Jan 21, 2020

Let's Discuss: Book Subscription Box Items

So another thought came to me as I was writing my Stacking the Shelves post this weekend and I thought I would turn it into a discussion post, because why not? Lol. It comes down to Book Subscription boxes and the "extra" items inside. What do you do with them when they are not one of your fandoms?

Book Subscription Boxes & Their Chosen Fandoms

When you're not a fan of Throne of Glass and you suddenly get a Throne of Glass related coffee mug, what do you do? Will you keep said mug because it's a good mug even though the quote on it just has that Throne of Glass vibe going on...or will you get rid of it via trade/sell/donation? I mean, I likened this to wearing another team's football jersey because you know...it's game day and you "have" to wear a jersey, but they were "out" of your team's jersey. Do you decide to support the game/sport by wearing the other team jersey or do you just go without the jersey or in this case "items?"

I guess in some ways it just depends on the item. Is it one you will use frequently or want to use? Do you like the look of it? Does it still bring a smile to your face or you reminded of it being from that one book you just couldn't get into?

For me, I sometimes feel like I can't really use it if it's a wearable item or something worthy of use. I mean if it's a famous quote from a book I didn't like at all, what's the point of using it. When someone asks "oh, what's that quote from?" You'd be like, "oh, this book about 'x trying to 'x' 'x'" in a very bored voice. I mean that's even if you know what the book was about. If anything you might even say you have no idea! It was just in a box you paid for and didn't want to get rid of it.

Then there are those items you can do absolutely NOTHING with because it's purely a fangirl item of that particular book or series. I mean what can you do with artwork of a series you were made bored by just reading it's synopsis?

I mean I get why book boxes will pick the same series again and again and AGAIN because the fandom is pretty big. But you know, it'd be nice if once in awhile they could switch to another series by THAT author or pick another one entirely.

So if you get book subscription boxes, how do you feel about those items you get when they are not ones of your fandoms? I mean it as they are of fandoms you just couldn't get behind. What do you do with THOSE items?


  1. I don't have a problem using items regardless of the book it is tied to. I haven't read most of the books connected to the items that I have received so far. If I like the look of the item, then I will use it. I had socks on for a book that I have never read the other day and they were nice comfortable socks with a cool design. I have also noted that the candles that I have received are supposed to be tied to different fandoms. I don't really understand how that works but unless I hate the smell of the candle, I am going to have a nice time using it.

    There are certain items that I have no use for regardless of the book it ties to. What am I going to do with fan art? I might use it in an Instagram photo but it is otherwise useless.

    I am fairly new to getting these boxes but the only way that I can justify the money is to use all of the items. Maybe I will change my mind once I have been subscribed for a long time.

  2. Well, you already know that I'm not a big fan of swag in general. It has to be for a book I REALLY love or something really special. Otherwise, I tend to get rid of it.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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