I have something to tell you.
I don’t like reading certain genres.
I know, I know. It sounds pretty narrow minded of me to say that. And as a self-proclaimed book worm, I should be open to all sorts of books and read everything and anything that comes my way. After all, how can I be a complete book geek if I don’t read all the famous authors or all the award winning, culture defining, historical pieces of literature?
Well, maybe because I had my reservations about reading books that were a little morbid, or dark for my taste. Nothing against anyone who enjoys them, but for me, I read to put myself in a certain mindset, or relax my mind. I tend to overthink when I read something a little too hard core which is why I choose to stick to action/adventure/fiction/fantasy and their sub genres. They are lighter, easier and they are safe.
But then I realized, if I actively choose to not read books of a more grotesque genre, how will I really open my mind to different perspectives and points of view in the world? Won’t I just live in this little literary bubble? Where everything has a happy ending, a solution to a problem and the takeaway that everything will always be ohkay in the end.
But sadly that’s not always the case, now is it?
As I decided to take my first steps in this new path of reading different kinds of books, I didn’t know where to start. I could maybe ask for references, but nothing appealed to me. Naturally, since I was pushing those kinds of books away, I was already adverse to the idea of reading something than my usual.
Then I decided to take small steps, maybe actively look out for something different, but not hard-hitting. Baby steps in books till I get comfortable.
So maybe I can look at a book subscription service. The ones where they curate things for you and thoughtfully pick books that you may not have heard of. Or I surely hadn’t heard of.
Therefore, as the title denotes, the bookworm in me finally gave in and decided to check out the many book subscription options in the country. Not only was I desperate for a new reads but it was my birthday month, so why not?
Now here is the thing, when you google for ‘Book subscriptions services in India’ Book-O-Box doesn’t show up. But after looking at a couple of (pricey) options, and discussing it with a few of my friends, someone suggested Book-O-Box to me.
After looking at their price scheme, I decided it sounds reasonable and maybe it as worth trying. Once I get the box, look at the contents, I can decide to subscribe accordingly.
So I placed the order on June 29th and I got my box about 3 weeks after. Fairly decent time since.
I paid 750 Indian Rupees, that’s about 12$ and I got the following things:
- An adorable canvas purse
- 2 packs of tea
- A canvas pouch
- Tiny notebook
- A (really) bright book light
- And the book of the month
The book of the month was cutely titled, a blind date with a book. So they don’t tell you what book you are about to receive till they have been shipped. It’s a surprise!
All they tell you is the theme for the next month, based off an author from a specific country. The bookish things that come with the box are a part of that theme. It’s quite exciting actually because you are exposed to all these different authors from different parts of the world that you never knew existed.
The country for this box was Israel. And I have to be a 100% honest here but I wasn’t readily jumping on the book. Not because there was anything wrong with the selection, but it was a completely different taste in books for me.
And yes, it is something off-beat. God knows we all need a taste of something new sometimes. A good shake up from the stuff I usually read, which is exactly what I wanted. When you read a book that is totally out of your comfort zone, you are suddenly exposed to all these new thoughts and ideologies. Suddenly, a whole new world is open to you. A world you never knew existed.
So while I go utilize everything in the box; a warm cup of tea, a book light to read under cozy covers and a good book, I am going to leave you with these final cookie bits:
The good side: They know what they are doing with these themes. I quite liked the concept. It’s definitely the best way to open up to new books out there. It’s affordable and I think it’s worth the money. (Them teas though :)
The crumbs: I wish their website was easier to navigate and looked a little more legit. It took me a while to figure out how much it costs and what the box actually contained. Sometimes people like to see what they are going to get, even if it’s just a vague outline.
But all in all- it made me happy. And I think that’s the most important part. :)
So if you want to discover a new book to read, or maybe you are a wandering new book genre person like I am, here is their website in case you want to take a look: http://www.bookobox.com/
May you never run out of books to read,
All the opinions mentioned above are my own. This is not sponsored.