Unboxing: BookBoxClub October 2016

Recently, the founding members of the bookboxclub had their very own bookclub meeting. We all discussed September’s book “The Call” with the author himself. It was marvelous, and you should, in fact, be green with envy.

Alas, if you aren’t certain about this box, and whether it’s for you or not, then read on as I unbox the October box:

The Freedom Squad

But first the basics:

Book Box Club is an UK book box subscription that doubles as book club.

Every month, they send out a newly released YA book along with a few carefully chosen goodies.

As a member you get your own login details to the clubhouse where the monthly book club meeting is held. It also has a reading room where books are discussed leisurely.

The box is £27.99 + shipping, and if you follow @bookboxclub on instagram, you might be able to find a coupon for your first box. (They come and go, so keep a look out)

So let’s get to the goodies. . .

The invitation:

This little roll contains the invitation to the online book club meeting.

I couldn’t help but smile when I saw it, because in the last box I mentioned how moot the wrapping of the book would seem if the author was revealed the moment we opened the box.

I love when I can sense that the owners listen to their subscribers. It makes these detailed blog posts so more fun, as I can compare each month to its predecessor. Plus is makes it much easier to recommend boxes and even more fun to review them.

The items:

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. ”

– Henry Miller

This bookish pin is designed by UK jewellery designer Lucie Ellen.

It’s very cute and shows off any bookish addiction in a very stylish way. Needless to say, I’m a fan. 😄

This silver package from DIY Blonde is like a gift inside a gift.

Maybe it’s just me, but I am obsessed with cute packaging. Almost as much as I love the things inside.

I HAVE A DREAM-CATCHER designed by DIYBlonde. Apparently she’s some kind of Craft expert and a Vlogger/Blogger.

I don’t know her, though. Probably because of my danishness. 🤔

The dreamcatcher IS gorgeous, though. I used to be super obsessed with them as I was younger, and even though I’m not as superstitious anymore, I still think it’s pretty.

My biggest problem is probably where to hang it to avoid tempting my cat.

It wouldn’t be a freedom squad without some kind of representation of the mockingjay herself.

This ‘Fire is Catching‘ art print from Always Yesterday fits perfectly with my Hunger Games cup from August’s Nerdybookwormbox.

I love when the goodies fit together.

ELIAS candle with the scent of spice, fire and rain from MerakiCandles.

My third Meraki Candle is just as gorgeous as the two others I’ve received in other boxes. I love the labelling and I proudly display them in a box on my shelf.

It doesn’t hurt that they smell lovely, as well.

I’ve said it before, but what I find super awesome about being one of the founding members of this particular box is that it feels so personal.

As we discussed last months book in the clubhouse, I came to thinking that we’ve created our own little community.

During the live chat we began joking with each other, and it felt like we were close.

It didn’t matter that every body else lived in UK, I still felt like I could arrange to meet them all at a café tomorrow.

This feeling is, for me, the thing that sets Book Box Club apart from other bookish boxes. And I hope it’s something they’ll work to maintain even though it might be hard as they continue to grow.

A special Book Squad magnet that binds us all together in our exclusive little club.

It’s a cute little plate, and it reminds me of the exclusive founding member’s pin I recieved in the first box.

Bonus Goodies:

From the awesome peeps at Bloomsbury and Walker Books.

A SHADOWHUNTER tote bag.

Sarah J Maas bookmark promoting her Throne of Glass series.

And her A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Maas is probably one of my favourite authors, so I adored this.

Promotional bookmarks and other swag is one of my favorite things about this box. It might not be a big deal for others, but for me, it means a lot because if it weren’t for the box, I probably wouldn’t have any.

The Book!

Okay, so I haven’t actually taken a picture of the book alone, and it’s all grey and depressing now, so I’ll just show you the contents so far instead. 😄

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And finally: The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt + a signed book plate.

It’s a novel set in the 1960 where a black orphan boy, a mute Native American servant girl, and an Irish Neurology professor forms their own little freedom squad.

Part of what I really enjoy about this box is that it features books I might not have picked up otherwise. I was pleasantly surprised by last months novel, and I’m thrilled about this one, as well.

There are still some November boxes left, so if you want to join up don’t hesitate.

The theme for November is “Secrets and Sisterhood” and it promises to be a thrilling read.

