Nerdy Bookworm Subscription Box Review – December 2016
The Nerdy Bookworm Box is a monthly book subscription box. Each month, the company sends a newly released book to read, plus bookish gifts and exclusives to enjoy.
Boxes also include a copy of Owl Hoots, the company’s mini magazine and a “quest card” that unlocks interactive online content.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Nerdy Bookworm Box
The Cost: $36.89 USD (or £29.99) per monthly box.
COUPON: Use code CRATE10 to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: A newly released book, 4-6 bookish goodies and exclusives, a copy of the company’s mini-magazine, and access to additional online content for subscribers.
Ships to: Worldwide from the U.K. Find your country’s shipping cost using their shipping rate chart.
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How cool that the box has its own mini magazine! The cover is gorgeous. But what’s a mini magazine anyway? Let’s check it out.
This 15-page booklet is actually pretty substantial. In addition to information about the box, there’s an author interview, a spotlight on an indie artist (whose product is in the box), and even recommendations for other books you might like.
Pretty cool, huh?
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer – Value $10.58 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)
The book this month is a hardcover copy of Flashfall, a YA science fiction novel that only just came out in November of 2016.
The book comes from a bookplate autographed by the author, too. It’s a little gesture that feels very special and exclusive.
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.
I think these kinds of YA books are so fun. The trope of a young woman uncovering the corruption behind her sci-fi society might be a bit played out at this point, but hey, nothing beats a blockbuster-style story on a cold afternoon!
Nerdy Bookworm Bookmark – Value $1.00?
There’s a bookmark that matches the dreamy blue and pink illustration on the mini magazine. So many book boxes include custom bookmarks, so it’s not necessarily an exciting thing to see in the box, but I do really like the design!
The Nerdy Bookworm Box name is on the back.
The illustration appears in one last place—on the back of this month’s “quest card”.
What’s a quest card? It’s your ticket to some of the cool content that the Nerdy Bookworm Box puts together online each month.
Star Charm – Value $0.08?
The charm didn’t come with any brand information, so I linked to a similar product I found. I’m not sure if this charm was originally attached to something, but it was just loose inside my box. Maybe I’ll string it on a spare chain to make a simple pendant necklace.
Peter and Wendy Earrings – Value $7.18 USD
I’m not the biggest Peter Pan fan, but I’m swooning for how cute these earrings are. I love the idea of turning classic characters into old-fashioned silhouettes. The Wendy earring looks white in this picture, but that’s just because of the lighting. These black earrings are made of glossy, lightweight plastic, so they shine in the light just a bit.
These comfortable studs are great for lovers of fantasy and classic literature. What a unique find!
Two Shades of Magic Prints – Value $1.00?
Next up, there are two prints featuring quotes from the Shades of Magic book series, which is a science fiction series that came out in early 2015. I don’t know the series, so these quotes didn’t carry as much meaning as I’d have liked.
This one, in particular, seems like I really need context to make the quote (and the design, actually) make sense.
Each print is on glossy, stiffer paper that reminded me of the cover of a magazine. If you love these books, these would probably be pretty cool. I’m scratching my head a bit about what to do with them!
Burrowy Xmas Lip Balm by Literary Lip Balms – Value $4.90
Book-inspired lip balm? Who knew!
This tiny tin contains a nourishing lip balm with a really unique scent. It’s not overtly holiday-ish. It’s somewhat citrusy with notes of spice and vanilla. As my holidays are usually inundated with berry and pine scents, I loved this new twist on a winter scent.
The lip balm has a slight grittiness to it at first—I think it has beeswax in it—but that grittiness melts away as soon as it hits your lips. My lips are dry as all get out this time of year, and this balm made them feel instantly soft, supple, and smooth. And that feeling lasted for a good hour or so before I wanted to put more on! Not bad!
Deep Violet Musk Soap by Bookworm Candles and Crafts – Value $3.80?
I couldn’t find this exact soap style on the Bookworm Candles and Crafts site, so I linked to another soap from the company!
This braided yarn accessory came wrapped around the bar of soap. There’s a charm attached with a lobster claw clasp, which I might remove and pop it on a zipper or keychain. The yarn piece is a bit small to use as a bracelet, which is too bad. I’d love to give it a life beyond the soap!
This blue brick of soap has a gentle, calming scent. It’s an herby kind of floral scent, which I prefer to really big, bold, perfumey scents. I can’t wait for this fragrance to fill my shower!
Bookish …and Proud of It Notebook by Huck and Pucker – Value $9.83 USD
I hadn’t heard of Huck and Pucker before, but it seems like they’re a small company that makes quirky notebooks, coloring books, and more.
This handsome notebook has a hard cover and an elastic band to keep it safe and secure. I love the bookish sentiment on the front.
The pages have nice wide-ruled lines and rounded edges that feel crisp and smart. I always get excited at the prospect of a fresh, new notebook!
Verdict: I was really impressed by Nerdy Bookworm Box! I really liked that they included a newer hardcover book, and I really enjoyed that the majority of the other items were high-quality unique pieces from smaller creators. Based on my estimations, the value of the box is a little over $38.00. That’s not counting the digital content, of course, and there is so much beautiful effort that’s been put into making this experience a special one. The value of the box is slightly higher than the monthly price (not including shipping to outside the U.K.
Do you think you’ll subscribe to Nerdy Bookworm Box this year?