Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books, here different topics will be discussed.
This weeks topic is ‘Subscription boxes’, which I suggested haha! Now let’s hope I can actually say something about it!
I honestly think subscription boxes are such a nice idea! I love that you get a new popular book and some fandom articles. And that is the my whole thing with it, I love the idea, but I haven’t really loved the boxes that I’ve got?!
My first problem, which is not necessarily the boxes fault, is that most of them are located in the US. Which means shipping to Europe is ridiculously expensive, often more expensive then the actual box price?! But of course, I can see the reasons for that! But this does mean that I have not tried out many different boxes since I don’t have that amount of money to spent on subscription boxes haha!
And I think my second problem, which is a personal problem, is with the bookish items. I so often just do not care for them.. I love getting candles! I like getting book sleeves. But I think that is about it.. I don’t really care for the coffee and tea.. I love drinking tea, but the once I’ve gotten are often wayyy too sweet for me. And then you have the pillow cases, which I really like the looks off, but I just don’t know what to do with them.
So in this case, it is just cheaper to buy the book myself haha! Although then of course you don’t get to exclusive editions.. Dilemma’s Dilemma’s.
I’ve gotten one Owlcrate box, I loved the book (Ace of shades), but honestly didn’t care much for any of the other products?! I think there was coffee (which I’ve never tried haha) and a pillow case which was twice as big as my normal pillow?! So, to me, it was not worth my money haha (but again, shipping was riculous, so if that would have been less I would reconsider)!
I also got a couple of Fairyloot boxes, who are based in the UK, so way more affordable to me! I absolutely loved the first box that I got, it contained The last namsara, which is one of my favourite series, and I don’t know if I would have picked it up otherwise! It also contained a candle and tea, which I both loved! Then the second box had Everless, and a Funko pop, which of course I loved! And I think from there on it went a bit downhill from me. I think the main problem was that they included quite some books that I just did not enjoy and would never have picked up on my own.
Some of my favourite books that I’ve gotten from subscription boxes: Ace of shades, Shadow of the fox, The last namsara, Sorcery of thorns!
Some that I really didn’t like: Heart of thorns, Grace and fury, Fire&Heist and State of sorrow.
So basically what I’m trying to say is that I really love subscription boxes, especially if you get some gorgeous special edition. But if the special edition is not that special, and I’m often not liking the other items, I’m not sure they are worth it for me. I do love that they now offer matching special editions for sequels. It would be such a bummer, if the sequel doesn’t match ahah!
I do want to try out Fairyloot again once I’m back home, I just love unboxing them! And I feel like recently they have included some books that I really liked! Also have you seen the special editions they over for the City of brass trilogy!! They are gorgeous! I need them, even though I haven’t read them yet!
Another subscription box that I would love to try, but can’t, is BOTM! I love the idea of their service. They select 5 books, and you can select one for a cheaper price then that you would normally get it. And you can add on more books, if you can’t choose, or skip a month if you don’t like any! In this way you spend less on the book, and it is a book you want!
But they don’t ship to Europe.. And again probably would be expensive!
I was afraid I would not have much to say.. And then randomly wrote this in 10 minutes.. I hope it makes sense haha!