Book Riot’s new Quarterly subscription box (mentioned here) recently appeared on my doorstop, and today I’m unpacking it for you. Imagine Birchbox for books: subscribers receive 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 selection was Max Barry’s latest novel Lexicon. The book came with a handwritten note from the author.
I didn’t notice this until just now, but there are also handwritten post-it notes from the author tucked throughout the book, explaining his creative process, how the plot evolved, how the first draft compared, and details about character names and locations. These are really cool. (I promise to instagram one when I read it!)
Book Riot also promised to include some book fetish items in every shipment.
This box contained some old-fashioned paper goodness in the form of a small notebook from Obvious State, decorated with a swirly design and an e. e. cummings quote. The Make a Point pencils carry silly sayings like “do the write thing” and “noteworthy.” And the Book Lover’s calendar is packed full of recommendations–across all genres and topics–to swell my to-be-read list. (Today’s pick: The Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan.)
There were also a couple of “bonus items” in the box. The mock composition notebook contained an excerpt from Katie Heaney’s memoir Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, due out January 14. And I would have totally missed the Geek’s Guide to Dating poster–folded neatly in the bottom of the box–if my welcome letter hadn’t mentioned it!
I really enjoyed my first shipment and am looking forward to more.
The next Quarterly box ships in two months, but if you want yours I wouldn’t wait: the first box sold out weeks before the ship date. Sign up here to reserve your #BKR02 box.
(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.)