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Unboxing the Box of Stories Mixed Box by SocialBookshelves.com

Posted by Asha Chauhan on

Hi, folks!

Dane here, and today I have something a little special. Let’s gloss over the fact that I’ve finally figured out why my websites have been glitchy and that I’m finally able to upload imagesto the site again and skip over to the awesome Box of Stories subscription box, which I was asked if I’d be interested in reviewing.

 Available now from ABoxOfStories.com, there are three different options available:

  • Standard mixed (£14.99): This is the box which I received and which includes both fictionand non-fiction.
  • Standard fiction (£14.99): This box consists entirely of fiction books.
  • Crime, mystery and thriller box (£21.99): This box is dedicated to crime, mystery and thriller novels. 

 

 

Each box contains four unique books and can be purchased as either a one off gift or as a repeat subscription. Better still, delivery is free!
I also filmed an unboxing video over on my YouTube channel, so be sure to click here to check that out or to watch it in the player below. Otherwise, read on to find out a little bit more about the books that I got and what I thought of them.

My first impression of this box is a physical one. I wasn’t at home when the box was deliveredand so the postman left it with my neighbours. When I knocked on the door to ask for the parcel, they handed it over and I almost dropped it because of how heavy it was. I’m guessing that they don’t normally send their packages recorded delivery as the postage alone was almost as much as they charge for a box.

When I opened it up, I was a little surprised that it comes only with the books. A lot of book boxesthrow in a few extra merch items, which I wasn’t expecting here because it’s all about the books that they send, but I did expect them to include a letter of some sort. But then, I suppose those letters work best when you get the same books in every box, and they also often feel impersonaland more like marketing materials than anything else.

And besides, it’s also cool that the books speak for themselves. Speaking of which, I’ll tell you a little bit about each one and then let you know what to expect next.

The Books:

Saboteur by Mark Seaman: This is the only non-fiction book of the four, but it’s also the one that I’m most looking forward to getting to. It takes a look at the role of SOEs (Special Operations Executives) with the French resistance in the Second World War, and I’m interested in it for a few reasons. I’ve always found World War II to be an interesting subject, I’m currently learningFrench and I already know a little bit about the SOEs, who were basically normal people trained to carry out extraordinary acts of sabotage and bravery.

Corpus by Rory Clements: This one is historical fiction and ties in quite well with Saboteur because it’s also set around the Second World War, although I believe it’s predominantly in the buildup. I read the blurb and it sounded pretty good, but I also deliberately tried to forget it so that I can go in pretty blind.

Exile by James Swallow: This one has a bunch of good blurbs and sounds like a thriller of some sort, but the main thing that stood out to me is that the protagonist is called Marc Dane. I wonder if they picked that one deliberately or if it’s just a fun coincidence!

Spare Me the Truth by C J Carver: This one sounds a bit like a cross between a cozy mysteryand a thriller and actually reminded me a bit of Driven, my own book. I’ve heard of C J Carver before and it sounds like this one will be right up my street, so I’ll probably pick this up third after Saboteur and Corpus.

I’ll be reviewing the books as and when I get to them, so be sure to follow SocialBookshelves.com on Facebook and Twitter for updates and to subscribe to my BookTube channel if you haven’t already. In the meantime, you can also find out more about A Box of Stories by following them on Facebook or Instagram or by heading over to their website for more. Happy reading!

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Unboxing the Box of Stories Mixed Box by SocialBookshelves.com

Posted by Asha Chauhan on

Hi, folks!

Dane here, and today I have something a little special. Let’s gloss over the fact that I’ve finally figured out why my websites have been glitchy and that I’m finally able to upload imagesto the site again and skip over to the awesome Box of Stories subscription box, which I was asked if I’d be interested in reviewing.

 Available now from ABoxOfStories.com, there are three different options available:

  • Standard mixed (£14.99): This is the box which I received and which includes both fictionand non-fiction.
  • Standard fiction (£14.99): This box consists entirely of fiction books.
  • Crime, mystery and thriller box (£21.99): This box is dedicated to crime, mystery and thriller novels. 

 

 

Each box contains four unique books and can be purchased as either a one off gift or as a repeat subscription. Better still, delivery is free!
I also filmed an unboxing video over on my YouTube channel, so be sure to click here to check that out or to watch it in the player below. Otherwise, read on to find out a little bit more about the books that I got and what I thought of them.

My first impression of this box is a physical one. I wasn’t at home when the box was deliveredand so the postman left it with my neighbours. When I knocked on the door to ask for the parcel, they handed it over and I almost dropped it because of how heavy it was. I’m guessing that they don’t normally send their packages recorded delivery as the postage alone was almost as much as they charge for a box.

When I opened it up, I was a little surprised that it comes only with the books. A lot of book boxesthrow in a few extra merch items, which I wasn’t expecting here because it’s all about the books that they send, but I did expect them to include a letter of some sort. But then, I suppose those letters work best when you get the same books in every box, and they also often feel impersonaland more like marketing materials than anything else.

And besides, it’s also cool that the books speak for themselves. Speaking of which, I’ll tell you a little bit about each one and then let you know what to expect next.

