May | April 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 […]

Review | Brilliant Books | February 2017 | The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien


Brilliant Books, touted as “your long distance local bookstore,” is basically the same as Just the Right Book! You fill out a form, a real-life person picks out a book, and then they send it to you. I paid $185.00 for one yer of paperback books, though there are other options. This one was a […]

Review | February Blue Spider’s Attic


As you may remember from my first review of Blue Spider’s Attic, I loved the experience but wasn’t a fan of the books. This month was a little better, as far as giving me books it was possible I would like, though it turned out I didn’t. Still loved this box though! The curator describes Blue […]

Review | January Blue Spider’s Attic


Okay. Listen guys, listen: The first thing you’ll notice when I review the books I received in my January box from Blue Spider’s Attic is that I really super didn’t like a single one of them. Three books and all of them get boo-hiss warnings from me. But wait! I still love this subscription. I did […]

January 2017 Review | Just the Right Book! | Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff


Just the Right Book! is different than the other book subscriptions I’m reviewing this year in that a 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 cost me […]

Review | The NYRB Book Club January 2017


One of the bookish subscription boxes I’ll be reviewing this year doesn’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 […]

Book Review | Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington | Quarterly Literary Box


The Quarterly Literary Box comes quarterly (imagine that!) and costs $49 per quarter if you purchase one-box-at-a-time or less if you pre-pay for the year. Each box includes an annotated new release (complete with hand-written notes) and two more books the author of the first book chose – plus “delightful bookish goods.” I can’t attest to […]

Book Review | We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley


I’m not generally a huge fan of “psychological thrillers” because, in my experience, the twists and turns tend to be pretty obvious from pretty far off. That was not the case with We Could Be Beautiful. Sure, it was pretty clear pretty early that the fiance of Catherine West, the rich, spoiled protagonist, had something seriously […]