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Blog Tour – Introducing The Ninja Book Box

Published October 1, 2016 by bibliobeth


Hello everyone! I recently did a post on the Ninja Book Swap which I’m an eager participant of but today I’d like to tell you about a new venture run by the lovely Bex who organises the Ninja Book Swap. She began a Kickstarter campaign to fund her idea, a quarterly subscription box – The Ninja Book Box, that ships worldwide, featuring books from independent publishers. Bex says:

“We aim to introduce excellent books (both backlist and new releases) particularly those which our team & the publishers we work with feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve, and help you find favourites in genres you wouldn’t necessarily pick up for yourselves. Supporting primarily UK based small businesses, each box will contain a book (often signed by the author & with additional material) plus at least two gift items and lots of other fun extras and will take its theme from the book. We want to support excellence and promote exploration and discovery in all aspects of the box. Subscribers will also gain access to lots of additional community perks.”

She first came up for the idea for the box when she couldn’t find a book subscription box service in the UK that didn’t primarily focus on young adult fiction. The point of The Ninja Book Box is that it will span a wide variety of genres from science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, graphic novels etc… and include books from authors or publishers that you may not necessarily notice or pick up on your own. Back to Bex:

“As you might expect from the co-founder of a book swap, I love getting books in the post. Subscription boxes particularly are the best, because while nobody enjoys getting random stuff they don’t want, receiving a box of books and related goodies based on a theme and genre which interests you can be a really great thing. The fun of opening the box and discovering all the goodies inside along with the added bonus of a surprise book is something that I really get excited about, but when I looked around I couldn’t find any boxes based in the UK which didn’t focus primarily on young adult fiction. There are many ‘one book a month’ type subscriptions available, but I wanted to have the more immersive experience of a box of things which relate to and teach you about the world of a book, rather than just another great book to add to my shelf. I like to have context for a book, particularly if it features an event, country, character or period I don’t know much about.”

Sounds awesome, right? I’ve been thinking about signing up to a book subscription box for a while and this one got all my bibliophile senses tingling. I’m happy to announce that Bex has surpassed her original target of £500 on Kickstarter and has at the time of writing, 40 backers for the project. For more information sign up to her newsletter, or check out the website for details of how to get the first box! To back Bex’s project (deadline OCTOBER 2ND) please visit her Kickstarter site HERE. I’m an enthusiastic backer of the project myself and am so excited to get the first box in November so look out for a special post sometime next month as I open the very first box.

Convinced yet? Well, how about this teaser of a potential box?? Click HERE.

Final words from Bex:

“With this project I am making something that I not only really want to exist but also which I absolutely believe in and think will make people happy. This box could be a thing of greatness. I will do my utmost to make it a phenomenal experience each quarter, with lots of awesome and crazy extras, but there’s no point in me doing that for nobody. I need you to support the project with your finances, your blogs, social media, and word of mouth, your recommendations and your belief. If you’ve been involved with any of my past and ongoing projects then you know that I can make this great, and if you haven’t then please check out the hashtags and the websites and trust me. Get behind me and the project and add a little bit of Ninja Joy to your life.”

A huge thank you to Bex for coming up with this brilliant idea and all her hard work in preparing for it. She has also arranged a fantastic giveaway for us lucky individuals where you can get The Ninja Book Box FOR FREE. What are you waiting for? Click the link below:
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Why not visit some other bloggers to get their take on the Ninja Book Box?


Bookish Delights – Ninja Book Swap

Published September 22, 2016 by bibliobeth


Has everyone heard about the Ninja Book Swap? No? Well, you’re in the perfect place! Sign up for their Autumn Ninja Book Swap has just opened (and remains open until midnight on Saturday October 2nd so you have plenty of time to fill in a really quick and easy form, receive a lovely box of bookish delights from a book ninja picked for you and send your own special package.

Interested? Tell you more?:

Okay, so here are the rules. On a date specified by lovely organiser Bex, you will receive an email giving you a partner. It will let you know their likes and dislikes with a link to their wishlist of books and your mission is to prepare a beautiful parcel based on what you think they would like. This should contain one book from your partner’s wishlist (but you can put more than one in if you like) a small gift and a card saying hello, introducing yourself with your name and Twitter/other social media contact details so that they can thank you for all the bookish goodness.

Bex will let you know the deadline as to when you must post your parcel by and once you send it off make sure you get proof of postage and email the Ninja Book Swap Team with a copy of this to prove that you have sent the package. You can choose to send internationally or locally, just please be aware that it is obviously going to cost a bit more if you choose to send overseas. After the deadline and after you’ve sent your parcel all you have to do is wait eagerly for Mr Postman to deliver your own box of delights from the partner chosen for you. Please also email Bex when you receive your parcel and make sure to thank your ninja on social media!

Make sense? Sign you up?:

First of all, say hello to Bex on Twitter @NinjaBookSwap so she’s aware of you (due to some naughty people taking advantage of the swap). She won’t bite- promise!

Why do I love Ninja Book Swap so?:

I was first introduced to Ninja Book Swap by my sister and fellow blogger Chrissi Reads after I expressed some jealousy at seeing her beautiful surprise packages. I’ve been involved in a couple of swaps now, one regular swap and a special themed spot which is done from time to time. On my first swap, I got the most beautiful bookish gifts – little bookmarks, banned books socks, a little keyring saying “I’d Rather Be Reading,” (so true!) and two fantastic John Lindqvist books which had been on my wishlist for an age but I’d never got round to buying for myself.


My Instagram post from my very first Ninja Book Swap – amazing goodies!

The themed swap had a Persephone Books theme – this is a specialist bookshop in London which stocks neglected fiction and non-fiction from mostly women writers. Their back catalogue is truly incredible and it was very exciting trying to decide a potential wishlist for my ninja of Persephone books I most wanted. See also my short feature on Persephone Books HERE.


My Instagram post from my Persephone Book Ninja

Have I enticed you yet? Why not sign up? Might see you soon….as your NINJA! 😛