The Books:

Saboteur by Mark Seaman: This is the only non-fiction book of the four, but it’s also the one that I’m most looking forward to getting to. It takes a look at the role of SOEs (Special Operations Executives) with the French resistance in the Second World War, and I’m interested in it for a few reasons. I’ve always found World War II to be an interesting subject, I’m currently learningFrench and I already know a little bit about the SOEs, who were basically normal people trained to carry out extraordinary acts of sabotage and bravery.

Corpus by Rory Clements: This one is historical fiction and ties in quite well with Saboteur because it’s also set around the Second World War, although I believe it’s predominantly in the buildup. I read the blurb and it sounded pretty good, but I also deliberately tried to forget it so that I can go in pretty blind.

Exile by James Swallow: This one has a bunch of good blurbs and sounds like a thriller of some sort, but the main thing that stood out to me is that the protagonist is called Marc Dane. I wonder if they picked that one deliberately or if it’s just a fun coincidence!

Spare Me the Truth by C J Carver: This one sounds a bit like a cross between a cozy mysteryand a thriller and actually reminded me a bit of Driven, my own book. I’ve heard of C J Carver before and it sounds like this one will be right up my street, so I’ll probably pick this up third after Saboteur and Corpus.

I’ll be reviewing the books as and when I get to them, so be sure to follow SocialBookshelves.com on Facebook and Twitter for updates and to subscribe to my BookTube channel if you haven’t already. In the meantime, you can also find out more about A Box of Stories by following them on Facebook or Instagram or by heading over to their website for more. Happy reading!

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IT’S WORLD BOOK NIGHT – LET’S CELEBRATE THE JOY OF READING

Posted by Asha Chauhan on

We started A Box of Stories with a vision to disrupt the status quo, by giving adventurous book lovers a platform to discover powerful authors, beyond the obvious bestsellers; authors whose names are often drowned out in the marketing noise created for just 10% of the 220,000 titles launched in the UK every year.

PAYING IT FORWARD

A big part of the vision behind ABOS is to give back. An opportunity for us to use a part of our profits to spread the joy of reading across the world. We do that through the World Literacy Foundation that uses the proceeds in its literacy initiatives throughout Africa.

WORLD BOOK NIGHT

It is for this very reason that World Book Night holds a special place for us. World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year.

An initiative launched by the Reading Agency, World Book Night encourages book lovers to gift / donate books to those who don’t have the opportunity to read. Books are gifted individually or through organisations like prisons, libraries, hospitals, care homes or within our own communities in the UK.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

It’s also an evening where events are organised by book lovers to celebrate the joy of reading. If you’re free that evening here’s where you can find if there’s a World Book Night event taking place near you.

The World Book Night website even has some downloadable resources you can use, if you want to get involved too.

 CELEBRATING & PAYING IT FORWARD THIS WORLD BOOK NIGHT

We’re very excited to get involved and do our bit on 23rdApril. We will be hosting some exciting giveaways on our Facebook and Instagram pages so make sure you follow us and don’t miss out on the celebrations.

 50p FOR LITERACY FOR EVERY BOX WE SELL

As a part of our pledge we’re going to give our partners World Literacy Foundation 50p for every Box of Stories that we sell between 16thApril and 23rdApril.

 

If you’re planning to do something special on World Book Night send some information and pictures to info@aboxofstories.com and we’d be happy to shout out on our social platforms.

Finally, a big thank you for being a part of A Box of Stories. You make our world go round. Now let’s get ready to celebrate!

Get your Box of Stories now!

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IT’S WORLD BOOK NIGHT – LET’S CELEBRATE THE JOY OF READING

Posted by Asha Chauhan on

We started A Box of Stories with a vision to disrupt the status quo, by giving adventurous book lovers a platform to discover powerful authors, beyond the obvious bestsellers; authors whose names are often drowned out in the marketing noise created for just 10% of the 220,000 titles launched in the UK every year.

PAYING IT FORWARD

A big part of the vision behind ABOS is to give back. An opportunity for us to use a part of our profits to spread the joy of reading across the world. We do that through the World Literacy Foundation that uses the proceeds in its literacy initiatives throughout Africa.

WORLD BOOK NIGHT

It is for this very reason that World Book Night holds a special place for us. World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year.

An initiative launched by the Reading Agency, World Book Night encourages book lovers to gift / donate books to those who don’t have the opportunity to read. Books are gifted individually or through organisations like prisons, libraries, hospitals, care homes or within our own communities in the UK.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

It’s also an evening where events are organised by book lovers to celebrate the joy of reading. If you’re free that evening here’s where you can find if there’s a World Book Night event taking place near you.

The World Book Night website even has some downloadable resources you can use, if you want to get involved too.

 CELEBRATING & PAYING IT FORWARD THIS WORLD BOOK NIGHT

We’re very excited to get involved and do our bit on 23rdApril. We will be hosting some exciting giveaways on our Facebook and Instagram pages so make sure you follow us and don’t miss out on the celebrations.

 50p FOR LITERACY FOR EVERY BOX WE SELL

As a part of our pledge we’re going to give our partners World Literacy Foundation 50p for every Box of Stories that we sell between 16thApril and 23rdApril.

 

If you’re planning to do something special on World Book Night send some information and pictures to info@aboxofstories.com and we’d be happy to shout out on our social platforms.

Finally, a big thank you for being a part of A Box of Stories. You make our world go round. Now let’s get ready to celebrate!

Get your Box of Stories now!

Read more