Hey all! Today, I thought I’d write up a post about the book subscription boxes I’ve tried and my thoughts on each one. I usually see posts in online Facebook groups asking which ones people have tried and which is their favorite, so I thought that I’d write up a big master list for my blog. I’m arranging them in the order that I tried each box, not in any sort of ranking. I’ll get to that in the end!
Owlcrate was the first book subscription box I ever heard of, so it was only fitting that it was the first one I tried. I actually ordered my first box, the August “Ruthless Royals” box, after seeing unboxings on Instagram. It seemed perfect for me, and while it did kill the surprise that one normally hopes to get in a sub box, it also set the bar quite high for me! Owlcrate is one of the older book subscription boxes out there, so it definitely has things figured out in terms of efficient shipping and high-quality items.
During my early days of bookstagram, Beacon Book Box chose me to be a “box assistant.” Essentially, I was an influencer, with a discount code for myself and my followers. I tried out my first box in September, and while I wasn’t blown away by the contents of the box, I still hold Beacon in a special place in my heart. I tried again in November, and once again, I wasn’t completely thrilled by everything, but let me tell you that their booksleeves are some of my favorites on the market! They’re so cushy and soft! What I like about Beacon is that they really listen to their customers and are always improving their business.
I wasn’t planning on getting two September boxes, but as soon as I read Shelflove Crate’s box description, I knew that my most anticipated book of 2018, Give the Dark my Love, would be in it, and I just had to have it. The box was fun to open up, despite a few items I still haven’t used, but nevertheless, I enjoyed it. I know that there have been some minor controversies and major shipping delays as of late, so keep that in mind if you decide to buy.
I was on the fence about getting this box! The fandoms and book included sounded perfect for me, but shipping to the US is so expensive! I eventually caved and got the November “Beautiful Deceptions” box, which blew me away! The box was full of items and even a few extras, and I felt like I really got my money’s worth. Also, the sprayed edges and exclusive cover for the book were so unique!
I was so excited to be chosen as a Rep for Spearcraft Book Box for the first quarter of 2019! I had heard about their boxes in the past and was really excited to try them for myself. I’ve gotten 2 boxes so far (January and February) and I’ve really enjoyed them. Laura does a good job of making sure we get our money’s worth of products, and the things she includes are quite useful and fun. They also do quarterly and special edition boxes, in addition to a quarterly cat box and a candle box! (My rep code is STARLIGHT10)
I was also chosen to be a rep for Ignite English! This is a more obscure box, but it has a really cool purpose. It’s a box dedicated to literacy and learning, while also containing the usual book box goodies. The January Box, “American Dreams,” contained items that were all themed around Of Mice and Men, which was the book of the month. I really appreciated their attention to detail in curating the box, and I also found the chapter cheat sheet and activity guide to be such a cool addition! While this box might not be for everyone, I think it’s one of the more unique boxes in a market that’s so saturated with similar boxes! (My rep code is STARLIGHT10 if you want to order a box or items from their shop!)
I haven’t gotten a traditional, monthly Faecrate box, so I can’t speak to that, but I have tried their Wicked King Hangover Recovery box! It was literally bursting with items. I really appreciate the Faecrate kept us updated about delays and even added extra items to apologize. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell what was an extra item and what was original to be included! It was all very cohesive and wonderful, and I’m so glad I chose this box over other Wicked King special edition boxes. Now I want to try their monthly boxes too!
That’s it for the boxes I’ve tried! I think that each one brings something unique to the table, and it’s important not to compare boxes, no matter how difficult it is. Some of these boxes have been around for a lot longer and have had more time to learn and grow. There are plenty more boxes out there than the ones I’ve tried, so do your research and pick the one that fits you best!
Follow me on Instagram for book pictures, mini reviews, and more!
Use my code STARLIGHT10 for 10% off your order at Wonderdame Bookmarks
Use my code STARLIGHT10 for 10% off your order at Spearcraft Book Box
Use my code STARLIGHT10 for 10% off your order at Ignite English
Use my code STARLIGHT10 for 10% off your order at The Book Quay
Use my code STARLIGHT10 for 10% off your order at Bracerella
Use my code STARLIGHTREADS20 for 20% off your order at Literary Book Gifts