I had this bookish subscription boxes post drafted (but not finished) for a few weeks now but I read Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s post on Bookish Subscription Boxes so I decided to hold off and change my post a bit.
I used to subscribe to a few bookish subscription boxes a few years ago. However, I really think that they aren’t worth it, to me anyway. While I would love to continue subscribing to these boxes, I just don’t think it is practical for me to do so. And here’s why.
I am a very picky reader and a mood reader to boot. Book subscription boxes don’t tell you the actual book they are including in the box. While this is awesome for those who want to be surprised, it’s not practical for me at all. To date, I have only read 1 book from the book subscription box that I subscribed to. And this was ONLY because they shared WHAT the book was before I purchased it.
Owl Crate (1) (2) | Bookly Box* (3)
I even tried different subscription boxes – even romance – and I still didn’t think it was worth the price I paid for the box AND the goodies!
*Note: It looks like Bookly Box has closed.
If only I can pick the book that goes into the box. In fact, I purchased this Warcross box because I KNEW the book was Warcross by Marie Lu from Fan Mail.
Here’s the thing, I don’t really have a lot of space at home so bookish merch isn’t one of the items that I really want to keep. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE bookish merch. I just don’t have space for it!
Book sleeve by Novel Nuzzler | Fan and confections from the Ever After Box* | Resistance Pin from the Ever After Box
*Note: Ever After Box has closed.
There is also some bookish merch that I don’t really care for. While I love looking at pins, I don’t really have a need for them. This goes for magnets and other tiny stuff! Sure, I can use them as props for Bookstagram, but I haven’t really used them!
Candle from Novelly Yours
Candles are another thing, though! I would love to have some, but I also think they are a tad bit pricey! Seriously, these candles were from 3 years ago!
It’s really hard to be an adult because of the things that you have to prioritize. So, monthly subscription boxes are a cost that I can’t really rationalize (although, I really wish I can). While some of them are reasonable, with all the goodies that go in the box, I still can’t commit to subscribing. And as I mentioned above, I don’t really care for some of the bookish merch.
Even if I love making lists about what I want for the Holidays, I’m still hesitant about buying all of them!