I’m so excited to have received my third and final book from The Willoughby Book Club!
This is a book subscription service here in the UK where you buy 3, 6 or 12 months’ worth of books in advance and they send you a book they think you’ll like each month.
I’m really sad to have come to the end of my subscription! I’ve really enjoyed the excitement that comes with my packages, since I never know what I’m going to get.
On to the unboxing:
There were two fun additions to my box this week: an ‘I ❤ WBC’ pin and a bookmark with a George R. R. Martin quote. This was a pleasant surprise, since one of my major issues with previous boxes is that I’ve just received a book and nothing else, so it hasn’t felt like very good value for money.
So what did I get?
I’ve never actually heard of this book, so I’m intrigued to see how it goes. The blurb doesn’t really give me much of a clue as to what it’s about, but the cover design (especially on the back of the book) is very similar to Room by Emma Donoghue so I’m wondering if it has similar themes. So far all I can tell is that it seems to be about an overbearing mother, and possibly has themes of mental illness? That’s just me guessing though as the blurb really doesn’t make it clear.
I’ve had a quick look at the first page and it does look like it could be good. Too soon to tell for sure though.
THOUGHTS ON ‘THE WILLOUGHBY BOOK CLUB’.
I trawled through the internet looking for a book subscription company based in the UK, and this was nearly all I could find. It’s probably not the one I would’ve gone for if I’d had more choice, since you don’t generally get any extra goodies with it. The only other options were book and tea-themed, and I don’t drink tea so wouldn’t have been interested in the goodies anyway!
I definitely think The Willoughby Book Club do their job well. It’s easy to sign up for and you can set it so that it’s for yourself or so that it goes to a friend as a gift. It also gives you a box in which to describe the sorts of books you like, so that they can pick your books more easily.
They have different genres that you can go for. I went with YA because it was the cheapest, but I would’ve liked to try the contemporary box or the bespoke box. However, it’s just more money than I’m willing to spend – if I went out and bought the books myself, I would save money, so all I’m really paying for is the surprise.
I do really like the packaging. It’s very vintage-looking with the twine and it has a handmade element to it which is lovely. It’d definitely make a great gift for somebody.
I doubt I’ll subscribe to them again, simply because it’s not great value for money. I paid £29.99 and got 3 books, a pin and a very basic stamped bookmark. I feel like if I’d gone to the right shop, I could’ve got the same three books for less than a tenner each.
I would like to try other subscription companies in the UK though, as if I can find one that feels worth it I don’t mind spending a little bit extra. I just wish OwlCrate shipped from the UK!!!