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Book Crate Unboxing – LitJoy Crate (December 2016)

I loved this month’s LitJoy, not unlike how much I loved last month’s and the month before that, and the month before that… etc. There’s just something special about amazing women who run amazing businesses.


How it Works

When you subscribe to LitJoy Crate you will receive a new release book (you may select a picture book or young adult novel) in the mail every month! But we are more than just a monthly book subscription…each month you will also receive 2-3 creative and quirky book-themed items to go with your new book!

Quality is #1 to us. Every book we include has passed our “page-turner” test and every item curated is something we would spend our own money on. We care about quality because we love our LitJoy family (that’s you)! Make sure to share the Joy!
Now let’s get nerdy.

Step 1

Choose a crate type: Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-7) or Young Adult (14+)

Step 2

Choose from a 1 month, 3 month, or 6 month subscription

Step 3

LitJoy at your door! What are you still doing here? Go read!


This month’s LitJoy Crate included:

My mom makes a really ghetto version of this. She like half bakes organic brownie mix in a mug, and she thinks it’s really good. I hate to have to tell her that it actually sucks in a big way, lol. I haven’t gotten the chance to try it, as I was basically running out the door when my crate arrived this month (I’m out of town for Christmas for three weeks), but I’m definitely looking forward to it.

  • “Readers Gonna Read” Pencil Bag

I meant to bring it with me, but of course I forgot it as I do almost everything when I’m traveling. Thankfully I remembered my December TBR pile.

Looks a bit like white tile. Like I said, I was running out the door, so I didn’t have time to obsess over any of the items included in the crate. All I can tell you is it sparkles in the daylight lol.

I looked through all their etsy shop products, and I think this ring was exclusive to the LitJoy crate, but definitely take some time to go through some of her other “jules”.

  • Odyssey-Themed Bookmark

I was totally wanting this month’s title, Scythe, and I’m so glad I didn’t buy it. I’ve only read one other Neal Shusterman title, Challenger Deep, and from what I gathered from that book, he writes the kind of novels that don’t really come full circle in your heart until the very end. I got a little lost in Challenger Deep because I was having a hard time being sucked so deep into metaphor, but by the end of the book, I was nearly obsessed and bummed I hadn’t been completely cognizant during the first hundred pages.

I also had the opportunity to go through some of Scythe‘s reviews, and they’re so far so good, you know how this pleases me.

Also, side note, looks like this book is the first in a series.


Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.






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