When Older Daughter went to New Jersey a year ago for her job as a live-in nanny, she immediately began exploring all the options to indulge in one of the overriding Lewis passions: books. In short order, she found every local library and bookstore (both new and used), and treated herself to numerous online purchases.
One of the things she signed up for was a service called BookBag. The idea behind this little business was charming. They would look over your reading preferences, then shop for used books that fit your interests. Every other month, three surprise books would be shipped to your doorstep.
Here’s how they describe the service:
BookBag is an eco-friendly handpicked used book subscription box that lets you indulge your bookworm habits while catering to exactly your taste and budget. BookBag is as fun and simple as sharing books with a best friend. “You loved this? Well, then you should read this!”
Older Daughter raved about this service for months. She was expanding her reading repertoire because of the new (well, used) books they sent. She said only once did she receive a book she didn’t enjoy. Everything else was terrific.
So I decided to give it a try. Older Daughter said I should be as careful and clear and thorough as possible in making a Good Reads profile (which BookBag utilized to make reading choices). I filled in the appropriate information on the website covering my tastes and interests. The first shipment was due to arrive around the beginning of November.
And then … something sad happened. I received notice that BookBag was going out of business (it was “unsustainable”), and the first shipment I would receive would also be my last.
Sure enough, yesterday I received the box.
It was like opening a Christmas present, since each book was individually wrapped, with a twine cord and a hand-written note. Classy classy classy.
Based on my reading preferences, these are the three books they chose for me:
I’ve dipped into The Oregon Trail and so far it’s excellent.
The books came with a charming hand-written note:
I, for one, am very very sorry to see this service go under, though based on the amount of personal work that went into it, I’m not surprised it was called unsustainable.
Does anyone know of a similar service available?