Review | July Blue Spider’s Attic Book Subscription Box


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 […]

Review | The NYRB Book Club July 2017 | The Violins of Saint-Jacques by Patrick Leigh Fermor


One of the bookish subscription boxes I’ll be reviewing this yeardoesn’t actually involve a box, so I guess it’s just a bookish subscription. I’m talking about the New York Review Books Book Club. The deal I signed up for included 12 books (one each month, you know) as well as a yearly subscription to The Paris Review (four copies in […]

Review | Call Number | August 2017 | New People by Danzy Senn


Call Number is a “library-inspired monthly book box that celebrates contemporary Black literature and authors.” It costs $35.00 a month and includes one book and an assortment of bookish goodies. Perfect! Sign me up! Or don’t, because I’m already signed up! Check out all my Call Number reviews if you’d like. As is always the case with this […]

Book Review | What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons


What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons was sent to me by in July by Call Number and was also the August pick for My Lit Box. That should tell you how fantastic it was. I was about 50 pages in before I thought, wait, is this a novel? And I looked at the cover and sure […]

Review of the books in July’s Blue Spider’s Attic Book Subscription Box


I have to say, there were some really big surprises in July’s books from Blue Spider’s Attic. The biggest surprised was that I actually read July’s books before August’s books got here! Thanks to that 24in48 readathon, I’m actually getting somewhat caught up on my reading. Exciting! The books though, the books. You can check […]

Review | Quarterly Literary Box / PageHabit|Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips


Holy shit, how many times is this subscription going to change names? It was affiliated with Book Riot, then it was just the Quarterly Literary Box, now it’s PageHabit. Make up your mind! You may remember me complaining about this box in the past because the “bookish goodies” it supposedly has typically includes things like […]

Book Review | Hunger by Roxane Gay from My Lit Box


The July box of My Lit Box included Hunger by Roxane Gay. As I mentioned in that post, this is a book I’d already started on my Kindle but was having hard time making a real dent it. This wasn’t because the book wasn’t engaging – in fact, the opposite was true. You guys, what I’m trying […]

But is This the Best Book in the History of the World?


Just the Right Book! is different than the other book subscriptions I’m reviewing this year in that a real life person actually picks a book out just for me – as opposed to picking out one book to go to all subscribers. There are numerous subscriptions to choose from. I choose a 12-month softcover subscription, which […]

Book Review | Call Number | June 2017 | Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou


Last month I posted about the June Call Number box that included Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou. Today I’ll tell you about the book itself. The story begins with 13-year-old Moses, whose full name is  Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko but he’s not trying to live the long-name-life so he goes by Moses. […]

Review | Call Number | July 2017 | What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons


Call Number is a “library-inspired monthly book box that celebrates contemporary Black literature and authors.” It costs $35.00 a month and includes one book and an assortment of bookish goodies. Perfect! Sign me up! Or don’t, because I’m already signed up! Check out all my Call Number reviews if you’d like. Are you guys getting tired of me […]