I was very excited all day yesterday because I had tickets to see Sweeney Todd at one of my local theatres. The show was great and gory and I loved it – but little did I know, I had something bookish waiting for me when I got home!
In February, I ordered a 3 months’ book subscription for myself. (I’d kind of forgotten all about it…) There aren’t many book subscriptions available in the UK, so I chose The Willoughby Book Club, which seemed the most well-rounded. (I considered the vintage book and tea subscription, but decided against it because I didn’t only want classic books. Also, I don’t like tea.)
Subscription boxes are mystery boxes posted to your door every month. You might have heard of Glossybox or Birchbox, which are a similar thing in the beauty world. What happens is, you pay in advance for a selection of boxes – usually 3, 6 or 12 months’ worth – and a box tailored to your likes and dislikes is posted to you each month, but you don’t know what book you’re going to receive, which makes it all the more fun!
The Willoughby Book Club offers different options for the books that will be delivered to you each month, ranging from £29.99 to £44.99. I went for the young adult box due to price, but if I’d been buying for someone else I would probably have chosen the bespoke box or the contemporary box, since they cover more genres.
Once you’ve chosen your box, you’ll fill in a questionnaire about the receiver’s reading habits. I just sent them a link to my Goodreads, to avoid them sending books I already owned. That said, I have heard a rumour that if they do send a book you already own, you can email them to swap it for something else.
It’s wrapped in crepe paper with twine, as you can see above. I love that it’s wrapped by hand – it makes it feel special. This would make a great Mother’s Day gift (but I already bought my mum’s present, so thought it was OK to treat myself to this instead!).
So… on to the book!
I received I Was Here by Gayle Forman. I was so pleased because I watched the movie version of If I Stay a few months ago and really enjoyed it, and wanted to read some of Forman’s books. I also love the little card with the picture of the white rabbit!
From what I understand, this book is about a teenager who commits suicide and how it affects the people left behind. I’ve not read a book purely about the after-effects of suicide before – most YA books are preoccupied with teens who are considering killing themselves – so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like.
All in all I would say I’m very impressed with the Willoughby Book Club! The only thing I disliked about it was that I expected to receive some goodies, like a bookmark or something, but I only received the book. Some bookish extras would have made the price more reasonable.
I’ll let you know what I receive in April!