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February Owlcrate Unboxing

 

February’s Owlcrate Theme was 

HIDDEN WORLDS

 

 

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?

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The Goods:

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

 

Up Close:

Thoughts:

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!)

 

 

 

 

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Owlcrate Unboxing – January 2018

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January 2018 Owlcrate Unboxing

 

January’s theme was Fearsome Fairytales

 

I took a break in November and December, but I had a pretty good idea what the January book would be and I felt it would be worth renewing my subscription. My guesses were correct and this box had the book I wanted.

 

What was in the box?

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The items pictured:

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – SIGNED (not a bookplate) with an Owlcrate Exclusive cover.
  • Hansel and Gretel themed wax tarts from Spireside Candles
  • Owlcrate tart burner
  • Rapunzel bracelet from Authored Adornments
  • Pillowcase from Stella’s Bookish Art
  • Little Red Riding Hood art print by Anne Lambelet
  • Owlcrate Pin

 

A Closer Look:

Thoughts:

I am so glad it ended up being the book I expected and it’s SIGNED, but I’m not really a fan of the exclusive cover as much as the regular one. 

The wax tarts and burner were great and an awesome way to do something different with the candle thing.

I love the bracelet (I typically like everything from Authored Adornments)

I have no idea what to do with a pillowcase and this is where I realize I’m in the wrong age group for this box because my bed has more than one display pillow since I’m adult and married, so I wish it was a case for a throw pillow. The design, like the art print, is nice, though.

 

2017 Year in Books

Goodreads has an awesome infographic featuring your Year in Books, so I wanted to share!

 

(As of 12/15)

 

Other Milestones:

 

 First Bookstagram post of the year (and first bookish tat of the year!)

 

First book photo review I decided to do:

 

Author signings this year: Sarah J Maas!

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First Owlcrate Unboxing of the year:

Last Owlcrate Unboxing of the year (I didn’t get November or December’s box)

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Owlcrate Unboxing – October 2017

 

The theme for October 2017’s Owlcrate was

Find Me in the Forest

 

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I actually won October’s box by participating in the Owlcrate photo challenge!

 

What was in the box?

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The goods:

 

  • Cabeswater candle from In The Wick of Time inspired by The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. It smells like moss and mint.
  • Sherwood Forest loose leaf tea blend from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe inspired by Robin Hood with earl grey and blueberry flavors.
  • The first mug ever to be given in an Owlcrate by artist Cara Kozik inspired by the Forbbiden Forest in Harry Potter
  • Forest/woodland coaster designed by Kristin Askland 
  • Magnetic Where the Whild Things Are Bookmarks by Craftedvan
  • Art print by Audra Auclair inspired by Princess Mononoke
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore with handwritten letter, signed bookplate, and pack of seeds with exlusive Owlcrate cover

 

 

 

My thoughts:

Once again, I’m amazed at how much stuff comes in a box that only costs me $29.99 plus shipping. I was pretty happy with everything in the box, even if I don’t know what the art print is, but it’s at least pretty. I love the mug and I am extremely happy that  Owlcrate has finally caved and given us a mug. I’m over bookish candles and I loathe getting them, but I’m extremely happy to have one inspired by a series I love and I’m beyond ecstatic that it doesn’t smell like food/dessert/sweetness. The tea sounds delicious and I’ve been pretty happy with everything I’ve bought or been given by Riddle’s Tea Shoppe, so I know I’ll be satisfied with it. 

Overall, this month’s box was a good buy, great value, and has a lot of items I enjoyed.

 

Owlcrate Unboxing – September 2017

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September’s Owlcrate Theme was 

Mythical Creatures


 

Owlcrate promised a Harry Potter item, maybe big or maybe small, in all the rest of the 2017 boxes. 

They also hinted at a book sleeve from Book Beau, a company capable of mass producing what used to be a handmade item and the creator of the original book sleeve product. 

I was definitely excited for this one, as Owlcrate also mentioned the book would have dragons in it. While dragons aren’t my favorite mythical creature, I honestly feel like they are lacking in YA fantasy and should be more abundant, so this box seemed like it would perfect to celebrate my birthday. 

 

 

So what was in the box?

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  • Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows with an Owlcrate exclusive cover, a signed bookplate, author letter, and guide.
  • Book Beau sleeve with mythical creatures print
  • Dragon coin purse from Owlcrate
  • A Song of Ice and Fire/GoT wooden bookmark featuring the Mother of Dragons designed by Ink and Wonder Designs
  • Sea of Poseidon Percy Jackson inspired bath salts by The Soap Librarian
  • Hagrid and Buckbeak sticker designed by Susanne Draws
  • Owlcrate pin

 

My Thoughts:

I really loved this month’s box. I guessed the book because I wanted to make sure Uppercase and Owlcrate wouldn’t overlap this month, but I am still so excited to own it. I love the sleeve. I wish it was bigger, but I realize space is limited in the box and the sleeves are incredibly expensive, so I know we all got a killer deal this month. I don’t know how Owlcrate afforded to give us so much! The bath salts smell INCREDIBLE and the bookmark is beyond gorgeous. All of my Owlcrate pins fit in the coin purse, so I’m loving it. 

As always, Owlcrate is an amazing box that goes above and beyond to give us much more than the $29.99 we pay each month for it. The non-contemporary themes are always awesome for me and I’m happy with this month’s box and theme!

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Owlcrate Unboxing – August 2017

 

August’s Theme was

Something Wicked This Way Comes

 

 

 

I love darker themes and I’m glad August, despite being a summer month, had a creepier theme!

So what was in the box?

 

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The goods:

 

 

  • The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones with exclusive cover, letter, and signed bookplate. It was also supposed to come with a heart shaped pin, but my box did not have one. (No worries, I contacted Owlcrate and I’m confident it will be sent!)
 
  • Edgar Allen Poe-lka dot socks from Out of Print Clothing

 

  • Fountain pen from Ody.

 

  • Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories published by Rock Paper Books

 

  • This Savage Song sticker designed by Evie Bookish

 

  • Six of Crows bookmark by Treehouse of Books.

 

  • Dark Arts coffee by Happenstance Coffee.
 
  • Exclusive Owlcrate Pin

 

 

My thoughts:

I liked the box, but I have no idea why a box with the specific Something Wicked This Way Comes theme wouldn’t have SOMETHING from Ray Bradbury! I was hoping for some bit of reference to him with the classic paperback, the coffee, socks.. something. It was a huge missed opportunity. Despite liking all of the items, I can’t help but be disappointed that there weren’t any subtle references or props to Bradbury and/or the book title. I feel that the theme name should’ve been something else that still conveyed Wickedness. 

 

Owlcrate Unboxing – July 2017

 

Owlcrate July 2017 Unboxing

The theme this month was Wanderlust

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what was in the box?

 

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  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee with Owlcrate Exclusive Cover, signed book plate, letter, and art print map

 

  • Backpack inspired by The Lord of the Rings

 

  • Luggage tag from Mudpuppy

 

  • Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them keychain Funko

 

  • Pocket mirror inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic designed by Miss Phi

 

  • Pocket journal from Ooly

 

  • Looking for Alaska art print with quote by Shailey Ann Designs

 

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