I love trying out new book subscription boxes. So, when I stumbled upon @booksondragonwings Instagram account a few months ago, I knew I had to give this one a shot.
Books on Dragonwings is a fairly new-ish quarterly subscription box that differs slightly from other book subscriptions in that the book featured is announced and not a surprise. I love this idea; it takes away the anxiety of purchasing multiple book boxes and having either duplicate books sent to you, OR receiving a book you have already bought. In addition, all of the items in the box are curated to fit the book chosen, rather than a general theme. I assume this would make for a fun and presumably more interactive reading experience. (I haven’t actually gotten to read the book yet, so I cannot say for certain this is true) But, I am a huge sucker for all things fantasy and science-fiction (the two genre’s this book box is centered around), plus the logo is just so cute!
The book that was featured in the September Books on Dragonwings box was The Reader, by Traci Chee! The Reader was getting wonderful reviews pre-release, so I was pretty excited to purchase this box. And without further ado: September’s Books on Dragonwings unboxing!
This box was heavy on jewelry, but everything correlated to the story in some way or another. The first thing I pulled out was this anchor bracelet created by JCoriginalityhandmad. The bracelet is cute, a tad bit big for my wrists though so, unfortunately I can’t wear it. But, I love that it was inspired by the main character’s, Sefia, time spent on a pirate ship during the course of the story.
Also included was this gold dust in a bottle necklace, made by DCArtandPhotography. The necklace has a magical feel to it, and I love how well it matches the book!
Finally, as far as jewelry goes, there was this custom-made book necklace, emblazoned with the symbol of The Reader. I love this necklace, it is really long, which is something I personally prefer, so I can layer my necklaces. It was also created by the owner of Books on Dragonwings’ husband, so it isn’t something you are going to find anywhere else!
The cover of The Reader is so gorgeous and vibrant, so a nail polish customized to resemble the book is super unique! The nail polish was created by ShineSparkPolish, and while it is pretty small, it is a “completely cruelty free, small batch made polish,” so that is always a plus.
I love the inclusion of this hand-made soap from FragrantBathBoutique , it is not something you see very often in subscription boxes. The soap has these beautiful layers to it, and smells like the sea (significant to the story again).
Finally, as far as items go, there was a bookmark included from BehindthePages that was exclusively created for this box. As silly as it sounds, this is probably my favorite item in the box, it is so gorgeous! I love how all of the colors match up with the book, and the gold is actually 3D and textured. One side says:”Are you the reader?” and then if you flip it over it says “Or are you the reader?” So mysterious and I can’t stop staring at it!
I love that all of the items focus on different aspects of the book featured, but The Reader itself is still the star of this box. A debut novel from author, Traci Chee, The Reader is the first book in a series titled Sea of Ink and Gold. I will leave a brief summary of the book here, because I cant wait to read this one!
Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.
Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.
As I said previously, Books on Dragonwings is a quarterly subscription box, and the book for the December is Merrow by Anada Braxton-Smith. Check it out on Goodreads, and if it sounds like something you might be interested in (folklore mermaids?!) then I have a discount code for you! Use DEERTALES10 when you check out here for 10% off your box!
And to make things more exciting: a giveaway!
The September Books on Dragonwings box was jam-packed with items, and as a subsciber to several book subscription boxes, I am realizing some of the stuff I have received is building up without me ever using it. So, I would like to give away some of the items in the box that I think anyone can enjoy whether you have read the book or not!
One winner will receive the nail polish, the ocean breeze soap, the gold dust necklace, and the anchor bracelet! To enter, head on over to my Instagram here, but if you want an extra entry, comment below that you follow my blog and what your Instagram handle is! Giveaway will last for one week, and is only open to the US. (I am so sorry my International friends, but shipping this would be astronomical.)