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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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 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?