In my hunt for the perfect book box, when browsing bookstagram, I discovered a new box and managed to get my hands on one of the first boxes! All the items in this box were handmade by The Mystery Book Box team and the book is pre-loved. If you are currently waiting for the October box, please note: major spoilers follow. While everyone receives the same bookish items, the books differ (due to them being pre-loved). I purchased this box, it was not given to me in exchange for a review…
The theme for this box was: Pumpkin Pie
Due to this being the first box, I had not idea what to expect as there were no previous unboxing pictures. The box wasn’t customised when it arrived but again, I state, I’m a keeper of pages, not a keeper of boxes so I didn’t mind at all. Upon opening the box, I was greeted with a lovely card, welcoming me to the box and detailing what was inside.
So what was inside:
I’ll start with my two favourite items. This lovely soft pumpkin, not only will it make a great bookstagram prop but it looks adorable on my bookshelf. Along side this gorgeous pumpkin print, made using ink and watercolours. I never knew these two things were missing from my life until I received them, now I don’t know how I lived without them haha.
Is a book box ever really complete without a candle!? All year round I burn candles so I was delighted to see this beauty inside. The scent is: warm spices and crisp apples – The perfect scent for Autumn.
Next up, this thoughtful ‘Reasons Why Autumn is the Best’ Card, with a lovely leafy print border. While I agree with all the bullet points, I secretly wish the card has been left blank so you could write your own message. The bracelet is cute, I’m not sure if I’ll wear it but it is a very box worthy item.
The moment of truth has arrived. As all books are pre-loved, while you may get some spoilers of the bookish items, it’s unlikely you will see a book spoiler. I purchased this as a one-off box but if you are a subscriber, the team keeps track of the all the books they have sent you previously to ensure you do not receive the same book twice but if you buy a one-off box, there’s a small possibility you may receive the same book twice.
So what was my book?
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.
No no no no no no no, say it ain’t so! Everything was going great up until this point. Not only have I already read this book, I didn’t really enjoy it. If you follow my bookstagram or have seen my book review pictures with the book lying on torn out book pages, those book pages actually come from my copy of Elizabeth is Missing!
This is the nature of surprise book boxes, there’s always a possibility you will get a book you already have or a book you don’t go on to enjoy when you read it. So this in no way a criticism of The Mystery Book Box.
Shipping and Cost
Boxes are sent out between the 10th and 14th of every month. As well as a monthly subscription, they offer one-off boxes, for a total of £18.99 plus shipping (Shipping within the UK is £3.00 and International shipping is £13.00. Every month the theme is different and you get a preloved book along with 4-6 handmade items.
So would I subscribe?
You all know how I feel about commitment haha…. but I do like the price of this box, compared to the £30 mark a lot of boxes are priced at. However, I’m discouraged as each month the genre of book may vary and I’m not a reader of all genres. I received a crime novel but some other readers received a black magic fantasy novel. While I wouldn’t have been disappointed to receive the fantasy book, what if one month I received a Contemporary Romance book (the horror doesn’t bare thinking about haha!), although I suppose sometimes you could guess from the theme what the genre of book might be.
Next months theme is: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot…..Now that does sound like my kind of theme so you might just see The Mystery Book Box returning to the blog next month for another unboxing.
Is this box worth its buck, I’ve unboxed it, let me know what you think?
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