June Owlcrate Unboxing

June 2018: Summer Lovin’

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This month’s theme is Summer Lovin’ and I am lovin’ it ūüėÄ

Contents:

  1. Beach Towel designed by Stella Bookish Art
  2. Mason Jar Mug designed by Michelle Gray
  3. Summer Apple and Peach Tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe
  4. Wooden Bookmark from Ink and Wonder Designs
  5. Cactus Pen from BC Mini
  6. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
  7. Exclusive keychain

I love the design on the beach towel and I love the mug! I have been using it at work but haven’t gotten a good pic of it in use yet!

Do you subscribe to any book boxes? Which one? Do you love it? What was your favorite item of this month’s Owl Crate box?

OwlCrate May Unboxing – Fight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

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As much as I loved the idea of “Fight like a Girl” I was a little worried that it would be full of pink girly stuff.¬† I shouldn’t have worried because this month’s box was AWESOME! (and there was no pink!)

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We got two books this month!!! Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan and Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.

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The cover of Sky in the Deep is an OwlCrate exclusive! And it is signed! (and of course I forgot to take a picture of the signature!)

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I like the OwlCrate version better because I like Silver better than Gold!

This month there were 3 pins:

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The book pin is hard to read in the picture but it says “When in doubt go to the library” and it is my favorite item in the box!!

Next was a double sided bookmark:

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I love the quotes but they are kind of hard to read on the busy background.

There was a bath bomb:

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And a really cool wall hanging:

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Finally there was an art print, the spoiler card, and a booklet with extra information:

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Here is the other side of the spoiler card with all the information about all the items:

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Do you subscribe to any subscription boxes? Which ones? What was your favorite item this month? Let me know in the comments!!

OwlCrate and Lit Cube April Reveal

This is my last Lit Cube reveal and my first OwlCrate reveal!¬† I thought last month was my last Lit Cube, but apparently I didn’t cancel it in time, so I got one more.

Let’s save the best for last and start with Lit Cube:

Lit Cube Reveal:

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Lit Cube lowered the price of their subscriptions by $10, making it $25 a month.  They also started shipping items in a bubble mailer instead of a box and the quality and quantity of their items dropped significantly.

April’s theme was “Passport to California” and these were the items included, and their retail value:

  • Ana of California – $16
  • Anne of Green Gables inspired bookmark – $5
  • See’s Candy Lollipop – $1
  • Route 66 Enamel Pin – $10
  • California Decal – $4

I know the retail value of these items totals $36 but I wouldn’t have paid anywhere close to that for them.¬† The bookmark is just a laminated piece of paper with a huge yarn tassel.¬† We made these in 5th grade for a class project.¬† Literally a 5th grader can make them. (no offence to whoever did make it, its just not worth $5 in my opinion)

Overall I am incredibly disappointed in this box and it just re-enforced the fact that I am glad I canceled my subscription.

OwlCrate Reveal

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Ahhh I love the box! And it gives you instructions on how to unbox it! #owlcrate

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The Theme was Shadows & Secrets and this is what it contained:

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Wild Berry Soap from Three Sisters Apothecary. (for the life of me I have never been able to correctly pronounce “Apothecary”)

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“The Young Elites” sticker designed by Jamila Mehio.

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“Harry Potter” Pencils from Jubilee Designs.

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Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Coffee from Bones Coffee Company.

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Signed OwlCrate Exclusive Edition of “Ace of Shades” by Amanda Foody.

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Letter from Amanda Foody.

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The first three chapters of “Legendary” by Stephanie Garber.

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“Ace of Shades” postcard set.

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“Crooked Kingdom” inspired pillowcase by Stella Bookish Art.

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OwlCrate monthly theme pin.

Here is the official description of everything in case you were wondering:

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I LOVE this box!!! Especially the pillowcase! I haven’t even read Crooked Kingdom yet but I love the quote and the design!

I am so glad I decided to switch subscriptions!!! (And thanks Phil for helping convince me to do it!)

I can’t wait for next month!! The theme is Fight Like a Girl and I could not be more excited!!!!

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Seriously!! This theme sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait!!

Do you subscribe to any book boxes? Did you get anything cool this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

Book Subscription Boxes

Deciding what book box to subscribe to is a surprisingly daunting task. ¬†I seriously thought it would be easy. I didn’t realize how many different subscriptions existed. ¬†Originally I was going to pick one and then just write an “unveiling” post every month when it arrived. ¬†However, once I realized how hard this is going to be, I decided to write a post detailing how I picked one. ¬†So here it goes:

Note: None of the links are affiliate links and the prices are for one box, without any discounts.

Step 1: Finding as many subscriptions as possible

First things first, I googled book subscription boxes and opened every single one I could find. (I ended up getting a lot of duplicates)

I opened so many tabs they turned into triangles. ¬†I didn’t even know they did that!

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Step 2: Quick Rejects

Next I did a super quick sweep through, removing duplicates and closing any that I knew I wouldn’t like.

