book box subscription review

The Saturday Evening Girls Club – Once Upon a Book Club box review – July 2017

The Once Upon a Book Club box is different than any other book subscription box out there. (At least that I’m aware of. Tell me if I’m wrong.)

It includes a new release book, along with a few wrapped gifts labeled with page numbers. You open each gift as you come to the listed page so you’re fully immersed in the book.

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Another neat thing about Once Upon a Book Club box is that they encourage interaction through discussion questions. (Discussions are held on their website, I believe.)

They have both Young Adult and Adult box options.

Here is what the July Adult box contained!

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Box: Once Upon a Book Club

Cost: $34.99, plus shipping (shipping to North Carolina was $8.50. You can find discount codes through their posts on Instagram. Their current coupon is SEP10. As of September 2017.)

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Information booklet with discussion questions (left) and quote card (right)

(There are no listed price values for each item, so I had to do some searching and guessing.)

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The book: The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey – Value $10.78 on Amazon.

Read my review for this book here.

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Yellow turban-style hat – Value $9.99? (Similar item HERE.)

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Small wooden spoon – Value $3? (I can’t find any similar item. Most wooden spoons are sold in packs.)

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Wind chime/door chime – Value $3.78? (Similar item HERE.)

This item is kind of confusing to me… The book is based in the early 1900’s and I don’t feel like the style or make fits the time period at all.

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Note from character in book – Value $0

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Yellow traveling purse – Value $10? (I can’t find a similar item so had to guess.)

 


 

The Verdict: The idea behind this box is absolute genius. I know it must take a lot of time to put together each box. Choosing the books, choosing the items that will be included, finding the items themselves, wrapping each one. It must take forever! I love the idea of experiencing books while reading them. I love that.

So with that in mind, I really don’t want to seem grouchy about this box. I really don’t. But this is the second Once Upon a Book Club box I have received and I have highly disliked both books included. (This was the first one and again, these are my thoughts on the book included in this box.)

The idea is amazing, but I just can’t get on board (and stay a subscriber) if the books are shoddy. (At least in my humble opinion.)

I also feel like the items in the box are really cheap quality. I won’t wear the turban hat, I don’t know if the spoon can be washed in the dishwasher (it should have been specified…), the chime is so cheap-looking, the note is essentially useless, and I might use the purse (although it might not hold up well).

Again, I don’t want to be grumpy. Nobody likes a complainer. But that’s how I feel.

If there is a company that does this same service with more sought-after books and items that I don’t want to immediately throw in the trash, count me in.

Also, if you receive this box yourself and love it, that’s wonderful! I am so glad. 

My rough estimation for the value of the box is $37.55. This also doesn’t excite me, since the cost out of my pocket (with shipping) was $43.49.

 

Note: This box was paid for by me. Nothing free, unfortunately. So my opinions are definitely my own.

 

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3 thoughts on “The Saturday Evening Girls Club – Once Upon a Book Club box review – July 2017

  1. Love, love, love book boxes! The surprise and thrill! They’re expensive though, so it’s truly disappointing if it’s not worth every penny……

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