Hello world! Yes, yes I am considering starting a subscription to a book box. I have done my research as to the cost and contents of the major boxes and I’ve decided to outline them for you here, and also ask YOU which ones you prefer and why. I think I’ve already decided which one I want, but I can be swayed. The list below is by no means exhaustive; it just lists the ones I’ve considered. Here are my contenders:
OwlCrate (USA): Genre: YA; Price: $29.99 + shipping
This is probably the most popular box, so it has that going for it. They pick great new YA titles each month and the swag they include is pretty adorable. Strong contender.
FairyLoot (UK): Genre: YA; Price: £22.99 + shipping
This one is appealing because I love fairies and the theme of the box; however most UK boxes are out of my price range, unfortunately, due to the exchange rate and shipping.
Illumicrate (UK): Genre: YA; Price: £29.99 + shipping
I would choose this box in a hot second if it wasn’t a UK box. They have great titles and great swag. Maybe I should just move to the UK…I like that idea.
Book of the Month (USA): Genre: Adult Fiction; Price: $16.99 (free shipping!)
This one is interesting because you get to chose the title they send you from a choice of 5. All you get is the book, but you know you’re getting something you want. Also free shipping. This is a very attractive option.
Uppercase (USA): Genre: YA; Price: $17/$23 + shipping
Uppercase is cool because they let you pick from 2 plans: book only or book + swag. They are also a YA box that picks good titles and has great swag. They include a signed bookplate from the author. They also put sticky notes throughout the book to unlock content online, and that seems pretty neat.
This box is quarterly rather than monthly, and it includes multiple books as well as swag. You can choose either the YA or adult fiction option. I like the fact that is one is quarterly, so this is a very attractive option, because once a month seems like a lot.
Muse Monthly (USA): Genre: Adult Fiction; Price: $21.00 + shipping
This is a delightful box because it is for books and tea! They pair a book with a type of tea and send that along in a pretty box. Tempting…
Prudence and the Crow (UK): Genre: Your choice; Price: £15.00 + shipping
This is a super cool box because each box is unique – they send you used vintage books and you choose the genre! I love old vintage books, and this box is cheaper than the other UK boxes, so it could be an option.
And the winner is…
Uppercase! I think I’m going to start a subscription to Uppercase because I like their titles, the signed books, and the interactive reading experience they advertise. Also, I’m not sure why they seem to be slightly cheaper than the others. And let’s be real, price is the real decision-maker.
Let me know if you get Uppercase or any other book sub boxes and what you like/dislike about them!