Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Calling all book lovers!

I was gifted a box from Hello Book Lover for review, but as usual, all opinions are all mine. I know what you're thinking - Kristen, a book lover? It's true, I know you never would have guessed.

I know not everyone loves books, and the biggest book day in blogland was yesterday so we're probably all overdosed on books and book posts but sometimes you just have to share something.

If you've stepped foot in the blogging world for .2 seconds, you know there are these little things called subscription boxes. Makeup, jewelry, clothes, you name it, there is a subscription box for it.

Including books. Did I just blow your mind? It blew my mind when I first discovered it as well. There are quite a few out there, it's pretty overwhelming. I have tried one before and was wanting to try them all (gotta research, you know?), but I honestly think I've found the one for me - and maybe you as well.

Hello Book Lover - A subscription box for book lovers!

I had heard about Hello Book Lover before, so when they reached out to see if I would be interested in receiving a box I basically squealed and jumped out of my chair. YES PLEASE.

I know lots of people love the library (me too!) or borrowing from friends, because none of us want to waste our money. But as I've mentioned a thousand times before, I love to own things. Especially books, I love buying and owning books, it fills me with such joy.

Something I do quite a lot of is I will read an ebook or a borrowed book and love it so much I want to own the real thing. That might seem like a waste of money, but I love to support authors and bookstores, I never want real books to not be a thing. Bookstores are the best, my mum would leave me in them for hours when I was a kid (at my insistence, she was not a bad mum! She just didn't want to listen to her brat screaming and crying while she shopped, I dig it). So I love bookstores. Quite a lot - which is great, because it is basically the theme of this month's box - Bookstore Obsession.


As soon as I saw their August book options, I instantly knew which one would be coming home to me. Funnily enough, I had already read both of them. One I liked well enough, but the other I loved and kept meaning to buy. I read The Storied Life of AJ Fikry over a year ago, and this was legit my review:


I still feel that way. This is one of those books. I look at it, I smile and I'm full of all the feels. A book like this makes you want to hug the book, the people you love, and bookstores. It is the absolute perfect selection for their 'Bookstore Obsession' theme, perfect for any book lover. If you haven't read this yet.. you should.

Hello Book Lover - A subscription box for book lovers!

On top of the book, the box includes 2-3 fun goodies. I am honestly never really impressed with some of the things included in bookish subscription boxes because I can't see myself actually using them. Hello Book Lover, on the other hand, sent me items I can actually see myself using.. and already have started doing so.


How cute is that little reading nook candle? And Cinderella matches? I only use matches and the like for candles at home, so they go together perfectly. I always seem to find my gas guns (um, I am not sure what you call them here? The long lighter thingys) empty when I go to use them, and am always wishing I had matches (yet always forgetting to pick them up from the grocery). Now I have cute little Cinderella ones, I mean.. so freaking cute.

Also, it's a pity you can't smell through a computer screen - the candle smells divine.


My favourite thing in the box though, besides the book of course, was this adorable little notebook/journal for reading. I primarily use goodreads or blogging to write reviews, but I am always scrambling to finish my book posts in time for Show Us Your Books and keep telling myself I should have a notebook to jot down thoughts so I could be ready to go when the link up comes around.. Now, would you look at that! It's like fate, you guys. 


Inside, you've got spots to write feelings and thoughts... and bonus things, like the question asking where your favourite place to read is, or my favourite.. the quotes! I love quotes. Love. Them. Especially about reading. I'm like, hey, look! Other people who love reading as much as I do. High five!


^^ Yes Harper Lee, you are the bomb.

I flicked through a few, and then made myself stop so I could leave a few of the quotes a surprise. 

And of course, the true test of anything in this house is if the cats like it...


I'll take that as a yes.

Anyway, on to the information!

What I absolutely love about Hello Book Lover is that you can choose which book you want in your box. You can also choose to be surprised, but at least you will know your two options.

So how does it work?


1. You subscribe! You can do 1 month, 3 months or 6 months. You must sign up by the 15th of the month to get the following month's box.


2. On the 15th, you will receive an email with the two book choices for the month. Which will look a little something like this:


3. You wait, patiently, until a super fun exciting box turns up at your doorstep!

Tip: Make sure you follow them on instagram, they share tons of pretty pictures but also they will share the book choices for the month - normally before the 15th, so you can know before you sign up which book you will get - if you are anything like me, this is huge! Surprises are great and all, but so is knowing which book you are forking over your hard earned cash for. 

September's theme is 'Make It Happen'. They have shared the two books on instagram already:


Better Than Before & You Are A Badass - both books are on my 'list' and I have heard good things about both from people who have read them and linked up with Show Us Your Books.

