I think subscription boxes are one of the most common things you see being reviewed on blogs these days. From beauty, food, books and even period care boxes, there seems to be a subscription box for absolutely anything you could possibly want. Beauty subscription boxes are certainly the most popular of the lot with the big giants like Birchbox and Glossybox uk cropping up everywhere you look. However the one main let down of these boxes which I see time and time again in people’s reviews is when they receive a box with a few products they wouldn’t use in it. That’s always been my main reason for never going ahead and paying for a subscription of a beauty subscription box because I’m worried that the products won’t be for me and it’ll be a waste of money (I’m not just tight but you get my reasoning).
Last month, I was lucky enough to receive a bookish subscription box from Magic Chest to review. If you read my review of that box here, you’ll know that I absolutely loved it. It was such a well put together box, with amazing contents and an incredible sounding book to go with it. Obviously, these incredible bookish subscription boxes don’t fall from the sky; there’s always some hard working individual/s behind them. So today, I’m having a chat with Klara, the brain-power and mastermind behind the Magic Chest box where we talk about what the box entails, inspiration and the inner workings of having your own business!
I have reviewed a couple of bookish subscription boxes before in the past and I bloody love them – definitely more so than beauty subscription boxes. That’s obviously the bookworm in me talking but there’s nothing quite like getting a package and knowing there’s so much bookish goodness inside waiting to be opened! When I was contacted by Magic Chest*, a Fantasy based book subscription company, I was on it like a car bonnet. As it usually works with these types of boxes, each month is a different “theme”. I was given the option of the May box or any of their previous boxes so I went with one of their older “Fairy Tales” themed boxes. You all know I love fairy tales; Disney, magic, re-tellings. Give me it all. So I was super excited to receive this box and see what was inside.
At the end of last year, I was lucky enough to win the October Birchbox from the lovely Lisa who runs Lisa’s Notebook. First of all, if you haven’t already, you should 100% go and stalk her blog for a few hours because it’s absolutely beautiful and ranges from books to beauty so there’s a little something for everyone. Got it? Okay, cool. Anyway, so if you know me, I’m not too savvy when it comes to beauty and make-up and that’s a-okay. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy trying new products and talking about them – it makes a nice change and is actually quite a nice little challenge for me every once in a while. So I thought as I’ve never reviewed a beauty subscription box before, it’s a new year and the perfect time for me to step out of my comfort zone!
I’m happy to read anything and everything. All different genres, from all different kinds of authors including books published in different kinds of ways. Of course my most read type of books are traditionally published but I am definitely not impartial to a self-published or Indie book (I actually wrote a post on that here!) I’ve read some wonderful self published books since I started book blogging and met, albeit virtually, some of the incredible authors behind them. I’ve worked with Cratejoy before on their Fresh Fiction: Box Not to Miss box and their Nerdy Bookworm Box but today I’m reviewing the Go Indie Now! box and my god, what a treat it was! And make sure you scroll to the bottom for the giveaway to win a Cratejoy box!
Now the main components of this box go together as like a set… sort of. I’ll get to that in a minute so it makes sense but first I’ll share with you the additional items in the box – which have no connection to anything else. I realise this makes no sense. Firstly, there was the Bookish Adult Colouring Book by Martha Sweeney.
Before I started book blogging all the way back in good ol’ 2013 I had never, ever heard of ‘self-publishing’ before. The phrase had not entered my vocabulary and it took me a little while to get to grips with what it actually was. You mean to tell me, you can write a book and just publish it yourself? You don’t have to wait for a publisher to take you on? Does that essentially mean anyone could publish a book? Does that mean I could publish a book? These were just some of the questions that entered my little naïve mind around that time. Of course, I’m a lot more clued up now about self-publishing and what it is and I’ve also, finally come to the realization that I definitely could not publish a book.
Last month, I wrote about the Fresh Fiction: Box Not To Miss subscription box I received from the fantastic guys at Cratejoy. They specialise in all things subscription box and have a massive amount of different boxes to suit all types and interests on their site. This month, I was ever so lucky to receive another of their amazing boxes, this time it was the Nerdy Bookworm Box. I absolutely loved this box so let me share with you what goodies were inside!