Books

Mr B’s Reading Subscription Box (May)

My May Mr B’s Subscription actually arrived a little while ago, pretty much right at the beginning of the month in fact, but I decided to hold off opening it until I had made a dent in the April read. Now that I’ve almost finished that one, and also because I just couldn’t wait any longer, I went ahead and opened up the May box. Keep reading to find out a little more about it.

This one was just as beautifully packaged as last month…

And the book inside?

TITLE: The Feather Thief

AUTHOR: Kirk Wallace Johnson

PUBLISHED: 2018

GENRE: Non-fiction

*Synopsis taken from Goodreads*

On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London’s Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin’s obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins–some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin’s, Alfred Russel Wallace, who’d risked everything to gather them–and escaped into the darkness.

Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice,Β The Feather ThiefΒ is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

I’m so pleased to receive a non-fiction book this month. As you may already know it is not my go-to genre, but it is one that I’m trying to read more of, so this came just at the right time. Outside of reading, I’m always watching documentaries (true crime in particular), so perhaps that is why I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. It seems as though my reading, as a general rule is an escape into a fictional world. However, that is not to say that I don’t enjoy reading non-fiction, because I really do! I read The Five recently (all about Jack the Ripper’s victims) and I thought it was phenomenal (review to come). That was a gift as well, so I suppose there is a pattern forming isn’t there, I just don’t seem to buy non-fiction books for myself.

Anyway, back to this particular book. When I first read the synopsis I thought ooh this isn’t going to be for me, but the more I think about it, the crime element is actually really intriguing. Overall, I’m in two minds, but I really hope that I like it. It’s probably going to be my next read because I’m trying to read these subscription books within a month of receiving them (wish me luck). I don’t have much more to say at this point because I’m not familiar with the heist in question, or the author. Much like last month I’ll be stepping into the unknown with this one, I can’t wait!

If you fancy checking out Mr B’s for yourself, you can find their website here

Do you get any subscription boxes? What do you think about this one? Do you think The Feather Thief sounds good? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

12 thoughts on “Mr B’s Reading Subscription Box (May)

    1. It’s really unusual isn’t it! I tend to have a love/hate relationship with non fiction so this will be an interesting one. I agree, it’s great to choose, but there is something addictive about a surprise coming through the door every month 😊

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