If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll probably know that I enjoy treating myself to the odd subscription service (or ten)
There’s something great about the idea of coming home from work and, instead of just finding bills & junkmail, discovering a box or envelope full of surprises is awaiting you.
One of my most looked forward to subscription treats is definitely my Ninja Book Box.
So, What IS a #NinjaBookBox ?
A NinjaBookBox is a particularly special kind of subscription service.
Each bimonthly box is available as either a full box, containing a book and a selection of themed or associated gifts and extras, or as a mini box featuring the book and a few of the ninja-created extras.
The August GOING HOME Box
The book is never revealed prior to box delivery, and the first clue to a box theme is when the name & an associated image is released on social media.
Image © Ninja Book Box
I tend to try and avoid spoilers, so a little clue as to the theme of the book and other associated box contents is enough to whet my appetite!
Finally, delivery day came, and my box arrived.
I couldn’t wait to delve in and discover just how we would be Going Home…
The Book Ninjas very cleverly always seal the accompanying newsletter featuring book info, interviews with the authors, and recommended additional reading etc, in a spy-proof envelope.
Just one of many thoughtful touches! So, are you ready? Let’s explore….
- In addition to the enclosed newsletter, there’s always a little “Welcome to this month’s box” note, which is nice.
- The book, and some of the other contents of the box are tissue-wrapped. This means the actual book remains a surprise right up until you open it! I like to explore all the other bits first, in an attempt to guess the book, author or genre.
Actually, that brings me to another point that shows just how much care and attention is spent on selecting the perfect items to accompany the books included in Ninja Book Boxes. Did you know that the Ninjas read each shortlisted book, then read it again once chosen, to get inspiration directly from the book? How cool is that?
- The first thing that caught my eye was this cute little card & envelope with fun quote print from A Spoonful of Sugar & Co
- Next was an item which is included in every box. Each theme has an associated charm, and you can add to your collection with each box. I’m eager to discover just how this cute little scooter links to the story.
- Another item which makes a regular occurrence is the Ninja Recipe Card. Again, the Book Ninjas attention to detail shines here, each box including a recipe directly inspired by the book. I spotted another clue to the book here, as the card mentions it is set in Tulsa.
- Next to be unwrapped was this adorable pouch/pencil case, custom made for Ninja Book Box by Curious Miss Clay. Isn’t that sketchy monochrome print gorgeous?
- The next wrapped gift is extremely intriguing, this Writing Map promises to inspire writing of all sorts including stories and poems during a trip to an art gallery.
On opening it out, I discovered a large double-sided brightly coloured selection of prompts.
- Unable to put it off any longer, and quite frankly now beside myself with excitement, it was time for the book reveal…
A Map Of Tulsa, written by Benjamin Lytal and published by And Other Stories, is a book I hadn’t yet heard of; but the blurb sounds like it could be an interesting read.
A stunning debut novel of first love set against the art scene of late-90s Tulsa by a former New Yorker editorial staffer.
The first days of summer: Jim Praley is home from college, ready to unlock Tulsa’s secrets. He drives the highways. He forces himself to get out of his car and walk into a bar. He’s invited to a party. And there he meets Adrienne Booker; Adrienne rules Tulsa, in her way. A high-school dropout with a penthouse apartment, she takes a curious interest in Jim. Through her eyes, he will rediscover his hometown: its wasted sprawl, the beauty of its late nights, and, at the city’s center, the unsleeping light of its skyscrapers.
In the tradition of Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Map of Tulsa is elegiac, graceful, and as much a story about young love as it is a love letter to a classic American city.
This is yet another reason I particularly love the #NinjaBookBox. Because the books are always from small presses and/or independent publishers, they are often relatively unknown, thus adding to the surprise and widening my reading horizons.
- Since it was now safe to do so, I returned my attention to the Spoilers! envelope inside which I found the usual newsletter with a short Ninja Review (& reasoning behind selecting this particular book for inclusion), suggestions for recommended reading either also set in Tulsa or with a similar feel, and a useful list of suppliers and where to find them. Also included was a lovely hand-drawn map that I am assuming was created by the artistically blessed sister of Head Ninja, Bex.
- Last, but not least, there was also a little teaser slip for November’s box which; as it coincides with Ninja Book Box’s 1st birthday; promises to be something special!
I want in, How do I get one?
That’s simple! Head on over to NinjaBookBox.com and order one!
Ninja Book Boxes ship quarterly (in February, May, August, and November) and each box becomes available for individual purchase on the 1st of the month before (January, April, July, and October).
The site is easy to navigate, and as well as box subscriptions, they have an online store which stocks various books and bookish gifts.
- Individual Boxes £29.99 per box (£15 Mini Box)
- Annual Subscription £27.50 per box (£13.75 Mini Box)
- Quarterly Recurring Subscription £26 per box (£14 Mini Box)
Subscriptions are always available, except when the current box is sold out.
The Ninjas champion Indies, all the books included in the boxes are from Independent publishers, and all the gift items are either created in-house or sourced from small business makers, so you are guaranteed to find a few unusual little treasures.
Do you know what I like even more than a subscription box? A discount code! So here’s one for you to use in the Ninja Book Box online shop.
Enter HEATHER15 at the checkout to receive 15% off any shop purchases over £5.
At present, discount codes won’t work on recurring quarterly subscriptions, but you can use them to get 15% off stand-alone boxes, such as the GRAND ADVENTURE Summer Reading Box, or any of the other goodies instore.
And the best bit? Unlike most discount codes that are one-use only, you can use my referral code as often as you like, so you can claim your 15% off EVERYTIME you shop! (I also receive a point each time you use it, so I can accumulate rewards too)
Have you tried the #NinjaBookBox yet? If not, have I tempted you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, or any other bookish boxes you’ve tried.
Thanks for stopping by!