Book Riot’s third Quarterly subscription box showed up on my doorstep last week, and I’m unpacking it for you today. Imagine Birchbox for books: subscribers receive at least one book and other bookish goodies once a quarter. The cost is $50, and they promise they’ll send you goods worth more than your purchase price.
This quarter’s theme was “shuffle your reading deck,” and it contained way more books than previous shipments. Here’s what my enclosed notes said:
When Riot readers tell us about the kinds of books they are most hesitant to try, they mention romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and young adult more than any other genres or categories. So here’s one of our favorites of each type.
• Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King (young adult).
• The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin (fantasy).
• A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean (romance).
I’m not sure about this. While I love discovering new books, my to-be-read list is already blown up. I have my summer reading list, and my smarty-pants summer syllabus, and those are just my short-term lists!
I’m also tempted to say, categorically, that I don’t read romance, but that sounds a little too much like this … so I’ll just say it’s a genre I don’t spend much time exploring.
I’d love to plow through these picks, and soon, so I can evaluate Book Riot’s recommendations—but I’m not sure that’s how I want to spend my reading hours this month. (Have you read any of these?)
Book Riot promises to include book fetish items in every shipment. This is usually my favorite part. This box included:
• Out of Print library card pouch. This 6×9 canvas pouch is adorable, could be used for anything, and will immediately be used to corral my notebooks and pens that keep hiding in the bottom corner of my giant tote.
(I’m in love with their whole library collection, especially this phone case.)
• Literary Aces playing cards. Way more fun than your usual deck of cards (though just as serviceable) because every face card is illustrated with a literary great. Check out the queens: Flannery O’Connor, Zora Neale Hurston, Virginia Woolf, and Jane Austen.
Just like last time, some subscribers’ boxes contained bonus items, and I was among the lucky ones. I unpacked the YA book The List by Siobhan Vivian, and based on its description, this bonus book is the one I’m most excited about reading from this shipment.
Every box also included a code for two free months of Oyster’s ebook subscription service, which typically costs $9.95 per month. I’m looking forward to trying this out.
The next Quarterly box ships in the third quarter; sign up here by August 28 to reserve yours. (But they’ve been selling them out, so I would sign up soon if you want one.) Peek inside previous Book Riot Quarterly boxes here and here.
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(Quarterly gave me a complimentary box, but before they offered, I’d already signed up with my own cold hard cash. As always, all opinions are my own.)
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