Review | March Blue Spider’s Attic Book Subscription Box


If you’ve been following along on my previous reviews of Blue Spider’s Attic, then you know I was overdue for some books I actually like from this box. Thankfully, that’s just what happened this month!

The curator describes Blue Spider’s Attic as, “The magic of a used book store, delivered.” Except it’s actually even better because also, coffee! There are two different boxes available. First is The Attic Box by Blue Spider Press, which includes three second-hand books, a small package of coffee or tea, and several bookish items. This is just $21.99+ shipping if you buy a single box, though I paid $105.99+ shipping for a 6-month subscription, which is about $17.60 per month.

There’s also the Blue Spider’s Basic box, which comes with two books, a sample of coffee and tea, and no bookish extras. It starts at $13.99 per month, though it looks like there are discounts available for longer subscriptions.

No matter which box you choose, you fill out a few surveys about your likes. The forms I filled out included clarifying language that assured me I was not guaranteed the genres I selected.

Dragon's Doom Ed Greenwood Cover.jpgThe first book I received this month was The Dragon’s Doom by Ed Greenwood. After reading a few pages and noting that it was described on the cover as “The Thunderous Conclusion to THE BAND OF FOUR QUARTET,” I decided to skip this book.

Rating: N/A

Recommended for: I imagine people who read the first books in this series.

Does it pass the Bechdel–Wallace testN/A

Author of color / main character of color / female author / female main character:  N / NA / N / NA

bobcat and other stories rebecca lee cover.jpgNext up was a book I did read, Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee, which was apparently a pick for Powell’s Indiespensables. This book was so good y’all, I don’t even know what to say about it. I’m not always on board with short stories. They often leave me feeling a little empty, as though I got to have a quick cup of coffee with someone when what I wanted was a weekend-long sightseeing trip.

That was not the case with Lee’s stories, each of which was fully realized and complete. Each character was complex and unique and every one of them surprised me at one point or another. I’d never heard of this book, or of Rebecca Lee, but this book is now in the top three books I’ve read this year – and I’ve read a lot of books this year!

Rating: 10 / 10

Recommended for: People who like short stories, people who don’t like short stories, all the people

Does it pass the Bechdel–Wallace testYes, most of them.

Author of color / main character of color / female author / female main character:  N / N / Y / Y

call me zelda erika robuck cover.jpgThe third book I received was Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck, a fictionalized story about Zelda Fitzgerald told via the story of her private nurse.

I liked this book, I’m pretty sure. It was interesting, the writing was good, the pace was great, and I liked the glimpses into the lives of the Fitzgeralds. What I didn’t always like was the fact that it felt a little gross to me when F. Scott’s alcoholism was used in a sort of gossipy way, or the way the Zelda’s mental illness (schizophrenia) was addressed. It felt a little like rubbernecking, you know, like a car accident out your front door and bodies being pulled from it and you know you shouldn’t look but you just do.

So, that was part of it, but I did look and I’m glad I did.

I’m not sure how important this is, but I should say that I am not a huge fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work. I don’t know if this made me like the book more or less, so take it as you will, but know that this book does paint him in a pretty negative light, both as a husband and as a plagiarist.

Rating: 7 / 10

Recommended for: Fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald, fans of Zelda Fitzgerald, fans of literary history, historical fiction fans

Does it pass the Bechdel–Wallace testYes.

Author of color / main character of color / female author / female main character:  N / N / Y / Y

Now on to the goodies I received in this month’s box!

Colombian coffee nook

First up was some pre-ground Colombian coffee from the Coffee Nook. I haven’t tried this yet because we need whole beans for our french press, which we use every day, and I only use pre-ground on my AeroPress, which I haven’t used for a bit. However, I am glad to see a basic coffee. I like the flavored ones once in a while but it’s a nice change to just have a good, classic option.

wp-1490575655061.jpgOh, did I mention that the theme this month was “A Pirate’s Life for Me?” Well, it’s about to become obvious, starting with the second item, a candle from Geeky Girl Scents, called, aptly, a Pirate’s Life for Me. It’s supposed to smell like an ocean breeze and it claims to have “top notes of apple, melon, orange, and bergamot.” I don’t know what bergamont is, and this doesn’t smell very fruity to me, but it does smell fresh and clean. I like it very much!

wp-1490575647621.jpgThen we have a macrame bracelet from The Knotted Grove. This isn’t my style but I know just who’ll be giving it to.

Finally, we have a pirate loot bag and Jolly Rogers, obviously, because they’re the piratiest of candies!

 

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Oh, not finally, because they also sent two pirate pencils and a few pirate print outs with cool info and neato pictures. These aren’t even listed on their monthly hand-out thing that tells me what’s included. Score – I’m extra special!

This was a great box for me. Yes, I didn’t even read one of the books, but that’s the joy of getting three – I really just need to like one of them for this subscription to be worth the price. I loved the extras this month too. Great job, y’all! Looking forward to the future.

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3 thoughts on “Review | March Blue Spider’s Attic Book Subscription Box

  1. Reblogged this on Carving Out A Space and commented:
    Guys, I don’t get to step into the blogging space as often as I would like, but here I am making a flash appearance to share a recent review of our March Attic Box that I accidentally stumbled upon. Thanks to Agnes for including us in her subscription box project and for being real about tje books and goodies found inside the boxes. Be sure to check out the other reviews for some nifty sub boxes and tons of books! Enjoy the read!

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