Before my son, I was a bookaholic. I would burn through at least two a week of all genres and types. And then I had a child. Sadly, time that had been spent leisurely reading a book was overcome by life. Recently, I discovered that I could read again. My son is 2.5 and can easily play quietly for periods of time.
Amazing I thought, TIME to READ! And then I looked at my bookshelf and it was empty. A downside of the foreign service is that we are limited in weight, and it's really hard to justify spending weight on books, especially in the Kindle era. I started reading more and more on my tablet (before it met destruction) and I was left with my phone. And then I realized I missed the feeling of books. Given my new exploration into unboxing, I thought I would check out other book boxes. My review of LitCube, which was less about the books and more about a book and theme, today I am reviewing BookCase.
BookCase is really more like BookEnvelope. It is a monthly subscription that sends you a book based on a review profile. I answered a couple questions about my favorite genres (there were only a couple of options). Frankly, I was surprised about how little they asked about what I had read.
Yesterday, A Separate Peace arrived in a brown envelope. It was a used version. The site does say that they will do both new and used books so I wasn't terribly surprised it was used. However, the service for BookCase is $8.99 a month, and I can get A Separate Peace on Amazon NEW for $6.67. Now I know we run into this with sub boxes, but that is a large difference for a USED book.
In terms of the book, I haven't read it yet and the description sounds like something I would enjoy (4 stars on Amazon; 3.55 on Good Reads). Though it is entirely possible I read it in middle school. I was surprised by the selection because I indicated that I mostly liked sci-fi, fantasy, and those types. This book is historical fiction. Perhaps they want me to try something new?
Overall, out of 10, I give BookCase a 3 on quality, a 3 on cost, 4 on appropriate for me and 6 on fun. I am going to give this service one more month and then I plan on canceling.