As many of you know I have a book box subscription with Page Habit. I enjoy it, but I wanted to look into other book subscriptions as well. I decided on a book subscription that was hosted by Cratejoy.
I was under the impression that by picking a subscription box from Cratejoy would give me more protection as a buyer. It is a massive company that hosts multiple subscription services. The third step in using Cratejoy is "You Subscribe with Confidence." Unfortunately, this is total BS.
I subscribed to a book box company that was on Cratejoy. I waited for the box to arrive. After a month I realized that it should have come and went back to the site. The company had been removed from Cratejoy.
So, I contacted Cratejoy. The customer service emails are written extremely nicely. They are also extremely vague and offer no help whatsoever. It took multiple emails just to get contact information for the company - I got a gmail address. Seriously, if I took people's money and ran I would not be logging into that email address anytime soon. They had no other way of reaching out to the company. Their grand solution was to file a claim with the credit card company.
Yes, I can do this. Yes I have done this. However, is not the point of Cratejoy to "Subscribe with Confidence?" They offer zero claims or assurances. They refuse to provide any policy. They take days to respond, but when I did not respond back to them they offered to close my ticket. It was less then 24 hours from their last response - on a Sunday.
I am sure there are great subscription companies on Cratejoy. This is not about them. This is about Cratejoy as a company. The bottom line is they are in it to collect money. That is it. They will happily sell you a subscription to a non legit company. Then you are on your own.
My advice is to stay away. Work directly with any subscription company. Before joining a subscription company make sure others have worked with them for an extended period of time.
Yesterday I talked a little bit about my plans for the blog. Now I want to talk about my personal reading goals. While they ultimately will affect the blog, these are more focused on what I want to do with my own reading.
Read 100 Books
Every year I put my reading goal at 100 books. This seems to be a very manageable goal to me. Some years I will push it further to 150 books. However, with all the time that I hope to devote to the blog itself I think 100 books is a reasonable goal.
Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
This is a goal that I started last year. I managed to read over 50 books last year. This year I am attempting to read another 25 to finish it off officially in 2019. It is an amazing list of books to read, and I do need to finish it. However, I also missed out on so many new books by focusing so heavily on this list last year. Check out the booklist here
2018 Alphabet Challenge
I have also decided to join a 2018 Alphabet Challenge. You can find more details about the challenge here. I have decided to focus this challenge on books that I currently own, but have not read. Twenty six books will make a small dent in this list, but it will make a dent.
Organize My Books
My book organization is an absolute mess. I own so many books that I can not even remember because they got lost in the pages of Kindle books that I own. I am writing an ongoing series about how I am organizing my books this year. I am writing it to help me focus on my own organization. I hope that it will help others with their organizational challenges as well.
There have been a lot of changes for The Book Recluse Review in 2018. The biggest has been the change in platforms away from blogger to a more versatile style.
I am excited that The Book Recluse Review is averaging between 800 to 1000 unique views per week. To have everyone of you here supporting me is a dream come true.
I love books, and I love sharing about books. To have so many readers around for the journey is amazing to me. So welcome, make yourself at home, and feel free to chat.
If you ever have comments or suggestions you can send me an email (my email is located in the social media links at the top of the site.
I plan on continuing the amazing journey of The Book Recluse Review in 2018. The website will be more integrated into it's unique url making it easier to find posts. I also plan on having regular post schedules. While it will vary at times the schedule is as follows:
Monday - Organizing Books with Goodreads - Every Monday I will be posting something about utilizing Goodreads to help organize your books. This will be a dynamic piece as I devote 2018 to getting my own books organized.
Tuesday - Find a New Read - Tuesdays will highlight new books that are coming out. Find out about the book, and the author, or help take part in a cover reveal.
Wednesday - List Day - On Wednesday I will create lists of up in coming reads, the best of non-fiction, or any number of topics.
Thursday - Challenge Day - This is where I will update any challenges that I am working on. I will also showcase any challenges being ran by other blogs.
Friday - Check in Day - This is where I will check in on my own reading progress. I will put out monthly reading goals, and follow up with how I did on them.
Saturday - Review Updates - find out what reviews were posted through the week. You can always check the review page, however this is a handy list to know what is new.
Sunday - Anything Goes - Sometimes it is just nice to talk books, life, or other meanderings. On Sunday anything goes.
I am very excited for 2018 and for all the good things that will come this blog's way. Thank you for being along for the journey!