Quarterly Lit Box Unboxing

I thought it might be fun to post about the latest book box that came in the mail last week. I subscribe to the Quarterly Literary subscription box, and, if you are interested, click on the link here to find out more about this box. I found out about this box when it was a book box subscription for Book Riot a few years ago. After Book Riot changed to a different book box, I kept my subscription to Quarterly. This month is #LIT05 and it was curated by the featured author Gin Phillips, the author of the featured novel   Fierce Kingdom. 

Included in the box, as in all the Quarterly Boxes, are two more books that are picked by the author and either influenced the author or are thematically similar to the featured novel (did I mention that the featured novel is hardback and newly published?) Also included are bookish swag. The swag in most of Quarterly boxes feel a bit last minute and thrown in to the box, frankly. But this box features a large tote bag (and what reader doesn’t need a tote bag to tote stuff?) and fancy paperclips as swag.

So, am I happy with the swag in this box? Yes, I am. Like many a bookish woman, I love a canvas tote bag. I have a good dozen stuffed in a closets around my house, but I can always use another. And this one is canvas, so it’s sturdy and washable. The paperclips? Well, those are useful too. I love looking at office supplies like this, but the shapes aren’t ones I would chose for myself. But I will use them, I think.

As for the books, I am quite pleased by this selection. Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell is a book I read over and over again while in elementary school. I loved this book. I had that same thrill when I picked the book up out of the box. Finally, a copy of my own to read over and over again anytime that I please! Yes, for a moment I was 8 years old again.

Run by Ann Patchet is also included in the box. This is a wonderful copy! It has deckle edges and French flaps! So pretty! I haven’t read this novel, but it’s from an author who shows up pretty frequently on my wish list, so I’m sure that i’ll enjoy this novel.

Finally, the featured novel Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips. Truthfully, I have never heard of this author. Looking on Goodreads, she seems to have written a number of books. And it seems to be a thriller featuring a female protagonist, and that’s something I’ll read. Oh, I forgot to mention that Quarterly also included an author singed sticker for the book (does this count as a signed book?).

Also, each featured novel is full of post-it notes with the author’s notes and annotations.

 

The post-its are slapped  on the page in the way of reading, so it’s sort of annoying. I end up moving them to the top of the page to get them out of my way. And I’m not sure the notes add anything to the reading experience.

Overall, I’m very happy with this particular box. Books I’m very happy to have and the swag better than other boxes Quarterly has sent to me. But I’m not sure that I’ll continue subscribing to this box.

Does anyone else subscribe to a book box? What do you think of this box? Would you subscribe to it?  Since I’m sort of searching for a new book box subscription which one would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

Quickie Book Review: The Invisible Library

Author: Genevieve Cogman

Published: June 2016 by ROC

Length: 330 pages

Genre: Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk

Source: Book Riot #Bookmail Box from Book Riot, Paperback

My rating: 4 1/2 Stars

From Goodreads:

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

This is the first in a series that features Irene and Kai having adventures while rescuing books from different realities. I have to say, this is a brilliant idea. There are so many possibilities for the characters to go in this world. And because Genevieve Cogman is such a skillful writer readers will want to follow her into this world she has created. Well, at least I do.

I received this book via Book Riots #bookmailbox to which I subscribe. As you can see the theme for this box is books and libraries. I assumed that like so many fantasy novels that I come across on book blogs this book would be a YA fantasy. I like YA novels, don’t get me wrong, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover it wasn’t. Adults having adult-ish adventures is a good thing too. Why should teenagers have all the fun? And because it is such a fun adventure it rates a 4 1/2 stars. Seriously, one of best reads for me so far this year.

What I Liked:

This is a library and book lovers dream. It takes place in a reality in which librarians are the heroes. And if you’ve read my post about my favorite librarian, you know I believe it to be true in this reality too. And , like many other readers, love books about books and libraries. The our hero in this story is Irene. Irene visits different realities in order to rescue copies of books that are in danger of disappearing forever. In this book she visits a steampunk London overrun with characters trying to find the book Irene is assigned to find before she does, and stop these same characters from finding the entrance to the magical, all encompassing library to which she is assigned. And this library seems amazing. It’s a place I want to visit. Irene is also training a mysterious new operative, Kai, who causes more trouble for her than she would like. But Kai isn’t the only one with a secret. There is something about Irene’s past that makes her very important to those who run the library and their enemies. All of this makes this book a fun, adventurous read.

What I didn’t like:

It’s not a perfect novel, but I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like or thought didn’t work in the story.

Would I recommend this book for other readers:

Yes! If you love books, libraries, and hero narratives I’m positive you will enjoy this book. If you are a fan of The Sorcerer to the Crown or Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next Series, you will enjoy this novel.There are four published books in this series out right now and a fifth is scheduled for 2018. I like this book so much I think I’ll buy the next books in the series rather than check them out from my local library. Yes, that is how much I loved this book. I’m willing to buy the next in the series.

I used this book for a Friday 56. Click on this link to see that post.

If you liked this book review, here is a link to my most recent review for Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell.

Have you read The Invisible Library? If so, what did you think of it? Are you planning on reading more in the series?  If you haven’t , are you interested in reading it after reading my gushing review? Let me know in the comments below, and Happy Reading.