Unpacking more bookish fun with Quarterly’s Book Riot #BKR02

Unpacking more bookish fun with Quarterly’s Book Riot #BKR02

Book Riot’s second Quarterly subscription box just arrived, and I’m unpacking it for you. 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 shipment contained more books than I expected–definitely not a bad thing!


• Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley, a novella about a traveling bookman set in 1917.

• Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto. This sounds like the book version of judging other people by their bookshelves.

• The packing notes said that some lucky subscribers received a “bonus book”: an advanced copy of one of five forthcoming releases. I was among the lucky ones, and found an ARC of The Vacationers: A Novel, by Emma Straub (due out May 29) in my box.

I should have been thrilled, but instead I ‘m disappointed at my near miss: I didn’t get a copy of Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage, due out May 6, which was also on the list, and is on my list of the books I can’t wait to read in 2014. Now I’m crossing my fingers that I adore The Vacationers.

• The box also included a flash drive that held a Short Story Thursday Digital Dispatch from Jacob Tomsky. I plugged it in to my laptop to watch a short video about how SST began and download two short stories. I can already tell that these are not to my taste, but I love the concept.



Book Riot also promised to include some book fetish items in every shipment. This box included:

• Book Darts, which look like a better alternative to the neon post-it flags I use for this purpose.
• Banned book mug. Enough said, right? I have enough mugs, but I’ll find a place for this in my cabinet. 
• Yay! Books! magnet. I want my kids to grow up in a house where this is what adorns our fridge.


One more bonus:


I’ll find a home for this publisher’s poster somewhere, preferably somewhere where my kids can see it.

The next Quarterly box ships in the third quarter, but since they’ve been selling them out I’d sign up now. Sign up here to reserve your #BKR03 box.

P.S. Peek inside the first Book Riot Quarterly box here. And for more bookish fun, go download this L. M. Montgomery collection while it’s FREE for Kindle.

Reminder! The next Twitterature link-up will be Saturday, March 15. Get your posts ready!

(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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  1. Teresa says:

    Got my box the other day! I am soooo jealous you got a little “extra”! I definitely loved this one better than the first. It is such a fun treat to have the box arrive! I have already made it about half way through the Chris Morley book and am really enjoying it! I use all the fun stuff to convert those that I live with as I am the only book lover in the house!

  2. This is so cool! I’m definitely going to look into this for myself!
    Also, those darts are genius… I have probably read thousands of pages a second time trying to remember where I left off from one reading to the next!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Breanne says:

    You almost got Delancey?! I would be disappointed too, I just re-read A Homemade Life and I’m eagerly awaiting Delancey. =)
    Those book darts are super classy and I love the tin.

  4. Janet Worthy says:

    I can never thank you enough for introducing me to Book Riot … I got my first box yesterday and my evening was overun with joy:) I was one of the fortunate to receive “Delancey” in my shipment and I started reading before I even unpacked my mug or opened my tin of book darts! I am such a “book nerd” and my youngest daughter is a High School English teacher and is coming home tonight for a long Spring Break weekend and she is going to be so jealous of my goodies! And probably confiscate a few on her way back home on Sunday:) THANK YOU … THANK YOU … THANK YOU!!!

  5. Ana says:

    thanks for the heads up on the LM Montgomery! I didn’t even realize there was an anthology for $1.99 (though free is that much better).

  6. Ginger says:

    Thanks for showing us what was in your Book Riot box. It’s fun to see all the goodies!

    I just got mine in the mail today. In fact, I saw your post before the Mr. UPS rang my doorbell, so I had a feeling it was coming.

    My bonus book could not be more perfect — The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go, about an English mountaineer who dies attempting to summit Mount Everest and leaves his estate to a former lover. After my Touching the Void MMD matchmake, this is the perfect follow up read!

  7. Christy says:

    After reading your review last quarter, I ordered a box for this quarter. I was a little sad that none of my books were signed like the one you talked about from the previous box, but I’m excited about the books included in my box. I’ve been wanting book darts for some time now, and the mug is so fun! I also was one of the “lucky ones” and got The Steady Running of the Hour as my bonus book. It looks pretty good!
    I’m so glad I saw your initial review and signed up 🙂

  8. Betsy says:

    I’m so glad to know about Book Riot. I hadn’t heard of them before. (I’m new to your blog. I was introduced through your In My Bookbag post at Everyday Reading.)

    I’m also very, very thankful for the heads up on the free L.M. Montgomery anthology. It’s already been downloaded! Thank you.

  9. Hannah says:

    I’m wondering if the “Read Every-Where” poster behind your books in the picture is a print you bought. Would love to have that in my home! Thanks for all the great posts!

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