Unboxing: Book Box Club November 2016

This is actually my third Book Box Club box. It’s also the only book box subscription where I’ve been a subscriber since the start in September.

The Basics first, as always.
Book Box Club is a monthly YA book subscription box, that doubles as an online book club with a live chat with the featured author in the clubhouse.

The founders have been in the bookish game since forever, and between the two of them, the box promises to deliver a discussion worthy book and a selection of amazing bookish goods.

In case you didn’t already, you can see my other unboxing posts for September and October.

The box is Β£27.99 + shipping, and they offer monthly subscription along with 3 and 6 months prepaid subscriptions

November’s theme was “Secrets and Sisterhood” and promised an early release of a thrilling new YA book, perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gone Girl. As always, it also included some gorgeous handcrafted goodies and bookish swag.
NOTE: The card on the box is covering my address, but was actually a lovely personal note from the founders. I adore these little personalized touches, and I squeal with delight each time.

The first item was a Shelfie Bunting from book box club.
I absolutely love this. Not only is it super cute with the tiny hearts, but it’s also one of those things that is decorative while also showing off how much I adore the box I received it in. To be honest, I wish every book box would make one of these, so I could hang them all on display.

I’m the kind of bookish addict that keeps the boxes on top of my TBR shelf, just in case someone visits and I can have a chance to fan girl. I am not even kidding, in the past month I’ve had Jehovah’s Witnesses and a volunteer from an animal shelter in my apartment. Neither of them left without a detailed explanation of my love for the book boxes.

So to support my obvious fangirling, I love little thingies that might become another topic of conversation. And so far I have 21 shelves to decorate, so just get comfortable with those scissors.

Fun Fact: I asked Libby and Kate which book they’d used for the bunting, and apparently it was Zom-B by Darren Shan. Guess who just sneaked onto my ever-growing wishlist?

The second item was this ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Coloring Card from Carrot Top Paper Shop.
I am probably one of the few people who have no idea what Anne of Green Gables are. I can guess from this box that it’s a book about two people who aren’t biologically related, but still share a kinship . But apart from that, I know very little about it. It’s a classic, right?

With that said, I do absolutely love coloring, so anything in that direction is a hit with me. Keep them coming, please. The more, the merrier.

These Two Sister-inspired Waterpaint Bookmarks from Till and Dill are probably among my favorite bookmarks ever.But, really I love bookmarks A LOT, so I’m probably kinda lying. These are super gorgeous, though.
Ever since these were introduced as suppliers, I’ve been not-so-covertly stalking their instagram. In case you ever feel like you simply have too much awesomeness lying around at home, just know: Mi Casa is totally your bookmark’s Casa too. Kidding… kinda…

Okay, not really. But they’re really gorgeous, okay?

Just… check them out at your own risk…

I adore bookish jewellery, and when it doubles as one of my favorite TV fandoms, as well… I’m basically in heaven.
This “BELIEVE IN SHERLOCK” Necklace from MadeByGolightLyx is perfect for any sherlocked fans out there.

I particularly love the key to 221b. I bet that’s going to start a few conversations when I eventually venture outside again.

To be honest, I was surprised about this item since it’s not directly inspired or related to the book or the theme. However, from my quick gandering, I believe it’s the mystery aspect of Sherlock Holmes that secured the spot for this item. And who am I to argue with that?

The last item in the box was this Sister Lit lip balm from Medusa Bijoux Shop.
It’s Mint scented, and it feels absolutely amazing. I’ve been using it every day since I recieved it, and my lips are thankful. The label is adorned with some of the most famous literary sisters.

Because it’s round, you can’t see it that well, but I’ll copy it over for you:

  • Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy
  • Katniss & Prim
  • Lennie & Bailey
  • Emily, Anne & Charlotte
  • Pauline, Petrova & Posy
  • Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty & Lydia
  • Tippi & Grace
  • Jessica & Elizabeth

I’m kinda embarressed to admit that I only know Katniss and Prim. Do you recognize others? Let me know in the comments, so I won’t embarress myself if someone asks who I’m wearing.

