Back in January, I wrote a post to review and discuss the contents of Book Riot’s first subscription box. (You can check out that post here to see that review and to get a bit of background on subscription boxes.) Based on the comments on that post, the general consensus seemed to be: “This is a cool idea, but I don’t know if that stuff is worth $50.” Let’s take a look at the items that just arrived today in Book Riot’s second box, and see if we think I’m getting my money’s worth.
Let’s take a closer look at the individual items:
Last month I received one hardcover. This month, I got two paperbacks: Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley (“weird classic tale of adventure on a traveling bookstore”) and Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto: (“A hilarious send-up of—and inspired homage to—the passionate and peculiar world of book culture.”) OK, so I haven’t heard of either of these, but I can get on board with a book-themed book.
Value per Amazon:
Parnassus on Wheels: $9.00
Judging a Book By Its Lover: $13.36
Next up is a cute Yay! Books! magnet ($2.00 estimate) and a tin of book darts ($6.70). I’ve never seen book darts before, and it’s the kind of thing that I’d never think to buy for myself, but I think they’re a great idea. This tin contains 30 darts made of a flexible, metallic material. They clip onto your pages and can replace Post-Its and those little paper flags (or, God forbid, dog-ears and highlighting) for noting particular passages. The bottom of the tin is magnetic to help keep the darts from flying around when you open it. When I’m reading for review purposes, and I want to note a particular passage, I either take a photo of it or I stop to write it down. I think I’m going to like the book dart method better.
I don’t drink coffee, so I don’t have much use for a coffee mug, but even I can appreciate this Banned Books mug ($12.95)! In fact, I think I’m going to display it on my bookshelf. The USB drive contains a video from Jacob Tomsky introducing Short Story Thursdays. You can sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a short story that Jacob will e-mail each Thursday. I’m going to sign up right now! There are two short stories on the drive as well, and I’ll value it at $5.00.
And finally, we have this poster ($5.00 estimate). I’m not sure what, if anything, I’ll do with this. I have numerous prints I need to get framed before I can hang them, and I’ll need to get to those first.
Based on actual prices and a couple of estimates, I value this box at $54.00. Of course, there’s also the value of the excitement of opening the box (which was dimmed a bit, because I couldn’t stop myself from looking at Twitter to see the spoilers.) I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of this box, since I know a lot of you weren’t that enthusiastic about the last box. I can definitely say that the non-book items were much better this time. I obviously can’t give an opinion on the books yet, and I still have not read Lexicon, the book that came in the last box. This box made made me happy enough to want to continue my subscription, and I hope I can make some time to start reading the books!
You can see my review of the first Book Riot box here.
Now, let me hear from you! Do you think I got my money’s worth? What do you think of the concept of subscription boxes? Do you subscribe to any? And how do you think this compares to the last box?