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The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review – June 2015

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The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Box

The Bookish Box is a newish book-inspired subscription box from Appraising Pages.

The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review - June 2015 First Look

Each month they send you an exclusive tee from Appraising Pages, and some other bookish goodies.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Wrap

I took a few more unboxing pictures than usual since this is my first box – I love the tissue paper!

The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Items

The Subscription Box: The Bookish Box by Appraising Pages

The Cost: $29.99 plus shipping (Shipping to PA was $4.50)

The Products: Every month you’ll receive a shirt by Appraising Pages Shop and  3-5 feminine home, beauty, and fashion items.

Ships to: US and Worldwide!

The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Info

Each box comes with a card detailing the brands and items included.

The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Tee

Twilight Tee – Value $27.50

Each month will include an exclusive tee design from Appraising Pages just for The Bookish Box subscribers. I like the fit and fabric weight of this tee (100% preshrunk cotton). I went with the women’s fitted tee sizing, but they also have unisex tee sizing.

(And am I the only person who hasn’t read the Twilight series yet?)

The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Postcard

Smashtat Temporary Tattoos – Value $5

Ursula Uriarte Alice in Wonderland Postcard – Value $1?

SmashTat tattoos seem to be popular in book subscription boxes lately! The Giving Tree is one of my favorite childhood books, so I was happy to see it represented in this box!

The Bookish Box Subscription Box Review - June 2015 candle

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

Living Books Nook Trelawney’s Terrible Tea Leaves – Value $2?

(Frostbeard doesn’t sell their two-ounce candles individually, so I’m estimating the product price). This is my second Old Books candle thanks to Lit Cube!

I’m also guessing on the value of the tea – there isn’t a shop for Living Books Nook online.

Verdict: Based on my estimates, this box has a retail value $40.50. The Bookish Box website says that each box will have a retail value of $50 or more though. I could be a little low on the estimate, but this still doesn’t look like $50 worth of items to me. Value concerns aside, I really like the idea of this box, and I think the exclusive t-shirt is a great feature.

What do you think of The Bookish 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. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I tried really hard to read the first twilight book, twice. The first time I tried I did so cause everyone was talking about how great it was, I read the first chapter, could not get into it, and put it back. After telling people I just couldn’t get into it people told me “it doesn’t get good till about 100 pages in” or “It doesn’t get good till chapter 3”. So I picked it back up, read 150 pages, still didn’t like the story and now I had also started to get annoyed with grammar/sentence structure issues. So, I put it back down and never tried again.

  2. Personally, I loved this. From the box to the inside packaging to the items included, it was apparent that they put a lot of thought into the curation and presentation. It may not be for everybody, but it is a great collection of book-themed items, so it was a perfect hit for me.

  3. I found this by searching a while on google but there does not seem to be a link to get to it. So was just wondering if you were going to add this one? As i have to wait a while and will then need to search again. 😀

  4. Where can I purchase that post card?!

    • Hey!
      I actually commissioned those from a friend who does amazing photography, but she doesn’t have a shop or sell them outside of what she made for the box. But, you can try to contact her and see if she is willing to see whats left or make more:) Instagram is @ursula_uriarte – her whole act is photograph like this:)

  5. Hey!
    Thanks for reviewing our box, just a quick FYI, the post cards are 2$, and when I estimate the value per box, I’m included shipping if you were to purchase the items, from the shops. So you wouldn’t pay 4.50 for shipping, you would look at an additional 1-5$ in shipping per item:) love seeing the feedback from your review and all these comments! Certainly ideas to keep in mind:)

  6. Well, I tried it. Not worth the money to me for basically a t-shirt. Cancelled.

  7. My box is currently locked somewhere in my mailbox. We have the neighborhood boxes at the end of the street and the mailman must have stuck the key for the big box for packages in someone else’s box. My tracking says it was delivered but I haven’t gotten it yet.

  8. I really like the idea but I wish the curation and value were better. I like the Alice card and the other little items look ok but nothing special. The main item is the shirt and if you get one you don’t like or won’t wear that’s kind of a bummer. For the cost of the box or less I could pick out and order a literary tee I want from an etsy shop or online vendor.

  9. I love the idea but I wish there was one for men or unisex. I probably wouldn’t pay this price with every box containing feminine hygiene products. Cool idea though.

  10. I liked the shirt but not enough to keep this subscription. I don’t have much use for temporary tattoos and tea leaves don’t excite me. As for the candle..I wouldn’t be able to describe the scent either except to say it’s kind of..disgusting. It doesn’t really smell when it burns though so that’s a win!

  11. What does the “old books” candle smell like?

    • I live locally to where Frostbeard is and searched out their products in a store. Old Books is supposed to be “Timber, White Tea, Newsprint, Must” – it’s an earthy/woodsy white tea scent to me. My boyfriend and I are total candle lovers but were not a fan of any of their scents in person.

      • Thanks! I was struggling trying to figure out how to describe it!

      • Thanks! Mold and dust come to mind when I think of used bookstores, so couldn’t imagine how they’d make an appealing candle scent from that.

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