Bookly Box Review, September & October 2016

I know, I know, it’s all things books on here right now, but I really, REALLY like books! Obviously. Bookly Box is a good one though, you’re going to like this one, so listen up!

Before we get started, let’s get the technical crap outta the way.  There are affiliate links in this post, however I *never* accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.  ALL reviews on CrazyDogMama are honest, with my very own opinions and photographs (unless otherwise stated).

The Bookly Box membership is regularly $39.99 per month, but is on sale right now for $29.99/month.

Here is a list of what each box includes every month:

-A brand new (surprise) book from one genre of your choice that you can switch up at any time.  Choose from: Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi or Young Adult.  I also just received an email saying that starting in November, they will now be sending a HARDBACK book (instead of a paperback) that was released within the last 45 days.

-A Bookmark


-Two different items that will make your reading experience more enjoyable.

-A comprehensive report of where your donation went to and how it will make a difference.

-Immediate access to our online book club community, BooklyBuddy.

An entire podcast dedicated to every book that you receive where the moderators of your genre group will discuss that book and sometimes even the author.

A word from Bookly Box about their mission:

 We are a company that successfully sustains the One for One model. Meaning that for every single Bookly Box ever sold, we donate one book to kids/teenagers/adults in less developed countries.  We make the entire process absolutely seamless and take out the stress and burden off of everyone’s back. To spread education to the most remote places around the world is one of our overlying goals and something we take a lot of pride in. Our mission has always been to change the world with as little as one book at a time. As a company, we’re well aware that we don’t have all the means necessary to make the world be the exact way that we want it to be, but we do have the means and power to impact lives one by one with just a book. We believe that all it takes is one individual to create immense change and we believe that we can help ignite that sense of curiosity, hope, and ambition in some of the most remote parts of the world where kids/teens/adults have never had the chance to receive proper education. We believe that we can create real change in the world with your help and we thank you for believing in our mission.

Bookly Box Review, September 2016


The cute little box. I appreciate flip-top boxes as opposed to regular boxes. It makes the “unboxing” experience much nicer.


Each month, Bookly Box goodies come in a very nice muslin bag. These little bags are super handy for me when traveling to house my dirty lingerie. 🙂 You didn’t see that one coming, did you? I’m very pragmatic.



The insert provided each month shows where your donation is going (your donation is the subscription to the box), and the statistics for that area.  This month was Beitbridge, Zimbabwe.  I think this is a really cool idea, and it’s nice to know that my box obsession has some positive residual effects. 🙂


Reading is knowledge, and knowledge is power! Everyone should be given the chance to read!


What I really like here is the simplicity and the practicality.  This isn’t really a “fluff” box, and it is not geared more toward one gender. So, no one can bitch. Unless they hate tea, but tea costs about 30 cents, so they can shut up.


Runaway by Peter May – Retail Value $9.88 (£7.99) – I found this on Amazon from $0.61 all the way up to $26.00. It sounds intense and gets great reviews! This is the “Mystery” selection.


Amazon Excerpt:

“Five of us had run away that fateful night just over a month before. Only three of us would be going home. And nothing, nothing would ever be the same again.”

Glasgow, 1965. Headstrong teenager Jack Mackay cannot allow for even the possibility of a life of predictability and routine. The seventeen-year-old has just one destination on his mind–London–and successfully convinces his four friends, and fellow bandmates, to join him in abandoning their homes to pursue a goal of musical stardom.
Glasgow, 2015. Jack Mackay dares not look back on a life of failure and mediocrity. The heavy-hearted sixty-seven-year-old is still haunted by what might have been. His recollections of the terrible events that befell him and his friends some fifty years earlier, and how he did not act when it mattered most is a memory he has tried to escape his entire adult life.
London, 2015. A man lies dead in a one-room flat. His killer looks on, remorseless. What started with five teenagers following a dream five decades before has been transformed over the intervening decades into a waking nightmare that might just consume them all.
Runaway is a tense crime thriller spanning a half-century of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered, passions ignited and extinguished, all set against the backdrop of two unique cities at two unique and transformational periods of recent history.


