Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box #08
Three months ago I received my very first Book Riot box. I was pretty disappointed and came close to canceling the subscription. You can read that review here. I still haven’t read either of the two books, never used the organizer, and haven’t framed the poster (although I plan to do so soon). Yet, I decided to give them another shot and yesterday I received my second box. Check out what came in the September box and whether I’ve changed my mind about the subscription.
The theme this quarter was campus life and here’s what I got:
- Two books: Skippy Dies: A Novel by Paul Murray and On Beauty by Zadie Smith. Once again, I have not read either book. Book Riot took a big risk this month because both books have been out for a while so it’s likely that many people will have already read them. I may have been the only one in the world to dislike White Teeth but I wanted to give Zadie Smith another chance and it turns out that On Beauty is a 1001 book. So I was pretty pleased about receiving it in the box. Skippy Dies is a book that has gotten good reviews (here’s the Washington Post review) and I’m looking forward to reading it. So overall, I’m very happy with both books. Skippy Dies came with a bonus graffiti-inspired art poster. Had I not read someone else’s tweet about this item, I would have missed it because it was taped to the bottom of the box under the packing materials.
- Custom Books Pennant: meh. This was a felt pennant to “decorate your dorm room (or your office, reading nook, whatever)…” I could take it or leave it. It’s cute with the theme, but not something I’d ever hang up in my office or reading nook (yes, I have a reading nook).
- 3-Pack of original Field Notes Notebooks: These are tiny – barely bigger than my iPhone. They are okay. I will probably use them but they are nothing mind-blowing.
- Read Harder Custom Koozie: Cold Beverage holder with the phrase “read harder” on the front. I drink a lot of ice tea and ice coffee so I’ll probably use this in my office.
- Book Riot Live $20 off coupon. I already bought my tickets so it was meaningless. Anyone else going?
- Bonus: 10 subscribers received a golden ticket for one personalized, signed first edition of Paul Murray’s new book, The Mark and the Void. I wasn’t one of them.
So was it worth it? The subscription costs $50 per box. Searching on Amazon I found comparable Koozies for around $6, Skippy Dies for $14.40, On Beauty for $15.30, and the Field Notes 3-pack for $9.95. The pennant was a custom design created for Book Riot’s box but I found similar custom felt pennants online for about $5.00. Total value comes out to $50.65. The $20 coupon to Book Riot live is nice but you can find that coupon on their site.
Overall, I was much happier with the box this quarter. Outside the books, most of the products weren’t things I would normally buy on my own but unlike last quarter’s box, I will use the products. I did like the books and look forward to reading them. I’ll probably stick around for one more quarter before making my decision about the subscription.
What do you think of this quarter’s box? Would it be worth it to you? If you want to try it for yourself, you can sign up here.
Stay tuned for more subscription reviews. I have signed up for a different service that will ship at the end of this month. It’s cheaper per box, but ships every 6 weeks. I am very excited about this subscription and I look forward to sharing which service I picked in a few weeks.