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Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR03

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Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review Augsut

Book Riot by Quarterly is a seasonal subscription box made for book lovers. If you are obsessed with books and love getting exclusive access to authors, I recommend this box!

I started this subscription from MSA reader recommendations, an I’m really enjoying it.

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR03 Items

The Subscription Box: Book Riot by Quarterly

The Cost: $50 a box (ships every quarter)

The Products: Books and book-related items selected by Book Riot

Ships to: US, (Canada extra $20 fee, International extra $30 fee).

Check out all of my Book Riot Quarterly Box reviews!

FYI if you are interested in this specific box it is on sale for $35!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR03 Letter

Each Quarterly Box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included and why each was selected. This month the theme is centered around book genres Riot Readers are most hesitant to try: Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Young Adult. Book Riot selected one of their favorite books in each genre to “help you shuffle your reading deck.”

I’m never hesitant about reading YA, but the rest applies to me, so I like this theme a lot!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR03 Book

Please Ignore Vera Dietz – Retail Value $10

This YA novel is new to me, and it gets amazing reviews on Amazon, so I can’t wait to read it. And as added bonus for Book Riot subscribers, it also comes with an original “Write the damn book” flow chart from the author!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR03 Moon

The Killing Moon – Retail Value $15, on sale at Amazon for $6

This book is their recommendation for Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and it comes with a hand written letter from the author!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR03 Romance

A Rogue by Any Other Name – Retail Value $8

This book also came with a poster that gives 10 reasons to read Romance. I’m willing to give this Book Riot approved one a try!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR03 Cards

Oyster 2 Month Membership -Value $20 (requires credit card)

Literary Aces Playing Cards – Value $10

I just downloaded the Oyster app on my iPad and I’m already obsessed. I’ve been trying out Kindle Unlimited too, but since Oyster has different publishers it’s a great way to get lots of boxes at a fixed monthly cost. And there are lots of cookbooks on Oyster too! (If you want to try out Oyster this link will get you $15 credit).

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR03 YA

Out of Print Library Card Pouch – Value $12

I read YA Button – Value $.50?

This pouch is adorable – it’s one of my favorite book related items from Book Riot yet!

Verdict: I paid $50 for this box and received about $75 retail value worth of items. (Less if you don’t count the Oyster membership, and just the sale price of books). I think this is a great subscription for an avid book lover, or someone like myself who is getting more and more into books with each box. I love the subscriber exclusive content they include too. My only issue with this subscription is that for the past two boxes now they have given bonus material to random subscribers and I have yet to win this lottery. (With this box about 25% of subscribers got a bonus item).

What did you think of the third Book Riot subscription box? Did you like the books? (Did you get a bonus item?!)

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I just got this box through quarterly’s BOQ $25 sale, and I’m really pleased with it. The books all do look interesting, and the pouch is adorable and sturdy. Thanks for the suggestion to put my kindle in it Jennifer O! My kindle case broke and that sounds like a great solution.

    I’m hoping oyster will let me use the two month gift sub after I use the initial credit from Liz. I get so busy that I feel like I need a little extra time to figure out whether it will have books on it that I really want to read (that I also can’t get for free from my library).

    Thanks for these reviews, I love the book sub idea!

  2. As an avid reader who consistently reads 6 – 8 books per month, I would have hated this box. I think this is not for me.

  3. Kindle Unlimited is SUPERB!!! I could care less about Sci-Fi or Sci-Fi romance.
    Give me traditional literature genres as these are what most people buy and they are also what Kindle Unlimited DELIVERS!!!
    I can see how it might not attract people who aren’t mainstream genre book readers. Amazon is putting great quality fiction on Kindle Unlimited, but you won’t find any new releases for free.. they sell those, of course.. IDK a thing about Oyster’s services but am going to try to find out.

  4. I may have to get this for my best friend for Christmas.she loves books. So I know she would appreciate it

  5. N.K. Jemisin is a bit divisive. I like her work but I also know some people who don’t. I have had that particular book sitting on my shelf for awhile now. I just wish there was more time in the day so I could actually get to it.

    Kindle Unlimited is bad for science fiction and fantasy unless you want to read a bunch of self-published stuff (I don’t). I understand it may be better for other genres. I get enough books free from publishers that I can barely keep up, though. I don’t need to be adding more to the pile!

  6. I got a bonus book “The List” by Siobhan Vivian, which was a little too teen for me, but decent, cute. I did not like the romance novel, but I don’t generally like romance anyway. I gave it a shot, in the spirit of the box. I’m halfway through “The Killing Moon” and while I like speculative fiction, this one is odd and I’m not connecting with it yet. Have not started “Please Ignore…” yet. So, while none of the books were winners like the books in #1 and #2, I still enjoyed the premise of the box and am happy with it overall. Looking forward to #4! (I just wish that they had more than 1 “bonus” item this time. They have a spoiler and its a cool item, but why just one? Maybe there will be some bonus books too. Advanced copies of books are a dime a dozen, so should be easy to throw in a few of those too.)

    The pouch I keep my Kindle in now. I *love* it. Best item ever.

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