It’s that time again! Time to discuss the contents of the latest Book Riot subscription box! For those of you unfamiliar with subscription boxes, you can check out my reviews of the earlier boxes here and here. In short, subscribers pay $50 for each of these boxes which are mailed four times per year, and the contents of the box are a mystery until you open it. (People outside the U.S. can subscribe too, but there is a hefty shipping fee added on.) You take a bit of a gamble and hope that you like the contents and that the value exceeds what you paid.
Here’s what I received in the most recent box:
First up is a paperback of Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, along with this cute flow chart she created on her writing process. I would have been more excited about this if I didn’t already own the hardcover! I read Reality Boy last year, and I immediately bought every other book that she has written. (I still haven’t read any of them yet!)
Next up is a paperback The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin, along with a note from the author. I haven’t heard of this before, but there are some great reviews on Goodreads, and a sprinkling of my GR friends have this on their TBR.
The last book is A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah McLean. This is a puzzling selection for a couple of reasons. For one, this is the first time Book Riot has included a mass market paperback in their box. For another, this is the first time they’ve included this type of romance. My initial thought was that I would immediately send this to my Grandma, because she loves these books. But then I saw over 10,000 ratings on GR (even though it was published only two years ago), and more than 20 of my GR friends have reviewed or added it. I might just have to check this out.
Book Riot always includes some non-book items in their box, and this is what they added this time:
First we have this cute canvas pouch by Out of Print Clothing. It’s not lined, unfortunately, so I probably won’t use it for a makeup bag. But I’ll find some use for it! The other item is a book-themed set of cards by Electric Literature. I can’t think of the last time I’ve played cards, but these will be nice to have on hand. The final item is a code to get a 2 month subscription to Oyster Books, the ebook-lending site. Have any of you tried it? I took a peek at the site. I didn’t see any new releases, and that’s the main reason I’d want to use it. But hey, free is free, right? The subscription is typically $9.95/month, but they do offer a free month trial.
Now, let’s talk about cost versus value. I’ve looked up the book prices on Amazon and the other items on their individual sites:
Please Ignore Very Dietz: $9
The Killing Moon: $6
A Rogue by Any Other Name: $7
Oyster Membership: $19.90
Total: $64 plus the value of the flow chart and the letter. I suppose that value will vary based on how much a reader enjoys both authors.
In my other Book Riot reviews, the general consensus was that $50 is too much to pay for an unknown product, and most people didn’t think the items were to their liking enough to justify purchasing. I’m curious to hear what you all think about this box.
Also, I’d like to let you know that Book Riot is about to launch another subscription box, this one for $30. Of course, I could not stop myself from signing up. There isn’t a lot of information on the link I just provided to sign up, but Book Riot provides more information here. It sounds like this box will include only one book, and it will be a new release, and the selections will be primarily fiction. Book Riot also says:
Each book will come with a letter describing why we love the book, written by one of our contributors. And each month, we’ll write and record a bunch of original content about the book, including a dedicated podcast where Book Riot contributors and other bookish folk will talk about each month’s pick. The written content will be different from title to title, but it will include a range of material, from author interviews, to live chats, to further reading ideas, to….whatever we think will make reading the book more fun and exciting.
I’ll give this a shot, because I love surprises and also because this is a great way to pick up books I wouldn’t otherwise consider.
One final note: If anyone in the U.S. would like that romance poster, just shoot me an email, and I’ll send it to you. Do note that it was delivered folded with a noticeable crease.