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Bookish Box “Story in the Stars” Review – November 2018

Bookish Box November 2018 - Box Front

The Bookish Box is a book-inspired subscription box from Appraising Pages, which is now called The Bookish Shop.

Bookish Box November 2018 - Open Box Top

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 Bookish Goodies & YA Book Box, which is $28.99 a month + shipping.

Bookish Box November 2018 - All Products Front

About the Bookish Box Subscription Box for Book Lovers

The Subscription Box: The Bookish Box Goodies & YA Book Box

The Cost: $28.99 + shipping

The Products: Every month you’ll receive themed goodies and a young adult newly released book.

Ships To: the US for $7.50 to GA and Worldwide for an additional cost.

The Bookish Box “Story in the Stars” November 2018 Review

Bookish Box November 2018 - Booklet 1

Included in the box is a booklet that highlights this month’s theme “Story in the Stars”. The “Story in the Stars” boxes feature stories that take place in space and star related bookish goodies.

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Listed are all six goodies included in this month’s box, the young adult and adult book selections for the month, the t-shirt for the month, and information on the monthly themed Bookish Box playlist on Spotify.

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Also included in the booklet are next month’s spoilers, news and upcoming Bookish Box sales, and information on the Bookish Box November photo challenge.

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This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson – Retail Value $17.99 (found here for $12.32)

Book summary from Amazon:

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, was killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. And as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality—that either the virus has mutated, or one of their own is a killer.

This book, this box, in fact, is a departure from what I would normally be interested in reviewing. I’m branching out in the hopes of finding new authors and new stories that move and inspire me. This Splintered Silence sucks you in right from the beginning. The story is so vivid and the emotions immediately relatable. My guess is that I’ll complete this book in just a few days.

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Collectors Enamel Pin by Dust and Pages – Listed Value $8.00

This pin is inspired by The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a story about a little boy said to be born on an asteroid who meets a pilot stranded in the desert. This pin designed by Dust and Pages reads “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly”. This pin is so pretty, shiny, bright and poetic. It’s well-made and part of Bookish Book’s collector’s series number 4 out of 14.

Bookish Box November 2018 - Vinyl Sticker Front

Vinyl Sticker by KDP Letters – Stated Retail Value $5.00

This sticker is inspired by Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, a romantic space opera told through a collection of classified documents, e-mails and interview. The sticker reads “You have me until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”

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Friendly Body Product Orange Mint Lip Balm – Listed Value $5.00

Inspired by Aiden from Illuminae, this Bookish Box exclusive orange and mint-scented lip balm smells so good and left my lips moisturized. The mint causes a cool but pleasant sensation.

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Round Throw by The Bookish Shop – Listed Value $25.00

Inspired by the Throne of Glass Series, a story about a teenaged assassin in a corrupted kingdom, the throw contains a quote by author Sarah J. Mass. This textile feels more like a drapery and isn’t thick or soft enough to double as a blanket.

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Stars Necklace – Listed Value $12.00

Inspired by another Sarah J. Maas creation, The Night Court is one of the seven courts of the continent Prythian and 1 of the 3 solar courts consisting of the Court of Dreams and the Court of Nightmares. This three-star necklace is subtle and cute. Its packaging reads

Imagine being given three wishes. Place this necklace close to your heart, close your eyes, wish big and believe.

Bookish Box November 2018 - Booklet 5

Monthly Calendar Card – Stated Retail Value $5.00

A December calendar card is included in this month box and highlight’s next month’s “Quartz & Castles” theme.

Verdict: This is a whole new genre and experience for me! What I learned, reviewing this box and researching the items included, makes me want to add every referenced book to my reading list! The goodies lean toward a younger audience which makes sense for the genre and a YA book. I’m sure the tweens in my family would be happy to take a few items off my hands! I’ll also add that I’m impressed with the diversity of partnerships highlighted in this box. Thus far, I’m enjoying the book This Splintered Silence the most and I really like the lip balm.

This Bookish Box costs $36.49 with shipping and has a stated retail value of $77.99. Although I think the stated values are a little high, the total is still double the price of the box itself making it a value for a newly released book and truly unique and book inspired goodies.

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today?: No, sign-up now to get next month’s “Quartz & Castles” box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $36.49 after shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $5.21.

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Written by Shatae Hutchinson

Shatae Hutchinson

Hi, I’m Shatae; pronounced shhh-tay! I work in IT Healthcare, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 cool kids. I am obsessed with black culture, lifestyle, travel and art made by and featuring women of color. I also love trendy plus-size fashion and accessories, eclectic and bohemian home décor and all things self-care, mental health and fitness. My favorite box is Izzy & Liv’s Brown Sugar Box; a monthly box offering tees, accessories and lifestyle products designed for black women. I also subscribe to TheSelfCareBox, FabFitFun, CauseBox and Merkaela. Being a wife and full-time working mom, subscription boxes are one of the few things that are just for me! They are fun, convenient, reasonably priced and full of surprises.

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Comments (4)

  1. Could someone please confirm that this box’s enamel pin is actually #3 and not #4 of 14?? I am so confused trying to put mine in order to display and I coukd have sworn that the first exclusive pin came in the September “Rebels at Sea” box…fin i’m Wrong could someone please tell me how I missed pin #3??😬😬

  2. The booklet references a shirt but it appears you did not receive a shirt. Was that for a different sub?

    • There are so many different sub versions now, I think the info card shows all the items that you could get for a certain category. In this instance, the YA category. Guessing by how much this particular box cost, this variation doesn’t include a shirt. If you also wanted the shirt, it would be $43.99.

      It would be helpful if this was explained at the beginning of the review

    • Hi Dawn, yes, Bookish Box offers a variety of different types of subscription. This box is for the Bookish Goodies & YA Book Box. There are boxes with various combinations of books (adult or YA), with or without goodies and with or without t-shirts.

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