What do you think of the bookboxclub concept? Does it appeal to you?

Unboxing: Fairyloot October 2016

It took some time, I admit. But I am finally ready to unbox my October Fairyloot. 😄

Fairyloot is a monthly book box subscription that caters to readers who enjoy Young Adult books in the genre Fantasy/Science Fiction.

A box is £26 + shipping. They’re based in London, and ship worldwide.

This is my third Fairyloot box, and when I saw the theme for October, I got all excited.

Introducing: Steampunk Rebellion

Fairyloot said:

This box is perfect for fans of The Infernal Devices, Divergent and general steampunk awesomeness.

I haven’t read much Steampunk before, but this specific sci-fi subgenre intrigues me quite a bit. There’s just something about the mix of old and new that appeals to me.

Moving on. . .

The first item was a Divergent inspired candle from Merakicandles.

There were six different candles based on the trilogy, and I recieved this Candor candle.

The scent is called flowers and ozone.

On a side-note, here you can see how my cat, Ziggi, approved of the scent enough to crash my photoshoot.

The next item is this Clock Washi Tape from the Fairyloot team.

I know that bullet journaling is growing widely popular, but I’m not on that particular bandwagon.

With that said, the tape is good quality, and the do add a rustic look to whatever you place it on. I’m definitely going to find something to use it for.

Next up was an Exlusive Special Edition Elias lipbalm from Behind The Pages. It smells lovely and has a glittery shine to it.

I haven’t read An Ember in The Ashes yet, but at least now I’m ready for it. 😉

Gina who made this lovely lipbalm also just launched a bunch of other amazing looking book boyfriend lipbalms, so maybe take a look to see if your fave is there. *coughRHYSANDcough*

I have to admit this now: I love when the items are wrapped in a way that doesn’t reveal what’s inside right away. I mean, it sorta feels like a gift in a gift, you know? Also, since this box actually was a birthday gift for myself, I appreciated it even more.

Not to mention the added benefit when it comes to shipping. The Danish Post system can be quite rough.

From Cogs and Curiosities I received this Clockwork Ring, with actual clock parts in it. I personally think it looks kinda like a smiley face.

And because no Steampunk look is complete with just a ring…

This Mechanical Butterfly Necklace from the Fairyloot team adds to my—apparently growing—steampunk themed jewellery collection.

I absolutely love it. It’s gorgeous.

Designed by Read at Midnight this gorgeous teatowel features a quote from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

On another note, can I please get more of those holders with the theme name? It’s the perfect sign for unboxing pictures.

One must always be careful of books and what is inside of them

For words have the power to change us.

– Clockworld Angel, Cassandra Clare

And to top off The Infernal Devices goodies, here’s a Magnetic Bookmark from Happy Hello.

Two different were sent out, and I got Will, which fits me nicely. Can’t wait to finally read the books to meet him.

Another book bag! I fangirled hard about this feature in my last unboxing, and I still love this little piece of fairyloot swag. Useful and pretty.

The featured book was Metaltown by Kristen Simmons. It came with a signed book platr, a letter from the author, a rebellion badge and an interview.

The book sounds like an amazing tale of friendship, and I can’t wait to read it as soon as possible.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty.

She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

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The verdict:

I still love the book bag, and as mentioned above, I love the label that was around the tea towel, as well.

Even though it’s not feasible to place one in each box, I actually love how it sorta put a title to the picture.

The jewellery was gorgeous, and I had so much fun when I tried them on for a Steampunk photo.

That reminds me: Fairyloot is holding a Steampunk photo contest, where we basically has to throw cogs and keys and tons of props in to make a Steampunk unboxing picture.

This will be my entry:

It was so much fun to make, and I hope this will be repeated. Not necessarily as a contest, but also just for fun? Bookstagram is such a big part of my life now, so opportunities like this really gets my mind spinning with ideas.

Did you recieve this box? What were your thoughts?

Also, did you notice I took some more care with the items pictures this time? Do you like that, or is it not important to you?

Let me know in the comments. 😉

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Unboxing: My Bookish Crate September 2016

It doesn’t happen often, but I am super duper excited to present to you guys another UK book box.

