I confess, I love to try subscription boxes. I love to get a box of themed items, specially if these items are things I wouldn't usually get for myself. I have done this for makeup and even clothing, but had not yet ventured to trying a book subscription box. My to be read pile keeps getting bigger, so for a while this has been keeping me at bay. Another reason it took me so long, is that I hadn't found any themes I thought I would enjoy.
However, that all changed when Spearcraft announced their British Invasion Box for October. Spearcraft is a book subscription box company which specializes in new young adult books and bookish items. So every box includes a new hardcover young adult title with a bookplate from the author and then some bookish items like magnets, bookmarks, some wearables, jewelry, etc. The British Invasion Box was advertised as ideal for lover of Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, and Miss Petigrew's Home for Peculiar Children. I was sold once I read Harry Potter and Dr. Who in the same sentence, and I decided to take the plunge.
These are some of the goodies present in the box:
This box included: the book That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston, a pair of socks with the Union Jack, a Union Jack pin, an Alice in Wonderland pin, a Beatles inspired tote, a Downton Abbey magnet, Dr. who necklace, and a Harry Potter decal. I have not read the book yet, and my favorite item was probably the Harry Potter Lumos/Nox decal.
Like many subscription services, unless you cancel the membership you can expect a package each month. When I first signed up I just wanted to try the service and was only interested because of the theme, so I assumed I would remember and cancel the service. Alas, October was a hectic month and by the time they emailed me to let me know my card would be charged for the November box, it was too late. In this way I ended up receiving the Friends Don't Lie November box. Which you can see below.
This box included: A Line In The Dark by Malinda Lo, Stranger Things inspired soap, magnet and candle, Pretty Little Liars inspired art and friendship necklace, Burn the Rabbit volume 1 and 2 by Joe Chianakas in ebook format, and a bookmark. I liked the items in this box more than the ones in the October box, maybe because my expectations were higher for that one. I really enjoyed the candle and thought the bookmark was pretty cute.
Even though I enjoyed most of the goodies that came in the boxes, I don't think this kind of subscription box is for me. For one thing, I think the goodies are tailored towards a younger audience; as a 29 year old I have seldom use for a pretty little liars friendship necklace. For another thing, as much as I enjoy reading, I don't like collecting hardcover copies of books and knick knacks. I don't have the space for it, and it doesn't add to my reading experience. I will say, the boxes are cohesive and they use small businesses for much of their goodies. I also think that this would be a great gift for any teen reader in your life.