Book subscription boxes are everywhere these days aren’t they? It makes it hard to decide which ones, if any, to participate in! We here at Fiction Fare have subscribed to several for a while now, and we thought we would share our thoughts on them to hopefully help you decide if you might want to join!
Uppercase Box – We’ve been subscribed to this one the longest and I even interviewed Lisa Parkin, the owner, back when it first started. What we like about Uppercase Box are the options. You can decide between Expert Box ($23) or Personalized Box ($29).
Each box includes a note from Lisa, as well as a list of the items enclosed. They are all wrapped in a custom bag and mailed via USPS.
Each package includes a new release hardcover – some swag and a few bookish items. Additionally, the book is usually signed or includes a signed bookplate. You also receive a discount code to use at another bookish website.
What makes this one stand out from the others is that each book is tagged with additional content, whether it’s behind the scenes videos or fun blog posts, you’re going to enjoy the posts created for subscribers only. Also it’s the only box that offers a customized version.
I will note, that if you are a regular book buyer, you most likely would want to do the Personalized Box. Lisa will look at your likes and dislikes and tailor the box with a book that fits!
OwlCrate – We’ve been subscribed to this one for a few months now and so far we really like it! Each box has a theme and they do an amazing job of keeping with it. The box itself contains one new YA novel and 3-5 other bookish items. The cost for this one is $29.99 and I would say that you definitely get your money’s worth here!
I think where this one stands out is in the bookish items that are included in each box. So far they have been unique and fun and things that I wouldn’t normally get for myself so that’s always a plus.
If you’re a regular purchaser of books, this one may be worth the investment for the extras but the books are all recent new releases so you may not find any value in having it delivered this way.
Book Riot Quarterly Box – This one is a little different. It’s hosted by Book Riot and it’s only done once a quarter. The cost is $50 plus shipping, but if you consider this is only once every three months, the price really isn’t that bad. The boxes we’ve received have include 3 books and some bookish items.
This one I’m a little on the fence about… I liked the first box … it included some books that were definitely new to me, and some cute bookish items. The second box was a bit disappointing, there were three books, two of which I own and a clip on book light and a stack of note cards. I’m going to give this one more try to see how the next box looks to see if I end up continuing it.
I will say this about all the boxes… it’s always fun to see what shows up in the mail and that is half the fun. If you purchase books on a regular basis, these boxes may not be the best bet for you. I have found that I get a lot of books that I already have, which doesn’t pose a problem for me since we do a ton of giveaways here. I can see these boxes being a fun thing for a reader who doesn’t necessarily go out and purchase tons of new releases. Plus there are the fun extra bookish goodies which I love!
So now that we reviewed them and showed you a few different examples, we’re going to be giving a couple of these away! (See bonus for you that we get extras!) We’ve saved some of the boxes we’ve received and are going to send one to you!
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