My Bookish Crate has been around for a while, and they are probably most known for the amazing Housepride box they did. (Seriously, look it up)

I noticed them long before, but it wasn’t until this September that I actually ordered one.

And with a theme like “Glamour & Secrets”, how could I possibly resist?

(Hint: I couldn’t. At all)

As a cat lover, their logo makes me all fuzzy inside. 😻

The box is £28 + shipping, and they offer single purchases, month-to-month and prepaid 3 and 6 month subscriptions.

Note: The monthly subscription renews on the 25th of every month, which makes it unavailable as an option to me.

This is by far the most annoying thing about the box, and that is really just me being extremely bad at managing my money.

I would, however, strongly urge the My Bookish Crate team to look into changing the renewal day to the 1st of each month instead.

Maybe that’s just me, though. Do you guys prefer specific renewal days?

It should come as no surprise that I am a complete sucker for gorgeous spoiler cards.

Part of the appeal of the different themes is the artwork that accompanies each box. This counts for every book box subscription and I love collecting them.

And there’s nothing like a card that can double as an art print.

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I’m a fan.

THE ITEMS:

With a lovely scent of raspberry and vanilla, this handmade golden marble soap from Geeky Clean was made exclusively for this box.

I’m a big fan of Geekyclean’s products, and I’ve loved every item from them.

Their simple beauty products are high quality, and smells positively delicious. Plus they cover a lot of fandoms.

Even if you’re not into the book box business, I recommend give them a once-over if you’re part of any fandom at all. Or if you just like vegan, cruelty free, handmade products.

From Book&Nook comes some cute little wax melts that should remind me of Central Park’s last standing tree.

I believe this is a reference to the chosen book, but I could be wrong. 🤔

In all honesty, I am really not into the whole wax melt craze. However, I have to admit that these at least look super cute.

Designed by a very talented TJ Lubrano, this pocket mirror fits right into the rest of the box.

Confession Time: when I was younger I used to draw girls like the on on the design above. I have sketchpads filled with doodles of manga-esque eyes, and I’m actually struck with a kind of fond melancholia as I look at this mirror.

From the My Bookish Crate Team comes these two gorgeous bookish pins with completely relatable quotes on them. In case you can’t read it:

Black Pin:

I tried to beat my reading addiction… Worst two minutes of my life.

White Pin:

A book is a dream you hold in your hands.

I love bookish quotes, and I welcome them dearly.

From Pretty Drastic the box includes a gorgeous set of stardust earrings.

I’ve been obsessed with stars for as long as I remember, so whenever a box include an item like this, I get all starry eyed.

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Get it? STARRY eyed… 😅😅😅

I crack myself up.

Unfortunately, one of my earrings made a Houdini and broke, not only from its bag, but also from the box itself.

Whenever I experience shipping issues, I like to make the subscription aware of it. Sometimes it’s packaging issues, other times the courier couldn’t care less about my parcels, and other times I just have really crappy luck.

Regardless, I often send a message to make the founders aware, and I am continually stunned at how fast their costumer service works. I almost didn’t dare ask, but since these earrings are really gorgeous I kinda wanted the whole set.

So when they told me that they’d send a new set, I practically beamed with gratitude.

Note: if you’ve read a few of my unboxings, you know how unlucky I’ve been. International shipping is a pain. So many things can go wrong, and in many cases it’s completely out of the book box team’s hands.

Amazing customer service can make or break a company for me. Even when things go bad, it’s all in how the problem is handled that determines whether I come back or decide to use my money elsewhere.

And I have to admit that My Bookish Crate acted beautifully.

A+ on that front.

Speaking of My Bookish Crate; how gorgeous is this simple poster they designed? I love it. The fonts, the quote, the colors. It’s beautiful.

I already decided that my roommate doesn’t need to have framed pictures around. Obviously I need the frame more 😅

(I know… I’m horrible)

And finally, the book. But before I reveal it, can we just take a moment to appreciate the care that went into this box?

I mean… Look at the colors!

There’s something visually appealing about the contents fitting into the black/yellow/white/purple color scheme.

I wanted to do something special for the unboxing of this box, but I really didn’t need to. Just laying there it looks amazing.

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I am very excited to see whether they continue in this vein or not. Technically speaking, it’s not needed for the box to be amazing, but I certainly appreciated the effort.

