This month I decided to get a Moth Box – a new book box created by Mercy from the BookTube channel MercysBookishMusings. I’ve been a silent watcher of her channel for a long time. I’m addicted to BookTube, although I don’t leave comments and haven’t taken the plunge and created a channel for myself. Mercy describes her book box as being “a postal service with a difference”, designed to celebrate books from independent publishers. I thought this was a really interesting idea as I enjoy reading books that are outside of the mainstream so it sounded perfect for me.
I was really impressed by the packaging. The box was really sturdy and well padded so the books weren’t damaged or bent at all. I also really liked the little brown card – very simple and it really captures the theme of Moth Box. The books were well packaged too, in pretty purple paper and string. Now, onto the best part… the books!
The February Moth Box contained one copy of The Handsworth Times by Sharon Duggal and one copy of Sufficient Grace by Amy Espseth. The Handsworth Times is set in the Thatcher era in 1981, and although this isn’t something I would have picked up myself I have developed an interest in politics recently so I think it’ll be really interesting to dive into. Sufficient Grace is about an isolated religious community and two girls that live there, ruled by the harshness of nature. I’m really excited about this one as I think it sounds like a great read and something I’ll really enjoy.
The Moth Box also contains two bookmarks. I liked these but thought they were a little plain; it also would have been nice to have something extra in the box to make up for the price, even if it was just sweets or a scented candle. I know Mercy is just one person though and overall I thought this box was lovely and great for spreading the word about lesser known books!