlook an eatable treat being crushed in a subscription box, but when I tasted it, I changed my mind - - - there is a handmade bar of soap included in this box (keep scrolling to see it); the small box it was held in has a hole on the back so that customers can see and smell the soap, but having the macaroon in the box during shipment, it completely absorbed the smell of the soap and that made it taste just like soap. Complete disappointment.
BOOKMARK: Handmade Elastic Bookmark Band
I've never used an elastic band bookmark before because a lot of the books I read are pretty thick. I did love the charms of the letter and hatchet on it, but right after I took this picture, and removed the bookmark from the book, it broke! Soon after that, the charms fell off... I would repair it, but the small notch holding everything together literally broke. This was just a very cheaply made bookmark.
BOOKISH ITEM 1: Cool Spring Scrub Cold Process Soap Bar
I was excited to get a handmade bar of soap in this box because I am one of those people that love to get handmade soaps and toiletries, plus the bar is gorgeous! Yet, the scent is 'cool spring,' not 'Storm' as the box would suggest. I felt misled by that because the soap smells just like Irish Spring. That was disappointing for the fact I have smelled other things that are labeled 'Storm,' and my hopes had gotten too high to be let down by a more expensive version of Irish Spring.
BOOKISH ITEM 2: 'Ten Little Soldiers' Natural Black Slate Coaster
This was probably the most well-made item in the entire box (see all of the above), and I love the designs on it because it nearly matches the design inside the cover of the Christie book.
This was my fourth and final box from Coffee and a Classic. I ended my subscription because there was just so much wrong with this box, and you have to pay more for the classic fiction box, so I expected more from it. For $50, the box could have been much better. Their non-fiction box is the box I recommend because I was never dissatisfied with its quality or the contents. I never received broken items in that one, plus it's cheaper than this box.