Call Number: A Library-Inspired Book Box That Celebrates Black Literature!

Call Number is the book subscription service for library lovers!

I was fortunate enough to receive the February box for review, but do know that all opinions expressed here are my own. But I’m not even going to try to contain my love for this box because the contents I found inside exceeded my expectations.

A little about Call Number.

Call Number is a traditional book subscription service, so you should expect a book every month along with some bookish goodies. But here’s what sets it apart from its competitors.

  • It’s a library-inspired book box
  • The box is curated by a real academic librarian!
  • It has a focus on quality contemporary Black literature

Subscribe to Call Number if you want to receive literary works of authors from America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the African diaspora. There are many incredible works published by Black authors every year, so let Call Number take the guesswork out of what books to buy and have them deliver them right to your doorstep. 

The box starts at $35. I couldn’t confirm in their website if they shipped internationally, but when you check out, there’s an option to ship to several different countries, so it seems international shipping is an option for those who can afford it! That’s a definite plus over other U.S.-based book boxes that only ship domestically.

To learn more about Call Number, visit their website and maybe subscribe!


The Unboxing

Size and looks can be deceiving

The box itself is rather small, compared to other book subscription boxes. It was the size of a hardcover, and about as thick as 1 1/2 hardcover books. What you see above is everything inside the box…at first glance. But once you open the package, be ready for a surprise!

 

Unwrapping part 1

Yes!!! I’ve wanted to read Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson since I saw the cover for the first time. Of course, the premise of the book sounds great, but I first fell in love when I saw that glorious cover. It’s a work of art!

Remember the cute little package, from the picture above, with the string wrapped into a bow? Well, that little package is packed full of goodies, far more than I ever imagined.

  1. February’s theme description, “This Is Me”
  2. An “I Support Black Literature” bookmark
  3. A bookplate signed by Renée Watson
  4. A Call Number business card
  5. Another package with goodies?!?

About Piecing Me Together

A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Renée Watson.

25566675Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.

 

But Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

 

Friendships, race, privilege, identity—this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.

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Unwrapping part 2

 

 

The content you see here are from the small package two pictures above on the bottom left, and a few other things that I forgot to show from the main package.

  1. Yet another bookmark! This one’s library themed 🙂
  2. A cute pin of a young girl with an afro, from The Black Market.
  3. A #RememberYork sticker
  4. “The Dream Keeper” poem by Langston Hughes
  5. The book’s library “Call Number” card. Very cool!
  6. A preview for March’s theme “Do You Remember”

 

My favorite items from the box! Apart from the book itself 🙂

 

 

Everything in February’s Call Number box in one picture.

Obviously, the candle and the “Read” letters did not come in the box, but everything else did. I am incredibly impressed with how much content the box managed to pack in such a small package. The $35 may seem a little pricey for some, but the quality of the items is great and worth the price in the end. Other boxes are just as expensive or even more so, yet do not have nearly as many items as Call Number. 

I don’t normally rate books or bookish things on my blog, but Call Number box gets an unequivocal 5 out of 5 stars! The fantastic book selection and all the gorgeous and practical bookish goodies made it clear that Call Number is curated with the reader in mind. 

Call Number has only been running for a few months, so expect more greatness the rest of the year! Check out some of the boxes they’ve had in the past here. They’ve had fantastic books like The Mothers by Britt Bennett and  Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie.

If you like what saw, be sure to subscribe to Call Number!


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25 thoughts on “Call Number: A Library-Inspired Book Box That Celebrates Black Literature!

  1. This looks like a wonderful box! I always love seeing unboxing posts — getting mail is already the most fun thing in this life, and adding books to that is *kisses fingers*. So far I haven’t been able to afford any of the book subscription boxes out there, but one day!

    1. Yeah, they’re all kind of pricey especially after you factor in shipping. The most affordable one is definitely Book Of The Month, which has a new Hardcover every month for about $16. That’s a fantastic deal!
      But I think Call Number is definitely worth the value for those who can afford it. 🙂

  2. The attention-to-detail seems pretty awesome. I wonder whether people who are saying that they can’t afford it don’t spend that much on books in other places, or whether it’s the idea of spending that much for a subscription service that puts them off.

    I have a very small book budget monthly right now, which would correspond to this service but I spend it in a local indie bookshop (usually one which specializes in lit which is too often marginalized, but sometimes I switch to another local shop depending what I want that month), so I don’t feel I should opt out of community even though this looks amazing..

    But I suspect that a lot of folks who are saying they can’t afford this kind of thing – not necessarily the folks commenting here but more generally people who say they don’t have money for this kind of curated service) actually do spend that much each month (or more) on books, but want something different (i.e. bigbox discounts). I hope some will consider supporting this kind of subscription instead, as you’ve done, Naz!

  3. Wow! This box reminds me of Mary Poppins’s bag– things just keep coming out of it over and over and over… This is a lovely review of a box. You have really improved your photography skills over the last year! I love the setting you’ve given all the items. They are easy to see and clearly defined. Well done, as always.

  4. I admit, these subscription boxes are losing their appeal. I do like Book of the Month’s thing, where you can get to pick from a selection of books! I really prefer the books than the little goodies, although something like a candle or a pouch isn’t unwelcome. Can’t stand those mirrors and stickers though! #sorrynotsorry

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