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Book Riot Favorite Beach Reads 2015 Box Review

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Book Riot Favorite Beach Reads 2015 Box Review Box

Book Riot has a new mystery box featuring their favorite beach reads. (This box is still available).

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

Book Riot Favorite Beach Reads 2015 Box Review Items

The Box: Surprise Beach Reads 2015

The Cost: $100

The Products: Start your summer with four secret Riot-approved books and a selection of items from the Book Riot Store. (Does not contain any repeats from Book Riot’s Quarterly or YA Quarterly subscriptions. Total retail value of contents exceeds $100.) Purchase of this box sends one book to a community in need.

Book Riot Favorite Beach Reads 2015 Box Review Letter

The box comes with a letter detailing the bookish items included, and the 4 selected books.

Book Riot Favorite Beach Reads 2015 Box Review Bag

Jane Austen Tote Bag – Value $18

I love this tote! It’s made with sturdy canvas and has an inner pocket too.

Book Riot Favorite Beach Reads 2015 Box Review Socks

Out of Print Banned Books Socks – Value $10

These socks are fun – on one sock the book titles are censored, and on the other sock the titles are visible.

Read More Books Water Bottle – Value $15

This bottle is BPA free and dishwasher safe – works for me!

Book Riot Favorite Beach Reads 2015 Box Review Fishermen

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma – Retail Value $26 (On Amazon for $17.77)

Book summary from Amazon:

In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990’s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.

Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990’s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings.

What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family’s destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture.

With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation’s masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.

Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, and Shannon Waters – Retail Value $14.99 (On Amazon for $10.77)

Book Summary from Amazon:

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons…what’s not to love?!

Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss. Collects Lumberjanes #1-#4.

Book Riot Favorite Beach Reads 2015 Box Review Heatwave

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell – Retail Value $14.99 (On Amazon for $12.30)

Book Summary from Amazon:

London, 1976. In the thick of a record-breaking heatwave, Gretta Riordan’s newly retired husband has cleaned out his bank account and vanished. Now, for the first time in years, Gretta calls her children home : Michael Francis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, whose blighted past has driven a wedge between her and her younger sister; and Aoife, the youngest, whose new life in Manhattan is elaborately arranged to conceal a devastating secret.
In a story that stretches from the Upper West Side to a village on the coast of Ireland, Maggie O’Farrell explores the mysteries that inhere within families, and reveals the fault lines over which we build our lives. Instructions for a Heatwave weaves an unforgettable narrative of a family falling apart and coming together with hard-won, life-changing truths about who they really are.

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier – Retail Value $15 (On Amazon for $12.34)

Book Summary from Amazon:

At age twelve, Kevin Brockmeier is ready to become a different person: not the boy he has always been—the one who cries too easily and laughs too easily, who lives in an otherland of sparkling daydreams and imaginary catastrophes—but someone else altogether.

Over the course of one school year—seventh grade—he sets out in search of himself. Along the way, he happens into his first kiss at a church party, struggles to understand why his old friends tease him at the lunch table, becomes the talk of the entire school thanks to his Halloween costume, and booby-traps his lunch to deter a thief.

With the same deep feeling and oddly dreamlike precision that are the hallmarks of his fiction, the acclaimed novelist now explores the dream of his own past and recovers the person he used to be.

Verdict: Using Amazon sale prices, the total value of this box comes to about $96. I think that’s pretty good for a $100 book box, considering it also came with fast free shipping. (Using full retail prices, the value is about $114). One reason I really like Book Riot boxes, (and put value in their curation), is that they send books I normally wouldn’t come across, and help me get out of my reading comfort zone. In their Best of 2014 box, they included a graphic novel – which I really liked – so I’m happy to see another one in this box.

What do you think of the Book Riot Surprise Beach Reads Box?

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Will someone please post the website link for Duncan’s Bookshelf? Thanks!!

      • Thank you! Oh yes, I have that same problem. 🙂

        • The response time with Duncan’s Bookshelf is amazing. I ordered last night (around 8:00pm) and got shipment information today!

          • I ordered the Mystery Big Grab Box.

          • It is, I ordered the mini horror box May 30th and got my books June 3rd, 3 days later.

  2. If anyone out there like genre fiction, Patrick Rothfuss is doing a Worldbuilders fundraiser (for Heifer International) that includes mystery book boxes for $35, $40, and $45. Not quite a book subscription, but pretty close!

      • I got the Karen Hallion calendar when they did this last year – she mixes up Disney heroines with Doctor Who – so cool!

        • I ordered the $45.00 box.