Alright, moving on…

The featured book is “The Thousandth Floor” by Katharine McGee. It’s explained as a sort of futuristic Gossip Girl.

I’m very excited to read this.

The book was also accompanied by a letter from the author, and as silly as it is, I loved that had such a simple font.

I love reading letters and interviews, but some lettering is so hard to read. Maybe it’s because I’m bilingual—I don’t know.

But just as a hint for the future: the interview and letters are only fun if I can actually read it.

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Look at it. Look. Even the fricking letter fits into the color scheme.

Gahh.

The Verdict:

I. Am. In. Love.

In fact, I am continually amazed at how different bookboxes manages to give their own spin on the same concept.

I know they each continue to grow, but at the bare bones I really hope they continue with what makes them unique.

For My Bookish Crate what really stood out to me was the matching colors.

Besides that, I also liked how they incorporated both something bookish (the pins with the quotes) but also so many things that related to the chosen book.

Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved some Lunar Chronicles goodies (I mean, I can’t even count my book boyfriends from that series on one hand) but I kinda appreciated that it all—and I’m totally assuming—fit with the chosen book.

Of course, one could argue that the secret of the book is kinda moot when there’s a poster with the books name and a quote on it, but since nothing seemed to stray from that book and into other fandoms, I didn’t mind.

What can I say? I love themes.

Now, would I change anything?

Not as such. A bit tweaking here and there might improve the experience. A pouch, or a mini box that could contain the book might work better than the gift wrap in terms of suspense.

Maybe some designated fandom hashtags for the chosen book? Since the box is all about the feels, sharing them might be worth considering. 🤔

Obviously, all these bookboxes have made my mind work overtime with ideas 😅 please stop me.

The November theme is Alice in Wonderland, and I’m expecting it to sell out insanely quickly, so you should probably hurry over to mybookishcrate.com if you want one.

Unboxing: The Nerdy Bookworm Box September 2016

The Nerdy Bookworm box is quickly becoming one of my favorite highlights each month.

Everything from the blue box, the sweet founder and their amazing content just brighten my days.

So far, I’ve read two books from this subscription and I’ve absolutely loved both reads.

Their taste in books fit mine perfectly, plus they mainly send out paperbacks which I absolutely prefer.

September’s theme was “Queens“!!! And it included some severely awesome items.

So let’s take a looksie, yeah?

Did you know that purple is said to be the color of royalty? I always thought it was blue with the whole blue blood saying.

Nevertheless, it’s obvious that this white “books rule” print looks awesome on this purple totebag from the Nerdy Bookworm Team.

Like I’ve mentioned a lot of times before, I’m not the biggest fan of totebags in general.

But as the stack of them piles up, I’m starting to come up with ideas on what I can do with them.

For instance, making them into pillows, or folding them neatly to display the print in a more petite size.

I’ll probably never become a lover of totebags. I’m simply too fond of the designs to ever use it for something as mundane as grocery shopping. (I’d cry my eyes out if the milk spilled on this beauty)

But do keep making the awesome designs! 😃

As an avid “Throne of Glass” fan, I’m absolutely in love with this Lost Queen candle from Meraki Candles.

It fits right in with the Rowan Candle from William And Joseph that was included in the July Nerdy Bookworm Box.

Ever since I began subscribing to bookboxes I’ve grown to like candles quite a bit. And my absolute favorites has all been from this subscription box.

For the first time, Nerdy Bookworm included an item from Funko.

Anna from Frozen is one of my favorite Disney characters. Especially because she’s the only character that even remotely resemble the original Gerda from H. C. Andersen’s “Snow Queen”. (Did you know that’s a Danish Fairytale?)

I don’t collect funko pops, in fact I only have Daenerys and Groot apart from Anna here. I really like them in the boxes, though.

Besides Anna fits right in with my Olaf and Elsa mug that holds all my bookmarks. 😁

A Khaleesi art print with one of the best quotes ever.

The Mother of Dragons from A Game of Thrones are probably one of the more popular queens in the bookish world. Especially right now. So it makes sense to include her in a Queen-themed box.

Neon Magpie is the creator of the Queen of Hearts notebook that unfortunately didn’t make it into my box.

So I’ll take the time to mention how awesome the Nerdy Bookworm Box team is.

