My Lit Box – November Unboxing

I subscribed to My Lit Box in June of 2016, immediately after I knew it existed because, like Read Diverse Books, it is also devoted to promoting writers of color and diversity in the publishing industry. Supporting marginalized voices with our money, when we are able, is a powerful way to demonstrate that we want change in the industry. Some of that change should come from non-marginalized writers including diversity in their work and writing stories that reflect the world we live in. But for meaningful and structural change to occur in the long run, we need writers of color and other marginalized voices to thrive and succeed in the industry. Small businesses like My Lit Box is helping them do just that, which is why it has my full support.

For the last four months, My Lit Box has proven to be a quality subscription box both in the books that are selected and the bookish goodies that come with the Full Box Plan. I have not been disappointed once and had therefore decided to keep my subscription indefinitely. However, the founder of My Lit Box, Sanura, reached out to me to collaborate with her to help promote her fantastic subscription box for 3 months. I happily agreed!

Yes, it does mean this post is technically sponsored by My Lit Box and I did receive the November package for free, but believe me when I say I genuinely love this subscription box, so my opinion remains unchanged.

Unfortunately, My Lit Box is currently only available in the United States. But if it keeps growing, perhaps one day it will be available worldwide. So help me spread the word about My Lit Box!

One thing to note is that My Lit Box does not generally feature YA literature. Most of the book selections are Adult Literary fiction. However, November sets a new precedent with its first YA book included in the box. This means that it is now possible other YA titles will be featured, but I would still wager most will be Adult literary fiction. 

If after seeing my unboxing you decide to subscribe, please use my promo code RDB10 to get 10% off your first month’s subscription.

There are two buying options:

  • Book Only Plan for $17
  • Full Box Plan for $25 – includes 2-3 quality bookish goodies

That’s enough of the lengthy introduction. I’ll keep it shorter next month!


My Lit Box Unboxing

My Lit Box comes in simple packaging, so I’m just going to dive right into what’s inside November’s box because it’s my favorite one so far!

Contents:

My Lit Box October

The Sun Is Also A Star – by Nicola Yoon

“Off the Bookshelf” coloring book

The coolest color pencils I’ve ever seen

Bookmark: “Because in the end we’re all just dreamers in an endless universe.”

As a new member, you will also receive cute new My Lit Box pins

 

I love purple books!

The Sun is Also A Star

Surely you’ve heard of Nicola Yoon’s newest novel? It’s a National Book Award nominee, which is a pretty big deal. I desperately wanted to read this book, so I was ecstatic to see it come in November’s box. I certainly was not expecting it!

Official blurb for The Sun Is Also A Star (from Goodreads)

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

 

 

This coloring book is great. Look at this magnificent, mustachioed owl.

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I haven’t spent any time with coloring books recently. Mostly because it never occurred to me to do such an activity. Are you an adult coloring book fan? I’m certainly going to try it now that I have such a cool one! I can already imagine the benefits. Coloring is an activity I could do while I listen to audiobooks. I think. For now, the only activities conducive to my audiobook reading/listening are walking or running. Another benefit is that I could use the pretty and colorful pages as Bookstagram props. Oh my goodness, yes, this is perfect. I hope I have a good eye for coloring…

 

And more owls! But my pretty fake flowers are not included.

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These color pencils are too cool to actually use. I’m just going to keep them and use them as props for my photos as well. I’ll buy less photogenic ones to do the actual coloring.

That’s it for November’s box. I loved it!


Previous My Lit Box Packages

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47 thoughts on “My Lit Box – November Unboxing

  1. The books I had a chance to read on there, aside from one exception, I highly enjoyed 🙂 after glorious heresies comes in and I will read and review, hopefully my next selection will be Niven or Human Acts. (Was told at end of year they will offer the book for review)

  2. I’ve been eyeing this subscription box & I may just have to give in. I LOVE PURPLE BOOKS TOO!!! lol, I’m also a fan of owls & that mustachioed owl is seriously making my fingers reach for my color pencils/markers smh. This box is really affordable, are they going to continue offering YA or was this just a one time thing with Yoon’s book? either way, still innnnerested. Cannot wait to p/u my copy of The Sun Is Also A Star this wknd since I failed this past wknd. That book shall be mine 🙂

    1. I’m not sure how often YA books will be included, but I can’t imagine it will happen all that often, unless it’s a really prominent YA release. All boxes since May have been Adult literary fiction. Do you read mostly YA or do you like a good mix?
      I do recommend signing up even if it’s just for the book-only deal or one month to try it out. If so, don’t forget to use my promo code. loooll 😀 😉
      Maybe I’ll convince you next month.

