DREAM CRATE – LootCrate

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About a month or so ago I learned about a fan-related project being run by Loot Crate. If you haven’t heard about LootCrate, it’s a monthly subscription box. Similar to other subscriptions offered through various sites, it’s based around a theme and filled with various fandom items particular to that theme. Here’s a list of their past boxes and the items. As you can see it varies from crate to crate what kinds of items you’ll receive. What’s also great about LootCrate is that there are a variety of crates to choose from, whether you like gaming, anime, things for your pets, or just a crate filled with items to wear. The variety I think is one of the awesome things about LootCrate since it pretty much has something for everyone. So anyways, Loot Crate has been reaching out to various fans to put together their very own “dream crate,” which would have a particular theme, items, etc., and I have to say I was definitely intrigued. It wasn’t until this past week though when I read If We Were Villains that I was really inspired on what my Dream Crate theme would be!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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Like I mentioned, I was really inspired by one of my recent reads, If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. I loved the book and I thought it would be a great addition to a subscription fandom box about William Shakespeare. And since I actually enjoy Shakespeare’s works myself, I thought that this would make for a really interesting “Dream Crate”!! Researching for this crate got to be a little overwhelming because there were just SO MANY things I really wanted to include. I wanted some staple pieces (necklace, candle, etc) but I also wanted to include some interesting pieces that you might not usually find in your average book subscription box. It was really hard to narrow it down, but if I were in charge of crafting the make-up for this crate, this is what I would include:

  1. TWO Books: The first book has to be A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare – This is one of my favorites by Shakespeare and I’ve re-read it over the years. I just love the tongue-in-cheek humor and the two sets of lovers who get all turned around by the fairy’s spells. The second book in this crate would be a recent read for me, If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – I read this book during March and just loved it. I thought it incorporated Shakespeare so well into the story and it was dark and mysterious and just a great read.
  2. An “A-Z SHakespeare” T-shirt from Woot.com I saw this on Woot one day and thought it was such a cute piece and the little characters on the shirt are so funny.Tshirt
  3. A Romeo and Juliet inspired necklace by LiteraryGiftsUK This piece is just gorgeous and I love that it comes with such a long chain. And the quote is touching.il_570xN.1073964411_fh0k
  4. This funky bracelet with a Macbeth quote made by WickedWordsmithCo I love the shape of this bracelet and the quote on it, this is such an interesting piece. And since Macbeth was so prevalent in the If We Were Villains novel, I thought this piece would pair great with the book as well. il_570xN.819912967_tojc
  5. A light-weight summer scarf with Romeo & Juliet quotes on it from Storiarts I have a different scarf from this company and I love the quality of their products. And I think the summer scarf is really stylish with the ribbon bow. rj_summer_01_580x@2x
  6. This “fandom” candle for A Midsummer Night’s Dream created by PretAGeek –  I love how many new candle places are popping up on the internet that sell candle scents inspired by books. This candle sounds like it would be great, and I’d be interested to see how it would evoke different thoughts on the play it was inspired by. il_570xN.1129020309_ihax
  7. This cat-Shakespeare mug from CatapostropheShop I know this is probably super dorky but I thought this mug was hilarious and adorable. I just wish it came in a different size since I like soup-bowl mugs to fit extra coffee!! il_570xN.1024369029_9alg
  8. And last but not least! I saw these thank you notes by ArteOfTheBooke and I thought they were really nice. I’ve been kind of collecting different designs of thank you cards lately and I thought these would be great and give the person being thanked a bit of a laugh. il_570xN.645749986_or7h

So! That is my DREAM CRATE, inspired by a recent read. Thank you to LootCrate for reaching out to me with this opportunity, I had a lot of fun finding different pieces for my Dream Crate!

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!

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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

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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!