Libraries of Wonder // June OwlCrate Unboxing // SPOILERS!

Posted July 9, 2019 by Amber in Bookish Things / 4 Comments

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This month’s OwlCrate is here!  Are you guys sick of these unboxings yet?  I’ve got two more OwlCrates to go before my subscription is up and I give y’all a little bit of a break. 🙂 For those of you who’ve been around the block a couple times, you already know that OwlCrate is my favorite subscription box and I’ve historically had really good success with it.  Not every item or every box is a perfect fit for me, but they’ve got closer than any other box.

OwlCrate offers two subscriptions – your standard box with a YA book and some swag… and OwlCrate Jr., a MG book box with swag.  I get standard OwlCrate but I’ve bought a gift subscription in the past for my friend’s daughter and that’s been a hit as well. 🙂

Basic details?

  • Subscriptions are 1, 3, and 6 months.
  • They cost $29.99/mo + shipping (my total comes to $39.95)
  • Every box has a new YA release with a signature plate and exclusive cover.
  • Every box comes with 4-6 addition swag items designed by varies small biz vendors.
  • Boxes ship around the 15th of the month.

I am not a rep for this company but I am an OwlCrate fan.  If for any reason you decided to try out the box, you can head over with << this link >> and I will get a referral nod.  If three of you do that, I get a free box. 🙂  So that’s my disclaimer.  Otherwise I just like this box and if you don’t sign up, that’s fine, because I pay for the boxes anyway. 😛

June’s theme was Libraries of Wonder, and OwlCrate promised that all included items this month would be useful… so no prints or basic baubles.  Lets take a look!

   

This month’s enamel pin was designed by Brio and Brandish.  I love their design style and one of my other favorite enamel pins is by them (a Harry Potter “amazing bouncing ferret” pin they no longer sell, but I love it).  This pin is based upon the book this month, which I’ll reveal later. It features a stack of books beside a cat and reads “Child of the Library”.  For whatever reason, this actually gives me strong Lirael vibes, even though I know her companion was a dog….

This skeleton key get pen was designed by the OwlCrate team.  It’s very lightweight and feels cheaply made.  I like a little heft to my pens?  But that aside, this is a cool design, and I’m already used it.  It’s a perfectly serviceable pen, and useful.  A small pet peeve, and honestly this is such a small thing, is that I can’t put the cap on the top of the pen because of the design… so I’m 75% sure I’m going to lose that.

 

I’m really torn on the book quote coasters.  On the one hand, I really, really like the design here – I think KDP Letters did a wonderful job with the typography.  They’re bright, colorful, and beautiful.  Honestly though, on the other hand?  I have a lot of coasters I don’t know what to do with.  I’ve go Harry Potter and PacMan ones I’ve had sfor years, Game of Thrones ones from a book box, and two mug rugs now… Yeah.  And we don’t use them regularly because our coffee tables are glass and won’t warp but will scratch with coasters.  So I don’t know.  I like their design, but not sure how I’m gonna use them.  I am going to keep them, though.

The next item was a complete miss for me:  coffee grounds from Book Beau.  Perishable items are like this, though.  Neither my husband nor myself are coffee drinkers.  I appreciate the art on it and am happy to see a Beauty and the Beast item always, but this went to the pile of coffee/tea people donate at work because ¯\ _(ツ)_/¯.

 

Book boxes keep me well in stock with book totes, but I haven’t gotten one in a while.  Like, maybe six months, between a variety of boxes?  I was strangely excited to see this one, and this was the win item for me personally in this box.  Once of my favorite bookish designers, Stella Bookish Art, designed this tote, and it features one of my favorite quotes from Strange the Dreamer.  So that was a nice surprise!

One of this month’s teased item and the one thing that was supposed to be a big deal in this box was the Chronicles of Narnia themed metal bookends.  This item was… perfectly fine for me?  I have floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and not a lot of opportunity/desire to use bookends, but they can be useful items.  Also, the design with all the stars scattered about reminded me of this art project elementary schoolers used to do (probably not anymore lol) where we’d take a tin can of Juicy Juice and stab a bunch of holes in it and make a pretty star lantern.  I feel like I’m dating myself so bad right now. 😛  My husband knew what I was talking about when I told him, at least….

 

This month’s book is Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.  I haven’t read her first book (An Enchantment of Ravens) yet, but I’ve seen good reviews about this once.  Also, remember how the last couple month I’ve been bummed that Illumicrate has changed cook covers from purple to something else?  Well OwlCrate’s got me covered and their exclusive edition is purple.  YES.

If you haven’t run across Sorcery of Thorns yet, here’s the Goodreads description:

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

 

That’s this month’s box!  OwlCrate continues to be a book fit for me as far as these book boxes go – they book choice is always good, and their curation is good.  Honestly, even when there are items I don’t like (like this month’s coffee) it’s not from poor curation… it’s just that I’m not a coffee drinker.  I really don’t expect every box to be a win, but this one is really good.  As I mentioned before, I’m excited about that tote and the book cover is gorgeous, and honestly, I’m really happy with this month’s box.

Unfortunately, I won’t be bringing you an OwlCrate unboxing for July, because I skipped the box.  There’s nothing wrong with the box… in fact, it looks awesome.  But I already pre-ordered the book elsewhere and I wanted to give someone else my spot. 🙂 If you like epic adventures and retellings and amazing heroines the July OwlCrate is one you’re gonna want to get.

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What was your favorite item this month?  I already mentioned I love the tote, but I think my second favorite is the coasters.  Even though I’m not sure what to so with them – I really like the artwork!  Tell me your favorite bits and pieces in the comments.

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4 responses to “Libraries of Wonder // June OwlCrate Unboxing // SPOILERS!

    • Amber

      They are fun! I hope you get a chance to try one – definitely shop around and see what you like best, there are so many options!

  1. I’m glad you liked this box! I am not a coffee drinker either but I like the rest of the items! I actually really like the bookends because they are flat. I always have at least one shelf that isn’t full so the books at the end tend to fall over. These bookends go great at the end of a row and it doesn’t ruin the aesthetic because you can’t really see them when they are in use on a shelf.

    • Amber

      I hear what you’re saying on the flat aspect! I have a balloon animal bookend that’s aesthetically pleasing I use for row-ends, BUT I started using one of the book box ones to hold up my unread ARCs, since I have them on a different shelf… and it’s super subtle!