I just discovered the existence of book subscription boxes a few months ago. And I love the idea. I mean, send me ALL THE BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES. I think they’re so much fun.
It varies by company, but usually each month’s box contains a book, as well as other treats to fit that month’s theme, like wearables, gifts, housewares, and snacks.
I’ve decided to try out most of the boxes and see which I like most.
So… this is what came in the June 2017 LitCube box!
Cost: $34.95, free shipping (Which is awesome: there are additional shipping charges for almost all other book boxes I am aware of.)
Every month’s box fits a particular theme. This month’s theme was “Modern Cinderella.”
(There are no listed price values for each item, so I had to do some searching and guessing.)
(My thoughts on the book will be below in “The Verdict.”)
Princess slipper trinket box – Value $5?
This is cute, but I can tell the quality isn’t high. Still, so cute!
The Glass Slipper bubble salt from TwoWildHares – Value $6.75 (You can purchase this exact item from the TwoWildHares Etsy shop here!)
This is by far my favorite item in the box. I love bath items like this and this smells heavenly.
Stretchy “Have courage and be kind” book mark/planner keeper – Value $2?
I don’t personally like stretchy book marks because they bend my books. And I don’t like how this one is knotted instead of stitched together at the end. The knot just makes it seem cheap. I love the quote from the new Disney “Cinderella” movie, though!
Rock candy sucker – Value .50?
I always love a good sweet when I’m reading so this was exciting to receive. It literally tasted like nothing to me, though?? Sad, I know.
The Verdict: I love retellings of old classics, especially Disney movies. So the fact that the entire box was based on Cinderella was really exciting to me. I loved the general “feeling” of the box and how cute it was: all blue and white. So cute. I also loved the bath salts!
However, while LitCube doesn’t claim to be a YA-only book subscription, I thought the choice of sending out a New Adult, 18+ book was a bold choice. I can imagine that I’m not the only subscriber who is a little disappointed by the book choice. I will certainly be trying the book because I paid for it, dang it. But still. Also, while I loved the bath salts, I really don’t think this box lived up to its $34.95 value at all. By my estimation (since they don’t have the value for each item listed on the card), these items are worth about $26.75… As a subscriber: Ouch.
While opening a new book box is always so much fun, this one just didn’t leave me super happy.
Note: This box was paid for by me. Nothing free, unfortunately. So my opinions are definitely my own.