In each box you also receive a unique little bookmark printed on both sides. Love it! I read about 5 books at a time (I have moods!) so getting bookmarks is always a good thing for me.


“Shhh! I’m reading!” VERY appropriate. However, if CrazyDogMama were to design a similar bookmark, it would probably say something more like “Shh! I’m reading, asshole!” Probably why I’m not a bookmark designer.


Tazo Tea – Retail Value $0.30 each. Haven’t tried the Calm Chamomile yet, but thumbs up on the Sweet Cinnamon Spice!


Field Notes – Retail Value $3.32 & Black Rubber Feather Gel Pen – Retail Value $6.49. OK, gotta say, the pen is way cool! It writes really nice, too. I am a writer, a journaler, a doodler, a note taker and a list maker, so you can never go wrong giving me Field Notes!


So what do you think of Bookly Box so far? At first I was a little hesitant to continue because the cost was more than the value, but then I remembered that they donate books AND that I loved everything in the box AND the online community (BooklyBuddy)? A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. It is the most comprehensive and active online book community I’ve seen yet! Totally worth it. I signed on for more. I know that shocks you. 😉

Bookly Box Review, October 2016


Yay! Another Book Box! I neeeeed these! No, seriously, I need the boxes. I belong to a used book swap club where you swap used books through the mail. – it’s awesome!!! Just in case you were wondering what I did with all my old books.


More dirty lingerie bags!  :mrgreen:



This month’s donation goes to Liberia!


No, Bookly Box, thank YOU!!


The Killing Season by Mason Cross – Retail Value $9.88 (£7.99) I found this on Amazon for $12.37, but it had a different cover. The one with the same cover is $37.51 on Amazon, but not sold by Amazon. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to read this book! It gets crazy good reviews and is totally my thang. This is the “Mystery” genre selection.


Amazon Excerpt:

“Pulse-pounding. Mason Cross launches into The Killing Season with no-holds-barred, as he deftly combines an adrenaline rush plot with one of the best new series characters since Jack Reacher. Prepare to read all night.”―Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake.

When Caleb Wardell, the infamous ‘Chicago Sniper,’ escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialized talents whose skills lie in finding those who don’t want to be found. A man to whom Wardell is no stranger. Along with Elaine Banner, an ambitious special agent juggling life as a single mother with her increasingly high-flying career, Blake must track Wardell down as he cuts a swathe across America, apparently killing at random. But Blake and Banner soon find themselves sidelined from the case. And as they try desperately to second-guess a man who kills purely for the thrill of it, they uncover a hornets’ nest of lies and corruption. Now Blake must break the rules and go head-to-head with the FBI if he is to stop Wardell and expose a deadly conspiracy that will rock the country.

Slick, fast-paced and assured, The Killing Season is the first novel in the gripping new Carter Blake series.


Great quote!




Tazo Tea – Retail Value $0.30 each. Tried both, Chai Pumpkin Spice wins!


This month’s first practical item is this handy-dandy soft rubber bookmark thingee – Retail Value $5.99. It expands to different sizes and can be used as either a bookmark or a book binder. You can position the hand to exactly where you left off, which is great! I never remember where exactly I left off.


USB Portable, Flexible LED Light – Retail Value $1.66.


You plug this into a power source, and TA-DA! Light! I received a “Triple C USB Charger” from the PopSugar Must Have Box, and it works great with this little device!


Look at what I did here! I used the rubber bookmark to hold the light in the right place! I’m so resourceful, aren’t I? You wouldn’t want to necessarily do this while reading (well, you might), but it works great for photos – LOL! I have multiple reading lights now, but it is nice because I have one upstairs (for bedtime), one downstairs (when someone else wants to watch TV with the lights low and I want to read OR we lose power and I need light real quick) and one in the glove box of my car now for traveling! You never know when you might need one!


You can also use it to light up your laptop keyboard in low light.


So that is October’s Bookly Box! I’m loving this subscription. The cost is reasonable considering all you get and the donations made because of your purchase is such a cool bonus. I always find uses for all the items and the books are REALLY GOOD! I’m also enjoying the online community and making some fun, new friends. If you are interested, be sure to give it a try while they are having a monthly discounted subscription!

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