It sounded like a good deal, 4 books and swag for $100 bucks, plus a little spice of charity thrown in. I went for it. It arrived the day after my Quarterly box and I think some of my disappointment from the quarterly tampered my excitement for the summer box. I wasn't as excited about this box as I could have been, I will admit I am happier with this box. So enough of the blah blah's what was in it right?
The letter included described the 4 books and a small paragraph calling the four books "not so conventional choices for summer reading." Two novels, a graphic novel and a memoir. Not sure why they are considered unconventional, maybe once I read them that description will make more sense.
The first book was Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell ($14.95) . This is a story about family reunion set during a terrible heatwave in London in 1976. Gretta, whose husband has just abandoned her, calls her three children home. Of course none of the children's lives are perfect, and may not be having the best of luck themselves. But this is the story of "a family falling apart and coming together with hard-won, life changing truths about who they really are." It sounds like an interesting and heartfelt read. It may not have been one I would have picked up myself, but I'm interested in reading it. Sounds like it could be a bit twisty and dramatic, just my style. When I read the back, I immediately thought this sounds like a book NNCC book club would pick. And who knows if I like it, I may recommend it to the group.
So what about the swag you ask? Well I received a Book Riot Water Bottle ($15), a Jane Austin Tote ($15), and banned book socks ($10). I am much happier with this swag than the Quarterly box's swag, it fell more in line of what I was expecting. The water bottle is huge, 32 oz, and I wish I had known I was going to receive it before I purchased a 64 oz jug, but I guess you can never have too many water bottles. I love the tote, it is very roomy and will hold lots and lots of books, perfect for library visits with the kids, and actually something I have been looking to buy. The socks are cute and fun, but it feels like the wrong season for them. Oh and there was another coupon for $20 off Book Riot Live event in New York in November of 2015. Again I will not be attending this event so this coupon was useless to me, but I guess it does add value to the box.
The overall box value was $113.90 when you include the coupon, without it it is $93.90. So I feel a little cheated that they included the coupon, but for the most part I am happy with the box. I feel that I got my money's worth, not a super fantastic deal, but at least I don't feel cheated. I'm happy with my swag and only one of the books really makes me go bleh. Not bad for a box picked by someone else.