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Subscription Box Post: Books That Matter – February 2020

I will be honest: I thought I was ordering Books That Matter’s January box.

Let me back up.

For my birthday, I gifted myself a book subscription box.

I chose Books That Matter, a UK-based feminist subscription box company that sends readers books written by womxn.

What I did not realize:

  • I ordered my box too late to receive the January Retold Fairytales box
  • Boxes take 2-3 extra weeks to reach US subscribers

The box I ordered at the beginning of the year (January 3rd) for my birthday (January 16th) ended up arriving last Thursday (February 20th.)

Whoops.

In spite of the long wait, I was completely thrilled with my box and wanted to share it with you all.

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Books That Matter – February 2020

Theme: Banned Books

I’ve only ever ordered from Owlcrate before, so I expected similar packaging (i.e., sturdy cardboard.)

My Books That Matter box arrived in a mail bag with a slightly flimsy, somewhat squished cardboard box.

Luckily, none of my items were damaged.

The box wasn’t anything like the last Owlcrate box I ordered.

Boxes like Owlcrate and Fairyloot tend to stress me out because of the number of items they contain. As much as I love the included items, I don’t need a new hat, a new mug, and a new keychain any month.

By contrast, I received the following in my Books That Matter box:

  • a Banned Books tote bag
  • two Banned Books posters
  • an embroidery kit
  • a bookmark
  • a bag of tea
  • a paperback copy of The Color Purple

This is the perfect number of items to receive in a subscription box. I’m all for it.

Now to the items.

 

Banned Books tote

I’ve been lugging my laptop around in a slightly-too-small backpack for months.

Now I can carry my laptop in my brand-new TOTE!

This tote fits my laptop, my charging cord, and a paperback, and still fits over my arm!

Also, it looks classy and tells people that I read banned books.

AM I COOL YET?

 

Banned Books posters

I gave one to my friend and kept the other for my bookshelf.

For authenticity’s sake, I took a tally of banned books that I’ve read.

I’ve read at least fourteen.

I’M A REBEL.

 

Embroidery kit

I don’t sew and I hate buying craft supplies.

LUCKILY, this kit comes with thread, backing, a pattern, and a needle! I don’t have to buy anything!

Also, the final result is R A I N B O W. Very on-brand.

 

Bookmark

The bookmark is purple.

It’s the color purple.

GET IT??

 

Tea

This inclusion really underscores the box’s British origin.

I sometimes drink tea while I read, so I found this addition very thoughtful.

And – AND – it was CAFFEINE tea!

Perfect for my emergency stash! (Just kidding, I already drank it.)

 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Before Thursday, I’d never read The Color Purple before.

I assumed this book was a “slave novel” like Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

It…is not that.

I finished this book in two days and I loved it.

It completely holds up.

Also, I’m loving the UK cover.

Color Purple

This is a new favorite and I’m so glad Books That Matter sent it to me.

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Would I order from this company again?

Absolutely.

A single-purchase subscription box runs for 20 GBP/32 USD, which I consider fairly reasonable.

The only downside was the long wait.

I ordered my box at the beginning of January and didn’t receive it for almost two months.

What I got was completely worth it, though.

With these adjusted expectations, I would order another box sometime in the future.

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Order from Books That Matter! They are very cool!

I’m keeping their website in my favorites for future consideration.

I’m also contemplating single-purchasing Fairy Loot’s March box (thought this is another UK company, so there’ll be a wait.)

I’ll see if there’s room in the budget.

Happy reading, fam.

Author:

She/her. Lover of cheese and performative angst. I love to call out, complain, overreact, analyze, and reimagine. This site contains the fruit of that labor.

6 thoughts on “Subscription Box Post: Books That Matter – February 2020

  1. Ooh this does sound like a great book box! I want to get a book box at least once in my life and this sounds more my style. I can’t be dealing with random pins, mugs etc. But bookmarks, tote bags and tea? Sounds right up my street. You know along with the book of course 😂😂😂

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    1. The box’s tagline is “Putting the classics of tomorrow in your hands today,” which totally reminded me of you! I was like, “Hey, Emer reads classics!” This book is VERY much your cup of tea. *snickers for all eternity*

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