And as always, my favorite part of BookBoxClub is the extra bookish goods from the different publishing houses. These goodies were from Simon&Schuster and Bloomsbury. It includes:

  • A Pocket Mirror promoting “Stealing Snow” by Danielle Paige.
  • Four Post Cards promoting “One” by Sarah Crossan
  • Two Butterfly Pins promoting “The Diabolic” by S. J. Kincaid

I know, this is such a superficial thing to love, especially since they don’t have anything to do with the rest of the box like 98% of the time.

But, I just can’t help it. I love it. I’m a hoarder like that. Seriously, if anyone is wanting to dump excess bookish goods somewhere, Just… send them to me? I really want them.

I also really adore that it’s an extra the box puts in. Like, they don’t have to, since there’s no promises for it, but it’s just a nice thing to include. And the fact that they include it every month, makes me all happy inside.

In fact, the only other subscription box that includes something extra is Illumicrate, and that’s a quarterly box. Clearly, my needs far exceeds that, so please, do keep on throwing in anything you can in these boxes.

And finally, the featured book:

The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby
This book is described as a twisted, dark tale of a missing girl, and her younger sister who’s quietly relieved to be free of the taunts and torture from the cruel older sibling.

It does sound kind of scary, but also really good. I just hope I won’t be all paranoid of my own younger sister after reading it.

So that was the box in its entirety. As always, it’s evident that Kate and Libby puts a lot of thought into the theme, and I’m really happy to be a part of it.

The December theme is “Magic by Night” and will include another pre-release that’s perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the Night Circus. It’s on sale now, so don’t hesitate to secure your spot as they are selling out pretty quickly.

Just head on over to BookBoxClub and join the fun.

What do you think of this box? Would you pick up the book? Planning to check out any of the shops?

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Let me know in the comments.

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Unboxing: Fairyloot November 2016Β 

It is time to show off my amazing November fairyloot box.

It arrived last week, less than five days after it was shipped. A+ for deliveryβ€”which usually is closer to an F- where I come from. Even the mailman was surprised when I told him.

But first…

The basics:

Fairyloot is a monthly book box subscription from the UK. Every month they send out a carefully curated box with one recent YA Sci-fi/Fantasy book, and 5-7 bookish goodies from a variety of indie shops.

Each box is 26Β£ + shipping. They offer single purchases, month-to-month subscription and 3, 6 and 12 months prepaid.

November’s theme was “Royals & Rogues” and it promised to be perfect for fans of Red Queen, Throne of Glass, The Wrath and the Dawn and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

I’ve read, and loved, three out of those four, so my excitement was through the roof.

So, now to the fun part…

The first item I saw was the QUEEN OF BOOKS ceramic mug designed by ReadAtMidnight.

I showed it to my roommate, and he gave a pointed look at my TBR shelves and said it had arrived at the right place.

It’s always a pretty big risk to send out breakable goodies. Especially since shipping can take a toll on the boxes and their items.

However, the mug was encased in its own box inside the box, which made for a sturdier protection than just the usual purple paper worms.

I do hope every mug arrived safely across the world, because it sure is a gorgeous and useful item. I also hope it won’t be the last mug I’ll get in a box.

And to incite me to actually use the mug, Fairyloot sent out a bag of ROYALS & ROGUES tea from The Tealeaf Company, along with 10 disposable tea leaf filters.

To be absolutely honest, this is the third tea I’ve recieved in a book box, and while I’m definitely #TeamTea rather than Coffee, I just haven’t dared to use them yet.

I do like that there were some filters included. I don’t have one of those nifty bells to dump in my cup, so my tea experience so far has been limited to the Lipton teabags.

Hopefully, the amounts of tea I’ll collect will make me invest in an actual teapot.

My queen is without limitations. Boundless in all that she does.

– RenΓ© Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

This gold and black CALIPHA Pocket Mirror was designed by Bookworm Boutique.

I’m starting to have a sweet little collections of pocket mirrors. Never cared much for them before, but I find them incredibly handy now. Plus, the designs on the back are all gorgeous, both the quotes and illustrations.

