Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bookworm Box #2

So remember how last month was my first month with The Bookworm Box subscription? If you missed that, you can see what I got in that box HERE. I'll be honest when I tell you I have only read one of the books out that box, and that was a book by Elle Kennedy called The Deal. I absolutely loved that book, so much so that I bought the second one in that series and two others by her. The books alone are what got me to go for a second box because to be honest, the swag was kind of lame. I wasn't sure what to expect with this box, but this is what I got: 

First up, this box came faster than last month. I'm assuming it's because they've changed their shipping vendor, and it's a nice surprise to get my July box in July.
Here are the contents of the box: two signed books, a notepad, a ridiculous key chain, a pen, and a bunch of bookmarks and postcards.

Now, let's talk about author swag.  If it's not something I can actually use, it's a waste of time. What am I going to do with postcards? Bookmarks? I get that. Pens and notepads? Yes, please. Postcards? No. Stupid. If you are an author and are going to do "swag", I highly suggest you visit companies who actually do giveaway items to see the whole world of cool items you can put your information onto. Stop wasting your money on postcards. Seriously.
The books... OK. Well, I have started Kyland, and I'm only 30 pages in and totally hooked. This one shows some real promise. The other one.. about a circus fire eater? I don't know. It's certainly not one I would pick up in a bookstore, but I've been wrong on that end before as well so I'm cautiously optimistic. 
 You'll notice I saved the "keychain" for last. I'm 99% sure this thing is homemade. One, because I own a lettering stamp set similar to the one that was used and two...
it is literally a piece of cardboard cut. No, I'm not kidding. It is actually cut from what I believe to be a moving box, hand stamped, a hole punched and a key ring attached. Now, I love home made things. I really do. I make home made things all of the time, but this is kind of ridiculous. You can't use this. This thing would fall apart within a day of being handled. 

I'm kind of torn, you guys. On one hand, I am enjoying reading these books that otherwise might not land on my radar. On the other, for $48 a month (it went down $4 because they change how they ship), I'm wondering if this is worth it. At least with Lit-Cube, they are getting some pretty awesome swag and it's less per month. Then I think, all of the money I pay for The Bookworm Box is going to charity and then I feel torn. But hell if I'm not excited to get a box in the mail every month! 

Are any of you subscribed to The Bookworm Box? If so, are you enjoying it? Do you know others who are subscribed? What are they thinking? 

4 comments:

Claire said...

oh god I would love a book related subscription. Wonder if we have one in the UK. But yeah postcards a a bit of a waste.

Shann Soiney said...

That is crazy they would even send a keychain like that. The box seems kind of expensive for what you get, but if it's for charity, I can see why you're debating giving it up.

Shann Soiney said...

That is crazy they would even send a keychain like that. The box seems kind of expensive for what you get, but if it's for charity, I can see why you're debating giving it up.

tessacandoit said...

I don't find that subscription appealing to me. Too much money when I can go to the library or the free page of kindle books. I used to belong to book clubs and record clubs and so on and so forth. However it is your choice, my opinion doesn't count LOL! Have fun with it.