Book Riot is one of my favorite bookish websites. It has really fun content, and I love that they embrace all kinds of readers and styles of reading — from reading four romance novels a year to gorging on 150 classics a year. I was intrigued when they announced the launch of a Quarterly subscription service, and although I didn’t sign up for the first box, I liked what I saw enough to subscribe in time to receive the second box!
Here’s how it works. Book Riot has teemed up with a subscription company called Quarterly to bring awesome bookish goodies to subscribers four times per year. It costs $50 per quarter, and each subscriber receives a box containing at least one book and some great bookish stuff. (The contents of each box have a retail value exceeding $50, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth.) Additionally, Book Riot works with authors, publishers, and contributors to provide exclusive extras!
I was really excited to receive my first box yesterday. Why don’t we take a look at the contents?
Judging a Book by its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto: Essays on what it means to be a Harry Potter fan, tips for classifying other readers based on their favorite books, guides for faking that you’ve read particular books, rules for bookstore hookups, and much more. This isn’t a book I would have bought for myself, but I’m so glad to have received it! I actually started reading it last night, and it’s a ton of fun. For the Quarterly box, Leto wrote three extra “How to Fake Like You’ve Read ____” pieces just for subscribers.
Parnassus on Wheels by Christoper Morley: A 1917 novella about a couple who travels the countryside selling books from a horse-drawn wagon. I have read a few novellas and really enjoyed them, so I’m excited to try this one out! The story sounds like it’s beyond charming. Melville House, the publisher, also included a small “Read Everywhere” poster with a photo of a genuine old-time bookmobile on it!
Short Story Thursdays Digital Dispatch: A snazzy flash drive emblazoned with the BR and SST logos and loaded with two short stories and videos of Jacob Tomsky talking about how Short Story Thursday (a weekly email dispatch of short stories) began, reading to you, and sharing why he chose the two stories included. I haven’t checked this out yet, but it’s a really cool idea!
Book darts: Dart-shaped metal book clips to help you mark favorite passages in books without damaging them with pen/pencil. I like this concept and am looking forward to trying them out.
Banned books mug: A mug printed with the names of banned books! I’ve seen this mug online before, and I’m in love with it! I may or may not be drinking coffee out of it as I write this post.
Yay! Books! magnet: A magnet that says “yay books on it.” Pretty self-explanatory. It’s making my fridge look a bit happier.
I am really happy with this box! Both books are titles I wouldn’t have picked out for myself, but that I think I will really like. It’s sometimes nice to have someone else pick out books for you; you get exposed to some great stories you wouldn’t have read otherwise. The other goodies are nice, too. The short stories flash drive is original (and useful), and I’m probably going to use the mug every morning that it’s not sitting dirty in the sink. The book darts and magnet aren’t super exciting, but the darts are functional and the magnet is cute. This box was well worth the $50, and I can’t wait for my next one!
Who else subscribes to this? What did you think of your box?
If you would like to subscribe, visit the Quarterly site!