I’ve been considering subscribing to one of these for a while, but I’ve been unable to choose which one I might like best. Both OwlCrate and The Book(ish) Box seem to have some really cool themes that I know I would be happy with each month, so that makes it all the more difficult to choose. I’m making this post to help lay out my thoughts and to maybe get some of your guys’ opinions on which one I should settle on, or at least try out first!
Let’s get to it!
The Pros for OwlCrate
According to the site, the most recent box themes were Epic, Wonderland, and Once Upon a Dream! And looking at those photos, it looks like they really know how to put together a stunning box that really fits the theme.
Within the box, OwlCrate includes an assortment of decorative/usable items, most of which I’d be really excited to have! The December 2016 Epic themed box included:
- Harry Potter Mystery Mini (Funko)
- Narnia-inspired Greeting Card (Susanne Draws)
- Lord of the Rings-inspired Enamel Pin (Jane Mount)
- A Darker Shade of Magic-inspired Sticker (Miss Phi)
- Game of Thrones Coasters (Dark Horse Comics)
- Exclusive OwlCrate “Owl Skull” Button
- Exclusive Of Fire and Stars Author Letter and Bookmark
Sounds cool right??
Inclusion of 1 top-notch YA book per month
OwlCrate has a pretty spectacular track record of including some of my highly anticipated/intriguing reads. The past few boxes have sent:
- Of Fire and Stars | Audrey Coulthurst
- Heartless | Marissa Meyer
- Vassa in the Night | Sarah Porter
- Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake
- P.S. I Like You | Kasie West
- This Savage Song | Victoria Schwab
- My Lady Jane | Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
3 Payment Plans
I’ll do the price comparisons later, but it’s nice to know that I have three payment options for OwlCrate.
Easy, Navigable Site With A Thorough FAQ Page
Even though this isn’t an incredibly important advantage, I love it when a business has a site that is easily navigated, and I especially appreciate it when I am able to find the answer to my questions on the FAQ page without having to call customer support!
The Pros for The Book(ish) Box
Cool Literary Themes
While I found it a bit difficult to find the most recent themes, I found some random themes for their past boxes:
YA Books Included
I had a hard time discovering which books have been included in past boxes. Thankfully, the company’s Instagram helped considerably in revealing which YA books were previously included, some of which were:
- A List of Cages | Robin Roe (My favorite!!)
- Fangirl | Rainbiw Rowell
- The Sun is Also A Star | Nicola Yoon
- The Selection | Kiera Cass
- City of Bones | Cassandra Clare
- Cinder | Marissa Meyer
- Sherlock Holmes: A Gripping Casebook of Stories | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Honestly, I’m not sure which books were actually included in their past books, as it was not made clear on their site. However, I know for certain A List of Cages was included in their most recent box, which is wonderful since it’s become one of my favorite books!
3-5 Usable Items/Goodies
- Perks of Being a Wallflower Shirt by The Bookish Shop
- A List of Cages by @robinroewriter
- The Raven Boys Mug designed by @dropandgivemenerdy
- Fangirl Inspired necklace by The Bookish Shop
- Best Book Friends matching pins by @jarofbuttons
- Watercolor Anne of Green Gables Bookmark by @lexyolivia
Multiple Box Plans
The Book(ish) Box has 7 box plans to choose from. You can visit the page here to see how many options they have. But in sum, you have the option to get the the shirt, a book, and the goodies together, separately, or with different T-shirt size options.
Unlike OwlCrate, The Book(ish) Box has the option of receiving a T-Shirt (unisex or woman’s cut, along with plus size and junior options!) that fits the theme of the month within several of their box plans.
Cons for OwlCrate
No T-Shirt Options
Unlike The Book(ish) Box, OwlCrate DOES NOT include a T-Shirt within their boxes. I don’t wear many T-shirts, but it’s nice to have the option.
Fewer Box Plans
OwlCrate has only TWO box plans: The YA Box (OwlCrate) and the Middle Grade Box (OwlCrate JR).
Severe Lack of Mugs
I don’t know about you, but I love to collect mugs to add to my bookish collection. This subscription rarely includes any mugs in their boxes it seems.
Cons for The Book(ish) Box
Sparse FAQ page and Less Informative Website
The FAQ page only has a few answers to a few questions and the website doesn’t include a page that informs potential customers what previous boxes have included, mentioning both the books and the goodies included. Also, the site doesn’t seem to be up-to-date concerning their previous boxes panel.
Only 2 Payment Options
Unlike OwlCrate, The Book(ish) Box only has TWO payment plans: Monthly and 3 Month Prepay.
Serious Lack of Mugs
Even though their last box included a mug, their past boxes seemed to be severely lacking in the mug department.
Time to Compare Prices…
This is kind of my favorite part. As a heads up, I will be including shipping costs to California and adding them to the base price to receive a total sum.
*On the left is a chart comparing OwlCrate’s YA Box (YA Book + Goodies) with Book(ish) Box’s top box (Goodies and YA book + T-shirt).
*On the right is a chart comparing OwlCrate’s YA Box with Book(ish) Box’s YA + Goodies (no shirt) box.
OwlCrate seems like a better deal if I were comparing each of the subscription services’ top boxes. But if I didn’t want the T-shirt option for Book(ish) Box, then BB would be the better choice.
HOWEVER, if I am paying for a service, I would like all that they have to offer. Meaning, I would love to receive a T-shirt from Book(ish) Box, even if I wouldn’t wear that shirt very often. Heck, it could be used for decoration.
Unfortunately, Book(ish) Box’s top box is far too expensive for a broke college student. And it’s even more unfortunate that BB doesn’t have a 6 month payment plan. OwlCrate, on the other hand, offers a 6 month plan that gifts me with some amazing books that suit my reading preferences and some really cute decorative/usable items. And even though OwlCrate’s 6 month plan (YA Box) is slightly more expensive than Book(ish) Box’s 3 month plan (YA Book + Goodies Box) across a span of 12 months, I’d still feel comfortable paying up that small difference.
Plus, I kind of like the themes better for OwlCrate!
So, I think I’ve decided on…
What do you guys think? Did I make the right decision?
Which box would/do you prefer?
Should I try out each of the boxes first before making my decision?
I’d love to hear your guys’ opinions on this! I know it was a mighty long post but hopefully it held your interest. Let me know your thoughts! 🙂
Thanks for sticking around! See ya soon ❤