Quarterly is a special subscription box. It is… well… quarterly.
Another thing that makes quarterly so different is that they work together with a curator—in my box it was Beth Revis, but there are tons of other boxes apart from books—that helps choose the different items of the box.
It’s a pretty sweet deal if you’re a fan of someone. If its a literary box—like mine—it will include the author’s latest release. But there are also chefs, musicians, and celebrities.
Every box costs $50 + shipping. For me, the shipping cost was $30 and it was shipped with FedEx. Although, without tracking so I had to wait over 2 weeks for it to arrive with no way of knowing where it was. (Although, since I was lucky enough for it to pass customs, I am totally okay with that)
So… The box?
The first thing I saw was this little folder thingy. Thinking it was the ever popular spoiler card, I didn’t reas it until after I unboxed everything.
It is so much more than a spoiler card, though. Its a five page letter from the curator—Beth Revis—explaining her thoughts behind chosing the contents along with her inspiration for her latest book.
In comparison to other boxes, I like that a lot. It gives an insight into the meaning behind the box, and for someone who analyse and make up systems like myself, it was gold.
I’m starting to undedstand book plates a whole lot more now. Basically, it’s a sticker with an autograph on. I can choose to stick it in the book, or on something else if I so desire.
The first item I noticed after that was a magnetic photo holder string. I’ve never seen one before, but since I’ve been m trying to find a way to showcase some of the art prints I’ve received, I thought it was pretty cool.
Beth Revis also offered an explanation to the choice, saying it was like a red string connecting everything.
The next item was a note card with sticker quotes. Beth Revis wrote that she wanted us to write the card to someone we hold dear, trusting them with our confidence and heart.
Pretty sweet, right? The quotes on the w stickers are awesome, as well.
The first book I found was Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer.
It’s about a group of teenagers who deal with their own sorrow and mental illnesses with the help of stories.
The thought behind chosing this books makes sense to me. However, since I already have another edition of this book, I’m not sure what to do. It is my first duplicate.
Maybe a giveaway? Or a booksfortrade? We’ll see.
Luckily the other books were delightfully new to my shelves.
The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis is a book that highlights the way we deal with sorrow.
After the Main Character loses her best friend, she tries to contact her friend through spiritualism. It’s not the traditional way of processing feelings, but I fully understand how someone can find solace in it.
Obviously, I’m super excited to read this.
Beth’s latest release: A World Without You in Hardback.
It’s about a boy who thinks he can travel in time, and with the help of his adventures in the past, he confronts his own mental illness.
As something special, the book is annotated with tons of little post-it notes with Beth’s own thoughts, inspiration and explanations.
I think this box is perfect for fans. The different curators also promises something vastly different every time.
Even though I own two of Beth Revis’ books, I have yet to read any. But after reading several interviews I found myself intrigued by A World Without You. And in the end, that was what made me order the box.
Of course, I’m sad that I got a duplicate book. But at the same time, it’s a confirmation that there was a reason I picked that book—even though I haven’t read it yet.
My favorite item is the photoholder. I think it’s a practical thing that also fits the overall theme of the box.
Would I order this box again?
I honestly don’t know. Maybe if the box was curated by one of my favorite authors.
For someone who simply wants a new reading experience with bookish goods, this box doesn’t offer much. Not for the price and added threat of customs fee.
Note: I wrote to Quarterly suggesting that they look into adding the taxes at checkout. Generally, I’d be hesitant to recommend this box to my European friends, and Quarterly fully understood that. They said they were looking into a new shipping partner, so hopefully something will change.
I have to admit; I am partial to the bookish goods included in many other book boxes. And this book just didn’t offer that many.
Though, I loves that there was three books.
Have you tried Quarterly before? Who should the curator be for you to consider it?
Don’t be a stranger.
(also… I think that I’ve added my blog to Bloglovin, but I honestly have no clue.)