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So Many Book Boxes! How do I choose one?

Subscription boxes seem to be everywhere today.  Anything from pet supplies, to beauty products, and even groceries can be ordered through a subscription box.  My favorite kind, however, are the book boxes!  But there is a plethora of them, making it difficult to figure out which one is the best for you.  Here are a few things I considered when looking at them:

  1. Where are they located?  This is important because of shipping costs.  If they are located outside of your country, they may not ship to you and if they do, the shipping cost might be quite high.
  2. What is typically in the box?  Some boxes are just books, others have one book and boookish items such as bookmarks, tote bags, or stickers related to the book. Some are genre-related and some are not.  There are even some boxes that send you several gently used books, but what you get is randomly selected from overstock.
  3. How much will it cost?  And, of course, you should consider the cost.  Is it worth it to you, and is it affordable for you?  Not all of these boxes cost the same, and again shipping prices can affect how much the total cost will be.

I’ve tried out three of these boxes, and enjoyed each of them, but I do have a favorite. 🙂 These three are all YA boxes, since that is my primary interest.  All three are located in the U.S.

Owlcrate http://www.owlcrate.com/howitworks – Owlcrate has a pretty  sophisticated website, with options to purchase one time as a gift, the monthly subscription, and an option to buy a past box, usually at a discount. (This is how I ordered my box.)  Each month there is a different theme.  Each box contains a hard-backed book, and 3-5 other book-related items. Their monthly subscription is $29.99 plus shipping.

I ordered the May 2016 box (steampunk theme) and received:  1)  a hard backed copy of Everland by Wendy Spinale  2) ‘Barrie 1860-1937’ Peter Pan Art Print (Creative Daffodil) 3) Steampunk Nail-Wraps (Espionage Cosmetics) 4) Key Necklace (Crystal Compass) 5) ‘Steamworks’ Metal Accessory (Elope) 6) ‘Clockwork Angel’ Ring (Sparks Emporium) 7) Exclusive Everland Tattoos and Author Letter.

Uppercase https://www.uppercasebox.com/young-adult-books-subscription-box – Uppercase is pretty neat, because their books are usually signed by the author.  They have options for buying one box, as a gift, or a monthly plan.  They also have two options for the monthly plan.  The book exclusive plan comes with a signed hard-back book, and a personal handwritten note.  This plan is $13.99 plus shipping.  The expert plan includes the signed book, handwritten note and 2-3 other bookish things.  This plan is $23 plus shipping.

I ordered this month’s box (October 2016), and recieved: an autographed copy of Nessa in the Night, a bookmark, a sticker, a journal, cassette tape bookmarkers, and the handwritten note.

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Enchanted Book Box – https://enchantedbookbox.cratejoy.com/whats_inside  This is a new book box subscription box.  It launched in September, and I heard about it on Instagram.  As the name suggests, it is a fairy-tale inspired book box, and as soon as I heard that, I knew I had to check it out.  They  have a monthly plan, as well as an option to buy a single month’s box.  Their box contains a hard back book, and 4-5 other bookish items. It sells for $26 plus shipping.

Septemeber’s theme was Snow White, and the box contained: a copy of Stealing Snow, a mirror, mirror tote bag, a necklace, a Snow White sticker, and a Snow White bookmark.  This was my favorite one simply because of the fairy tale theme!

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Hope this helps any who are considering a book box subscription.  If your interests lies in something other than YA, just try typing book box subscription in Google – you’ll get loads of results to check out.  If you already have a subscription, tell me what you like about it in the comments!

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