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Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01

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Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01 Box

I’ve been trying out lots of Quarterly boxes, and the latest one I’ve subscribed to is the Book Riot box. I had planned to read the book included before I wrote the review, but that may take me some time, so this review is of the box, but not the book itself.

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).

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 Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01 Letter

Each Quarterly mailing comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items in the box and why they selected them.

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01 Lexicon

Lexicon by Max Barry (hardcover) – Value $25

This book came with a letter from the author, and post-its throughout the book with author’s notes:

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01 Post It

I really like these extra touches, and I’m not sure how to assign a value to them, but I think it will make for a really interesting reading experience!

 Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01 Calendar

Book Lover’s Calendar 2014– Value $13

I’m trying to have fewer things on my desk, but I had someone on my holiday gift list who I knew would love this calendar, so it worked out!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01 Pencils

Make a Point Pencil Set – Value $8

e.e. cummings Notebook – Value $8

In addition to these items, Book Riot included some bonus items from publishers:

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01 Composition

This is an excerpt from the upcoming book “Never Have I Ever” by Katie Heaney. It’s a cute way to do an excerpt, and I’m not sure if all boxes got two, but I guess maybe they wanted you to have one to share?

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR01 Poster

The other bonus item was a poster for “The Geek’s Guide to Dating,” by Eric Smith.

Verdict: We paid $50 for this box and received about $54 worth of items. I think this subscription is less about the value of the items, and more about the inside access Book Riot gives you though. I listed the retail price of Lexicon in the review, but you could buy it for less on Amazon. You definitely can’t get it with author’s notes on Amazon – or anywhere else – so I think that should count for something!

For me there’s also value in getting a great book recommendation every quarter, and my husband and I are both looking forward to reading Lexicon.

What did you think of the first Book Riot subscription box from Quarterly?



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!

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  1. I had such high hopes for this box, and I was disappointed. When Book Riot originally gave a statement about this new Quarterly venture on their website I remember them promising that the contents of the box would exceed $50. I calculated the cost for my review on my Tumblr book site, and it fell way short. Additionally, the products aren’t that inspired! They said the contents would resemble those from their Book Fetish series, but they aren’t the most creative representations of that series.

    I’m so glad I found your review. For me, I was willing to pay the $50 for quality creativity, and I think I’m just left scratching my head at why I paid $50 for this. Don’t mistake me – I love to spend money on book-related stuff, and I regularly purchase Book Fetish-y items (I have, for example, two of those bookish scarves that Book Riot features from Etsy about every other day). These items just…well, really? A notebook and pencils? THAT’S the best you could think of, Book Riot?!

    I’m giving them exactly one more chance (maybe to prove I’m a sucker, I don’t know). But I tentatively and looking forward to #BKR02, and I hope there will be a review on this as well!

  2. I wish I could justify the cost of this subscription, it seems really cool.

  3. A few days ago when I priced out the box I found the pencils for 6, the notebook for 6, and the calendar for 8. So I really didn’t like the value of the box. I’ll stick around because I want to see what happens next quarter….and since I love the actual book riot site. I hope for better next time.

  4. I love books, so I’m going to have to check this one out 🙂

  5. The author’s notes in Lexicon are what made me really happy about this box. At first, I was like “I already have this book on my shelf”, but as soon as I read what was inside, I put my original copy in my swap pile. I also loved the calendar because I needed one!

  6. I was wondering if you subscribed to this one! As a huge “reader” this is my favorite box _of all time_. I too wasn’t concerned so much with the value as with the special touches. Looking forward to their future boxes!

  7. I hadn’t thought of this one before but it may interest me enough to at least subscribe for one or two mailings.

  8. I also subscribed to BookRiot’s Quarterly box. This box is one I don’t really count on dollar value on. I can always get books for cheap and put them on my Kindle. However, the book subscriptions (both Powell’s and Book Riot) I subscribe to for exclusive access to books and limited editions that no one else has. Powell’s book subscriptions all offer first print AND signed by the author limited editions of some really good, upcoming books. I thought the author’s notes on Lexicon was a cool idea. I like seeing that behind the scenes thoughts that author has during certain chapters and scenes. Those things are what makes the book subscriptions stand out from just downloading books from Amazon into my Kindle. I’m certainly looking forward to the next Book Riot box. I hope maybe they put two books in a future shipment instead of one book and a bunch of bonus items.

    • Ooh, I may have to check out Powell’s!

    • Powells is a good subscription. Some famous authors have signed first editions, such as Jonathan Frazen, those books actually have market value. Plus, it’s Powells and like that it supports such a great bookstore.

  9. This looks like a great subscription!

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