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In continuing to feed my obsession with book subscription boxes, I have discovered another new to me one.

I have found some wonderful subscription boxes. My YouTube channel is full of video unboxing’s if you are interested. I also share my unboxing’s on my sister website for those boxes that are not books.

By far, my favorite boxes are the ones with the books in them. And those unboxing’s I share on this website.

This is my first month with a new box subscription: Ananiah Press Staycay Box. The box that I subscribed to is the quarterly box which includes two books, snacks from Salty Sisters Gourmet Popcorn, and a few fun items.

What did I get in my box this month? I am going to share the contents with you here. My review is not for the book or the items I received because I haven’t read/used them yet, but instead will be for the content and subscription experience.

Unboxing

The box arrived a little worn. It was a thinner cardboard and had been bounced around a bit.

Unboxing and Review: Ananiah Press Staycay Box September 2020

There was no extra padding in the box so the items inside had also bounced around a bit.

The first item in the box was a canvas tote bag – a great size for carrying around a few books.

The second item in the box was a Beach Mix flavor of Salty Sisters Gourmet Popcorn.

Unboxing and Review: Ananiah Press Staycay Box September 2020

The third item in the box was a Toffee Almond flavor of Salty Sisters Gourmet Popcorn.

Unboxing and Review: Ananiah Press Staycay Box September 2020

The fourth item in the box was a mini fan. It included batteries, but broke in transit.

The fifth item in the box was the romantic suspense book, The Glass Bottom Boat by Laura Thomas (retail $15.99).

Unboxing and Review: Ananiah Press Staycay Box September 2020

The sixth item in the box was the historical romance book, Rachel’s Valley by Alice Patron (retail $19.99).

Unboxing and Review: Ananiah Press Staycay Box September 2020

This is everything I received in the box.

Unboxing and Review: Ananiah Press Staycay Box September 2020



Review

What I liked:

  • I could pick the genre I wanted to receive (Adult romance and romantic suspense, Contemporary and historical adult romance, adult and YA romance, or YA romance only).
  • The popcorn was good and a nice treat for reading.
  • The subscription does not auto renew so you get an email every quarter giving you the option to order.
  • There is an option to get text messages from Ananiah regarding shipping status.
  • There was a $10 discount for the first box.

What I didn’t like:

  • There wasn’t any padding inside the box to keep things from bouncing around.
  • The fan arrived broken.
  • The genre selections on check out give the implication that historical and romantic suspense are in different ones. I would have preferred a contemporary romance rather than the historical.
  • The books do not give any indication of specific genre on the back (that is a publishing thing rather than a box thing though).
  • I had to contact the company through social media to get the shipping rates.

Overall Opinion

I believe this is the initial box for this subscription service. As such, it isn’t surprising that there may be a few ‘bugs’ to work out. I believe the packing and website descriptions are those types of things. I really liked that I discovered a ‘new-to-me’ publisher. I’m looking forward to exploring their books. One thing that sets this service apart from others is the fact that it doesn’t auto renew. If they are good about communicating when each shipment is be processed, that is a great option for subscribers to have.

This subscription service is normally $49.00 plus $5.99 shipping per box. There is currently a $10 discount offered on their website. The website claims each box will have a $65 value. I’m not sure if that was actually the case, but I am willing to give this subscription another go next quarter.

-Loraine Nunley

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