They aren’t easy to display, though. So if any of you reading this have any ideas on how to show them off, let me know in the comments.

For now, they are among my bookish jewellery in a box. But I am open for suggestions.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a big fan of Sarah J. Maas’ “Throne of Glass” series.

So this QUEEN OF TERRASEN Notepad is right up my alley. It’s handlettered by Alexis Lampley and is an exclusive to this box.

As much as I love journals and notebooks, it’s nice to see some variety in the goodies. And the cute notepad here is pretty useful and cool.

When I saw this first, I thought it was wax melts, but upon looking at the spoiler card, I found that it wasn’t.

Inspired by the featured book these SCENTED SPECTORIUM SOAP CRYSTALS were made by CraftyRagaMuffin.

It smells absolutely delicious. And they look really cool.

Side note: I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I absolutely love when boxes include a goodie related to their featured book.

Don’t get me wrong, I love having goodies around my favorite books, but as the new release hopefully should become a favorite too, it’s nice to have something to start a new collection with.

Of course, I realise that this isn’t always possible as it takes time to come up with something fitting. But that just makes me appreciate it so much more when it happens.

Earlier this year, I binge read Red Queen, Cruel Crown and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

So this illustration of the main character MARE is pretty cool. It was created by BookOtter and is an exclusive.

I love art prints a lot, so this was a cute little goodie. And if I flip it around…

Rise as red as the dawn.

– Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

This beautiful lettering was designed by LovelyOwlsBooks.

I honestly don’t know which I prefer, so I would have liked if it weren’t doublesided.

It makes sense as they both are inspired by the same series, but I kinda want to show off both together.

Of course, that’s just a personal preference. Regardless, I still love them.

This item made me squeal like a love struck teenager who just saw their biggest idol.

That I will bow before no one and nothing but my crown.

– Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

Rhysand, my love…

This RHYSAND QUOTE Tote Bag was designed by LovelyOwlsBooks who also designed the above lettering quote.

I don’t even like tote bags, but the fangirl in me still squealed. I mean, it is gorgeous.

Regardless, I’ll probably still make it into a decorative pillow. Simply because I want to display the gorgeousness.

Seriously, I love this.

And this bonus quote from Wolf by Wolf is designed by ReadAtMidnight (the person who also designed the mug)

I don’t know this book, but i love getting little quotes to wet my appetite.

Seriously, I don’t know how many books I’ve bought because of some kind of promotional goodie.

That was all the goodies. Kinda…

Since September, fairyloot have sent out their books in this super useful book bag. It still gives that mystery vibe, but saves on paper. And they can be used again and again and again… You get the picture.

My two first book bags from September and October is currently residing on my shelf, adorned with bookish pins and badges.

Before, I didn’t really know what to do with the pins, but I find that these bags show them off pretty well. Plus, they’re great for storing notebooks, interviews, samplers and artprints.

And from what I gather, they can be pretty handy when it comes to transporting books in your bag.

If you’re a fairyloot subscriber, what do you use the bookbags for?

THE BOOK!

I had such hoped that it would NEMESIS by Anna Banks in this box.

To be honest, I wasn’t certain because it was released early October, but I am so happy it’s this one.

Also included was a letter from the author, a signed bookplate, a bookmark, an illustration of a man-eating mermaid (I think) and of course and interview in the FairyScoop.

– I also included the Soap Crystals because they fit with the book.

As always, the books are embossed with the fairyloot logo.

I know that some places mark the books on the edges to prevent people from returning it to the publisher for a refund.

That’s not a problem for me, but I have to admit that embossing seems far better. It’s subtle, and makes it a bit special. I approve.

All the book swag. I know that I basically just showed you this, but I wanted to make a point to any bookbox owners, authors or even publishers who might be reading this:

I. REALLY. LOVE. BOOK. SWAG.

No, but seriously. These items are gold both for the subscriber and for you.

Take the bookmark for example. As many of you know, I’m relatively active in the bookstagram community on instagram. Now, and forever more, Anna Banks’ Nemesis will be promoted every time I show off my bookmark collection.

