The Bookish Box Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2017
The Bookish Box is a book-inspired subscription box from the online shop, Appraising Pages.
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.
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!
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Every box has a theme. This month’s theme is “Book to Musical”.
All of the items are listed on the back of the card, plus the makers behind the items.
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.
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.
Some pages have quotes from classic books, movies, and some beloved musicals, too.
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.
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.
Here’s the back of the little notebook.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?