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LitCube Book Subscription Box Review – May 2015

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LitCube Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Items

LitCube is a new book and reading inspired subscription box. I think book subscriptions are my favorite new subscription category, so I had to sign up for this one!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process postto learn more about how we review boxes).

The Subscription Box: LitCube

The Cost: $29.98

The Products: Hand-picked books with high quality literary themed products

Ships to: US

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Info

Each box comes with a card detailing the items include. This month’s theme is Insta-Love-YA.

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Book

The Summer After You + Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski – Retail Value $9.99 (On Amazon for $9.18)

Book summary from Amazon:

For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn’t just the perfect summer escape, it’s home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can’t help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.

Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy’s summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

This book gets pretty good reviews on Amazon and some mixed reviews on Good Reads – so I’m at least interested! Adding it to my to-be-read list!

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Bag

BlueQ Cross Body Bag – Value $12 (On Sale for $4)

On the card they list that this crossbody bag is great for carrying a kindle or small book. I think the retro design is cute, but it isn’t a very practical item for me (I go everywhere with a giant purse), so this will be gifted or swapped.

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Candle

Frostbeard Old Books Candle – (2 oz) Value $5?

(Frostbeard doesn’t sell their two-ounce candles individually, so I’m estimating the product price). I’ve actually been eyeing the Frostbeard candles for a while, so I’m excited to finally try one! This isn’t exactly what I was expecting for an “old books” scent – but I like it. Also, I noticed that all the Harry Potter reference candles seem to have been renamed on their etsy shop to very generic wizard candle names – I’m guessing they got a little too popular!

Love Letters Tricky Notebook – Value $4

While I don’t need any more notebooks for a while (thanks subscription boxes) but this one is too cute!

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Pen

Metallic Gel Smens by Scentco – Value $2?

This is a scented pen (the vents on the sides make it smell like grape). It’s something I would have loved in elementary school (who didn’t love smelling those scented markers?) but it’s a little distracting for me now!

LitCube Book Subscription Box Review - May 2015 Red Dawn

Daughter of the Red Dawn Promo Card

This card is a promo card letting subscribers know they can download Daughter of the Red Dawn for free on Amazon and through other retailers. (It’s free for everyone – there is no code needed).

Verdict: This box has a value of about $33 – not bad for a book box. (If you count the sale price of the cross body bag it is less though). I’m not sure what to make of this subscription just yet. It seems like the theme applies to the book selection and not all the items, but that doesn’t bother me.

I personally find the value in book subscription boxes based on the curation – I’m willing to pay a little more for a book if I know I’m getting an awesome read selected by an expert. We’ll see if I like this book and some of the other books in upcoming boxes – then I’ll make my call on if this subscription is for me!

What do you think of LitCube? (Also worth mentioning – this box isn’t YA only, just this month was themed for YA).

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!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Liz, would you add this to the list of boxes? I can’t find it. Thanks!

  2. This looks like a fun sub box. I see the next month’s theme is “SteamPunk Funk”. The items selected are the kind I would had enjoyed when I was younger especially a scented gel pen.

  3. I’m going to keep an eye on this one. I love to read but am a little picky about my books, but I LOVE that they send fun, book-y stuff with the book!

  4. I received the first one, as I was a donor on KickStarter, and it was great! But, I wouldn’t have been very happy with this one. I may get next month’s, as I like the theme much better, and have higher hopes for it.

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