I’ve done a bad thing. After going on about trying to cut back on books, I subscribed (again) to a curated package from Quarterly. Last year I subscribed to Book Riot’s Literary Box. I unsubscribed because I wasn’t always happy with what I received. The books were either meh (of what I’ve read, anyway) or I never really had a use for a lot of the items, even though they were usually pretty cute. I mostly enjoyed the excitement of opening a mystery package.
Book Riot opted out of the Quarterly subscriptions anyway, having started their own similar boxes through their website. But then Quarterly introduced one specifically for a YA audience that is curated by actual YA writers.
This month was Beth Revis, who I’ve heard good things of. I own her book Across the Universe, but haven’t read it yet (story of my life).
- An annotated version of A World Without You by Beth Revis.
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
- The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis
- An Emily Dickinson Quotable Notables Blank Card
- A photo holder – Essentially it’s a red wire that you clip pictures to using magnets. She chose it because it ties into her story, which I thought was kinda cool.
Overall, I’m excited about the books. The two that weren’t written by her I wouldn’t normally pick up. I hadn’t even heard of them, so it’s nice to branch out. I hate poetry, especially Emily Dickinson, and I don’t write to people, so I doubt I’d get any use out of the card. And the photo holder…I don’t generally take pictures of anything besides books, and it would be silly to hang pictures of my books next to my bookshelves.
Or would it? Hmm.
Depending on the next author, I’ll probably keep my subscription.
Have you ever subscribed to anything like this? What are your thoughts? Am I wasting my money?