I didn’t know book subscription boxes were a thing before I joined Bookstagram. Once I became a part of that community, I saw them everywhere. The concept seemed cool, but I couldn’t justify purchasing one as a grad student. I finally caved in October 2017 and purchased my first box. Sadly, I was disappointed. The knickknacks were kind of cool, but I didn’t like the books. I tried again in March 2018 because I was interested in the theme for that upcoming box. To my dismay, I was disappointed again. At that moment, I determined that book boxes are just not for me. So, why are book boxes not for me? Grab a cup of tea, coffee, get comfortable, and let’s discuss.
Reasons Why Book Boxes Are Not For Me
- Disappointed with the books. I purchased my first book box because of theme. I gave away both of the books that came in that box and I’m still trying to get rid of the book that came in the second box.
- Price. I shared the tweet below almost two weeks because book box subscriptions are overpriced. Some of the more popular boxes are overseas and shipping is quiet high. It doesn’t make sense financially because shipping is almost as much as the box itself.
- Swag/goodies are just okay. I can honestly tell you that in the two boxes that I purchased, I haven’t used any of the goodies that were included. I don’t know what to do with buttons. I live in Florida and can’t wear a scarf until December or January. I don’t like chocolate so I have no desire to burn a chocolate scented Harry Potter candle. See? No use for the goodies.
I Wish They Were For Me But…
This past summer, I noticed a few book boxes were curating boxes inspired by a few young adult releases. I felt the urge to buy one for A Reaper at the Gates, but I resisted. It’s a good thing I did. Sometimes, when I see other people unbox a couple of good items from the boxes, it makes me wish that I had given in. But I always come back to my two experiences and remember they’re just not for me. I could put that money towards buying books, bills, food, or other things that interest me.
What about you? Do you subscribe to book boxes? What’s the best item you’ve ever received in your box? Let me know in the comments!