I get a lot of comments about how much I read, especially in regards to how I find the time.. well, honestly, we all have the same amount of time in a day. I am not special. I just dedicate more time to reading vs other things, like socialising, watching TV or sleeping. But lots of people - perhaps yourself included - have way more responsibilities or people to look after, and don't have the luxury of ignoring the world for 8 hours just to finish a book. I also spend way too much time on goodreads or browsing bookstores. It is fun to me. It might not be fun to you, and I get that.

Perhaps you like reading but don't have the time to waste/dedicate to searching for the perfect book, especially since you could be spending that time reading. In that case, Hello Book Lover is for you.

Maybe you haven't read a book in ages and have no idea where to start and want someone else to make the decision for you. In that case, Hello Book Lover is for you.

Or maybe, you want some fun little bookish things to go along with your next book purchase. In that case, Hello Book Lover is for you.

Or perhaps, you love books, reading and spending time looking for books to read. In that case, Hello Book Lover is for you.

Or maybe you just love shopping, buying things and owning them. In that case, no judgement here my friend. None. 

But those who love shopping also love a good coupon code, am I right? Get 15% off your first Hello Book Lover box - just use the code PORRIDGE15.

Also, just FYI - they are currently doing a giveaway for their September box on instagram - check it out here!

Basically what I am trying to say is if you like books.... Hello Book Lover is for you.

I really don't ever like to accept things that I don't think I would spend money on myself, and I would never say that I would if I wouldn't - and I would. K? K. So go check them out, and don't forget that 15% off code. This definitely won't be the only box I get from them.

So tell me - where is your favourite place to read? Mine is my couch. Super exciting, I know. Ideally, if I was a millionaire it would be something like this:


You know, nothing crazy or anything. How bout you - couch casual or extravagant library?

45 comments:

  1. This looks amaaaazing and makes me wish I lived in the US!

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  2. This looks so amazing! The reading journal is totally adorable. I wish they shipped to Canada because I really REALLY want Better than Before!! (and also to try out this cute box). How fitting that you got AJ Fikry ;)

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  3. This looks so amazing! The reading journal is totally adorable. I wish they shipped to Canada because I really REALLY want Better than Before!! (and also to try out this cute box). How fitting that you got AJ Fikry ;)

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  4. i LOVED Fikry; such a fantastic book. what a cute little journal!!!!!!

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  5. What a fun subscription box! And that is seriously SO you! I am totally obsessed with that box of matches and the reading journal! SO fun! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. I love that little journal and the candle too-- I don't think I realized there were other things with the books in this box. And I like that you can choose to be surprised as to which book you'll get. I remember you weren't too crazy about the owlcrate box.

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  7. What a cool box! I haven't seen any others like it and love that it included that little notebook to track what you've read!

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  8. Whata fun box!!! I love AJ Fikry because of you, so thanks for that!!! That little candle is so fun and those matches??? Yes!!! I read in our recliner by the window :)

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  9. This is the best box! I really love that you get a journal with it. Im like you in two ways... when I was small my sisters and I ran for bookstores at the mall and would read the backs of all the books ha! And secondly, if I read a book on kindle I love, I buys it.

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  10. Well, if your cats approve, then I might have to check this subscription box out! :)

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  11. I do love reading on the couch, especially when it's cold out, snuggled up with a blanket & like hot chocolate or something.

    But my dream place to read would definitely be in like an old wood cabin with a big leather arm chair & footrest in front of a big stone fireplace while drinking boozy hot chocolate. And I would also probably be wearing a trendy plaid blanket scarf and leggings & a tunic...except it would all flatter me & be comfortable, but not see through in the leggings...so clearly I'm reaching here.

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  12. Great subscription box! I am always fearful about them in case I don't like the book but this looks so cute!

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  13. I love this!! The only other book subscription box I've seen is OwlCrate which is PRICEEEYYYYYY - I may have to give this one a try. I'll always choose book subscription boxes to make up ones ;) haha

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  15. Sorry typo in my last comment. Now that's a subscription box I could get behind! Glad the cats agree!

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  16. I am beyond obsessed with this now, and I want to order one right away. Great review, lady! I LOVE that little notebook that they sent you - what a perfect complement to an already great subscription box.

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  17. Gas guns is officially what I'll be calling lighters for the rest of eternity. You are too cute! Haha! I seriously love this book subscription idea. Although I have WAY too long of a list to start a subscription like this, I LOVE that they included fun goodies with it! How perfect?!

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  18. I have been wanting to try a book subscription box for ages. There are so many though, It's a little overwhelming! And then I go back and forth between wanting all the books and all the bookish things and trying to be more minimal and saving money and having less stuff in general. I think the former will probably win out! I like the idea of this box because you can pick the book, but then you also get some fun surprises... The best of both subscription box worlds!

