I think the best time of year to receive book crates is definitely around Halloween. Because what else can amp a book lover up for Halloween as well as a spooky book crate?
Owl Crate is a monthly YA box. It comes with a new YA novel, “as well as 3-5 other bookish keepsakes to help set the mood for your literary adventure.”
I loved my first Owl Crate, and I loved this one as well. Particularly the Peter Pan beanie, because now all I have to do is wear something green and pull that scull sock on my head and boom, I have a costume. (Sorry to disappoint ladies and gents, I’m not a lingerie and mouse ears type of gal).
My favorite thing about Owl Crate is the presentation. It’s clean and all of their items go together, so if you have OCD like me, it totally soothes your soul when you’re photographing it and not having a mini seizure about the fact that one of the items just so doesn’t belong no matter how hard you try.
Both crates have come with the press-on tattoos, and autographs for the book in the crate, which is amazing, because now when I’m reading Vassa in the Night, I can wear the tattoo and totally creep my mom out with how book-obsessed I’ve become.
When I opened up this month’s box I found:
- A button bookmark and a button with this month’s graphic on it
A+ button bookmark. A++++ I love bookmarks. I have an entire bag full of them and I’m starting to wonder what the hell I’m going to do with them. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know. I’m getting concerned they’re gonna outnumber the amount of books I own.
- A Geeky Cauldron bracelet
The Geeky Cauldron makes the best bookish goods. I have two bracelets from them now, I believe, and the amazing thing about this particular bracelet, is it goes along with the theme of the month, and the monthly graphic. My OCD level is on FLEEK, y’all.
*snaps fifty pictures*
- OZ passport-themed small journal, and book promo bookmark
- Peter Pan beanie
AKA, my Halloween costume, because, if I’m being totally honest, I would never wear this any other day of the year. And, funny story, I was in Nashville this past week out having coffee with a friend, and a girl came in wearing the beanie. I about died. Not that it isn’t cute, cause it is, but it was still hilarious. For that one moment, I was unified with the girl wearing the Peter Pan beanie, which is something I’ve never been able to say before, and I loved it.
I should’ve gone over and asked her if she got it in her Owl Crate and then totally geeked out with her.
I’m so pleased with this month’s pick because I checked its rating on Goodreads and it’s not too shabby. I’ve been getting other questionable choices recently and sort of wanted to be like… DO YOU READ THE RATINGS BEFORE YOU THREW THIS RANDOM TERRIBLE BOOK IN YOUR CRATE? OR NO!
So, nice work, Owl Crate.
In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.
In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.
But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair….