As the title suggests, I am talking about my first ever book box today!! As someone who only reads adult lit and isn’t that interested in bookish merch, it is tricky to find a bookbox that suits me, but I love the idea of being introduced to new books through this kind of service. So, I was super excited to see Hachette were launching The Feminist Book Box, and that they were partnering with Virago (a Hachette-owned publisher) for their first box.
The Feminist Book Box is £20/month, with a discount if you purchase longer subscriptions. I went for the shortest subscription, 3 months for £60, to gauge whether I liked the books and also because I know that I’ll be moving house around July and didn’t want the hassle of having to update my address! In the box, you receive 2 paperback books written by women, a postcard, and the opportunity to attend an event with one of the authors! The books may be fiction or nonfiction, and are split between backlist and new releases: each month should be one new release, and one older book.
The box I received was their first ever box, and I was super excited to see what was in it. I am slightly unsure about this box, only because I read a lot of women authors, and I would obviously prefer not to receive a book I already own/read. However, the first box was perfect! Because the gorgeous boxes they wanted to send the products in hadn’t arrived, the first box also included a complimentary Virago notebook, which I was excited to receive. This won’t be included in future boxes, but I really appreciated their approach to customer service. After all, when it comes down to it, I’m not that bothered about the box itself — I’m interested in what’s in it! So for me, the notebook was a lovely bonus.
Now, on to the items! I’m pretty sure that everyone who had ordered this box will have received it by now, but in case you haven’t… spoilers I guess!
The first item I picked out of the box was the leaflet that gives you some information about the books/authors included, as well as the box itself. The invitations and details about the author event are sent out via email, so the booklet doesn’t contain this information.
The postcard this month was this gorgeous yellow and green floral print by @HollyDrawsInInk on Instagram. She designs book covers, and this is a lovely piece! I’m a fan of yellow and florals, so this was perfect for me.
The bonus item, this beautiful notebook, was exciting to me! I’m not sure what I’ll use it for yet as it’s unlined and I don’t really use unlined notebooks, but it is just so pretty to look at, and I’m sure I’ll find something. I might just use it as a random jottings book, because my writing without lined paper is pretty poor, and I can’t use it as a tiny sketching book because I’m not a sketcher. Still, it’d look super pretty on any desk and, to be honest, that’s my main priority with stationery.
And now, onto the books! The new release was one I’ve never heard of before. If I’m being honest, I don’t think I would ever have chosen this book for myself, but I am looking forward to giving it a go because the blurb is really interesting. The reason I wouldn’t have bought this for myself is just that it isn’t my usual genre. If I read biography type books, I generally prefer autobiography, but I am excited to have the chance to give this a go. The book is A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell!
The second book, the ‘undiscovered gem’/backlist book this month was Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I’m not sure that this is quite ‘undiscovered’, but it is a book that I have wanted to read, but haven’t read or purchased, so I was really happy that this was included! I plan to read it fairly soon — possibly next month — so keep an eye out for my review.
So that’s all the products included in this month’s Feminist Book Box. This has really boosted my confidence in the box, and I’m definitely looking forward to April’s box, which I plan to do another unboxing of on my blog, so keep your eye out for that next month. Keep your fingers crossed that they’re not books I’ve already read!