There has been a lot of buzz and chatter lately around monthly book subscriptions and which is the best one. I, for one, have been curious and excited at the thought of a new (or new to me) signed hardback book arriving on my doorstep or in my mailbox once a month. Is it a good idea or risky?
I finally gave into my curiosity and ordered a book box from The Bookworm Box. Why that particular one? I liked the fact that all proceeds were given to charity and it was being run by an author, Colleen Hoover. Not to mention other authors were allowed or encouraged to donate books/swag to this company. I placed my order in early May, when the new Bookworm Boxes were available to order. The anticipation grew as I wanted and wondered what joyous treat would be delivered at the end of the month.
My order arrived during the last week of May and I couldn’t have been more excited!
I quickly grabbed something to open the box, smiled at the signed note from Colleen Hoover herself saying how excited she was for the warm reception of her new Bookworm Box program.
I gingerly removed the tissue paper, so excited at the wonder of what was waiting for me. I picked through the swag first, thinking it was neat that there was a Bookworm Box squeezy stress ball in the shape of a book. I then came to the books. I did not recognize the first book, Filthy Beautiful Lies Book 1 by Kendall Ryan. I flipped through it and found it was signed. I was disappointed at this discovery but continued on to the second book, hoping it would make up for my let down. I would not be so lucky. The second book sent to me was The Master by Kresley Cole. It too was signed, but it did not make up for the fact that I knew neither of these books.
Upon reading the back of the books, it confirmed my suspicion that they are Erotica books. Erotica books are not the type of books I read or prefer to read. My favorite genre is YA and I was under the impression that I would receive a box with YA books/swag based on the pictures and other blog reviews of this book subscription. I feel I paid a lot of money for this book box ($39.99 for domestic shipping, and taxes bring the final total over $50) and cannot properly express my disappointment. I know now that I will not be signing up for the monthly subscription.
I did go to the Bookworm Box website, found the email address to send questions to, and typed up an email. I have always been the type of person to express to a business or company when I receive both good and bad experiences, I felt this was no different. I expressed how disappointed I was to receive only Erotica books when I thought it would be YA books. I quickly received a response from someone at the company saying how sorry they were and said they would try to send out another book. We’ll see if they follow up again.
Overall, I cannot say I would recommend this monthly subscription service to YA readers. The fact that you simply do not know what type of books/swag you could receive is now a scary thought. Yes, I knew there was a risk I could receive books I already had, but for me that would have been so much better than what I did receive. Anyone that saves up their money for something like this could be seriously let down and I urge anyone curious about this particular service to use extreme caution.
Now I want to hear from you – have you subscribed to a monthly book subscription service? If so, which one and what have your thoughts been?