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The Bookish Box “Cover Lust” Review + Coupon – March 2018

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyMar 31, 2018 | 8 comments

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The Bookish Box
4 overall rating
15 Ratings | 2 Reviews

The Bookish Box is a book-inspired subscription box from Appraising Pages, which is now called The Bookish Shop. This month is the first time I've gotten the box in a shipping envelope rather than a literal box. It's super cute!

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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 box that includes a t-shirt for $29.99 a month.

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About The Bookish Box Subscription Box for Book Lovers

The Subscription Box: The Bookish Box

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

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

Ships to: US and worldwide!

The Bookish Box Subscription Box "Cover Lust" March 2018 Review

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Here's the info card for this month's box. Note that they list out every item that you could get with the subscription (including add-ons). In my subscription box, I got everything in the top section plus the shirt.

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Calendar Card

In January, I got a little "Calendar Kit" including an easel and just two calendar cards (for January and February). I was a little like... wha? What happened to the rest of the year? Now I get it! It looks like each month, I'll receive another card. This card is for April. I like the colors of this card, though the art feels a little simplistic for my taste. The quote they chose is great, though.

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Latherati Longbourn Body Lotion, 2 oz. - Buy a 4 oz jar for $8.00 here

This body lotion is inspired by Pride & Prejudice. (Longbourn is the place where the Bennett family lives.) The lotion has a looser consistency and doesn't give the most lasting nourishment, but I really like the fragrance. It's a combination of flowers, woodsy, musky aromas like tonka and amber, and a pop of citrus to keep things feeling upbeat.

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Riddle's Tea Shoppe Exclusive Grisha Special Blend Loose Leaf Tea, 4 servings

I couldn't find this item online, as it looks like Riddle's Tea Shoppe is taking a hiatus. I love tea and the sweet flavor of this fruity, floral blend is right up my alley. I'm not sure quite yet what the intention of the "Cover Lust" theme is (Romantic books? Love for books in general? Admiring books with great cover art?), but this rich tea definitely has a romantic vibe to it.

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Hello World Paper Co. Fangirl Wall Ornament

This wall ornament isn't on the Hello World Paper Co. site, so I couldn't find a price for it. This wooden design is about 3.5" x 5" big and looks like a flag on a banner. It comes with some blue thread to help hang it. It's a cute woodburning craft that would make a nice accent for your favorite reading nook.

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"I'm a Monster, I'm More than Human" Coaster

This paper coaster is a nod to the Shatter Me series. It's a neat design that seems to be inspired by the eyes that appear on the covers of the books. I do worry that the coaster won't last too long since it's just paper card.

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Jem Art Print 

I really like the style of this 5" x 7" print illustrated by artist Kristin Askland. The print has a sophisticated glossy finish to it, too, which makes it feel more special than just a print on a matte card. The image is a tribute to Jem from The Infernal Devices.

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Monthly Doodle

Each box comes with a custom black and white "doodle" that mirrors some of the themes and items in the box. It's fun to enjoy on its own, or to color in!

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Shatter Me T-Shirt

I love the fit of this pre-shrunk 100% cotton top. It's comfy and more fitted than a unisex tee, but it doesn't have the super short sleeves and tight cut that you sometimes get with women's tees. The gold ink looks awesome against the black fabric, too, don't you think?

The Verdict: I liked what I got in this box, though I'm still not sure how to interpret the theme! There were some romantic stories highlighted this month, but those swoony vibes didn't carry across everything strong enough to feel... lustful. That's not a huge deal, though—the theme is just kind of a nice-to-have in my mind. This particular box felt a little expensive to me, just because so many of the items were small or paper-based. (Not that art prints aren't valuable, but boxes that are mostly fan art prints don't typically cost as much as this one.) Going by the Bookish Shop site, I know that their shirts typically go for about $22.00. The other 7 items therefore must be worth about $12.49 in total, or an average of $1.78 each. I do think that's fair, but it does put a lot of onus on the t-shirt to make the box feel worth it.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Sign up now to get the upcoming box!

Coupon - Use code HELLO to get 15% off on any subscription!

Value Breakdown: This box cost me $34.49 after shipping. That means that each item has an average value of $4.31.

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What do you think of the March 2018 Bookish Box?

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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 really wanted to love it. Tried it for 3 months and now I’m canx. Or at least trying to. Customer Service is not great. It is very juvenile. Even for teens, to value of products don’t add up to cost. Just a bunch of paper & cheap trinkets. My last “box”, (they are really plastic mailers) was covered in the open lotion. They finally sent out a replacement, but I am not renewing this one.

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I have to agree that this box just isn’t there all the way yet. I want it but basically everything but the t shirt is a waste. I can’t justify the cost just for the shirt.

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Christine H.

You can always just get the Shirt Box. That’s most likely what I am going to do. It’s a cheaper box and since I’m like you and find the remainder of the box(es) still lacking that “oomph” factor, I think just subbing to the Shirt Box is a good way to start.

That being said, I wish they had a sub so you could get the Adult and the shirt (without the “goodies”). They seem to have that as an option for the YA book, but not the Adult.

They currently have a T-shirt in their shop that says “Books and Coffee Shops” (among others) that I’m about to order. Because books and coffee are LIFE!! 🙂

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Did they allow you to choose your t-shirt size? It’s super cute!

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Christine H.

Yes you can! They have both unisex and women’s T-shirts. I always find the “women’s” T-shirts are just too short (and I’m not exactly tall so I don’t know why that is lol) no matter the brand. So I’m a unisex gal. Last time I looked, I think the sizes were XS to 3 XL. (or something like that).
Some of their shirts are sooooo cute!

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Christine H.

There are two boxes I really WANT to love. This one and Smartass & Sass. Every month I look at the reviews and am usually disappointed. I see so much potential for both of those and yet, they are typically underwhelming. I truly have zero use for pretty much everything in this box…except the T-shirt. Hmm…maybe I should just do the shirt sub.

Come on Bookish Box!! Make me love you!! Stop with the little wall prints and calendar cards. Ditch the filler trinkets and give me just one or two “substantial” items each month. Like coffee mugs, journals, fabulous pens, lovely bookmarks, coffee beans, or even candles. If you do that, you will win my heart and my money will be yours!!

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Anna Reilly

Thanks for this super thoughtful comment, Christine! I feel ya – I think the idea is so much fun, but the wow-factor is not quite there yet. Here’s hoping they find their footing, because I love the concept of this box, too!

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I am hoping ypu will not be able to find the products online. They’re exclusive. 😁

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