OwlCrate – February Subscription Box

Last year I decided to try the Book Riot Quarterly subscription box. That box is a quarterly subscription box for $50 and you get at least 2 books and various book related knick-knacks. I got three boxes last year under this subscription, though I think I only posted on the first one. While I really enjoyed this box and I was excited to be introduced to books I might not have read otherwise, I found out that there like a million other subscription book boxes out there and I wanted to try a few other ones to see which one I’d end up liking best and also to get more of a variety of books. I’ve seen a lot of the other book bloggers I follow that subscribe to this Owl Crate YA subscription box and to be honest the box that they did for September 2015 with the book Dumplin’ (HIGH on my list of books I’d like to read, not that I have the time to look at this list) and a Katniss Arrow necklace crafted by Crystal Compass Designs (very disappointed I don’t see the necklace listed on their site, would love to buy it!!!) was 100% up my alley. So anyways, I looked through all the past boxes and I liked a lot of the books that they had featured and the extra stuff that comes with it sounded good for most of the boxes too so I decided to try this one for a few months. It is $30 a month plus shipping so I paid about $105 I think for the 3 month subscription.I got my first box in the mail this past week and while some of you might have also gotten the box I thought I would share the contents on here for anyone who doesn’t receive it and might be interested!


So this is the box! Woot! The theme for this box was Sci-Fi Love which eh I wasn’t super thrilled about but I figured it was my first box so I wanted to give it a try. I think the box usually only features one book but this box had two which I was happy about. Below are the contents of the box and some other details:

  • Lunar Chronicles  theme tote bag was specifically designed by the OwlCrate team for this month’s box. It lists all the couples in the various books in the Lunar Chronicles series.
  • A TARDIS brooch from the Doctor Who show, handmade by Vector Engraving
  • A bookmark from Rock Paper Books with a coupon for 15% off
  • Also from Rock Paper Books, their edition of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The main feature, The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry, along with a signed bookplate and a letter from the author


Overall I was excited to try this subscription box but this one didn’t thrill me. I have 2 of the Lunar books but unfortunately haven’t read them yet, I probably would have been more excited about the tote if I had. And I don’t watch Doctor Who. The books I really liked though which I think is the point of this who book box subscription so I was pleased but not thrilled. I am looking forward to my next box though, it seems like they do a lot of nerdy/bookish jewelry which I don’t really have much of right now and would love to obtain!

Also just as a side note, I had mentioned the Book Riot Quarterly subscription box above and I really am so glad I signed up for it when I did because I learned about their Book Riot Live conference which I went to last year and had such a great time! I am hoping that the timing works out and I will be able to go again this coming year.

So do any of you do a monthly.quarterly subscription? Anyone have some great experiences they’d like to share? I’d love to learn about new boxes I could try in the future!

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015 Reading Challenge – Recap

The last few months literally flew by. I definitely wasn’t able to focus as much on this challenge as I might have liked to but hey, life gets in the way. I had done another of the Bookish Bingo reading challenges during January-March 2015 and had such a blast that I wanted to do it again. Unfortunately this time around I was trying to make my already scheduled ARC’s fit into the necessary categories instead of picking books specifically for the reason that they fit into the categories, I think this is where I went wrong.

Anyways, Bookish Bingo is hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews and there is already a Spring 2016 card up so if this interests you definitely go sign up! Its lots of fun! And here was my original post when I signed up for the Holiday 2015 bingo. Below is my filled out Bingo card and a list of all the books I read for this challenge!


RomanceA Match For Marcus Cynster by Stephanie Laurens
Multi POVTiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
FantasyBefore the Claiming by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
2015 Realease You MissedToo Close to Home by Susan Lewis
Time TravelReturn of the Witch by Paula Brackston
Free SpaceThe Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan
ThrillerThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
One-Word TitleNookietown by V.C. Chickering
White CoverThe Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
RetellingMirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
2016 DebutTry Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
Start a New SeriesDown the Wormhole by Ana Franco
Blue CoverIn Real Life by Jessica Love