Happy OwlCrate Unboxing Day!
This is getting to be a monthly holiday for me, guys.
In the upcoming weeks, you’re going to see a bit of a showdown of boxes. In the past, I’ve ordered:
- OwlCrate (February, August, September, October)
- Illumicrate (Special Edition)
- LitCube (not blogged)
- Uppercase Box (not blogged)
- Fairyloot (July, September)
And I’m still looking for my OTP book subscription box. I like OwlCrate, but it’s missing a je ne sais quoi. I love FairyLoot, but it’s international and that makes it much more expensive than I want to spend monthly. LitCube and Uppercase box were not for me – Uppercase was a bit more contemporary than my tastes, and LitCube was packaged really badly and my mug came broken. For November, because of *sales* I’m trying a few more.
- OwlCrate – yep, still in the running. It’s decent and affordable.
- Illumicrate (quarterly) – it’s still international, but less frequent. If it has the same quality as the special edition, it’s a strong contender.
- PageHabit – those annotated books are SO tempting.
- ShelfLove – another US-based YA fantasy box… color me intrigued.
Here’s hoping I fall in love with something this month! *fingers crossed*
Same as ever! This month’s box is in lovely condition. Moving promptly forward to tear this thang open!
The Loot List
The torch light and the castle illuminated by moonlight… does anyone else get strong Hogwarts vibes? I’m totally in love with this month’s artwork.
Elven Bread Soap by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary.
Brief moment of appreciation: Fizzy Fairy Apothecary has some excellent rhyming going on in their shop title.
When I first saw this, 100% of me thought LEMBAS BREAD and I thought I would be able to unwrap it and get Elven food. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO EAT. This is definitely soap. It smells amazing.
Side note: They have a Slytherin Gift Chest and I definitely want this for Christmas.
Winter is Here Chapstick by Geek Fire Labs.
I have been hoarding all my book box chapsticks for winter because I’m a New Englander and we go through BUCKETS of Burt’s Bees up here! I totally appreciate the whole Game of Thrones theme going on here. The pun gladdens my heart. Because it’s winter. And you need chapstick in winter. Winter is cominggggg … yeah I’m just gonna go over in this corner here.
Squallers Badge by Juniper & Joy Designs.
Guys. I clearly need to read more of the Grishaverse because EVERY book box EVER has something Grisha-ish in it and I feel like I’m missing out. This badge is wood, which is really fun and different, but also flammable so I do not recommend running through fire while wearing it.
OwlCrate Exclusive Beanie
This beanie is so well made, it feels delightfully lovely and warm. I also just really appreciate the whole dementor vibe its got going on, because SAD sucks and is basically a dementor, so having a little extra of this spell is always a good plan.
Quote/NoteBook by Stella’s Bookish Art
I love love love this notebook. It’s actually a pretty basic notebook, but the art? Love it. I’m a sucker for typography. Plus, this is always good advice, especially because winter, and the holidays, and family… and it’s good to have goodness in your life this time of year. Be kind to yourself. Don’t let the hard days win.
OwlCrate always includes a little of this and that in their boxes. This month’s pin features the lady wielding the torch from the monthly illustration. We have our activity book with the word search (yay!) and interviews. The sneak peek for next month includes the theme announcement “Seize the Day”. Ooooo fancy.
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
When I read Wither back-in-the-day, I remember really liking it when nobody else I knew was vaguely interested. This was years and years ago, and I haven’t read any DeStefano since (I meant to! I even own Fever!). It’s delightful to uncover a book and go OH. I KNOW THIS AUTHOR! Not that I don’t love debuts (omg Daughter of the Burning City … Amanda Foody owns a part of my soul now) but it’s fun to go, “Oh yeah, I remember that, interestinggggg.” So I’m looking forward to giving this book a try!
This also came with a handwritten (photocopied) letter and doodle, and a set of temporary tattoos, courtesy of the publisher. Thanks guys!
As usual, OwlCrate has edited the cover a bit. With the exception of last month, this is usually a subtle change around the text. This month is the same – the glow on the title is purple instead of blue.
Do you subscribe to OwlCrate?
Which item is your favorite this month?
Have you read any of Lauren DeStafano’s other work?