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BooklyBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2016

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyJan 11, 2017 | 1 comment

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BooklyBox is a monthly book subscription box that features a monthly book and fun gifts for readers. Apart from great reading material, this box is committed to creating community—they have a subscription-specific social media platform called BooklyBuddy, a podcast, and a one-for-one initiative that donates books to less developed countries.

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When you sign up, you'll pick a genre: literary fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, sci-fi, or young adult.

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

This review is of the Young Adult, $29.99 a month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: BooklyBox

The Cost: $29.99 a month

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The Products: Each box contains a brand new book, reading-friendly items like a bookmark and tea, a report on how your donation is used, and access to the BooklyBuddy platform and podcast.

Ships to: U.S. only

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I really like the commitment this box shows to its one-for-one cause. They create community not only through giving to global areas in need but also through educating their customers about those places. This card explains a bit about where this month's books are headed—Bangwe, Malawi!

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There's a neat infographic on the back of the card with statistics and essential info about Bangwe.

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Flashfall by Jenny Moyer - Value $10.58 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)

I love when book boxes send newly released books—it makes me feel like I'm reading something that's hot off the presses! This novel came out in November, so it's very fresh. That said, so far, the story isn't anything too new and different. It's a new take on the girl-takes-on-dystopian-sci-fi-society trope. I'm interested to see what new twists this story offers to that crowd-pleasing scenario!

Book Summary on Amazon:

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium―the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

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Tazo Tea Bag - Value $0.37

There's usually some tea in this box, but I was particularly delighted to see this flavor! I love the robust, sweet citrus tea this sachet produces. It has a subtle holiday punch to it, though I could've saved this 'til spring and it still would've tasted perfectly in season.

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BooklyBox Bookmark - Value $1.00?

BooklyBox also always includes a great custom bookmark. This one has a Mark Twin quote about the way books nourish our lives. I love the design as much as the message.

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Reindeer Socks - Value $6.00?

I think these are women's socks—at least, they fit my women's size 8 feet pretty comfortably! They're sturdier and a slight bit thicker than I would've expected from a pair of novelty socks. I like that they're wintry, but not overly "holiday". If I wear them poking up from my shearling slipper boots, they'll still look in-season into February! I couldn't find this exact pair online, so the value is based on a similar style.

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Polymer Clay Snowman Pen - Value $2.99?

It took me a second to realize this pen was made from polymer clay—essentially, it's a normal pen wrapped in clay and adorned with a snowman face and a fabric scarf. The value is based on a similar style I found on Etsy.

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The clear cap fits loosely over top of the pen and the polymer clay shell, so it's not super secure. The pen is very sweet if a bit too cutesy for my taste.


Verdict: I liked this BooklyBox, though I wasn't as excited by the items as I've been with past boxes. The estimated value of the items was $21.24 (including the book's Amazon price), which falls short of the $29.99 price. I don't worry so much about a few dollars difference, since part of the value I get from the box is from the intangible charity aspect. But I do wish there was just a little something more in this box to make it a bit more worthwhile!

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Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

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I love reading YA books but it feels like they are a manual and gearing our teens to deal with the apocalypse. LOL. Every book I pick up is the same story line.

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