Box Review: Thrifty Books – June 2017

Hello, Everyone!

Today I’d like to show you a book subscription that is very earth friendly!  This box is called Thrifty Books.  They send out used copies of books to show readers wonderful books that they might not have tried, while also using recycled and recyclable packaging.  They also send different teas, coffees, and other usable items, and I just love them!  Melissa, the owner of the box, is so passionate about what she does, and her passion translates into her box.  Enjoy!

Much love,

Ashley

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Print is not dead, but it is distributed differently.

Gone are your struggles to decide what to read next. Let Thrifty Books pick your next favorite book, or remind you why you’ve always loved a classic.  Each box contains a used book and coffee of the month!  All books chosen are literary fiction.

Why Literary Fiction?

You may be thinking, why literary fiction and not just fiction? Literary fiction has a strong focus in the act of writing and language itself, character development over plot, and social and historical commentary.

Plans:

  • Thrifty Books Deluxe
    • The Thrifty Books Deluxe Box includes the book, coffee of the month, and extra goodies like tea, literary gifts, etc. (choose ground or whole bean coffee)
    • $32/month (Includes shipping)
    • $96/3 Month PrePay (Includes shipping)
    • $187/6 Month PrePay (Includes shipping)
  • Thrifty Books Basic
    • Includes book and coffee only (choose ground or whole bean coffee)
    • $15/Month + shipping
    • $45/3 Month PrePay + shipping
    • $85/6 Month PrePay + shipping

I received the June Thrifty Books Deluxe Box to review.  Since this box has not yet been sent out, make sure you get your orders in before they sell out!

Thrifty Books comes in a kraft box with the logo stamped on the front!  There is also a recycle stamp since this box is recyclable.

There is also a cute Thrifty Books sticker on the side of the box.  I love the tagline!

The contents of the box are wrapped in this bright tissue paper.  I love the Thrifty Books sticker that holds the tissue paper together!  It makes the box feel like opening a present, and I absolutely love it!

The box comes with this note to alert the subscriber that Thrifty Books uses eco-friendly materials!  I love this.  There is so much waste not only in the subscription box industry but every retail industry.  Every little effort helps.  Good job Thrifty Books!  I will make sure to recycle my box when I am done.

The first item I pull out of the box is this adorable tea strainer!  I love the lilac color, and the small disk is perfect to set the strainer on when my tea is done steeping.

These moon sticky notes by Second Mansion were also included, and they are so cute!  I love anything to do with space, and this is such a unique item.

The next item is this tin of Earl Grey tea from Solstice Tea Traders!    Earl Grey tea is my favorite tea, and I love how fragrant it is!  The tea is perfect to use with the tea strainer that was sent in the box!

Novel Teas is a great brand of book related tea and Thrifty Books sent this set of English Breakfast Tea with literary tags!

Each tag has a quote or bookish related writing to accompany the tea.  It makes me feel so old fashioned!  This item definitely speaks to my old soul, and the tea is absolutely delicious.

This book locket necklace from Coco’s Creative Chaos was also included in the box!  I love the New Age essence of the necklace with the purple crystal, and wearing it makes me feel ethereal.  I love it!

This next item is very unique!  It is an herbal supplement that you can drink, and it is called Brain Dust.  This herbal supplement is designed to help you align with the mighty cosmic flow so that you can achieve greatness.  It also helps you to maintain healthy body systems.  I am very into natural healing, so this item is a big win for me!

The last accessory is this button from Beanforest!  I do love the smell of books, especially used books, so this pin is perfect for me.  I also love that it comes from a small shop!  I will definitely be purchasing more items from them.

The owner of Thrifty Books, Melissa, included this letter to let the subscriber know why she chose the book that she did!  I love how she rounded up thrift copies of this month’s book to stay eco-friendly. and her letter made me feel connected to not only her but to the book as well.  This letter also includes the website to the blog where subscribers can blog about the month’s book!

This month’s chosen book is The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold!  Alice Sebold is one of my favorite authors of all time, and her novel The Lovely Bones changed me for the better.  Her writing is a rare kind of literature that leaves the reader forever changed at the end.  I have seen The Almost Moon in numerous thrift stores before, but I have never purchased it myself!  I am so glad to have received it since Melissa was so touched by the book.  This book looks like an emotionally jarring read, and I can’t wait to get started on it.

Here is the synopsis:

A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new novel by the author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky.

For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she could never have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page.

The book also came with an exclusive bookmark by Thrifty Books!  I love the quote on the bookmark, and the Cheshire Cat is one of my favorite literary characters.

Final Thought: Melissa puts so much care into curating her boxes, and I love her eco-friendly drive.  All of the items included in the box are useful, and I love how Melissa is bringing back wonderful novels that are older.  Thrifty Books is a great way to try new teas, coffees, and small shops, while also receiving used books with a purpose!  Everything about this box just makes you feel at home, and I love how Melissa cares so much about her subscribers.

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