This is a weekly feature I have decided to start this year. It will include the books I read in the past week and my thoughts on current book trends and topics (including movies/series based on books) and the books I want to read. I also want to talk about what other book bloggers are sharing or their opinion on anything bookish. I just felt like as a book community it will be nice for everyone to gather around once in a while and share what they love so much – books!
Welcome to Kaffeinated Conversations! Can you believe three months are over? We are now in April and it’s time for this months first KC.
I decided to blog about book subscription boxes. Recently I had ordered two of them – one from booksnbeyond and another from TBb. (You can check out it’s content on my instahandle) I placed my order for bnb in December and received my box in March third week. The subscription box I ordered from TBb I had placed in January and the box might me shipped by April end or before.
Now this isn’t a rant against how unprofessional they are (which they are) but if these boxes are even necessary. I mean sure you love getting something in the mail, we all book lovers do. With additional merchandise as bonus. But by the time we receive these “exclusive books” they have already released on Amazon or other sites. So what’s the point in waiting? I even made a post on insta regarding everyone’s first subscription box but majority of them hadn’t ordered one cause:
- Too expensive
- Late Delivery
I don’t think they should be called monthly boxes if am getting January boxes in March or May. I understand how the business works but you can’t be so late. The one positive thing about Bnb was it always updated orders details and promptly replied to queries where as TBb I believe is notorious for slow shipping and horrible customer service. Yet they thrive cause some of us are putty for books and well face it – some of those merchs are great for photos so theres that.
I haven’t ordered from the other few subscription boxes yet but I don’t think I will anytime soon. But to be honest, the novelty of it is too good to pass up. I like receiving bookmail and so don’t think they are unnecessary but the whole experience is somehow underwhelming.
What do you think of book subscription boxes? Do you think it’s here to stay? Which one was your first? Share in the comments below!