This is the post I should have written in December when I received the very first Quarterly Box from Book Riot. They put this together through the Quarterly website. I had no idea that this was a thing. The concept is that you subscriber to a company’s quarterly subscription and every three months you get a package delivered. Book Riot’s subscription fee is $50. When they first announced this program I hemmed and hawed for a while. There are many ways in which I piddle away $200 a year, but it seemed decadent. I kept thinking about it, though, and I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t sign up. You can cancel at any time, so I figured why not. Just that once would be a nice little pampering for my reading soul. When the first box arrived I loved every little bit of it. I would have told you all about it, but life was hectic, frazzled, and quite frankly blogging wasn’t on my mind much at all. It contained among other things a book a day calendar which adds a dose of bookishness to my cube at work and a copy of Lexicon by Max Barry that I freaking loved to death. Since the contents of that box have since been fondly distributed throughout my life, let me tell you the story of my second Quarterly Box, the one that arrived on what will now be yesterday afternoon.
As is often the case, I had to go to the bathroom really bad when I got home. As much as I needed to take care of that, I saw that my precious box was on my porch and I had to get it and open it NOW. The dance I did while opening that box was a mixture of excitement and the pee pee dance. Be very glad you didn’t see it. I opened it up and peaked inside before my bladder stepped it up a notch and made itself my first priority. After I ran to the bathroom my bladder punished me by taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r(!) to finish its business all because I put my cardboard box first. Whatever. I will not let mere limitations of this human existence keep me from my bliss (for long anyway). And yes, when I’m old as the damn dirt, I will still think waiting until I could at least see a little of what was inside was worth a little leakiness in the nursing home.
I washed my hands and went back to my box. Each item I unpacked made me as happy as the biggest book loving clam in the sea.
The theme this go around is meta. There’s a book about a early 20th century traveling book salesman and Lauren Leto’s Judging a Book by Its Lover. Then there are the fun book darts in the Read Harder tin, the Banned Books coffee mug that my husband snagged for himself. He’s the coffee drinker in the family and now I don’t have to feel even a shred of guilt pampering myself every three months. The magnet looks great on my fridge and I’m looking forward to digging into that USB drive that contains a special video from Short Story Thursdays‘ Jacob Tomsky along with some short stories to download. This month I really hit the jackpot because my box included an ARC of Emma Straub’s The Vacationers. I died and went to heaven. I missed out on an opportunity to meet her when I went to BEA a couple of years ago because I couldn’t catch a cab to the cocktail party. Finding that book at the bottom of my box was a little “I’m sorry you were disappointed” gift from the heavens. Plus I’ll be taking it with me to Las Vegas next week where my best friend and I will indeed be vacationers for a nice long weekend.
On top of the goodies that come in each box, there have been exclusive things related to each box as well. In the first box, there was a letter written to us especially by the Max Barry and 10 hand written post it notes scattered throughout the text. That book became sacred to me immediately because it was like having him sit next to me while I was reading and pointing out things of interest along the way. I loved it. This month, Book Riot included three new “How to Fake It” guides written by Lauren Leto. This was a huge score for me because I haven’t read any of those authors and now you’ll never know it.
What really brings each box together are the liner notes Book Riot includes. I enjoy reading them. They are like a little Thinking of You card slipped inside a present.
“Yay! Books!” says my magnet. “Yay! Book Riot Quarterly Box!” says Literate Housewife.
So, yeah. I love my Quarterly Box subscription. If you love books and/or know someone who does, you should take a look at Book Riot’s subscription. In fact, Quarterly just added a “Buy Next Box” option for those who just want one mailing. Go ahead and do that if it makes you feel better, but I know you’ll be hooked just like me.