      1. I read a good mix, can’t go w/out my literary fiction & since I had to let BOTM go, I was looking to sign up to another box. I will defines your code if I finally decide to sign up 😉

  3. I DIDN’T KNOW THIS BOOK WAS PURPLE. I haven’t read any of Yoon’s work yet, but I really want to. I also love this box – every time I see what comes out of it, I’m jealous. I just wish it was in the budget every month!

    1. Maybe you can ask for a month’s subscription for Christmas 😉 Or get it with the Christmas money or gift cards.
      But no pressure. 😀 I know that subscription boxes aren’t for everyone. I just love the mission of My Lit Box and it has proven to be a quality box, so I feel head over heels for it.

  4. Would so sign up for this box if I wasn’t in Australia. Those colouring in pencils are EVERYTHING. I’ve been debating about reading this book since it was announced. I really want to for the diversity aspect, but I just can not connect with anything romance heavy. Think I might give it a go anyway because I know it discusses some real important issues. Great post, Naz!!

  5. The Lit Box looks like so much fun! And your photos of it are so colourful.
    I love to colour, and it’s a great activity to do with my daughters (my son’s not interested). The things we talk about when we colour… 🙂 If I was colouring alone, though, it would be the perfect chance to listen to an audio book!
    I bought that little Q&A book a few years ago. It’s almost filled up now – have fun with it!
    Looking forward to seeing you open up you box each month (living vicariously). 🙂

    1. I haven’t used the Q&A book yet because I’ve been using it as a prop for my book photos! haha, but I will start using it soon and it does sound like it will be fun. 🙂

      I started coloring + listening to an audibook today! You’re right, it’s the perfect combination.

  6. I keep coming back to My Lit Box, and it looks like it just keeps getting better and better. I low key think I’m going to tell people that this is what I REALLY want for Christmas because I need it in my life.

    … and now I need that coloring book in my life like right now.

    1. Yess, you should definitely request a 1-month subscription 😀 It’s a perfect and relatively cheap gift for a book lover.
      Oh, the coloring book is perfect. I started coloring + listening to audiobooks this weekend as a method of self-care and it’s exactly what I needed.

  7. I’m looking forward to their future across-your-border options, but in the meantime I will enjoy your posts about the boxes. It’s not generally a subscription model that excites me, but these do seem like exceptions. And although I liked but didn’t love Everything Everything, I’m keen to read Nicola Yoon’s new book. Does it have illustrations like the first one? They were fun and cute!

  8. I’d never really considered getting a subscription until this post lol. It wouldn’t work for me though. The picks seem like they would be too random & all over the place for someone like me who likes to select specific books or authors to read. I’m glad you love yours though. 🙂

    1. The appeal of a book subscription box is supposed to be the mystery surrounding what book and goodies you’re going to get! lol. At least with My Lit Box, you know the book will be by a writer of color. But I totally get that these boxes aren’t for everyone.
      Thanks for stopping by anyway! 😀

  9. Oh don’t mind me drooling over here! Gorgeous lit box and pics! I usually hate hardcover jackets and how boring the books are underneath but this one packs a punch, you are right purple is fantastic💜
    Love the work Sanura is doing and I would subscribe if I could, but hope all who can will do so! Also I still haven’t read Yoon🙈 Next year!

    1. I am in love with My Lit Box and will keep sharing the amazing work they as long as I am subscribed. 🙂 I do hope it keeps growing. If one day Sanura is able to ship internationally because there is serious demand for it, I will be ecstatic!

    1. Aww, it’s a shame that so many people outside the U.S. want this box but can’t get it. 🙁
      Are there any book subscription boxes that you’re currently signed up with? I know some ship internationally, but the shipping is so expensive!

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