This past month I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try out a few subscription boxes. Those of you who know me well enough, know I generally do not spend money on book boxes. So after much deliberation, I selected Blue Spider’s Attic and Bookcase Club. This review is of the May boxes.
Blue Spider’s Attic Box
This subscription box immediately caught my eye with the promise of “The Magic of a Used Bookstore Delivered“. You can easily subscribe or choose to purchase a one time gift that varies in price depending on how much you opt to receive. But the real beauty of Blue Spider’s Attic Box lies within the fact that they deliver second-hand books, offering a more nostalgic experience.
I selected a one time gift box that included three books, tea (naturally) and bookish accessories. My total was $21.99. This month’s theme was Steampunk. Here is what I received (mind my lack of photography skills):
- 3 Used Books (based on my selected preference of sci-fi, horror and fantasy):
Bloodstone by David Gemmell
Guardian by John Saul
Orphan’s Destiny by Robert Buettner
- A Wonderland Postcard
- 3 samples of tea (Twinings and Good Earth)
- A bookmark with a Treasure Island quote
- The Coggler (a vial of an essential oil blend)
- A scent locket for your essential oil with two pads
- A lovely skeleton key
- And a faux mustache (not pictured because my son discovered it and now it is conveniently missing 😉 )
Totally worth it! At 21.99 and wrapped in some of the most beautiful packaging I have seen, this box was a ton of fun. I had a picture of the initial opening, but unfortunately a slight mishap occurred. While I was a bit disappointed to receive a books that were not the 1st in a series, I adore that idea of a company that is finding a new home for used books! For my selected genres, I felt this was on the mark. I will be visiting Blue Spider’s Attic again. Recommending to any one who enjoy used books and coffee or tea. Check them out here.
Bookcase.Club delivers a selection of handpicked books to your door based upon your chosen theme. They currently offer 8 themes to choose from and subscriptions that range from month to month up to up to a full year. I opted for Bookcase.Club because the pricing is very reasonable. My chosen theme was Strange Worlds (2 sci-fi/fantasy novels). My total with shipping was $14.99 for month. Here is what I received:
My Final Thoughts:
Maybe it is worth it. If you enjoy receiving random titles, then sure. The books arrived in pristine condition. But it is worth mentioning that the two books I received did include remainder marks. I do not recall any information in the subscription process that they would. So if you are a collector, skip this one. Otherwise, it is not a bad deal. You can find more information here.
Do you subscribe to book boxes? If so, which ones do you recommend? I would love to hear your thoughts!