May Bookish Box Review



I’ve been eyeing Appraising Page’s Book(ish) Box for awhile. However, when I saw their May theme was Harry Potter, I was desperate to get on the list. Some lucky timing and too much time spent on Instagram allowed me to snag one of Justine’s extra subscriptions—and I’m so glad I did!

The Book(ish) Box brands itself as a “monthly subscription box for stylish bookworms.” Each themed box contains a t-shirt from Appraising Pages and 4-5 additional literary-inspired items and runs $29.99 a month, plus shipping. This subscription box does not include a book.

I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, and the Book(ish) Box does not disappoint. Even the box itself is gorgeous.

Sidebar: I’m sad I didn’t get a shot of the sides of the box, which have the theme and a really pretty watercolor of the Deathly Hallows symbol printed on them. It’s dark now, but I’ll try and get some shots of it to add here later.


Getting closer to the magical goodies within…


I was bad and checked the #bookishbox tag on Instagram to get a peek at this month’s box early (I’m also the person who looks up the menu online so I can pick out what I want to eat before I even get to the restaurant); I was drooling over the Hogwarts Coffee tumbler and consequently was checking the tracking info every few hours so I’d know exactly when my box arrived!

Now without further ado…the contents of the May Harry Potter-themed Bookish Box!


I had to stand on a step stool to fit all the awesome in one frame.

What was inside:

  • A watercolor “Expecto Patronum” print from Lexy Olivia—retail $12
  • A bubble pendant necklace from Rich Love Shoppe that says “The stories we love best live in us forever”—retail $17
  • The aforementioned, much anticipated Hogwarts Coffee tumbler from Knot Knirvana—retail $15
  • A sample package of Butterbeer-scented bath salts from Cherry Pit Crafts that made the entire box smell like creamy, butterscotch goodness—retail approximately $2
  • An Appraising Pages t-shirt with one of my favorite Dumbledore quotes: “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic”—retail $15

Note: You have the option to upgrade your shirt to a different style. I chose the regular women’s fit option, though I did size up and get an XL since I had a feeling the fabric would shrink a bit, and I prefer to wear my shirts on the looser side.

Total value of items in box: $61

Final thoughts: A+, 5 stars, 10/10 would recommend. When you add everything up, it’s plain to see this box is a great value. I was a little disappointed that my tumbler had some scratches on it, but other than that, all items arrived in mint condition.

You can tell Justine puts a lot of thought and care into choosing each item, and everything was wrapped and boxed beautifully. The fabric of the District Made brand shirt is SUPER soft and the screen-printed (not vinyl!) graphic is darling and should wash and wear well. Other than the tumbler, most of the items in the box things I would probably would not have bought on their own but are definitely things I will use and enjoy!

Sidebar: If I’m being honest, and I think I should be, I’ve already used all the bath salts. My skin smells delicious, and I anticipate visions of pumpkin pasties dancing in my head tonight!

Next month’s theme is Classic Reads, so I’m crossing my fingers for some Pride and Prejudice-inspired items. Order here now!


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