Unpacking My #BKR06 Quarterly Box


Whoops!  I didn’t mean to go a week and a half without posting, but last thing I knew I was introducing Nugget to you all, and now here I am how many days later?  It’s been a whirlwind around here – of late night feedings and diaper changes, visitors come to snuggle the little guy, lots of lost sleep, and big adjustments for the whole family (but especially Peanut, whose world has been rocked in a major way).  And somewhere in there, my fourth Book Riot Quarterly box arrived.  Now that Book Riot has itself spilled the beans on what was in the box, here are my impressions.


The theme of this box was “life and death.”  The box included:

  • Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, a nonfiction bestseller.
  • Half-Resurrection Blues, by Daniel Jose Older, along with a bookmark drawn by the author
  • Library card notebook from Out of Print
  • Exclusive Liquid Courage “Books and Booze” flask

So, my thoughts on this one… pretty much the same as #BKR05 – it just didn’t do all that much for me.  Being Mortal doesn’t sound like my kind of reading.  I’m picky about my non-fiction and I don’t see myself devoting precious reading time to end-of-life stuff (at least, not at the moment, being as I’m all consumed with the beginning of someone’s life).  I may read Half-Resurrection Blues, as I did hear that it was good.  The notebook, I like, as I like pretty much everything from Out of Print.  (It’s not something I would have bought if left to my own devices, but I’m sure I’ll use it.)  I have no use for the flask.  I’m not a big drinker, and when I do drink an adult beverage, it’s not of the sort that comes out of a flask.  (Now, had the vessel been a wine glass…)  I’ll probably gift the flask to my whisky-drinking bookworm sister-in-law, so at least I know it’ll go to a good home.

As I mentioned when I reviewed my third Quarterly box, #BKR05, I’ve been considering dropping my subscription because I really haven’t gotten $50 worth of enjoyment out of any of the boxes.  I was reserving judgment until this box came – the subscription is for a minimum of four boxes and this was the fourth – but I was fairly sure this was an area where I could trim the budget, and I have.  Had #BKR06 completely blown me away, I’d have kept up the subscription, but I was a bit underwhelmed by this box in particular, so I did cancel my subscription.  I like the idea of getting a box of surprises every quarter, and perhaps in the future I’ll explore some of the other Quarterly curators and try out a different subscription, but right now, it’s not something I want to continue doing.  If my $50 per quarter bought me more than $50 of fun, I’d keep it up, but as it’s worked out, I’d rather save the $50.  So that’s it for my Quarterly box reviews, at least for the foreseeable future!

Do you subscribe to the Book Riot Quarterly boxes?  What did you think of #BKR06?


2 thoughts on “Unpacking My #BKR06 Quarterly Box

    • Yeah, the library notebook is pretty neat. I think it retails for $6, which is more than I’d spend on a notebook, but I definitely like it and will use it. The rest of the box struck out for me, unfortunately. I can just think of better things to do with $50 (hellooooo, noonday collection!) so I cancelled.

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