All of my life, I have loved to read. Reading has been the one thing that has been a proven stress reliever, a happy thing for me to do. As a child, I would read to escape from a world where I was almost desperately unhappy. A novel was a safe space – a safe space where I couldn’t be bullied. Through books, I travelled to places I may never visit and made friends with people I would not meet. Over the last 12 months, though, I seem to have lost my way with reading. I have fallen out of love with it.
As the beginning of 2021 approached, I wistfully recalled how much I loved to read and considered how I would get myself into reading once again. The answer came to me in the form of a Facebook advert… as usual, the all-seeing book of face accurately presented me with a solution to my problem – A Box of Stories. I had come across the company before, but never bitten the bullet and ordered. This time things were different, and I had a decent look at what they had to offer.
A Box of Stories is a book subscription service, and I love a good subscription. They say that 83% of books published don’t get the marketing and publicity they should get and therefore don’t make the bestsellers list, which I can believe wholeheartedly. Some of the best books I have ever read I found by accident. By purchasing a book subscription box from them, you save “brand new books from getting destroyed”. Perhaps my favourite thing about A Box of Stories is that I don’t have to think about which books to choose. I eliminated the genres I really don’t fancy and linked my GoodReads account before receiving my first box.
When my first box arrived last week, I couldn’t wait to see which books had been chosen for me. I wasn’t disappointed.
- Love After Love by Alex Hourston
- Marilyn and Me by Ji-min Lee
- All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson
- A World on Edge by Daniel Schonpflug
I probably wouldn’t have picked any of these if I had been left to choose, but I’ll happily give them all a read because they’re not what I would typically choose. And divergence from the usual path is more than acceptable.