February’s Owlcrate Theme was
I said after getting January’s box that I wasn’t sure if I’d continue subscribing, but I liked the theme for February, so just let it automatically renew for the month.
So what was in the box?
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. Signed (not a bookplate) with Owlcrate Exclusive cover.
Skeleton Key Coraline Necklace
Pouch inspired by Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Candle inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia
Sticker inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Wall Tapestry designed by Evie Bookish
While everything in this box was beautiful and fit with the theme, I have to admit that opening these boxes each month stresses me out.
My first reaction upon unfolding the tapestry was WHAT THE HECK AM I GOING TO DO WITH A GIANT PIECE OF FABRIC OMG.
It’s a gorgeous tapestry and I am sure it will be a huge hit with subscribers, but it’s an even bigger issue for me than the pillowcase from January’s box. I don’t decorate my house with these sorts of things. I mean I have my bookshelves filled with funko pops and trinkets and even that is starting to look crowded.. I don’t have a dedicated library where I can just hang stuff like this and, as gorgeous as the print is, it’s just not my style of home decor.
This is where I’ve just sort of realized that I’m not like other bookworms. I love YA and I love cool totes, but I’m just an adult who reads and I don’t need or want everything in my house or every bag I’m carrying to profess my love of YA books. I’ve just sort of gotten burned out by the whole thing. I miss the days of journals and pens and useful bookmarks and somehow all of these subscription boxes have gotten out of hand along with bookstagramming where we need all of this cursive font print on everything and a dozen candles.
So, as beautiful as this box is, all of this was running through my mind as I unfolded the tapestry and I have to admit I just didn’t enjoy the rest of the unboxing. I mean, how many pouches do I really need? Another candle? More stickers? I just can’t.
This has been the turning point for me and I just can’t keep subscribing.
*****Now, if you love book subscription boxes, I cannot rave about Owlcrate enough. They listen to their fans and adjust the boxes and they have gotten better and better each month for those of you who want those kinds of items. The books are popular and highly sought after with exclusive covers and Owlcrate attempts to get a signature OR a bookplate each time. It’s amazing and if you’re in the US, it’s the best deal IMO. I’ve been subscribing for almost 3 years and if I’m leaving Owlcrate, trust me, it’s NOT for another box. It’s me leaving the world of subscription boxes altogether.
(If Owlcrate did a book only option, I’d be the first person to sign up!)