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Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR02

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR02 First Look

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!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR02 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 Quarterly reviews!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR02 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 #BKR02 Books

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley – Value $10

Judging a Book by Its Lover – Value $14.99

The author Lauren Leto also included a “How to Fake it Like You’ve Read It” guide exclusive for Quarterly subscribers.


There was also a fold out poster included in this box.

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR02 Read Harder

Book Darts – Value $5

These little book marks are a great way to mark a section of a page without doing any damage!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR02 Mug

Banned Books Mug – Value $12

My kitchen cabinet is already jam packed with mugs, so I think this is going to a book-loving friend!

Book Riot Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BKR02 Yay

Yay! Books! Magnet – Value $3.50

Short Story Thursdays USB Drive

You can sign up for free Short Story Thursdays here, and every Thursday a classic short story will appear in your inbox, both in .doc and .pdf format for your smartphone or tablet, along with an introduction to the selection written by Jacob Tomsky. This USB drive includes past stories!

Verdict: I think this box is great for any true book lover. The value is a little harder to establish with this box since it’s more about the curation and exclusive content. The only thing that I was a little disappointed with in the box is that judging from Instagram a lot of subscribers got an additional bonus book with their box, like The Vacationers, or The Steady Running of the Hour. I love that they were able to give subscribers advance copies of books, and I’m super jealous that I didn’t get one in my box. I hope in the future they include these perks for everyone and not just some subscribers – it’s definitely subscriber torture if you have one of the lacking boxes!

Do you subscribe to Book Riot? What did you think of their second mailing?

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!

Posted in Book Riot Subscription Box Reviews, Book Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews| 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. Is there a way to set a preference to what type of books you like when you order? I would like to order because I love books, but I don’t want to get books in genres I don’t really read. I just want to make sure before I order. Thank you! 🙂

    • Not for this subscription – everyone gets the same box. This subscription might be a better fit for you:

      Hope that helps!

  2. Liz,
    I laughed when I read the portion of your review about being disappointed you didn’t get the extra promotional book. That’s exactly what I wrote on my review that they sent me! I don’t want to sound greedy, but why would you tell the subscribers that they may or may not receive a bonus book, especially to people who love books? (I didn’t receive one.) Every person that didn’t get one wants to know “Why not me?” I suggested that they put a sticker on the extra book saying it’s a free bonus that was given to a random sample of subscribers versus printing it in the main booklet. I’m on the fence about this subscription. The next box will decide it!

    • They even show the bonus book on the picture on their Quarterly page of what was in the most recent mailing – so they really want to make us feel like we missed out! 🙂

  3. I much prefer Powell’s Indiespensibles, which I have subscribed to since the beginning. Every 6 weeks you get a signed first edition beautifully bound, from an independent publisher (hence the “indie”), and usually a treat or mug or other goodie. It’s $39.95 per shipment, arrives quickly, and more often than not the book becomes a best seller.
    However, I am coveting that mug. and I also love the magnet…yay books!

    • That one sounds great too! Maybe I’ll just have to sign up for both 😉

  4. I subscribe to this box, and I’m generally pleased with the value (I valued this one at $54). I think the non-book items in this box were much improved from the non-book items in the first box. The books in both of the boxes are not ones that I’d pick out for myself, but I think that’s part of what makes this special.

    I reviewed this box on my blog, and one of the things that is holding some potential subscribers back is not knowing what genre of books will be received. Someone from Book Riot commented that they are considering an option for subscribers to choose a genre for their box.

  5. Also, someone recommended the book subscription Indiespensible by Powell’s books and I love that one too! It’s more elegant and high-brow in curation compared to the fun, trendy BookRiot box, so they complement each other IMO. You get 1-2 books (with the primary one announced ahead of time and sometimes signed!) and a couple other goodies. The books are what I call “library builders” because they have been beautiful hard-bound, slip-covered editions. Highly recommended!

  6. I loved the box and it’s one of my favorites (I’m a huge reader). The two books were awesome and I got an advanced copy of The Vacationers that I haven’t read yet. It’s definitely a box for serious readers, who are passionate about books. In their follow-up survey, I did give feedback that the value was a little low, so maybe they will work on that aspect. BookRiot released a teaser for #3 on their site recently. Five random subscribers will get a Kobo Arc Tablet, so that’s pretty cool!

  7. Aww I would have loved that mug! And now I can look into this Short Story Thursdays too. 🙂

    I wish they made a box like this for ereaders. Even if it was an “all digital” goodies box. We buy from StoryBundle and Humble Bundle when they run ebook specials, but getting a non-genre fiction pack would be great.

  8. I got my box about 3 weeks ago and wasn’t very impressed. It was my first and last I will be getting. I did receive an extra book called Gemini. The other books I wasn’t into and the only thing I’ll be using is the mug. I don’t think it was worth $50. Oh well

  9. I had posted on their FB page about the value, as far as I could tell, being around $48 because I saw the USB being just being like a marketing freebie, but they said that the USB was worth $10, so I guess that makes the monetary value OK, but yes, this box really is all about the curation.

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