I selected surprise me. I received my two books promptly. I started the first one (not my typical genre) on a Monday and completed by Friday. So looking forward to starting the next book and my next shipment.
Haven't read the book yet but they look very interesting. Good selection, and a couple were authors I currently read.
Ultimately, this box wasn't for me or for the person I gifted it to, as is reflected in my ratings. I'm sure it is perfect for some, but my friend likes certain genres and strongly dislikes others. I had purchased a 3 month subscription thinking it'd be a fun way for her to explore new books within the selected genres given that she has mobility and transportation issues after an accident. I loved the concept of someone picking books and not knowing what you're getting, but I liked that it had the parameters of staying within your selected genres. An excellent product in concept and if properly executed, this crate could be great!
Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 total months my genre selections were not used due to a "glitch" in their system to collect preferences, even after I had manually emailed them in after receiving the first box. Most of the books my friend received were not within the selected genres. She hasn't received her third box yet (in the mail), so hopefully those genres are incorporated this time.
It was a great gift idea!
The selections were perfect in fantasy genre! I'm familiar with the titles and didn't read them before! I got the first series for Sanderson so hoping in my next box the second book will be there as a continuation! Excited for what's to come next. Thank you!
So far, Used Books Monthly has been great! I’ve received my first box, which came very fast, and had a great selection. Three out of four of my books were brand new, which was a nice little surprise. The books I received fit my genre choices well, and I just finished reading on of them, which I liked a lot! This is a great service that id environmentally conscious and affordable. It’s also nice not knowing what you’re getting each month.
I would like a better variety of books most I didn't like them.
I was hoping for at least one author I'd heard of but that was not the case, with that being said, I have not had a chance to read them yet. However, they seem to be in the correct genre! They were in very good shape as well! I look forward to next month. I will wait to change my create selection, but I may end up going to a different selection after next month.
Great service run by great people who are kind and easy to work with. I love that used books are getting new life.
Thank you Jennifer! Your kind words mean so much :)
Hi, I have emailed you guys two or three times and haven't gotten responses, I sent one email about my book preferences and I sent one asking what date my box will be shipped.
Great choices and really quick service. Can't wait for next month's selections.
Thank you, Lynn! We hope to keep making you happy. -Trista
I can't wait to read it.Looks good.
Hey Dolly! Let us know what you thought about it!
Got this as a giftfor my mother who is a voracious reader and she is always pleasantly surprised at getting new authors to read.
Thanks for the kind words! We're happy your mom is happy. -Trista
It was just a package, not a box.. but the books they picked were exactly under the genres I picked! And they were in EXCELLENT condition!
Thanks for the kind words!
I love the books you pick for me!!! They are all in great condition too. I can't wait to read them!!
Brenda, these words mean so much to us! Thank you for taking the time to let us know you're happy with your books. -UsedBooksMonthly Team
It is a good subscription. The book was in good condition, came at a timely manner... I just... Didn't like the book... I chose general fiction as my topic as you can't select more than one. I like sci-fi, fantasy, and the sort... I got a... Rather bland fiction... Yet, that is due to the limitations, not the maker. Just know... Be specific
Thanks, Leilani. We truly do want to send you books you'll enjoy, they just don't always hit the mark, ya know? Please feel free to contact Used Books Monthly support to fine-tune your preferences and make your subscription enjoyable! -Trista
Books look absolutely new. No bends and even the spines are unbroken.
Choices were awesome. Will purchase again.
I love my #usedbookmonthly subscription! I am sent books I would not have selected and am finding wonderful stories. I fully recommend!
Thank you Tracey!
Very happy so far !!!!
Definitely never heard of either book I received. I'm not sure I'll read one of the two but my husband is interested in it so it pans out.
Those books seem to be in really good condition for used. They did fit my genra choices. I'll keep trying the box.
Really enjoying this subscription box! I love getting a surprise book every month and the books are always well picked for me.
I have received 3 shipments, 6 books in total. Of those six, only one has fit either of the two categories I selected—Sara Douglass The Devil’s Diadem. This book, by a renowned fantasy author, fits perfectly into the Fantasy category. The latest book sent for the fantasy category is sci-fi, but not fantasy.
None of the books sent to me would ever be found on the mystery shelves of a library; they are mainstream fiction, perhaps suspense or thriller, but not mystery novels.
Having spent many hours in libraries over the last several decades, I expected the curation of books in the categories offered to match the standard understood definitions of book genres. This has not been the case and I am paying for and receiving books that clearly do not fit the genres requested. Unless this changes I will definitely be cancelling the subscription and recommending that the service be avoided by any one who asks for my feedback.
I'm only 52 pages into my first book, Running the Rift, by Naomi Benaron, but I'm totally loving it thus far! A friend gifted me a general fiction-gently-used-book-a- month for Christmas and I'm so grateful. I've been in a "non-fiction only" rut for years and I'm also passionate about re-using/recycling, so this particular gift idea is perfect for me. Looking forward to next month's selection.
Super outdated books and nothing like I would read will not be getting them again