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I bought the October and November boxes from their website since it was black friday and I got a discount. That said I will probably get a subscription from cratejoy since I will hopefully get a gift card for my birthday. I didn't see an option for a gift card on their website but I am sure it is in the works. So I promise this is a real review.
I have never bought a subscription box before. I am very delighted I chose this one as a first. I was so impressed, and pleasantly surprised. From the packaging to the items in the box everything has been well thought though and not just thrown in to fill a box. The items show quality craftsmanship and care for the theme of the book. I will definitely use everything that came in the box. (I am currently wearing the cozy socks.) Which is a huge plus.. If I wasn't going to use an item I would have no shame in passing it on to someone that I know would. The books are awesome, and not the same that everyone else is sending out . THE PENS!! They are wonderfully designed, and beautiful. I can't say enough about them.
I am glad they are using items from other small businesses in their box.
The shipping is priced well and the boxes came 2 day priority via usps. (Mine came 2-4 business days...
Thank you for your kind words! So, happy you love it!
This is a nice, elegant YA book box. Unlike the other YA boxes, this one is tightly themed. Instead of receiving swag loosely related to the book you get (usually related to other YA books or series), this one seems to try to use swag related to the book itself. I am impressed with their first offering—can’t wait to get my next box.
Our heart is utterly full! Thank you for your kind words! We've spent hours, days, weeks and months on our boxes. You've hit it right on with, "... this one seems to try to use swag related to the book itself." That is exactly what we strive for!! Thank you again!!
I received my first box (Wizard of Oz) from ISB and I could not be happier. Every time I thought the box was empty I pulled out something new. and wonderful... three times! The curator did a great job sourcing Wizardy and Rainbowy things. I cant wait for my next box.
We're Over the Rainbow that you love it! Next box is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland! It's going to be just as fun!
Lovely curation for my first box. I really like how all the items were for the book included in the box, rather than a conglomeration of different YA books I may not be familiar with yet. My favorites are the two bookmarks, the sweet little wooden pencil, the fox sleeping mask, and the honey sticks. I admit that I wasn't comfortable with eating the enclosed gummy candies since it looks like they'd been repackaged. (Just very cautious until COVID is over) Also appreciated that the box arrived very quickly after shipping. I loved it and will continue to subscribe.
Thank you Jennifer! What lovely compliments! Again, the tight theme is what we strive for when curating boxes. You are absolutely right about the candy. We appreciate that feedback and going forward we will use prepackaged food items. Starting with November's box. There will be no more repackaged items.
Thank you again and can't wait for your next review.
What a great first box! Well done! I loved everything and was surprised by the value and practicality of this box. Now please excuse me while I go read. ; )
Thank you! So, happy you enjoyed it!
I bought this as a 3 month Christmas gift subscription for my daughter who loves YA books. We are current FairyLoot subscribers and wanted to try out this new book box. So far she has received the November and December box and both boxes were tightly themed with enjoyable and usable items. Both boxes contained books she wouldn't have selected for herself but she loved immensely. Beta has become her all time favorite book. Before selecting this box, I reviewed the curator on youtube and found her to be thoughtful and creative with her reasons for selecting the items she puts in the box, as well as the books being modest and teen friendly which I really appreciate. My daughter has already asked for a renewal of her I Smell Books subscription for her birthday. Love this box.
Thank you! I'm so happy she loves them!
The books are usually ones I've never heard of, but are still very interesting. All the little knickknacks that come with it are also worth it. 10/10 would recommend.
Thank you! We read all our books to make sure they're fun reads!
Great!! It was packed full of perfectly curated items for my goddaughter!
Thank you! Happy you love it! Happy Holidays.
With so many book subscriptions out there, I always try to look for clever or unique ones. I Smell Books was adorable and very clever. I loved how each item pertained something connected to the book. I would recommend this book box for people looking for a good book with useful little items that won't get overwhelming month over month.
I look forward to see how I Smell Books continues to grow.
Thank you for supporting small businesses!
The book was pretty good for being YA. I usually read adult fiction, but didn't see anything I liked so I got this one, it was a good book. Kept my interest. I also like the fact the author of the book made the necklace, signed a book plate and just tons of other stuff in the box. The tea smells ok, but I dont really drink tea. The fandom pin and the stickers? Meh. Anyway, the book was good.
February Young Adult Box is themed: Come Away. A book box for the Bookworm. Box will come with exclusive enamel pin, socks and many other themed items. 9 to 12 extra items. February YA Book is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.
February book box is The Black Widows by Cate Quinn. 4-5 full size items in box. Creepy Cups mug shown.
March Adult Fiction book box is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. 4-5 full size items in box. We are excited to announce the March Adult Box will have an additional book included that will be about the Dust Bowl also but with a twist!
Boxes include: Classic Book starting in March, classic fiction book. The books are announced every month. Each box contains items themed toward the book. Expect 4-5 full sized items in your boxes. March Classic Book Box is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
January Box is themed: Flame and Flurry. An all magical book box. Box will come with exclusive enamel pin, socks and many other themed items. 9 to 12 extra items.
January book box is The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict. 4-5 full size items in box.
December Box is themed: Ready to Fight for More. An apocalyptic book with apocalyptic goodies. Box will come with exclusive enamel pin, socks and many other themed items. 9 to 12 extra items. More details to come!
November Box Theme - Release The Power Within I'm particularly excited about this box! Not only do I Love, LOVE, this book we've picked, I designed the enamel pin for the box! This is extremely exciting for us! It's a totally amazing box! We have fandom inspired by the book itself, Marvel, Starwars and Renegades Just by the list of fandom above you get the idea that the book is going to be a smash hit! You'll want to get in on this box sooner than later because we
This was the October Box. There are a total of 11 items in the box and that's not including the amazing book!
Boxes include: Classic Book starting in April, classic fiction book. The books are announced every month. Each box contains items themed toward the book. Expect 4-5 full sized items in your boxes. April Classic Book Box is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Box picture contents to be added soon
April Young Adult Box is themed: Twisted Legends. A book box themed around Classic Movie Legends and Monsters. Box will come with exclusive enamel pin, socks and many other themed items. 8 to 10 extra items. April YA Book: When it comes to horror movies, the rules are clear: x Avoid abandoned buildings, warehouses, and cabins at all times. x Stay together: don’t split up, not even just to “check something out.” x If there’s a murderer on the loose, do not make out wi
March Young Adult Box is themed: Thrown to the Wolves. A book box for the Paranormal/Werewolf lover. Box will come with exclusive enamel pin, socks and many other themed items. 9 to 11 extra items. March YA Book is a story about love, accidents and change.