There’s some immensely fun about watching unboxings, isn’t there? It’s like unwrapping a surprise birthday gift, except book boxes come monthly and it’s like every month is your birthday. Except, like birthday presents, someone buys you something you don’t want like (I can’t say socks because I like funny socks) LIKE PLAIN SOCKS. WHY. Sometimes you get a book box from a fandom you’ve never read a book for and have no intention of reading and you could feel like you’ve wasted your money.
But I suppose that is the risk everyone takes when they buy a monthly subscription box, you can get hints but they’re never going to tell you everything that comes in it. But I think half the fun is the surprise and I guess the gamble of liking it. I really do hope I like it. Always. So thanks to Bookstagram I’ve found myself unable to stop myself from trying out some of these boxes. I should start saying the boxes I’ve tried so far are all from fairly big companies, I’m trying The Bookish Box in April, so it’ll be nice to see how larger and smaller companies fair with my own eyes.
November 2018 Owlcrate
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natash Ngan. Signed.
- An Ember in the Ashes inspired pillow Case
- Harry Potter sticker
- Phoenix badge
- Wishing Bracelet
- Wax letter seal kit.
- Skull planter
Owlcrate is considered the best of all the book boxes in most people’s opinion and so it was naturally the first box I went for. It’s quite pricey due to shipping if you’re not from US. Owlcrate makes a name for itself with its exclusive covers.
I personally didn’t love this box. The book was awesome (but I could have got that easily on Amazon with a different cover), the letter kit was neat but I honestly didn’t love much else about this. box There were bits of added art you can see in the picture but most boxes have this.
December 2018 Shelflove
- Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene
- Rhysand 3D plush
- Genya’s Face Mask
- Night Circus Poster
- Bookish ornament
- Belle’s inspired mug.
Second up is Shelflove, it sold me on it’s exclusive plush item, which was honestly awesome. It came with a Rhysand plush, the design was cute. The box also came with a wonderfully designed mug that changes colour when hot too.
This was also the from the US too, but I loved the items so this box was worth it to me! Although other people I know didn’t like it as much. ( I guess it shows it really is opinion based!)
January 2019 Fairyloot
- Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye. Signed. With sprayed edges ooo.
- Raven Boy’s inspired pillow case. Double sided art ooo.
- Lord of the Rings inspired Woodmark
- 2 ACOTAR tarot cards (Fairyloot collectables)
- Six of Crows inspired Hairband.
- The Infernal Devices inspired candle.
- Lunar Chronicles Hot Chocolate
So this box was from the UK, great for me and it was packed with loads of little goodies and a nice pillowcase. The pillowcase was good quality (better than Owlcrate’s November item) and I loved the whimsical quote. I also loved the Woodmark, its like the worlds most sturdy bookmark that also doesn’t easily slip out a book and doesn’t get lost in the book. REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY RIGHT HERE. I also enjoyed the book! I also liked the added little bookmark of this month’s art and the art for Circle of Shadows. I personally wasn’t a fan of the other knickknacks. I don’t need food in my book boxes that is what supermarkets are for. I buy you for pretty books and book merch that is not edible. Don’t eat your books people.
February 2019 Illumicrate
- Exclusive cover of The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan. Signed and blue spray edges ooo
- GoPaF inspired chopsticks.
- V.E. Schwab quote pouch.
- DoSaB bookmark collection
- Dragon tin case.
- Strange the Dreamer Umbrella
There were also sneak peaks to upcoming books, The Red Scrolls of Magic and The Binding, but I’m calling those extras. All in all this box had a lot going on. The umbrella is pretty although I personally hate umbrellas because they brake and I’m great at losing them. This beautiful umbrella will break my heart on a windy day. I bought this for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone art and I was pretty happy with this, but not mind blown.
So all in all I think it is pretty impossible to love everything that comes from one box. A lot of people sell certain items from boxes, but everyone has a different opinion and that is what it comes down to. The boxes I’ve tried are some of the mostly highly rated. Owlcrate’s November box seems pretty weak compared to the others in my opinion but I also got their January box as a late purchase as they had a few extra left because I loved the look of the items. If you want to see past boxes check out their websites. Some of book box companies occasionally have extra boxes from previous months that you can buy. So you can see all and have no surprises. I think the best boxes are probably the ones they do to one dedicated fandom but they are few and far between, usually only when an up and coming book in a series is coming out.
( I was too late to join the Kingdom of Ash bandwagon. This will be a regret I take to death with me!)
Hope you guys found this interesting! Let me know your thoughts on book boxes, do you buy them? What’s your favourite?