          • PA Anna and Ake will you let us know what you get? I went on last night and bundle a/b/c/d was still available but I really want more info about the type of books besides “mystery”!

          • I’m traveling throughout the month, but I will be happy to post it if no one else does. It may be a few days late depending when it arrives versus my travel schedule.

          • Ugh!!!! I do not know how I did it, but I forgot a letter in my address. I ran it through the USPS zipcode finder and it corrects it to my address. Does this mean that USPS will still deliver it to the correct address? I looked at the package intercept option and it is expensive although I am guessing I wouldn’t be charged additional shipping since it will be sent to the correct post office. Or should I try redeliver if the package is marked not deliverable and explain it is my address?

            Maybe I will luck out and it will deliver correctly.

          • I hope you get your box! I ordered the $45 box too!

          • I posted under the wrong subthread. I received my tracking number from Duncan’s Bookshelf which had a missing letter in my address. It did arrive today with the correct address.

            I haven’t received information yet about the Worldbuilder fundraiser.

          • I haven’t forgotten this thread! This is the first time I participated in the Worldbuilder Fundraiser. I received an email today and it looks like most shipping will be done in September. Here’s the link on fulfillment status. I will update whenever the books arrive.


  3. Okay, I have to have this now that I saw that tote. And I totally need an extra tote for a book-loving friend. I hope one comes up in the swap. I will have to join swap if it does. Have so many sub things here that I could swap but just haven’t gotten setting that up. Please post below if you know you don’t want your tote!

  4. Thanks for posting this so quickly! It looks like a good assortment of books that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself but would be interested in reading. Now that I know it isn’t romance specific I’m getting it!

  5. I asked Book Riot on Facebook if everyone gets the same books in this box or if there is a variety and they said the books are the same. I was kind of hoping there’d be a variety, since I already have one. I think I’ll just make some purchases for merch in their shop, instead of going for the box. It looks like a great box for people the books are new to, though! 🙂

  6. I am thrilled with Book Riots Summer Reads book box! I love the water bottle, bag and socks for some functional extras. I can’t wait to start reading! Definitely books I would not have found on my own.

  7. I actually just bought Lumberjanes! It’s really good. I can’t wait to read volume 2. 😀

  8. I also received the Summer Reading box from Book Riot and I’m pleased with it. I agree with you, Liz, that I like Book Riot because they lead me to books I know I would not give at look at while I’m in a bookstore. Plus I don’t mind taking a break from my Kindle and holding a physical book in my hands. I look forward to all of the new books from BR for summer reading!

    All of my subscriptions (except Julep) are all book oriented and now seeing book subscriptions pop up is really like being in a candy store for me. I remember when it started with Powells and then Book Riot and suddenly the recent rise in more book subscriptions. I’m checking out Duncan’s Bookshelf for Horror (aside from books, I’m a sucker for a good scary entertainment!). I can also recommend Green Apple’s book of the month club too (called Apple of the Month). They are an indie bookstore in San Francisco. I also subscribe to them and every month they send me a new paperback book in cute packaging with a small note why they recommend it. It’s fun and a lovely little surprise every month.

  9. I got a new book sub called Duncans bookshelf, it’s just books. They have a mystery/thriller box, horror box and sci-fi box. I got the mini horror box for $24.95 and got 6 books! Two hardcover books and 2 paperbacks, one of which was a trilogy, so they sent me the trilogy!

    • How is the Duncan’s bookshelf sub? I’ve been eyeing it but haven’t jumped in yet.

      • I just received my first box, and was so impressed! I’ve been looking for a book sub that’s reasonable and not super inflated prices. Granted the books are older and probably from bargain bins, but I’m still impressed with them. My books are mostly from ’11, one from ’07 and one from ’12. I got two hardcover books, two paperbacks; one of which is a trilogy, so I got all 3. They’re in mint condition and I got the mini horror box which is now sold out and got 6 books for $24.95.

        “The MINI Grab Bag ‘O’ Books – Horror Edition Vol. 1a & 1b are random assortments of 4 horror books. Each MINI Grab Bag ‘O’ Books contains 2 hardcover books and 2 softcover books (or 1 softcover and 1 mass-market paperback trilogy) with a total cover price of at least $82.00.”

        If you go by cover price, my books totaled at right under $100. Even on sale on Amazon they still retail for over $50. I feel I definitely got my money’s worth and want to try the mystery/crime box next.

        • Thanks for your reply! I was able to snag a grab bag for each genre!

    • Will you post the link for Duncan’s Bookshelf? Thank you!

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