My Lit Box – January Unboxing

January will be the last month I do a sponsored unboxing for My Lit Box. I will, of course, keep the service and continue to pay for it because it is a fantastic book subscription box and I don’t have any complaints! In the future, it’s possible that I will do another unboxing post, but only to share the awesome contents inside because I want to.

If you missed my unboxings for November and December, you can check them out now!

For anyone who doesn’t know, My Lit Box is a book subscription service that highlights writers of color, usually in the adult literary fiction genre. Subscribers will get a newly released hardcover along with bookish goodies such as bookmarks, candles, journals, mugs, etc. The goodies all make excellent props for Bookstagram, so keep that in mind!

Last month I received Zadie Smith’s newest release, Swing Time. You will not be surprised to hear that I did not end up reading the book like I expected to. Which is why I no longer commit to monthly TBRs and even my readathon TBRs are very flexible. I do plan to read Swing Time in 2017, though I am hesitant to give a specific time frame. But the good news is that I actually read the book My Lit Box sent me in November. It was The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon and I absolutely adored it. I plan to have a review for it in the future, so look out for it. 

If you want to subscribe to My Lit Box, be sure to use my promo code, RDB10 to get 10% off your first month’s subscription!

There are two buying options. Both are great deals:

  • Book Only Plan for $17 – A total steal for new hardcover releases!
  • Full Box Plan for $25 – includes 2-3 quality bookish goodies. Recommended for Bookstagrammers.

Let’s move on to the unboxing!

The Goods

Difficult Women – by Roxane Gay

A “Burn Your Ex: Aged Kentucky Bourbon” candle from Burn Candle Company

A gorgeous Frida Kahlo bookmark

A”Survivor” greeting card

Love the theme for this month!

This is such a great box. I’ve wanted to read Roxane Gay for ages, but never got around to it. I also didn’t own any of her books, until now! You all know how much I like short fiction, so this short story collection is perfect for me.

I don’t own many candles, and certainly none that smell like bourbon. I’m a big fan of the scent, I must say! The only other candle I own was also sent to me by My Lit Box many months ago, but I still have not actually lit it because it’s so small and precious and I don’t want to waste it. But I don’t think that’s how candles are supposed to be used…Now that I have two, I may actually light one and use it in my Bookstagram pictures. 

I’m always glad to get more Frida Kahlo goodies,  so the bookmark will be a treasured part of my bookmark collection. Frida Kahlo was incredible woman and I’ve always admired her strength. I have a cute little Frida Kahlo finger puppet, but I couldn’t find it for this photo-shoot. 🙁

The greeting card fits perfectly with the theme of Difficult Women. Many of the women in the story will persevere and thrive despite hardship and obstacles. They’re survivors. I can’t wait to meet them!


The Bookstagram shot

Have you heard about Roxane Gay’s newest book? Are you excited to read it?

The official blurb for Difficult Women (from Goodreads)

Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State—which earned rave reviews and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, NPR, the Boston Globe, and Kirkus—and her New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.


The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the marriage of one of them. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

That’s all for January’s Box! If you like what you saw, subscribe and use my code RDB10!

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42 thoughts on “My Lit Box – January Unboxing

  1. Oh my, this looks good. I love the idea of a book and a surprise every month – it must feel like you have an extra 12 birthdays a year! 🙂

  2. Great post!!!! And I need to sign up for this box ASAP!

    Look at Frieda….and I’ve seen that book everywhere. It’s a sign. Also, bourboun is an interesting choice for a candle. I can’t say I’ve seen any candle with that smell before, so that’s quite unique.

    Thanks for sharing all of this with us! 😀

      1. I just feel like the exchange rate + shipping will be insane and not worth it in the end 🙁 that’s what stops me from signing up for ANY lit boxes…sigh…

  3. I only heard about this book recently, but I knew I wanted to read it inmidiately. I read and loved Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and I can’t wait to read this new realese by her. I hope you enjoy the book and all the other goods!

    1. I’m confident I’ll enjoy it! She fascinates me as a person and writer, and that’s before I’ve even read a major work of hers, haha. But I do follow her on social media and have read stuff she’s written online. I’m especially interested in her memoir “Hunger,” which was supposed to come out last year! But keeps getting pushed back.

  4. This book looks amazing! I haven’t read any of Roxane Gay’s work yet, but I’m definitely going to check her out. Also FRIDA KHALO <3<3

  5. GAHHHHH! LOL I LOVE everything about this box Naz, Enjoy! the Frida Kahlo bookmark is EVERYTHING!!!! *heart eyes* Difficult Women is on my February book haul list, can’t wait to get this one. I’m finding a much deeper appreciation for Short Fiction stories 😉

    1. Oh, you’re getting this book in February!? That’s great 😀 Right now, I would like to read Difficult Women in February because I’d like to read more books by African Americans than I usually do, so I may dd Roxane Gay to my very flexible TBR. We’ll see!

      1. yea there are only 2 books i know for sure i’m getting in Feb…Difficult Women & The Princess Saves Herself In This One. Trying to test the waters in poetry, I need something also to read in btwn some of my longer books. I hadn’t heard of Roxane Gay til Difficult Women caught my attention, i’ll be checking more of her work 😉

  6. It’s so funny that you mentioned The Sun is Also a Star because I just reviewed it! My expectations for it were way too high though.

    I wonder if some of the stories in this book were published elsewhere first because I feel certain I’ve read “The Mark of Cain” before – the description and title sound very familiar to me.

    Your pictures are always so nice! That’s part of why I don’t review more picture books – even though my pictures are nothing special, I still spend more time on the photographs than writing the review (and reviews take me a looong time to plan and write and edit and add links and finally post).

  7. Consistently such a great box! I think you’ve had one book that I wasn’t specifically interested in reading, the entire time you’ve been talking about the Lit Box. Also, although Zadie Smith is not exactly the author for me, I thought Swing Time was terrific — not exactly my thing, but still a really excellent book.

  8. It’s so preeetty!!😍 We definitely need those boxes over here damnit! Anyway awesome book choice MyLitBox Rocks✊And that bookmark! I also really love the survivor card!

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