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The Bookish Box Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2017

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The Bookish Box is a book-inspired subscription box from the online shop, Appraising Pages.

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Unlike other book boxes, this one doesn’t come with a book. Instead, it’s filled with non-book items aimed at literature lovers. Items include a t-shirt, bookmarks, and other goodies for those who like to read.

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 Women’s Sized, $29.99 a month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: The Bookish Box

The Cost: $29.99 plus shipping (Shipping to PA was $4.50)

COUPON: Use code HELLO to get 15% off on any subscription!

The Products: Every month you’ll receive a shirt by Appraising Pages Shop and 3-5 feminine home, beauty, and fashion items

Ships to: U.S. and Worldwide!

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Every box has a theme. This month’s theme is “Book to Musical”.

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All of the items are listed on the back of the card, plus the makers behind the items.

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Hamilton T-Shirt – Value $20.00?

This box always includes a graphic tee that fits the box’s theme. This month, the tee captures a lyric from the song My Shot from the amazing musical Hamilton. The shirt is comfy and has lots of stretch to it. I love that the words are dotted by little stars—in the classy navy script, the stars nod to the musical’s Americana vibe. My only concern is that the skinnier lettering is kinda hard to read!

I couldn’t find this exact shirt online, so I linked to another one of Appraising Pages’ tees.

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Bookish Notes 2017 – Value $2.00?

This is an exclusive item that’s not on the Appraising Pages site. It’s kind of a notebook-meets-calendar-meets-reading-list.

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Some pages have quotes from classic books, movies, and some beloved musicals, too.

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I love the watercolor designs on the pages. I do worry that the pages have a glossy, almost magazine-ish shiny finish since it limits the kind of pens you can use.

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The pages are square—about the size of a CD case. I wish there was more space on each page, especially the ones with prompts or quotes taking up room already.

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Here’s the back of the little notebook.

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7 “Currently Reading” Stickers – Value $1.00?

These stickers could be used in the above notebook or in your planner to document your reading habits through the year. They’re on the shiny side, so you’ll need a good permanent marker to write on them.

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Wicked Diva Bath Bomb – Value $6.50

Wow! This might be the most glittery bath bomb I’ve ever seen! The name, I believe, is a nod to Wicked.

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This bomb was made by Michael Kelly Co.—looking at the Etsy site, the bomb contains good-for-your-skin ingredients like Epsom salt and avocado oil. It has a sweet, fruity smell about it, too, though I can’t put my finger on what the scent is. Note that this bomb will leave plenty of glittery goodness on your skin!

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Rise Up Hamilton Earrings – Value 5?

These earrings are handmade by Tanglewood Lane Crafts. Unfortunately, the shop was taking a break when I checked it, so the value is an estimate based on prices listed on their Instagram page.

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They’re made with polymer clay and studs that have been glued to the back. The effect is somewhere between an understated gemstone and a finished piece of golden-brown wood. There’s a very subtle metallic quality to them, which I like. But for being Hamilton earrings, they don’t really scream Hamilton to me. Sometimes I like more understated homages to fandoms I enjoy, but these feel so generic that I have a hard time getting excited over them.

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Les Miserables Bookmark – Value $8.00

I love the rainbow ombre of this LexyOlivia bookmark. Les Mis is one of my favorite musicals, so I was happy to see it represented here!

Verdict: I was a little let down by this month’s Bookish Box. The musical-themed items were on the generic side—I wish they would’ve represented the musicals they were mirroring in more specific ways. And while I think it’s very cute, I don’t know how practical the little booklet might be given the smaller page space. If I stick to just listing what books I’ve read, though, it should be fine. This box had an estimated $42.50 of value inside. It’s worth its $29.99 price tag, so long as you’re not looking for specific, hardcore fan finds!

Do you like this Bookish Box?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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15 Comments

  1. I am sooo glad I am not the only one disappointed in this box. I was so excited, this was a huge let down.

  2. My first box from this subscription and definitely my last. Worst subscription box I have ever bought and I get a ton of them! The only decent thing is the shirt- but the earrings- Hamilton earrings? How so????? And that weird book thing. Pointless. So small. Also what’s up with the stickers. I can’t imagine what people who did the subscription without the shirt thought. It’s just a bunch of cheap, non musical items. I cancelled the moment I received this box!

    • Please give them another chance. This was not a strong month. There are better examples of her curation.

  3. I was also disappointed with this month. The theme had such potential. LOTS of potential. And it really just missed the mark by a long shot. There is no way you can look at the items and come to the conclusion “musical” without being told to.

  4. My earrings are a flat matte solid black. Very plain!

  5. This has been the first box I have been really disappointed in. I’d like to try their new book option but think I’ll wait and see a few reviews on those before I decide. Love that they did finally add a shirt only option.

    • I did forget to add that I loved the bath bomb. I came out very glittery. 🙂 My earrings are garnet. Doesn’t appear to be any swirl to them.

  6. This was my first box and was ho-hum. I did love the shirt. It’s so soft and I don’t mind that it isn’t an in your face representation. I sold the bath bomb on eBay but only because I don’t use bath bombs. I thought it was gorgeous. The notebook was cool but I doubt I’ll actually use it. I like the earrings but won’t be able to wear them because I can’t wear surgical steal. I looked them up on Etsy and you can get a set of 4 for $5. I skipped next month’s box and so far have ordered 2 of the stand alone boxes they have coming out. I may end up going with that and cancelling the subscription. But I will give it a few months before I decide.

  7. Pretty underwhelming box. Nothing standout at all and the shirt..meh. I’ve been interested in this box but that has been waning each time the next review comes out.

  8. If anyone has the Hamilton shirt in an XS or S and wants to swap, let me know! 🙂

  9. This was my first box. I subscribed as soon as I saw the Hamilton spoiler. I was really disappointed in all the items, especially the Hamilton ones.

    The shirt’s lettering makes it almost illegible. It took me forever, and this is with having listened to the CDs practically everyday since I got them, is “The plan is to fan this spark into a flame”. Your photo shows the lettering a lot clearer than my actual shirt does, but maybe,it’s because I have a plus sized shirt and so the lettering git wonky? Like a stretched out tattoo…?

    The earrings were a huge miss. The only way those are Hamilton related is if you keep them with the ” packaging”. They’re swirled balls (mine were black with white swirls). Nothing about those whispers Hamilton. The iconic silhouette. A word. Initials. (A.Ham. (you know A for Ham) for instance). The flag. Something…

    I typically give subs 3 boxes before I cancel but this is making me feel like I should cancel. I feel like someone is laughing at me as I give them my money.

    • I thought the earrings were supposed to be bullets. Like the ones used in the duel.

      • Hmm… I could see that if they were all round solid black spheres but it looks like people got a variety of colors. Unless, buckshot comes in swirls and browns and reds… Seriously, I am no buckshot expert.

    • Even as generic as the earrings are, how are they worth less than a bent paper bookmark? Or more to the point, how is that bookmark worth $8?

      • I didn’t even notice that. With some boxes I give a little leeway and don’t sweat the value if the creation is awesome. So, I ususally first ask myself – did you love this box? If I loved it +or loved some stuff and could easily regift other stuff) then I am typically happy.

        If it’s just OK; then I sweat the value.

        But, if it is really bad then I almost don’t even care what the supposed value is because I don’t want the items and can’t easily regift them.

        While there was nothing horribly wrong with the items they didn’t come close, in my opinion, of doing homage to these musicals (sad, when they are ripe with such great imagery and lyrics) so I didn’t even consider that the items had inflated values.

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