Books That Matter subscription box – review

A little while ago Books That Matter did a giveaway over on Twitter for a subscription to their book boxes. Whilst I didn’t win, I did receive a 20% money off code. Having had a look at their site I decided it would have been rude not to use the code and so I bought their April subscription box.

Books That Matter are a feminist subscription box brand that puts women’s writing and art at the forefront of their boxes. As they say themselves:

“Our bestselling book subscription boxes each capture an immersive theme specifically to enlighten, educate and empower, all in a way that feels like a gift every single month.”

Each month there is a different theme and April’s was Dare to Be Powerful, celebrating Black Women’s History Month.

Every subscription box will contain a book by a female author, at least three book themed gifts by women artists and a Books That Matter magazine.

Subscription costs are £17 for either a one off box or a rolling subscription. A 3 month subscription is £45, giving a saving of £6, a 6 month subscription is £ 90, which is a saving of £12 and a 12 month subscription is £180 giving a £24 saving on a monthly rolling subscription. Postage costs of £3 are in addition to the subscription prices.

So what arrived in April’s box?

There was a beautiful paperback edition of Conjure Women by Afia Atakora, published 15 April 2021 by 4th Estate. Also included was The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master’s House by Audre Lorde, a Penguin Modern edition, a beautiful pair of socks and matching cards by Emma Make, a Pink Salad Lon lip gloss in Toasted Velvet and a Books That Matter magazine and book mark.

So what did I think to my first Books That Matter subscription box? Overall I was delighted with the contents. I always worry that I will have a book that comes in a subscription box but Books That Matter use themes and clues about the authors to be included that I could err on the side of caution and assume I didn’t have this month’s title. I love the socks and the lip gloss is just the right shade to suit anyone. The contents are all things I like but would probably not bought for myself individually. It was a lovely surprise to find the socks included as this is something I would definitely not have bought for myself (but would have envied if I saw someone else buying them – indeed I would have envied someone else who had bought the whole box if I hadn’t). I’m not sure I could justify the cost each month though is perfect as a special treat now and again, or as a present for someone else.

May’s theme is Choose Love, looking at the journeys and stories of refugees and displaced people.  Books That Matter will be donating 10% from the proceeds of each sale to Choose Love, a charity who work with people fleeing war, persecution and climate change.

You can find out more about Books That Matter and order May’s box here.

*Please note I paid for my box and did not receive any incentive for writing this review. I do not receive any payment or incentive for any sales made as a result of this review. *

7 Comments Add yours

  1. MarinaSofia says:

    Curses, Janet! You just made me go and order the May box – I mean, refugees and migration is one of my main topics of interest and after such a glowing review… Ah well, it’s an early birthday present, or so I tell myself!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Sorry! (not really). What I liked about this is that all of the things are items I really like but would probably not justified buying. Conjure Women sounds great and it’s one I don’t think I would have prioritised getting otherwise. I hope you enjoy May’s box.

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  2. What a lovely box! So tempted…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. janetemson says:

      I was pleasantly surprised by the contents. I’m not sure I can justify a monthly subscription but I may buy another one off box in the future.

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  3. heavenali says:

    I had 3 months of Books that Matter and really enjoyed it. I did get one duplicate book. I stopped the subscription only because I need to stop acquiring so much stuff. However I always thought the contents were really well thought out.

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    1. janetemson says:

      They are well thought out. I think it might be nice as a treat every now and then.


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