The Book Crate August Subscription Box Review

There’s no doubt that Australia has a gap in the market when it comes to subscription boxes. Subscription box companies rarely ship to Australia, and if they do, it costs an arm and a leg for shipping and conversion rates. I was very excited when I discovered the new YA subscription box The Book Crate. The box was $30 AUD for a single subscription, and $15 AUD for shipping, totalling $45 AUD.

The August box, themed Glitter and Geeks, is The Book Crates debut box, containing an assortment of handmade products and the novel Queens of Geek, by Jen Wilde.

So what is in the box?

When I opened the box, the first thing I saw was a cute illustration on a postcard.

Underneath the tissue paper, there was a personalised envelope, which I love! I don’t know why I love receiving personalised items so much, but I always love seeing my name on things. Vain, I know…

Inside the envelope was a card describing all the items in the box.

The novel for the August box is Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. For full disclosure, I am not actually a huge YA reader. Whilst I do enjoy a YA novel, it is not the genre that I typically reach for first. That being said, I do really enjoy YA novels, especially during uni, and just want something light and easy to read in my free time.

Queens of Geek has 4.05 stars on Goodreads, and many of the comments and reviews are positive, so I am excited to get into it.

From the reviews I read, I believe that this novel is an LGBTQI+ novel (having not read it yet) which I believe was a brilliant choice, especially in relation to Australia’s current political climate regarding the same-sex marriage plebiscite.


The box contains a laminated pride bookmark, which I love, as well as a regular bookmark with the boxes theme Glitter and Geeks.

Included is a photo frame with a foiled quote inside. I love ‘fuck everything else’ as it is basically the philosophy I live by.

It also contains a mug and a succulent. My poor little succulent got shaken in the mail but was fine after I pushed it back into the pot. I was very glad it was in a sealed bag (A+ for packaging). The mug is very cute, with purple glitter and copper ‘glitter and geek’ printed above. Everything in the box is handmade, and the glitter on the mug is very sensitive so it is handwash only. I already own many mugs, so I thought it would be cute to actually put my succulent inside the mug, which looks very cute on my windowsill.

My favourite item in the box was the bookish soy candle in ‘Queen Firestone’. I love bookish candles, and this candle has an incredibly fresh, unique scent. It’s hard to describe, but it smells very summery to me, like a combination of fresh linen, sun cream and a hint of citrus. I’m no candle expert and am sure these are not the actual notes, but it’s light, fresh and enjoyable either way. The final item included in the box was a Figree Candle & Co Hand and Body Lotion in Watermelon Lemonade. It smells very similar to The Body Shop Born Lippy Watermelon lip balm, which gives me huge nostalgia.

So that is all of the items that were included in the August Box of The Book Crate YA Subscription Box. I thought this box was very cute and unique. If you are looking for a subscription box in Australia that offers a YA novel and some quirky handmade items, and want to support a small, growing Australian business, I would highly recommend this box.

Until next time,

*This post was not sponsored in any way. All of these photos were taken at the time of opening the box to ensure you receive a real review. None of the photos have been edited or altered.