December PageHabit Unboxing // YA & Fantasy! (SPOILERS)

Posted January 4, 2018 by Amber in Bookish Things, Unboxings / 0 Comments


PageHabit appeared on my Subscription Box Radar when they did a HUGE giveaway in the autumn(ish).  I sort of lingered on the edges, but then they sent me a coupon on Black Friday for a Harry Potter-themed gift so I was basically, “Aw, okay, you got me!” and here we are.

Some things to know about PageHabit:

  • They have a bunch of different genres.  Mine is technically the fantasy box, but I think the loot is all the same.
  • The cost is $29.99 and the box ships from the US.  You are not charged until the box ships.
  • You can add on a book from another box!  I added on the YA book as well.
  • Quarterly boxes are also available.
  • A percentage of each box gets donated.

Up until the moment I opened this box, I was a bit *meh* about it.  When I ordered, the information about the November books was still live, so I ended up checking back and luckily the December books sounded interesting too, but I was a bit bummed out for a while.  I did order at the end of November, though, so that’s on me.

The Box

The Box

The PageHabit box is pretty basic – not too much pizazz on this one!  From a technical POV, this was really well packaged and arranged.  I received this on Christmas Eve, even though the tracking information said I shouldn’t receive it until after Christmas, so I was stoked.

The Donation

Donation Information Card

Every month, donations are sent to a different organization by PageHabit for each subscription.  This month, the donations supported Books for Africa and the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy.  The card discusses the projects the different foundations are working on.

This both, PageHabit was able to donate 22,000 books to the project.  Which is so so cool.

The Letter

The Handwritten Letter

So, erm, I have no idea if this is a normal offering in the PageHabit boxes, or if it was a just-this-month thing, but this is a 10 page handwritten letter from Steven Saville (author of Glass Town) about his journey to becoming a writer and his journey to the book.

I found this so so fascinating (if largely illegible – this man could have been a doctor), and I really hope it’s a regular feature.

The Short Story

“A White Shade of Christmas” by Taylor Grant

I am sort of a terrible person because this went right into my “Swag I Don’t Know What to Do With” Tote.  Not a big fan of the title, which sends out white supremacy vibes (not at all what was intended, btw, this is just me) and I’m not a big fan of sappy seasonal stories.

If you are though, you’d probably love this commission!

The Keychain

Omnivorous Reader Keychain

I’m not into the Sherlock fandom, so I did have to look this one up (Arthur Conan Doyle is on my TBR, I swear!) but I love the idea of being an “omnivorous reader”.  As though books are the truest nourishment – nourishment of the mind and soul.  It warms my soul.

I have too many keychains, but I just couldn’t tuck this one away, so it’s on my flair purse. 🙂

The Lights

Cooper String Lights

Every Bookstagrammer’s dream.

If I was clever I would have broken these open and used them in this unboxing, but I am not that clever.  STILL.  I think these are a brilliant delight.  I’m sorely tempted to find something to string them around rather than just use them as a photography prop – they are lovely little twinkles of happiness.

The Wax Sealer

Harry Potter Letter Sealer and Wax

Um, what now.

So cool.

Small confession: I actually already have a letter sealer.  Because, OMG, I’m not a nerd I SWEAR.  I got it for my wedding invitations which OF COURSE every bride ever does right? Yes.  Lets all agree on that.

It’s a Celtic Knot.  I definitely don’t still have it and silver wax in my craft drawer.

(I’m not fooling anyone, am I?  Totally LOVE this.)

(Also I have two letters to write, ack.)

The Bookmark

Dr. Seuss Bookmark

I love this quote.  Dr. Seuss’ rhyming always gets stuck in my head.  Also… this is basically my life philosophy.

It’s a nice laminated bookmark, too.  I love it.

Book #1

Glass Town by Steven Saville

In 1926, two brothers both loved Eleanor Raines, a promising young actress from the East End of London. But, along with Seth Lockwood, she disappeared, never to be seen again. Isaiah, Seth’s younger brother, refused to accept that she was just gone.

It has been seventy years since and the brothers are long dead. But now their dark, twisted secret, threatens to tear the city apart. Seth made a bargain with Damiola, an illusionist, to make a life size version of his most famous trick, and hide away part of London to act as a prison out of sync with our time, where one year passes as one hundred. That illusion is Glass Town. And now its walls are failing.


This sounds so fascinating and I’m itching to get to it.  It’s a little on a further edge of fantasy than I usually prefer, but it’s also a mystery, and a period piece, so it sounds like there’s a lot things combined in it that I will really enjoy.  I’m looking forward to all the annotations as well!  A peep backstage?  So cool.

Book #2

The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy

Fight or Flight.

All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving.

All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life.

But when fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will live.


Let us take a moment to appreciate the cover.  The front cover is a blonde girl with scribbles to make her look like a girl with short black hair.  The backside is the REVERSE.  Assumably Kayla and Betsy.  I love it.

This is another one that sounds really interesting.  It’s a contemporary thriller (NOT A ROMANCE WHAT IS THE GORGEOUSNESS) and it sounds really, really good.


Do you (or have you ever) subscribed to PageHabit?

What genre would you most like a subscription box for?

Will you be reading either Glass Town or The Truth Beneath the Lies?

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