Get that swag out into the world. Or at the very least, to me.

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And here’s everything in all its glory. Yes there’s two pictures, because I wanted to show both sides of the double sided art print.

Verdict: In case it wasn’t obvious, this box is probably my favorite to date. It helps that the book was one I had anticipated, but really, I just enjoy the small things that makes up this box of awesomeness.

THE DECEMBER BOX IS ON SALE NOW!

There are limited spots left for the December box, and if you miss out, you have to wait, and hope, that there are some opened after December 1st.

The theme is Sci Fi adventure and is perfect for fans of Red Rising, Star Wars, Lunar Chronicles and the Starbound Trilogy.

If you think this sounds awesome, pop over to http://www.fairyloot.com and purchase one.

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Unboxing: Nerdy Bookworm Box – October 2016

Christmas rush has arrived in Denmark, which means that regular mail sent without tracking can take up to 14 days to arrive after it has reached Danish borders. (Not even kidding, Post Nord said that if we wanted to be certain that Christmas cards arrived in time, we had to post before November 1st.)

Which is why this unboxing is super late. But, better late than never, right? πŸ˜‰

Plus, from November the Nerdy Bookworm Box offers tracked shipping, so hopefully I’ll actually receive the November box before Christmas. (Totally blaming you, PostNord)

The basics first: Nerdy Bookworm Box is a monthly book box which sends out one newly released fantasy or science fiction novel, along with carefully selected bookish goods that fit within a chosen theme.

Each box is Β£29.99 + shipping. (Free shipping in the UK)

October’s theme was “Doppelganger”, and it some awesome items.

You guys might not know, but my birthday was October 17th. I’d been asking if the box would arrive in time so I could pretend it was my gift, but that wasn’t possible.

However, imagine my surprise when yhe first thing I see when I open the box is a small card wishing me happy belated birthday.

I was teary eyed, because it meant a lot to me that Jen remembered me out of her many subscribers.

Also, it was a genuinely nice gesture.

ROLL&READ card designed by the Nerdy Bookworm Team. The concept is a lot like my book bingo, and I gather it’s a good way to try and see of book bingo might help you tackle your TBR.

Polyjuice Potion candle from William and Joseph candles. This is my second candle from them, and it is insanely photogenic. Even Ziggi knows how to pose with it.

I’m not sure what the scent actually is, but it is pleasant . Although, Ziggi looks like it’s bottled Draco Malfoy πŸ˜‚

Mystery bag is mysterious.

Side note: I enjoy these little paper bags because they are perfect to store tiny items in. Postcards, coasters, stickers. Anything that’s too important to lose.

Tardis Brooch from Goodnight Boutique.

I am a massive whovian. Like, I sleep in tardis bed sheets.

One of the things that I sorta regret with book boxes, is that I’m a part of a lot of fandoms besides just books. And while I’ve been eying fandom subscription boxes, I kinda want the books too.

So once in a whileβ€”when it fits the themeβ€”it’s nice to recieve something from another major fandom.

Count of Monte Cristo socks from Out of Print Clothing.

When I first saw them, I actually thought of the Sunai marks in “This Savage Song”. πŸ™ƒ

They’re really cozy, though. Even if I don’t know the story.

Enchanted Narnia Tea from Bluebird Tea Co.

I love tea. I really do. But… I actually don’t know how to brew this kind of tea. That will probably have to wait.

As always, a beautifully wrappes book with a small charm on. I’m still a big fan of those tiny silver charms.

Somehow, I keep forgetting shots of the actual book. But, to make up for it, her you get every unboxing picture I took.

The book of the month was “Replica” by Lauren Oliver. Since it is technically two stories in one book, I’m going to show you how gorgeous this book actually is.

The actual unboxing picture features Ziggi, who loves joining me when I take pictures.

But I did play around with different unbox styles.

Contents spilling out.

Gemma’s cover.

Lyra’s cover.

And the gorgeous middle pages. So crazy photogenic.

I enjoyed everything in this box, and I’m excited for the two last boxes of the year πŸ˜€