I ordered my first book box…and I liked it!

Ahem. So many of you UK/US/AUS book people have a great choice of subscription book boxes to choose from – I frequently see unboxings on Tumblr and Instagram and it always makes me rather envious. Being in South Africa, the exchange rates for these are brutal, even if they do ship internationally, and then things tend to sit in customs for around three months. So all in all, not a particularly worthwhile experience.

BUT. Recently I found out about the first South African book box service, courtesy of a friend on Facebook. And I was suitably intrigued. Two things convinced me to order – 1. I was fairly certain about which book it was, and it was one I had been wanting to get anyway, and 2. I had just fractured my foot and was feeling very sorry for myself – i.e. treats were required.

πŸ“š My @thebcase box has arrived! #bookstagam #bookmail

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The unpacking was ever-so intriguing…

But whatever can be inside…? @thebcase #bookstagram #bookmail

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I greedily opened everything in the office…and then re-examined everything when I got home.

In case you didn’t guess, it was a circus theme, relating to the much-hyped Caraval. My lovely box was promptly delivered, and arrived to much fanfare on my part!

I think everyone adores bookish goodies – it’s like a literary treasure box. And while I can’t afford to sign up for one every month, I’ll definitely be treating myself every now and then, especially when there’s a theme that appeals to me.

So, my lovelies, do you have a regular subscription to something like this? What’s the nicest treasure you’ve received? I was quite taken with the stripy socks in the jar! And the popcorn, which totally got me through the last hour of my working day.


8 thoughts on “I ordered my first book box…and I liked it!

  1. This is very cool! I subscribed to a book box for a few months but I thought it was very pricey so I stopped. But it was really fun while I was getting them. I loved the mystery:-)


  2. I’m glad you found a book box! I don’t subscribe to any, unfortunately. Even with the options I have, I find many of them to be too expensive, and book taste is so subjective so I didn’t want to risk getting something I wouldn’t read πŸ™‚


  3. I’ve literally been following Owl Crate, Litcube, YA chronicles, Fairyloot etc…for as long as they’ve been running.
    Being in South Africa, not having this choice since shipping and taxes almost tripples the actual subscription amount…I’ve been quite envious of all these peeps receiving these cool cool boxes and goodies and books!!! The ultimate reason why we buy them in the first place.

    Personally since shipping etc. is so expensive, the Book Case’s box price is very reasonable, however not many can afford it on a monthly basis.

    I do really hope The Book Case gains more exposure amongst South Africans, especially our youth. Our kiddos I think will really enjoy this box and who knows, maybe if they expand in the future, they will specialize a little as well to keep the attention of our young readers.
    This is one thing I firmly believe, that our youngsters today will greatly benefit from this cool box…it can become the next cool thing…many can upload their Booktube reviews etc. and the possibilities are endless. It brings youngsters back to reading, which is needed in our schools today as well.

    Thank you for your review! Loved it. I have officially made my very first purchase for the May box and Mother’s day box. I’m budgeting galore and hopefully this can become a monthly treat for myself…a mama of two primary kiddos. Freakin can’t wait for my boxes to arrive!!!


    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! It’s fantastic that we now have a book subscription box like this in SA, which is ~relatively~ affordable if one does some budgeting. I hope the Book Case does really well as well – they do seem to be growing from strength to strength, and as more people talk about it/share their ‘unboxings’, hopefully it will spread the world. It would have been so incredibly cool to have something like this as a kid – I agree it can definitely add to the excitement of reading, particularly for those who are more reluctant.


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