I threatened that I would in an earlier blog post, but I actually followed through and got my hand on the YA bookmail box from Book Riot.
This box is sold by Bookriot, one of my favourite places for bookish news.
There was no theme to this box—except that it was YA.
The box costs $60, and there is no shipping fee-not even for international customers. Bookriot also promises that the contents of the box always will exceed the $60 you’ve paid.
Furthermore, this box is not a subscription box, and it is not monthly. To get your hands on one, you should sign up for the newsletter and wait patiently until it becomes available.
There’s also other boxes available.
So… What did I get?
An incredibly sturdy totebag with a quote from “The Walls Aroound Us”. The floral print is pretty and there’s even a small mini pocket inside for keys or other small things.
– I am generally not a big fan of totebags. I don’t use them. And when they’re pretty, I can’t bear to wear them down. I also don’t know the book where the quote is from.
Some bookish buttons from boygirlparty. With pins on the bag, I suppose they could match the totebag.
-they’re cute, though.
A scented reading nook candle from Off The Page.
– Honestly, my candle collection is starting to. Grow at a concerning rate. I don’t even like candles… (I’m afraid of fire).
“If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo + signed book plate.
This book sounds good, and I am sorta hoping that Book Riot’s hint that the cover model is transgender means something to the book.
– Also, is it bad that it took me this long to realize that the book plates are supposed to go inside the book?
“The New Guy (And Other Senior Distractions)” by Amy Spalding + signed bookmark.
– This book also sounds good, although I’m guessing it’s a lighter read than the other book.
I am absolutely sure that the contents are worth more than the $60 I paid. It’s clear to see that the totebag is made of good material, and that it can hold quite a weight.
With that said, the books was my favorite thing about the box. I like that there were two books, and that they both seems like summer reads.
However, I am sorta meh about the bookish goods. Two of the items are something I doubt I’ll use, and I don’t recognise the quote.
To further add to it, Book Riot doesn’t factor international taxes into their calculations at check out, which means that I had to pay an additional $39 where around $24 of them could have been avoided if there had been factored taxes into the total price. (Danish VAT is at 25%)
So, for almost $100, I don’t think the contents are worth the total cost. At least not for me.
Perhaps if the VAT was charged at checkout I’d be more inclined to keep ordering this box, but as it is now… It just isn’t worth it.
But I definitely don’t regret buying the box.