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message 1: by Lena (new)

Lena I'm wondering if anyone else does these subscriptions so we can buddy read. I just signed up for this:

message 2: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (Veruna) | 7 comments I do Owl Crate, it let me know how that one is.

message 3: by Lena (new)

Lena Sure thing!

message 4: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (Nevets) | 923 comments In a way I guess this is the most recent trend in the mail order "Book Clubs" from back in the day. I actually signed up for the ?SF Book Club? over 25 years ago. Found an old add for if not it, a very similar club.

I got my initial order of several books, and then sent back my post card declining most of the others. I fulfilled my obligation, but I think I did have one month where I forgot to send in the card declining the "Featured" book, and got something I wasn't planning on. That was a bit of a hard pill to swallow for 13 year old me, but in the end I got a bunch of books I did enjoy, and still have.

message 5: by Lena (new)

Lena Deeply considering
The price is so good and the past selections featured some books that have been favorites.

message 6: by Kim (new)

Kim | 476 comments I've found all these subscription services, whether it be food, toys, clothes, etc. are a mix of a few good things with lots of filler and generally not worth it.

message 7: by KevBayer (new)

KevBayer (SporadicReviews) | 468 comments Wow... SFBC is still around, not nearly as great a deal. I have fond memories of signing up for the SFBC, fulfilling my obligation, cancelling, then signing up again for a bunch of books cheap.

I'm very picky these days on the books I pay for (I'm quite fond of the library, though I'll support my favorite authors) - I don't think these boxes are for me.

message 8: by Mark (new)

Mark (mmtz) | 808 comments My name is Mark and it's been 254 days since my last nerd-loot-box-crate-block subscription.

They are easy to subscribe to but it takes a little more effort to unsubscribe. With shipping costs, I always feel like I'm paying too much. I have a box full of unused/unopened stuff from past adventures in lootcrating (or whatever it's called) and only a few comics and books I wanted to read. And a few t-shirts.

lootcrating is a slippery slope

message 9: by Lena (new)

Lena Lol, the ones that come with swag, or are only swag, are expensive. gives you a price break for buying a year in advance that comes out to $4 a book. Pretty sure I'm doing that next month. I just love presents and books and surprises. It's like Christmas!

message 10: by Kim (new)

Kim | 476 comments Lena wrote: "It's like Christmas!"

Yup just like Christmas. Having to seem thankful for the gift you really don't want and trying to figure out how to return it.

message 11: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Shileikis (DiabeticPanda) | 22 comments I just signed up for the nocturnal readers box so we'll see how that goes

message 12: by Lena (last edited Aug 03, 2017 01:11PM) (new)

Lena Very cool Matthew. We started a discussion thread at Horror Aficionados to discuss. Please chat with us!

When I was first interested in Nocturnal I emailed them a question at 11:10 pm on a Friday. They got back to me at 11:31 with charm and wit. That kind of customer service made me like

Obviously, I signed up.

Then I started looking into and Brilliant Books as a Christmas present for my mother. I tried to get in touch with Bookcase, first through YouTube then through their Facebook, Friday afternoon and I still have not heard from them. It's really pissing me off. Has anyone else tried them? I'll post when/if they stop ghosting me.

message 13: by Lena (last edited Aug 04, 2017 02:30PM) (new)

Lena still refusing to answer me so I decided to buy six months of Brilliant Books, a fancy independent bookstore that selects books for you only, as a birthday present for my mother. They offer large print books. If they are as good as they claim it might be worth a second subscription for me too.

message 14: by Lena (new)

Lena And just three hours later I get a super nice email from Brilliant Books:


Thank you for choosing Brilliant Books Monthly Book Club as a birthday present for your Mother

We are sure she will be delighted with what is our flagship service. We sent out today a welcome packet and preferences card for her to complete. This comes with a card presenter, to facilitate gift giving. Once we get the preferences card back we will begin sending out books based on her personal choices.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding this order, or any other aspect of our service, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be happy to help.

-- Peter

I LOVE great customer service.

message 15: by Lena (new)

Lena I would sign up for a Sword & Laser Book Box today!

message 16: by Lena (new)

Lena My Box came today with TWO signed books!!!

message 17: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Shileikis (DiabeticPanda) | 22 comments Congrats Lena that is really awesome. I got my box today yesterday also but sadly no signed books for me but hey it was my first box and I was just excited to get it.

message 18: by Lena (new)

Lena Oh me too! I'm starting with the shortest book and working my way up. Did you read John Dies at the End? I feel lucky I finished it a few months ago.

message 19: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Shileikis (DiabeticPanda) | 22 comments I haven't read the book but I have seen the movie which I did enjoy. I will probably pick up the book before I start the Book Full of Spiders. I really like the coffee mug and pin besides the books. I want to get next months box because I really like the monster theme to it. What do you think about them getting rid of the themes after next months box?

message 20: by Lena (new)

Lena I'm sure their one year anniversary box will be epic. I think, even though this was my first box, I will miss themes and rejoice every month they bring it back. But this will allow more flexibility and they can still keep the swag in line with the book choices. The pin is the only thing I didn't understand but then I haven't read Patient Zero, Was it good?

message 21: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Shileikis (DiabeticPanda) | 22 comments I can't wait for their one year box and I agree that it will be epic. The flexibility they will have with the boxes im sure will get more people interested and excited for it every month. I haven't read Patient Zero I just really liked that it had a zombie on it but now that you mention that Ill have to look it up now. When I got my box yesterday I had about 5 minutes to look at it before I had to go to work and that's actually where im currently at until 6am eastern. I will give the box a good look over today after I sleep for a few hours but im excited to start reading some of those books.

message 22: by Elizabeth (last edited Aug 10, 2017 03:57AM) (new)

Elizabeth Morgan (sayselizabeth) | 127 comments I'm glad you're happy with your subscription box picks! I feel like this thread got a bit judgy/mean for a while there but it's all come good.

