There’s a new book subscription box on the block and it promises diverse stories, goodies and cute unicorns. So, Rainbow Box, worth your penny or not?
I love myself a good subscription box. I’ve been subscribed to Fairyloot for almost a year and a half now, and I’ve received two Illumicrate boxes so far. Receiving a box full of bookish goodies is a little bit like Christmas, you know? But I’ve been getting more and more frustrated lately with how much those boxes focus on (high problematic) books I very much don’t care about. When you pay £30 a month for something you don’t particularly like, it’s upsetting.
So when a new subscription box promised diverse books at your door every month, all for a smaller price? I couldn’t say no, and I subscribed immediately, monthly budget be damned. After all, which other box brags on their website that they select “titles by BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled authors” every. single. month? Exactly.
The January box, titled “Lights, Camera, Actions!” arrived on my doorstep this week, and it is the cutest box I’ve every received!
First off, LOOK AT THAT COLOUR COORDINATION! I love myself when it’s not just about the theme but also about the colours. And as much as pink is far from my favourite colour, the end result is so aesthetically pleasing that I can only admire and love it. You clearly see they put a lot of effort into choosing the items in the box, and it pays off!
The book is hand-wrapped (I was too excited that I opened it before taking the pictures though!) and it comes with a lovely letter with details about the book and the author. Plus, the wrapping paper matches everything else. How adorable?
Love, Hate, and Other Filters
I was really excited to see that the featuring book is Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, because the book has been making quite the buzz in the community lately. It’s a #OwnVoice narrative too, which is always a plus! I wanted to read it, and now I have no excuse not to read it!
American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.
There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.
What about the bookish goodies?
The box came with three bookish items beside the book, which came look slim compared to other boxes. (Their November test box had four items, for comparison). But since it’s a fairly new book and since its price is not as expensive as other boxes, I don’t mind all that much. And I’m pretty sure they’ll be able to work around this once they get their footing and the box becomes more popular!
So, as for the Junary box, it included:
- A bubble bar by Shimmer & Luxe. I will be completely honest in saying I have no idea what it’s supposed to smell like! But it does smell good, that’s for sure. I’m not that into bath products but I also happen to have a very stressful job, so those kind of goodies are always saved for the absolutely worst days.
- A candle by Bookish Burns. The tag reads “parma violet aroma” and it’s leaving pink glitter all over my bed right now, so that’s that!
- A camera keyring by Bright and Beautiful(?). The keyring is really cute but the material feels a little cheap so I don’t know how long it’ll last.
Where to buy?
Rainbow Book Box costs £27 as of right now, with free shipping to the UK. It puts it among the least expensive book boxes on the UK market, and it’s doing a really good think in promoting diverse books in a creative way!