2 July 2017

The Big Book Box: Unboxing the June Book Box

Hello folks,
How have all been doing?! I've been busy lately with work (**boring alert**), some travelling with bae, reading as usual and photography (**my new found love, although it has been a year though**).

So, I think book subscription boxes, in general, are such great ideas, but I've never been able to find one that I actually really thought I would enjoy - until now.

The Big Book Box is an Indian based book subscription service that features some amazing and unique bookish goodies, fandom swag, art, food, exclusive author content (**that I bet you will not find anywhere in the world, if you wish to, nope I'm not exaggerating!**) in their boxes, besides the latest, up and coming books and pocket friendly subscription plans! They’ve been doing these monthly themed book boxes besides some regular themes like Harry Potter, Tiny Tots and Travel, and this was my first book box from them. And not to mention, their customer service is extremely helpful, warm and very friendly, replies almost within a moment.

The team at The Big Book Box gone above and beyond for June's theme “So, There is This Boy..” and every item in the box was curated perfectly and matched aptly with the theme. I just want to mention now to be aware of everything following in this post if you have not yet received your box.

You’ve been warned! If you are just curious about this lovely monthly book box, look no further and prepare to be amazed at all of the big book box glory!


I simply fell in love (**love at first sight**) with the box’s packaging, that is done thoughtfully and with buckets full of bookish love and everything is very snug and quite organized. I love their sky blue wrapping paper, the blue colored box, the quote by George R. R. Martin and the box labels, it all just works. And blue has forever been my favorite color.

So, the first thing upon opening, beyond that blue paper was the June theme card that said, "So. There is This Boy.." printed on a black background, which looks super cool.

Next came the most anticipated signed book and the most anticipated as well as an exclusive author content that I was looking forward to desperately. It's Ruskin Bond, his new illustrated book and above everything else, his handwritten letter penned for every June subscribers of the box. (**I cried literally on reading his inspiring and soul touching words poured out with so much emotions**) He has always been an inspiration to me in the world of fiction and reading fiction. Although I've met the man in real life, still the world 'Rusty' gets me excited for no or any reason at all.

1st Book of the Month (BOTM 1): Looking For The Rainbow by Ruskin Bond (Hardcover)

Synopsis: At age eight, Ruskin escapes his jail-like boarding school in the hills and goes to live with his father in Delhi. His time in the capital is filled with books, visits to the cinema, music and walks and conversations with his father—a dream life for a curious and wildly imaginative boy, which turns tragic all too soon. 

For years, Ruskin Bond has regaled and mesmerized readers with his tales. In Looking for the Rainbow, Bond travels to his own past, recalling his favorite adventures (and misadventures) with extraordinary charm, splotches of wit, a pinch of poignance and not a trace of bitterness.

The next item was yet another bookish thing that also I've been looking forward bit excitedly and that is the Professor Severus Snape Funko Pop, which is extremely cute, although the box of the funko pop was bit damaged, but Professor Snape was unharmed, after all, the guys at the big book box made sure that Professor Snape was protectively enchanted with magical spells.

**Look how cute he is, who can tell that this is the most brooding character in the Harry Potter series**

Then came the next book that I wasn't that excited about but wanted to give it a read since he is one of the most popular YA writers of current times. Yes Partick Ness' new book, Release is a empowering story about a gay teenage boy and syncs well with the month of the Pride. Once again, full marks to the Big Book Box for being so thoughtful.

2nd Book of the Month (BOTM 2): Release by Partick Ness (Paperback)

Synopsis: Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume's Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It's a big day. Things go wrong. It's intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches...

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

**Already managed some time to read this one, eye rolls angrily**

Next item was the most cutest, I must say, from the entire content of this box, even Professor Snape falls second in line, when it comes to this amazing Art Print that I could not take my eyes off from it. I was awe-struck by its beauty, charm and level of cuteness that the artist has portrayed through this painting. And it read "Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe"

Then came the only feminine item in this month's box, (**well thank god for that**) which is extremely enchanting and pretty. Raise your hands and legs, if you were a fan of the TV series "The Vampire Diaries", and who remembers that silhouette locket/pendant worn by none other than Katherine Pierce, its the blue one. You remember it. Well great, the Big Book Box here crafted this beautiful locket, very similar to Katherine's and I'm in total love with it. I'm even wearing it almost daily to my work and my colleagues are going ohs and ahs over it everyday.

Next bookish item too became my favorite thing almost instantly. Trust me, a book nerd can never get enough of bookish pins. And the Big Book Box included three bookish pins with some amazing quotes and lovely graphics, that's totally swoon worthy.

Then came the bookish scented candle inspired from the character Feyre from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass. This has a faint sweet lemon cakey smell and the smell fills up the room once you light it up. Thanks you guys, since this candle is my first ever bookish candle that I own now. It is perfectly awesome and cuts a pretty picture when you light it up.

Another item that a bibliophile can never get enough of is a bookmark. Every book lover owns hoards of bookmarks of various shapes, sizes, colors, fabrics, textures and patterns. And this month we saw some cute magnetic bookmarks in this box that matched the theme of the month quite aptly.

**Aren't these adorable?**

Postcards, another item, that is a must for every book worm in the world, that is filled with motivating quotes and pretty backgrounds and graphics and, like always, the big book box included two postcards from Puffin publishers and once Scribble tile card, and I got the letter I. (**I hear they have a fun game on their minds, so waiting for that!**)

Another delight of the book boxes these days are including an edible item for their subscribers and the big book box too included an 85gm cylindrical can of Jackers potato chips of Barbeque flavor, which is no doubt very delicious, light, non greasy and crunchy. (**Yum, I'm already crunching and munching some while penning this unboxing blog post**)

Since I had subscribed to the Espresso box for the month of June, hence I received one extra book and that was something that stole the complete show. (**Sadly a book nerd only falls for books beyond everything else**) and the book is Ann of Green Gables from Puffin's V&A Edition that launched in the month of May.

Synopsis: When Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables farm on Prince Edward Island, she surprises everyone: first of all, she is a girl. Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, had specifically asked for an orphan boy. She has bright red hair that won't manage and a mouth that won't shut. Nothing will ever be the same at Green Gables!

A favorite story of generations of girls ever since it was first published in 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic story of one girl's profound effect on a small Canadian community has stayed in print for nearly one hundred years and has been made into a popular TV series and even a musical.

The last items from the box is a book card about two popular YA books, The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr and Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. And another is their monthly newsletter magazine which is really cool and has lots of amazing articles and information about the bookish world, and its called, Barefoot Sunshine and you can subscribe it seperately, other than the monthly and themed book boxes.

Everything in this box was fantastic. One of my favorites till date! I really enjoyed the big book box and I am so grateful for the team who work so tirelessly to curate the boxes each month and to deliver them to each and every person who orders one. Well worth the price of the subscription if you ask me and they continue to amaze every Indian book nerd like me.

So if you want a dose of bookish magic delivered to your doorstep, then order one now, as per your budget and as per their subscription plans, straight from their website. And not to mention, the peeps behind the book box are a bunch of bookish and warmest individuals on the planet, who will answer your any query on Earth. I'm grateful that I chanced upon this Indian book subscription service which is most unique and authentic book box, unlike the rest of the lot.

Visit The Big Book Box on Instagram (**They are super cool and very active, and get all the latest scoops and behind the box drama**)

Visit The Big Book Box on their official website (**Hurry book one of their boxes now before it is too late**) And they accept online payment in any mode and it is super safe.


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