I love the idea of a SFF box, but all the good ones have prohibitive shipping to Aus, and I just keep thinking I should put away that money and buy a new release hardcover from Book Depository* each month instead. And I don't do that, because the tyranny of choice paralyses me, which is why a subscription box would be great!

*I literally don't have a bookstore in my town

message 23: by Lena (new)

Lena I understand Elizabeth. In fact, there's a book box I just stalk for reading ideas.
Feel free to stalk all book boxes!

message 24: by Lena (new)

Lena Reviews of the August Book Box

Mapping of the Interior ★★★★☆
The Grip of It: A Novel ★★★☆☆
This Book is Full of Spiders ★★★☆☆

message 25: by Lena (new)

Lena In my ongoing obsession with book boxes I decided to try
It looks like a bare bones version of Nocturnal - no swag. It's two horror books and a movie a month for $14.99 - no taxes, no US shipping. With the coupon it was $12, I will let you guys know how it goes!

message 26: by Louie (new)

Louie (RMutt1914) | 648 comments I've been tempted to try Comic Bento on occasion, when it comes up in my FB feed. (A Box of Comics Every Month!) If only I had the funds. :/

message 27: by Lena (last edited Aug 23, 2017 07:37AM) (new)

I'm glad I didn't go with PageHabit but I still keep a lookout. Obviously, I did not enjoy Final Girls and, while it had some moments, I found The Grip of It average. I certainly didn't need two copies.

Louie - there are a ton of comic book boxes at various prices.

message 28: by Lena (last edited Aug 30, 2017 07:14AM) (new)

Lena Page Habit just started a Science Fiction Box!
It's one of the pricier boxes, $29.99 + s/h for just one book and minimal swag, so I'm just going to keep an eye on it for now, but I wanted to share.

-side note: It's been a month and has never gotten back to me.

message 29: by Joshua (new)

Joshua | 14 comments It's not F&SF but I subscribe to the Mirror Book Box ( they focus on literature by women and marginalized groups, leaning a bit more toward the YA side of things. The boxes come with cool stuff, especially since I've gotten like four candles from them!

message 30: by Lena (last edited Aug 30, 2017 08:13AM) (new)

Lena Thanks for sharing Joshua! I think you might enjoy looking into

message 31: by Lena (new)

So this was September's Box. I did want that copy of Doctor Sleep but I'm ambivalent about the rest. I'll give them one more month but I think we'll be breaking up.

message 32: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Shileikis (DiabeticPanda) | 22 comments hmmm may be ill just doing these boxes altogether and just check out the books as people show them in their youtube videos.

message 33: by Lena (new)

Lena Yesterday I signed up for Up & Coming Authors. They have Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Romance or the option to get two. I ordered Sci-Fi and Romance, two books no swag, for $25 including shipping (with the coupon it was $19). I'll let you guys know how it goes!

Also, if you liked signed books, here's something I never knew existed:

message 34: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Shileikis (DiabeticPanda) | 22 comments I got my box today and it's pretty cool but signed copies and the water bottle feels pretty cheap but loving the notebook. I have a local bookstore that does signed copies of books all the time and if you go into BN they have a bunch of signed books too. I almost got RA Salvatore signed books but was actually there to get something else at the time

message 35: by Lena (new)

Lena Somehow I never knew about B&N signed copies, probably because when I saw them they were for YA and the signatures looked like Dr's writing. The signatures for the Reveal box are very nice. But they were sold out and I couldn't wait so I went with Up and Coming. So you got signed copies Matthew?

message 36: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Shileikis (DiabeticPanda) | 22 comments Sadly no signed copies for me

message 37: by Lena (new)

The September Box Monster Madness came with a Signed Copy!

message 38: by Lena (last edited Sep 12, 2017 11:53AM) (new)

Lena My mother absolute loved the first book she received, out of the six month subscription I bought for her birthday, from Brilliant Books - Susan Wigg's Map of the Heart. Mom burst into mom tears talking about how good it was - Brilliant Books has a reputation for these mind/heart reading selections. She has already strongly suggested that another six months would be an excellent Christmas present, lol.

message 39: by KevBayer (new)

KevBayer (SporadicReviews) | 468 comments I just got the following email from NetGalley:

Here at NetGalley, we know how much you love books. That's why we wanted to let you in on one of the best book subscriptions out there -- PageHabit.

Get the best newly released SCIENCE FICTION books delivered directly to your door. Plus, as a NetGalley member, you'll receive FREE SHIPPING on your first box! Just enter code 'SCIFI' at checkout.

Hurry: order by Sept 15 to get this month's box -- only 50 left!

Each month, the book selection is a surprise, but PageHabit is giving NetGalley members an exclusive sneak peek!

Exclusive Sneak Peek

September's debut Science Fiction box features an adventure-thriller with jokes thrown in for good measure. A drifter escapes his deadbeat town when he meets a badass, time-traveling adventuress. There's a little bit of murder, a little bit of steampunk and a rousing race to protect America's past, present and future from evil faceless villains
. ...

There was more explaining what PageHabit is all about and information about what's in the box.

message 40: by Lena (new)

Lena My Reviews of the September 2017 Nocturnal Readers Monster Mayhem Box
Greener Pastures ★★☆☆☆
The Wicked ★★★★☆

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