The Bookish Box Subscription Review + Coupon – April 2017
The Bookish Box is a book-inspired subscription box from the online shop, Appraising Pages.
Originally, The Bookish Box was a subscription box filled with bookish objects only—no actual books involved. Recently, though, they changed up their game and added several subscription varieties to choose from, including one that does have a book inside!
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 Women’s Sized, $29.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: The Bookish Box
The Cost: $29.99 plus shipping (Shipping to PA was $4.50)
COUPON: Use code HELLO to get 15% off on any subscription!
The Products: Every month you’ll receive a shirt by Appraising Pages Shop and 3-5 feminine home, beauty, and fashion items
Ships to: U.S. and Worldwide!
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This month’s theme is “Diverse Characters.” Books and media are some of the best ways for us to learn how to empathize and understand people different from ourselves—but that only works if new, lesser-heard voices are given a chance to be heard!
The items inside the box are listed on the back of the card. I like that they mention the makers as well. Do note that the book won’t be included in this review since I didn’t pick that subscription level. I did nab the t-shirt, though! Speaking of which…
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven T-Shirt– Value $20.00?
In addition to their subscription box biz, the folks behind The Bookish Box also maintain The Bookish Shop. This tee seems exclusive to this box, so I linked to a similar style from The Bookish Shop to give you an idea of value.
I’ve not read Holding Up the Universe, but from what I’ve read, it’s a super popular YA story about a larger-bodied girl and a boy who suffers from face blindness finding their way and finding love as they enter high school. Everyone loves a good romance, but most mainstream romances don’t divert from typical tropes and characters. I’m not only interested in wearing this comfy cotton tee, but eager to pick up this book!
Dumbledore Quote Cactus Pouch – Value $15
This “pouch” is really more like a zippered clutch—it’s about a foot wide, so it’s got some size to it. The material is a faux leather material with a matte finish, except for the metallic gold trim (which I love).
I’m a huge fan of the Dumbledore quote they chose to feature—a connected, inclusive community can accomplish so much more good for the world than one that lets differences divide it. But I will admit that it’s funny to see this succulent pattern on the back of the clutch! Maybe they picked it because it shows many different plants existing and growing together? Or maybe they picked it because… well… succulents are pretty darn cool!
Aesthetically and sentimentally, I love this little bag. I can’t wait to bring it along on a night out!
Diverse Books Pin – Value $8.00?
This pin is an exclusive from the Bookish Shop, but it wasn’t available online when I looked for a price. So I linked to another Bookish Shop pin design to give an idea of value.
The message of this pin (and its backing!) is right up my alley. I truly believe that the best way to break down walls between different people is to learn their stories, if not in real life, in really awesome books!
Unicorn Poop Rainbow Bath Salts – Value $5.50?
Do I love the idea of bathing in poop? Usually the answer would be a resounding no, but these “Unicorn Poop” bath salts sure are adorable! Epsom salt is a great product for detoxing your body and helping your skin feel fantastic in the bath. Make that great ingredient rainbow-colored? Uh, yes please.
These salts weren’t available from Eye Scream online, so I linked to something similar from another vendor!
This is another one where I linked to a similar product, since I couldn’t find this specific item online.
The info card says this charm bracelet is inspired by Jamaican-American author Nicola Yoon’s book The Sun Is Also a Star, which is a love story that takes place over the course of a day in New York City. The teens in the story are the children of immigrants, building or struggling to fortify lives for themselves and their families in the states. Especially given all the questions around immigration these days, it’s interesting to explore the issues through the lens of an ordinary day lived by ordinary people.
This bracelet, which has a spring-like quality to it that makes it easy to pop on and off, isn’t quite my style, but I do love the colors and the summertime vibe of the sunshine charm!
Verdict: I liked this Bookish Box, which had a bit more of a message than other boxes I’ve gotten. This $29.99 box had about $58.34 of value inside, based on my estimations, and many of the items are exclusives to the box. As long as shipping is low for you (for me, it was under $5.00), I think this box can be really fun. The more well-versed in popular YA books you are, the more enjoyment you’ll get out of these fan items. Though I will say, I’m often inspired to pick up a new book simply because I love a Bookish item that nods to it!
What do you think of the April Bookish Box?