I was a happy previous customer of Quarterly.co’s book box that came out every 3 months, so when I saw they now had a monthly option, I signed up as soon as I had the funds. The monthly box is a slightly smaller mailing with one book instead of 3, but it still has author annotations and some bookish goodies to go with it. I ordered both the Literary Fiction box and the YA Fiction box. Unfortunately, the YA box got lost in the mail, so they had to refund it. I was disappointed that they don’t hold onto extra boxes in case something goes wrong, but at least I got my money back. I also want to mention that email support was very unhelpful, but I got immediate service from the website’s chat function.
Anyway, you’ll see up top the box that the shipment was mailed in. It’s a basic brown box with their logo, which does the job just fine.
Inside the box, everything was tucked in tight. Nothing was really breakable, so there were no worries there. On top of everything sat a card telling where a portion of this month’s proceeds would be donated. PageHabit sponsors the building of schools, libraries and community centers with books around the world. It’s a different country every month.
This month’s book was The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard. It’s about a small cult that builds up around a machine that’s supposed to tattoo “personalized revelations” on its followers’ arms. In this way, they supposedly find out the truth about themselves, but there seems to be a link between the epiphanies and a sudden rash of violent crimes. I haven’t read it yet, but the story looks amazing and I love that the author has sprinkled notes on post-its throughout the book. That was my favorite part of the Quarterly box as well.
In addition to the book, I also received a letter from the author, a laminated bookmark with a quote from Aldous Huxley, a reading light and a small brown notebook that says “Field Notes.” The quote on the bookmark is one I hadn’t seen before and I love it. I put the page marker to good use immediately. I already own a rechargeable reading light with double heads, so I passed this new one on to my niece who didn’t have one. It takes batteries and gives off an ample supply of light. I haven’t done anything with the notebook yet, but I always find uses for these eventually.
While I still prefer the Quarterly box, this one is fun if you can’t wait a full three months for new books. It still has the highlights of the bigger box for a lower price. To sign up, click here to find their website. They have several genres available including literary fiction, YA fiction, mystery, fantasy, romance, horror and historical fiction. Each monthly box costs $29.99 plus $4.50 for shipping.
3.5 out of 5 stars (half a star removed for issues with customer service)