Until very recently, I had no idea that such a thing as a subscription box existed. Now that I received my first one in the mail today, I’m pretty convinced I need more! I am not much of a shopper. I don’t find myself excited to go shopping or to own a ton of things, but this might be the exception.
Today I received my first ever subscription box from Book Riot. Book Riot is a website for book nerds who like all things bookish. I follow them on Facebook and find myself oogling over their posts often. They have a subscription box that is fairly new (in its 3rd mailing) run through Quarterly Co. The boxes ship every 3 months, they cost $50.00 each, and they are AMAZING!
The box was beautifully packaged. Above are the items that were in the box. The theme for this box was summer reading. You’ll see in the above photo a package of information with a blue envelope. Inside is all sorts of information about the contents of the box. It begins by saying, ” Greetings, readers! Summer is the season for adventures, so we thought it was the perfect time to present you with not one, not two, but three (!) great books to expand your readerly horizons. When Riot readers tell us about the kids of books they are most hesitant to try, they mention romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and young adult more than any other genres or categories. So here’s one of our favorites of each type, recommended by Riot writers, to help you shuffle your reading deck.”
Enclosed were the following items:
1) Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (the YA novel), which also included an original flowchart from the author on her writing process.
2) The Killing Moon (Dreamblood) by N.K. Jemisin (the fantasy novel), which also included a handwritten note from the author on her writing process.
3) A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels (Rules of Scoundrels) by Sarah Maclean (the romance novel), which also included the poster in the above photo about 10 Reasons to Read Romance Novels.
4) Literary Aces Playing Cards by Electric Literature (see closer photograph below)
5) Out of Print Library Card Pouch, which I had actually been eyeing about a month ago.
6) 2 Free Months of Oyster Ebook Subscription
7) An “I Read YA Books” Button
Sadly, I did not receive any of the potential lottery items also listed in the pack, but oh well, maybe next time!
I’m pretty excited to get started on these books. I have honestly never read a romance novel in my whole life. I said this to my husband and he began reading aloud from the middle of the book while I squirmed in my seat and giggled. I’m not sure how that will go, but I’ll give it a shot! I might giggle through the entire thing.
Part of what was so fun about this was waiting for it to arrive. I thought for a few weeks about whether to sign up or not. I take that back — I was thinking about it 3 months ago when they did their last shipment. I found myself going back over and over to look at what had come in that shipment and finally decided to just order the next one. I guess sleeping on it for 3 months and still wanting it means it was worth the try. Knowing this fun box was coming in the mail was so exciting. NOT knowing what exactly would be in it was equally as exciting. And most exciting was actually opening the box to discover the fun inside. I worried that I’d be disappointed or only find a short amount of happiness after opening it, but I think that because it is a box of books that can’t be digested immediately, this excitement will actually last me a while. Maybe even for 3 months until the next one comes!
Have you ever tried a subscription box before? What did you subscribe to? Did it make you happy? Were you disappointed? I’m interested to hear about other good ones out there!