Here are the ones I closed with a brief explanation as to why:

Quarterly –¬†I am too inpatient! ¬†I ¬†want a monthly subscription not a quarterly subscription.

Not my cup of tea –¬†Literally they send you tea or coffee related items and I don’t like tea or coffee.

Children’s Books –¬†I was surprised to find I had opened so many kids books boxes. ¬†I just opened everything and really wasn’t paying attention.

No longer exists or not accepting new subscribers –¬†A lot of the lists I was pulling from were old so some don’t exist anymore.

  • Blind Box Comics
  • LitKit
  • Storyed
  • Paper Street Books and Comics
  • Bethany Beach Books
  • Wonder Girl Box
  • BookUBox
  • The Bookworm Box
  • Bibliophile Crate
  • The Book Drop
  • Fairy Loot

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Step 3: Eliminating Genres

You would think that after eliminating 41 boxes I would be getting close.  Nope! I still have 21 left.  My browser is looking a lot better though:

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I still need to do some mass eliminations, and genre seems as good a way as any.

Romance –¬†Romance is the first genre to go. ¬†I love romance novels but they are a dime a dozen. ¬†I own so many I haven’t read, and I can get them super cheap everywhere.

Indie –¬†According to Wikipedia:¬†The National Literary Awards defines independent or “indie” literature as “books published outside mainstream publishing.” The logical part of me knows that these books can be every bit as great as mainstream books, but the illogical part of me thinks there will be a lot of weird books in these boxes:

Boring –¬†Yes, I know “Boring” isn’t a genre, but after looking more closely at these boxes I don’t think I will like the books

  • Hello Book Lover – “curated for the modern woman” – $28
  • Boxwalla¬†– “potential Nobel Laureates as well as classics” – $30

Step 4: Cost

I’m not made out of money. ¬†The box can’t be that expensive. ¬†$37 a month is about as high as I can go. ¬†It doesn’t matter how great the box if I can’t afford it.

Step 5: In Depth Eliminations

Down to the top 9!  I actually have to start making decisions here.

  • Fresh Fiction Box¬†– $26
    • Contains 3-5 new release print books and 2-4 eBooks
    • That is a LOT of books. ¬†It would take me the entire month to read them all and that wouldn’t leave me any time to read books of my choosing. ¬†I just don’t need that many books.
  • Read Dog¬†– $32
    • They select over a hundred books that fit their theme and then send you the one they think you will like best along with some other trinkets
    • I really like the idea of them customizing a book for me, but I don’t know how well that will work (reviews aren’t promising)
    • Looking at the past boxes the trinkets are not that great. ¬†Puzzle Pieces, Bubbles, Tea, Seashells, etc.
  • Book of the Month¬†– $16
    • They give you 5 books to choose from in your given genre. You pick one book then can add up to two more for $9.99 each
    • I want a surprise book, if I have to pick my own book I might as well do it from scratch instead of being limited to their five.
  • Parnassus Next¬†– $?
    • They only charge you the cost of the book plus $6 shipping every month.
    • Also all the books are YA first edition signed hardcover books.
    • I like that they charge you only the cost of the book, but then you aren’t really getting a discount, and other than it being signed there is really nothing special about it.
  • BookCase.Club¬†– $10
    • I really like the price of this one. ¬†You get two books for $10 (plus $5 shipping)
    • They have a good selection of genres too. (I would pick the sci-fi/fantasy one)
    • This would be my #1 pick except I want “goodies” with my box, not just books.
  • Paige Habit¬†– $30
    • This one has a YA box that looks pretty cool. It comes with a variety of goodies.
    • Books contain annotations from the author. ¬†It pretty much has sticky notes throughout the book with notes from the author.
    • I really like the author annotations idea, but the rest of the box just doesn’t seem up to par with my top 3, though it was a close call.

Step 6: Top 3!!!

Yay! We are almost there!!! Here are my top 3:

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Urg!! I am so bad at making decisions. ¬†This is soooo hard. ¬†OwlCrate¬†is the most well known. ¬†OwlCrate¬†and Lit Cube¬†come with more stuff and tend towards fantasy. ¬†Uppercase¬†has a sweet interactive guide thing that sounds cool, but their book choices are iffy. ¬† Lit Cube’s¬†Sept theme sounds awful and¬†OwlCrate’s¬†sounds awesome.¬†Uppercase¬†doesn’t even have a theme. ¬†No box is perfect but they are all so cool!

Which one would you choose? (don’t limit yourself to my top 3) ¬†Are you already subscribed to a book Box? Do you love it? Did anyone even get this far in my post before losing interest? Let me know in the comments!

Now for my selection.  Drum Roll Please:

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!!!!!Lit Cube!!!!!

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I don’t really have any solid reasons why I picked Lit Cube over the others. ¬†Its mostly just a gut feeling. If I don’t like it I can always change to another! Keep an eye out next month for the box reveal and review! I’m so excited!