Bookly Box Subscription Box Review – October 2016
BooklyBox is a monthly book subscription box that features a monthly book and fun gifts for readers. Apart from great reading material, this box is committed to creating community—they have a subscription-specific social media platform called BooklyBuddy, a podcast, and a one-for-one initiative that donates books to less developed countries.
When you sign up, you’ll pick a genre: literary fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, sci-fi, or young adult.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is of the Young Adult, $29.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: BooklyBox
The Cost: $26.99 a month
The Products: Each box contains a brand new book, reading-friendly items like a bookmark and tea, a report on how your donation is used, and access to the BooklyBuddy platform and podcast.
Ships to: U.S. only
Check out the Book Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add Bookly Box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Inside the BooklyBox is a little drawstring bag filled with all of the month’s goodies.
I really like the commitment this box shows to its one-for-one cause. They create community not only through giving to global areas in need but also through educating their customers about those places. This card explains a bit about where this month’s books are headed—Beitbridge, Zimbabwe.
On the reverse side is this cute infographic that gets into the details and struggles Beitbridge faces.
2 Tazo Tea Bags – Value $0.62
Tea is such a popular item in book boxes lately! I’ve seen lots of tea bags with all kinds of flavors, but I think these two fit my palette the best. Green tea is already my fave, and the addition of vibrant mint and sweet ginger gave this classic flavor a fun new twist.
BooklyBox Bookmark – Value $1.00?
It’s hard to fault a handy little bookmark, especially when it has a great quote on it. Books help us learn about the world in exciting, impactful ways. This quote (which is designed in such a cute way!) is a great reminder of that.
Here’s the other side. Great colors, huh?
3.5″ x 5.5″ Field Notes Notebook – Value $3.32
Field Notes are the new Moleskine in terms of trendy little notebooks. This notebook is small enough to fit comfortably inside a purse or coat pocket. I love a fresh notebook, and this simple little style is convenient, crisp, and versatile.
The pages are unlined, so the possibilities are endless!
Feather Pen in Black – Value $6.49
This pen is so magical! It’s a playful blend of a fanciful quill pen and an office-ready gel pen. The feather is soft, velvety plastic that’s a bit bendy, though not posable. And the point is super fine—it’s the kind of point that makes a gentle scratchy sound against the paper as it writes.
It sounds silly, but this pen is so much FUN to write with! The tip looks almost like a little crystal gem.
The book this month features war, magic, an unlikely hero—all the trappings of a great YA story. The author apparently wrote a related series called Castings, but this standalone can be enjoyed with or without reading the rest of Pamela Freeman’s work. There are lots of fantasy interpretations of heavy topics in the story, from religion to political affiliations, and it’s interesting to see the characters negotiate between conflicting spaces. It being just after election day here in the states, this book felt like a very timely pick. And one that could be helpful for young readers faced with processing big ideological divides.
Book Summary on Amazon:
The old ones will have their revenge.
Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together – until her future goes up in flames.
Ember’s husband-to-be is murdered by a vengeful elemental god, who sees peace as a breach of faith. Set on retribution, she enlists the help of Ash, son of a seer. Together they will pit themselves against elementals of fire and ice in a last attempt to end the conflicts that have scarred their past. They must look to the present, as old furies are waking to violence and are eager to reclaim their people.
Here’s the back cover.
The Verdict: I really enjoyed BooklyBox! Not only is this box filled with cute, high-quality gifts, it’s also committed to doing good in the world. The design is crisp and modern, and everything is packaged neatly inside that cute canvas bag. The one drawback is value since the box items only reached about $20.00 and the cost is $26.99. That’s not counting the bag, but I’m allowing for the $6.00 difference because of the donation they give to a community in need. A donation isn’t an “item”, but I felt just as much value and reward from knowing this box did someone else good as I would having received another little gift for myself.
What do you think of BooklyBox? Do you think the value is fair?