I am really enjoying the variety of this subscription month after month. I selected quite a few different genres specifically to expand upon what I normally read. This subscription really delivers! My only complaint is that in a few instances, I've received a book I already own (no fault of the curator) and a book that was a later part in a series I did not already own or had not already read. Being the book nerd I am, I have no problem with reading up on a series via the library or other sources, but this might post a problem for those who are less enthusiastic. Overall, not much to complain about and a whole heck of a lot to enjoy!
What a bummer. I ordered 3 months of this box and only received one. I normally reserve my reviews for when I've received at least a few months of a box, but since I needed to contact Cratejoy support just to get a refund after 4 months had passed...
The box I did receive had 2 books that I would consider consistent with the overall box theme, but they were not related (a book on medieval warfare and one on Napoleon, both gently used). The 3rd book was a collection of "humorous" stories from the early 1900s. The book was in kind of rough shape and definitely had some racist overtones throughout. While I would normally accept this as a glimpse into the past, it would have been more palatable had it come with other pieces of work that helped expand on the social norms of that time or historical happenings.
The gift included was a random New York Yankees pocket notebook.
I feel like this had the potential to be a really great idea for a box, but the execution and customer support are supremely lacking.
I am really enjoying this subscription box! I am currently receiving the non-fiction, full book box.
The books I have received so far are very, very gently used (I can't really tell they are used) and the curated items are really cute. For example, I've received a face mask, candles, some body lotion, and all are handmade or sourced from small businesses. There are also occasionally and edible treat like a baked good, candy, or tea.
Overall, this is one of the better book subscription boxes I've gotten for the books and items included. I feel some of the others are too pretentious, while this box keeps it classy, simple, and enjoyable.
My one negative comment would be the shipping - I have yet to have one arrive one time based upon the tracking information provided. Not sure if that is a weather thing, a pandemic related thing, or what. But it is consistently delivered and the packaging is always in good shape and items inside undamaged.