Last week, my BKR04 box came in. I’ve been signed up for this subscription since BKR02. Overall, I really like the subscription service. Basically, you pay $50 per quarter and you are sent a box full of goodies. 20 percent of people are sent extra items, and this time, one person received a really cool book light. Last time, I was super excited because I was one of the people who received an extra item.
This time, I only received the base items. This quarter’s theme was “reading magic.” Here is what was in my box:
- What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund- this book included tons of annotations in the book written by the author on sticky notes and was my favorite thing in the box.
- The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer and an exclusive author note for BKR subscribers.
- Book quote art from Obvious State. Since I love book quote posters, I really liked this poster.
- A “Read Harder” water bottle. I wasn’t that impressed with the bottle- it was top-heavy and seems kind of flimsy.
- A “Read” sticker. I wasn’t that thrilled about this inclusion either. I don’t really have any place to put stickers.
- A tiny Princess Bride pin that says, “When I was your age, television was called books.”
- A e-copy of Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon
This time around, I felt the contents weren’t quite worth the money. I know exclusive content is cool and shipping is expensive, but three out of the seven items I got were really cheap/unusuable for me personally. I know this time one subscriber got a really cool book lamp- I wonder if it was too expensive so BK had to skimp on the main box contents? When four out of seven items are tiny/cheap it sort of makes you wonder.
I have to give the BKR04 box 3 stars. It was pretty cool, but nothing amazing this time. When the thing that excites you the most is the tiny pin that probably costs 25 cents, it’s a bit of a problem. I liked this box- particularly the author notes- but I was not a big fan of the extras this time around. I suppose it is difficult to find extras that appeal to both male and female subscribers, which is maybe why the extras were under par this time around. I also don’t really care for the inclusion of e-books. I love e-books, but when I order something online, I want to be able to hold it in my hands. Although BKR04 had a theme of magic- I felt this box was lacking in it.
Here’s to hoping the Christmas box is more exciting!