I’ve already mentioned how quick they were to offer compensation when the shipping had caused my July Book to arrive in a bent state.

And once again I’ll give them all the stars for their stellar customer service. My notebook is already in the mail now.

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These insanely adorable Disney stickers from Plannable Designs are listed as a Bonus item.

I have a love-hate relationship with stickers in general because I love the designs, but I hate not knowing what to do with them. 😕

Feel free to drop suggestions in the comment section if you have an idea for me to do with them.

I’ve already mentioned how much I love Owl Hoots but now I can gush about quest cards and theme bookmarks too! 😃

I haven’t checked the online content yet, but I like the idea a lot. And that bookmark 😍😍😍😍

A+ add on. I love collecting things from boxes (like the charm on the book, Owl hoots and the boxes themselves) so adding bookmarks is totally me.

^^^ also, looks who’s featured in Owl Hoots xD (Hint: it’s me)

The charm fell off the blue string 🙁 but… I still love it a lot.

And now… The Book.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendara Blake

I actually guessed this book beforehand, but I am in no way disappointed.

It came with a postcard, and an interview with the author in Owl Hoots.

There are three different covers—each representing one of the Queens. And my green cover represents the poison Queen. Which is great, cause I like that one the best. 😃

The theme for October is “Doppelganger” and I am so excited for that one. They also recently revealed November’s theme as “Magical Beast“. 😃

Obviously, I’ll be recieving both of those too. How about you?

Unboxing: Fairyloot September 2016 

It is time—fairyloot time!

This is my second book box from Fairyloot and I am super excited about it.

September’s theme was Magic and Mayhem! 😃

So… the items?

It was revealed beforehand that the box would contain an exclusive candle from Castle of Fables. There were three different candles, each representing one of the Grisha Orders.

And I got “Materialki”. 😃

– I have to admit: this candle has a very strong scent. I can’t determine whether I like it or not because it’s so strong that I can’t make it out at all. I know there’s a sweet scent in there, but that’s it.

It is insanely photogenic, though. And the color fit so well with Fairyloot in general.

Pastel Clouds Jewellery are the creators of the above necklace.

Prior to shipping, it was revealed that the box would be perfect for people who like Grisha and Russian folk tales.

Considering that this little cutie is a Russian doll, I have to admit it fits. Plus it is super adorable.

I haven’t read “A shade of magic” but I have it on my shelf since I loved Schwab’s “This Savage Song”.

So these four pins designed exclusively for fairyloot by BookOtter are perfect.

BookOtter also designed this Felix Felicis sticker for whenever I feel down on my luck.

Obviously, I need that.

I am a big fan of Behind The Pages bookmarks. My July Fairyloot included a coloring bookmark from her.

Yet, it would seem that I’m just not that lucky when it comes to them.

The coloring bookmark had to be sent after I received the box in July, and this one—amazing and gorgeous as it is—is sticky. The silver dots stick to everything, so I don’t think I’ll be using it in my books.

I really love the design, though. And it totally fit the book.

I read “Six of Crows” in September for my bookclub, and I absolutely loved it.

So these four postcards will be treasured 💛💜

Literary Emperium makes some gorgeous items, and this Grisha notebook is so pretty.

And this Second Army print from GoodNightKittens is amazeballs too.

I really like that so many items fit together. As a new fan of the Grisha World, I am thrilled to have so many fandom goodies now.

One of the new additions to the box is this fairyloot book bag.

And I absolutely love it.

It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest fan of totebags. I don’t really use them, and I find them big and clunky.

In fact, I’ll most likely try to make them all into pillows.

But… this bag…

Not only is it super awesome initiative. It also gives some fairyloot swag to subscribers. (and let’s all admit it. The fairyloot logo is awesome)

Plus, it’s perfect for storing items from book boxes. Like art prints and notebooks that I want close but not lying around in case my cat starts clawing at them.

Plus, I can totally pin all my bookish badges on it.

Needless to say, I’m a big fan of this. It even fits on the shelf! 😃

Fairyscoop has a little quiz and an interview.

As much as I love most of this box, I don’t know what to think of this.

I like reading interviews and mini magazines a lot, but I find it a bit redundant to include FairyScoop when there’s the Fairyscribe (newsletter) and the awesome spoilercars with the theme art.

