I’ve only tried a few book box subscriptions, but determined that they’re not for me. There are a few reasons for this:
- I’m disappointed when I get books I already have. The first book box that I ever got was a Page Habit box, and I LOVE the idea behind this box! It includes an annotated book. What could be better right. When I got my first box, I was so excited. I opened the box … and it was a book I’d already read. Not even just a book I’d already read, but one I was only meh about (it wasn’t bad, but not fantastic either, and not a book I was interested in reading again.). My excitement deflated.
- I’m not all that excited about swag. I know this might make me like a bookish heretic, but I’m generally not crazy about swag. I do love pins and buttons, and I don’t mind bookmarks, but most other swag doesn’t interest me. In fact, I end up just wondering what to do with it and it ends up in a drawer somewhere. Sorry!
- Or the other random book box knickknacks. Actually, I take that back. I like all of these types of things, even the swag. I think it’s adorable and fun, and when I open the box, I ooh and aah over it all. But then … I sort of stare at it and once again wonder what to do with it. Into the drawer it goes.
- Sometimes I get books I’m just not interested in. One of the boxes I got included a “bonus” book, but it was a random adult book that I know I’ll never read. I ended up just donating it somewhere, which was fine I suppose but it sat on my shelf for forever.
Anyway, I decided pretty quickly that book boxes just aren’t my thing. I can’t justify the cost when a lot of the stuff I get ends up being stuff I don’t really want. But I did think the surprise aspect was fun, and I can totally see the appeal. Sometimes I see a box that someone got, and I’m completely jealous and I think about trying them again. Maybe someday … who knows?