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Beautiful Madness Book Case Chapter Three Review + Coupon- Aug 2016


Beautiful Madness Book Case is a brand new subscription service for bibliophiles! Each month they send one book along with two to three items that compliment the theme of the box, plus a drink and a snack.


This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Beautiful Madness Book Case

The Cost: $46.50 per month with discounts available for longer subscription commitments

COUPON: Use code SIMPLYMAD to save $4 off your first box! (available for first 200 subscribers)

The Products: One handpicked book, a snack and a make-able drink, (think coffee, tea, hot cocoa), and two to three bookish items that round out the theme for that month

Ships to: US only, for free

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This is the third box from Beautiful Madness, and the theme is “Be Right Back… Laughing Forever.” They have such clever, unusual themes! This list was included, detailing the contents of this month’s package. Above the list is a bookmark that was included.


The World’s Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key – Value $15.99

I have been feeling a little stressed lately, so I was really, genuinely happy to see a humorous book in this month’s package. I don’t think I’ve ever read Harrison Scott Key before, but he has been compared to David Sedaris, whom I adore. I plan on sinking my teeth into this right away. From Amazon:

The riotous, tender story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his flawed, Bunyanesque father, told with the comic verve of David Sedaris and the deft satire of Mark Twain or Roy Blount, Jr.

Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father – a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers.

Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn’t have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison started to view his father in a new light, and realized – for better and for worse – how much of his old man he’d absorbed.

Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World’s Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir – the story of a boy’s struggle to reconcile himself with an impossibly outsized role model, a grown man’s reckoning with the father it took him a lifetime to understand.



Beautiful Madness also included these humorous writing prompts from the author. They actually are pretty funny, and I think you could really use them to get the creative juices flowing. I love when book subscriptions get exclusive content from the authors! Very cool.



Vintage Gilded Journal by Galison – Value $14.99

How wonderful that Beautiful Madness also included this journal, to do your own writing in! This ties in so well with the writing prompts! I like the design of this one a lot, too.


I’m Totally Flexible Mug by Studio Oh! – Value $13.99

The only problem I have with this mug is that I never claimed to be flexible! Haha! This is a good size (16 oz), and I like the gold foil a lot. It’s pretty stylish for a mug.


Lord Winston Porcelain Plate by PPD – Value $9.50

This little plate is awesome! I love it! Lord Winston is a very cool design, and he matches the book cover, which is giving this box a very put-together feel.



Pralines by Savannah Candy Kitchen – Value $2.80

My husband loves pralines, and he is thin as a rail, and it is super irritating. My point is that he loved these and was so happy to get them, but I got side-tracked thinking about the unfairness of it all. I have to confess that I did have a tiny bite despite my recent health efforts, and it tasted amazing. But, it was also so much sugar that I thought I was going blind for a minute! Whoa that’s sweet!



Cold Brew Coffee by Cold Brew Kitchen – Value $5

This is the second time I have received cold brewed coffee, and I don’t think I’m a big fan. Iced coffee is a nice treat in the summer, but I think I would still rather just brew it strong and ice it. Cold brewing makes the coffee always taste a little too bitter to me. This blend was a little less bitter and lighter than the last one I tried. If you like cold brewed coffee in general, you would probably like this one.

Verdict: I am turning into a big fan of Beautiful Madness Book Case! I have now received three boxes from them, and I’ve totally loved all three! I loved how well everything in this month’s box went together, like the gold accents, the deer, the writing tools – it was just very well curated! I will also use everything in the box! The value this month comes to about $62, which is really great for a $46.50 box, especially a book-centric one. I love it!

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Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

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Comments (8)

  1. I subscribed too late to have Chapter 3 be a part of my subscription but when I saw it was available as an individual purchase I ordered it. The package arrived quickly and I love the whole box! The products all perfectly matched the theme right down to the southern pralines and the quality is great. I’ve never tried cold brew before but I’m interested to see how it turns out! I can’t wait for Chapter 4!

    • When did you request yours, Lisa? I ordered what I hope will be this box, #3, 22nd AUGUST and haven’t heard a peep since.

      • I ordered it the 26th, got the tracking the 29th and received it the 30th (in New York). I bought it from the individual shopping cart (asylum) not as part of my subscription because the cut-off for this chapter from a subscription was 7/17/16. (I ordered my subscription separately on 8/5 so my first subscription chapter will be number 4). I’m guessing since you didn’t receive it you did a subscription and didn’t shop the asylum? I just checked they are sold out in the asylum but maybe if you contacted her and told her you hoped to start with #3 she might have a spare?

  2. Ooh, I’m so thrilled. I discovered on their Facebook page that I could still sign up for this wonderful box.
    I love everything in it and was about to try to buy all the items separately!

  3. C.U.T.E. box. I’m usually pretty critical of book boxes that extend beyond books, but this one seems right on point and I love everything. And it’s still a value, which is even more unusual with comparable book-oriented boxes. Two BIG thumbs up on this one. Thanks so much for the review and the introduction to this box!

  4. I love the mug! I added it, plus another mug from studio oh to my shopping list!

  5. I like the idea of this box and would buy it just for the mug. I am always flexible when everything goes my way. LOL

  6. Not at all my style of book, but what a nicely curated subscription. This feels very cohesive to me. I’ll put this on my “must watch” list!

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