There’s a lot of possibilities with it, though. And I’m excited to see what becomes of this, but as it is now, I don’t see the point compared to a regular interview.

(but the logo is still pretty, though)

A postcard with some awesome expired deals that fits with the book.

A letter from the author.

A signed bookplate, designed by the author herself.

And Finally the book: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter.

Verdict: I really loved this box.

I loved that there was goodies that related to the chosen book (necklace and bookmark) and I am all starry eyed for all the Grisha Goodies.

Honestly, I’d like to se more of that kind of goodies. You know… Goodies in the same fandom. Both for the chosen book but also other fandoms.

Not in an only-one-fandom-in-the-whole-box way. But maybe three fandoms with two items each? (On average there’s around six goodies in a box)

I don’t know. It’s a risk since it would suck if a subscriber really hated one fandom or hadn’t read it yet.

But on the flipside, it also helps introduce new books.

I mean, even though I already bought A Darker Shade of Magic, I am 100% more likely to pick it up faster now that I got some bookish merch.

Maybe that’s just me. And maybe I just want all the fandom swag I can get my greedy little hands on 😃

Also… Fairyloot now offers month-to-month subscriptiona with automatic renewal at the 1st of every month.

This is something I absolutely love. I am horrible with money. I really am. And having the box paid for at the beginning of the month is a much needed feature for my budget.

It is also the reason why I’m super excited to get the Steampunk Rebellion box this October. Eep.

There’s a few boxes left, so you gotta be quick if you want to snag one.

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Unboxing: Book Box Club September 2016

One of the things that I continuously kick myself for is that I am so late to the bookish party.

Unboxing pictures of previous boxes that aren’t available any longer saddens me a lot.

BUT… with this box I am along from the beginning.

Introducing a new UK book box subscription:

The Book Box Club

A mix between a book box subscription and a book club, this box offers something new to the game while still remaining largely within familiar range.

The box cost £28 and they offer month-to-month and prepaid subscriptions.

September’s theme was: The Enchanted Forest, and it is glorious.

Libby and Kate—the founders—took great care in the handling of this box. As an international subscriber I was happy to see them engage with the community online prior to the launch, and when I read their handwritten postcard reminding me how much I gush over their stationary on instagram, it did feel like I mattered.

It’s hardly something they’ll be able to continue with as their subscription continues to grow, but I liked that touch a lot.

Of course, the exclusive founding member pin helped too. 😆

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I already knew I’d get one of those since it was revealed on instagram prior to the shipping.

So… apart from the awesome, mushy, I’m-the-center-of-the-universe stuff;

What did the box contain?

A Necklace inspired from the Spring Court in “A Court of Thorns and Roses”.

I read this book—and the sequel—earlier this year, and I absolutely adored both books.

The necklace has a feather charm, a mask charm and a little globe with dandelion seeds inside.

It is made by Oh Panda Eyes and I absolutely love it.

This little roll is the super top secret exclusive book club invitation.

Nananananaaa… You can’t come! (Unless you got the box too. In that case: Top Five!)

This Expecto Patronum print from The Paper Trade fit really well into the theme.

An Enchanted Forest notebook handmade by UK designer Nikki Strange.

It is really gorgeous, and I particularly like that it’s called “The Daydreamer’s Notebook”, because isn’t reading just like dreaming but with open eyes?

Bookish Goodies!

Okay, so… Let me explain why this is something I really hope Kate and Libby can continue to add to their boxes:

As an international subscriber, I rely heavily on bookboxes and giveaways to get my hands on any kind of swag. So while a temporary tattoo, two pins and three book samples aren’t the biggest goodie I’ve recieved, then it makes me feel like I am a part of something exclusive.

These goodies aren’t really for sale either, so I can imagine that other subscribers who can’t afford to go to book conventions or the likes will feel pretty awesome about it too.

So please… authors, publishers and book box makers. Do collaborate to bring your goodie bags into the world. It’s a GREAT way to introduce new books.

And now… The Book!

Or, well… the wrapped book.

I’m sorry but… It looks like a tiny baby.

It was so beautifully wrapped that I totally refused to unwrap it before my phone came back. Which is why I will now continue to show off this beautiful package.

So very very pretty. 😍

And yes, I still feel super important.

