My fascination with subscription boxes continues. Instead of a food box, this time I asked for a book subscription box from Michael for Easter called Page Habit.
There are so many book subscription boxes to choose from. There are ones that only send books for you to choose. And there are several that have bookish items that sometimes follow a theme and sometimes do not. Each box has a kind of gimmick to it.
Page Habit has two “gimmicks,” if you will. First, with each box, they donate towards children’s literacy. In my particular box, Page habit partnered with Books for Africa to donate books to the Kiangua community in Kenya. They gave a little information about the area’s statistics.
The other “gimmick” that Page Habit has is that the book in the box is annotated with small notes from the author. So, as you read through the book, there will be these little notes on certain pages that tell you what the author felt while writing that particular piece of the story (all of the annotations are put on post-it notes so your book is not actually written in unless you want to write in it). Also, the book is going to be one that has come out recently.
In this box, I received the book The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, a YA contemporary written entirely in poetic form that was released in March. I really liked this kind of storytelling, and it was perfect to read this month since it’s National Poetry Month. I will probably have a review on my blog at some point in the future.
But that’s not all that it’s the box. There were several other items included. A letter from the author. A pad of adult coloring pages. A cable photo hanger. A bookworm beanie. Stickers. And a Page Habit bookmark. I was impressed with the selection of items as well as the quality. The only item I wasn’t really interested in was the collection on stickers, but the rest I’m definitely going to use.
I got the YA box, but they have other genres as well – literary fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, romance and historical fiction. They also have quarterly boxes for YA (young adult), literary fiction and cookbooks. The monthly boxes are $30. If you want to try it yourself, you can use this link. It is a subscription service, so it signs you up to automatically get one each month, but just like Hello Fresh, you can skip months that don’t pique your interest, and you can change genres if you like. You get an email before the next box comes out describing the next book. They don’t tell you what the title is, so the surprise isn’t ruined.
I really liked that there is a cause behind this box, plus the annotated book is a plus as well. And it’s a neat way to be introduced to books you might not have heard of or may not have picked up. It’s a definite recommend from me!