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  19. Aww, I can tell this makes you so happy so I love that. I personally think books are clutter . . . gasp, I know. I love to read on my Kindle and have the option to go back, but shelves of books make me crazy. I swear I'm really not an evil monster . . . please don't "unfriend" me! LOL!

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  20. I'm with you - I love owning books too. Just seeing them on my shelves (okay, in the linen closet) just makes me happy. I've never heard of hello book lovers, which may be the best name ever. I like the fact you can also pick the book and the little journal they sent is adorable. And of course, the cats gave it two paws up. Anything that comes in a box is a wonderful thing!

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  21. Such a creative subscription box! I neeeeed a reading journal!

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  22. Still chuckling at your "gas gun" vocabulary. Haha! I'd love to do book lovers but it's not quite in the budget yet. I will definitely be trying for the free giveaway, though!!

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  23. I have never heard of this and Better Than Before is on my nightstand right now just waiting to be read!I love the September theme, might have to treat myself to that. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I freaking love that notebook.

    So I can opt in if I like the books that month? Sounds sweet.

    I also LOL'd at gas gun. And that's what I'm calling long lighters from now on.

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  25. I'm not a huge reader, but this sounds wonderful! The notebook is such a great I idea. What a great way to rate books and keep a record of what you like and dislike!

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  26. How neat! I had absolutely no idea there was a subscription box for books, and lol at the kitties! It's their box now :)
    Green Fashionista

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  27. Perfect box for you :), and for me too if I decide to subscribe to any boxes. I added A.J. Fikry to my list because I haven't read it yet!

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  28. This is super cool. I would love to try it.
    I would only be hesitant if the options were books I'd already read. i.e. I own one September book and I skimmed the other one at the store and opted not to buy it.

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  29. I only get one subscription box right now, but I keep on thinking that I need to sign up for Hello Booklover! I've seen it all over the place and definitely follow them on Instagram and they're pictures are always so beautiful! I think it's time to pull the trigger!

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  30. I haven't heard of this before, but it's such a good idea for book lovers! A good gift idea too. :)

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  31. You just blew my mind!! I'm definitely going to look into this!

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  32. The book sounds fantastic, and I love the notebook and candle! You know something is good when it's kitty approved :)

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  33. I used to read at least 1 or 2 books a week. I can't remember the last time I did that and it makes me so sad. This sounds like a great subscription.

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  34. My favorite place to read - in the bath tub.
    If we had money and connections, we should totally start our own book lover subscription box for Australia. Too bad I don't have money or connections.

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  35. I'm so glad you loved this box and they reached out to you, that's AWESOME!!

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  36. How adorable is that box? And it's so you. I'm not as avid of a reader as you. Btw, someone recommended Rules of Civility as an uplifting read. Have you read it, do you concur?

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  37. Such a cute and clever idea. I have never subscribed to a sub box, but (if I had disposable income for anything right now) I would definitely follow this one. I love the idea. (And great choice on Fikry. I still love that book almost a year later too!) That notebook is adorable.
    Also the long lighters? I thought they were called or at least referred to as grill lighters, but I've also heard them called candlestick lighters which doesn't make a ton of sense but there you go.

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  38. I was so pumped when I saw you post about this (IG? Snapchat? I can't remember) and then their giveaway said "US only" and I knew I was shit outta luck :p Super cute box though! I love the matches. I haven't read that book yet, but I do own it (story of my life it seems). Also, I'm the same way - I will often buy a book after I've read it if the original copy I read wasn't mine to begin with. I also have a thing for hardcovers and have been known to replace my softcovers with hardcovers I find at the thrift store.

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  39. Subscription boxes are the best. I really enjoy them and I think I would love this one! I seriously don't know what the long lighter things are called...I call it a long lighter thing. I wonder if they have a name here.

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  40. I just shared this with every book lover I know on Facebook. This is so incredibly exciting! I never found a use for any of the stuff I received in other monthly box subscriptions, but candles, notebooks, and novels-that's my jam! Can't decide if I want to try it out this month or wait for the October themes! Do you plan to keep using Hello Book Lovers?

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  41. I have never heard of this subscription box but it looks amazing. And I am loving the September options. The little notebook you got is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I usually lay on the floor to read... hahah but I'm really not so picky. Though obviously every girls dream is to have that library from B&TB. For real. I want one of these boxes!!! So cool! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  43. I lovee subscription boxes and this one is so clever! Usually they're filled with lots of random things you don't actually need - but this one has stuff that will actually get used! I would loveeeeeeee an extravagant library.

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  44. OMG!! I think I need to subscribe to this box! I also love the picks for September... I read YOU ARE A BADASS and I really enjoyed it!

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