Okay okay, I’ll stop now and reveal the book. In case you already noticed, the author is Peadar O’Guilin.

(Is that like an irish way to spell Peter or am I way off?)

In a survival college in Ireland, Nessa and her friends are training to survive The Call—a three minute journey into the nightmarish world of the Sidhe, where beautiful, evil fairies will try to take their lives.

😍😍😍😍😍

And it came with an interview and a signed book plate. 😎

And that was the first box from The Book Box Club.

The verdict:

The Items: Most of my thoughts are mentioned above, but as an overall box I was pleasantly surprised.

It did feel a bit like Bambi on Ice, but considering how much work the launch must have taken, I don’t blame it.

There’s a few things that could be improved—and they probably will—like:

The invitation: it included the author’s name, which could have spoiled the book. Fortunately I didn’t know the author, and therefore kept the suspense all the way to the beautiful gift.

The interview: Same as above, which also revealed the book.

Don’t get me wrong—it didn’t ruin the box at all. But if these things aren’t wrapped along with the book, it makes that beautiful wrapping kinda obsolete.

There was also little things that I appreciated a lot.

The Spoiler Card: I always look at these when I write up my blog, and the fact that they added the suppliers’ web addresses made linking them so much easier.

It is also nice to know where to look if I really like an item.

The book plate: Over time, I’ve gotten quite a few book plates. And even though I love when they fit the book specifically, I also really liked that this plate fit the box instead. Now I can always remember where I got the book.

I reckon that this isn’t easy in the long run, but I appreciated the effort.

Maybe a stamp or an embossing would be worth considering to achieve the same effect when it’s not possible to make them fit.

The Book: This opinion is purely based on the choice of book prior to reading.

I liked that I was surprised about the book. I’m one of the people who find several books that could fit into the theme so I won’t accidentally buy it before the box arrives.

The book also seems to fit the theme. You know, with the fairy realm and so…

All in all: I was satisfied with this box. The founders are sweethearts, and i already ordered the October Box with the theme: The Freedom Squad.

The box is almost sold out so hurry up if you want to snag one 😆

Also, if Libby or Kate are reading this: YOU’RE AWESOME, and congratulations on a successful launch!

Unboxing: LitCube August 2016 

Alright, lovelies… since I’m officially back in action, it is now time for my severely belated unboxing of LitCube’s August box.

With a theme like: “I’d Rather Be a Mermaid”, I obviously couldn’t resist.

The box cost $34.95 USD + shipping, and they ship worldwide.

The part that sets LitCube apart from a lot of other boxes is that every box contains something readable, something wearable, and something snackable.

Of course, the definition covers a broad aspect of items, so even though that’s a set recipe for each box, you can still be plenty surprised.

Is it just me, or has that mermaid kinda lost her head? 🤔

The Wearable:

A mermaid Lipbalm from Lippincottsoapco on etsy. Apparently it’s inspired from a Snow Cone, but since we don’t have that here, I can’t vouch for that success.

The Snackable:

Lemonade Drink Packets from Everly. Simply mix them with water, and enjoy a chilled drink while relaxing with a good book.

The Lemonade is all natural, sugar free and has zero calories in them.

I haven’t had the chance to taste it yet, but they look and smell delicious.

Other Goodies:

Lit-Cube exclusive beach towel/throw blankie.

I must be a mermaid.

I have no fear of the depths, and a great fear of shallow living.

It’s also super soft.

LitCube exclusive Mermaid travel cup.

Formed like a can, it will fit most places while effectively keeping bugs out of your drink.

An Updrift Coaster.

The Readable:

Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce.

While this is technically a sequel, it can be read as a Standalone, although LitCube also provided an ebook of the first book.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Verdict: I have a lot of love for this box. Not only did it contain two books, but they also had a ton of useful goodies, as well.

The towel and the cup is perfect for summer, but unfortunately this box got stuck in customs, so I was halfway into September before the box arrived at my door. And since I didn’t have my phone, I couldn’t unbox and use the items until now.

And, honestly? The weather now isn’t the best for outside reading.

Despite being super impressed by this box, I don’t think I’ll subscribe to this. I can see myself coming back if I see a theme that I can’t live without, but otherwise customs simply ruin the fun for me.

I highly suggest US residents and people outside EU to try this box.