November OwlCrate Unboxing!

img_6674When OwlCrate announced the last month that the November theme was going to be “Wonderland”, I sighed so heavily in disappointment.  Seriously, I am surprised my family didn’t hear it from 600 miles away.  I have never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, and a whole box curated around this theme was sure to be a let down to people like myself right?

WRONG.

This month’s box may be one of my favorite OwlCrates to date!  Just when I was getting ready to unsubscribe, they lured me back in…  Continue reading “November OwlCrate Unboxing!”

September Haul!

I love that I start off every month with really great intentions, yet I epically fail.  I img_5453told myself at the end of August that I was going to only buy Empire of Storms in September, and then use the rest of the month to catch up on books that I have bought only to stack by my bedside.

The most obnoxious thing about this haul too, is that most of the books I bought for full price from Barnes & Noble.  No Book Outlet books, or discounted Amazon books, just membership priced books from B&N.  But when B&N sends you an email that says “DOUBLE DISCOUNT WEEKEND FOR MEMBERS” you go.  And you go all four of those days too.  (I am ashamed.) (Kind-of.)

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Three Dark Crowns

Kendare Blake

Published September 20th, 2016 by HarperTeen 

Three Dark Crowns #1

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When my sister and I went to BookCon back in May of this year, we played a Plinko game at the Epic Reads booth to win ARCs!  I got something that i couldn’t have been less interested in (I am/was so uninterested that I cannot for the life of me remember what I even won), and my sister scored a copy of Three Dark Crowns – and refused to trade.

 *insert grouchy face here*

But the great news is that Three Dark Crowns was the book that was included in the September OwlCrate, so I didn’t have to even leave my apartment to get my hands on it! (I mean, except to walk to the apartment office, but that doesn’t count).  Obviously, this was one of my more anticipated reads of the year since I have coveted this book since May, so, I discarded my usual habit of tossing subscription box books into my TBR pile to ‘await their turn’, and immediately started reading. Continue reading “Three Dark Crowns”

10 Books to Read Before the End of 2016

Photo Aug 21, 12 34 38A week, or maybe two weeks ago now, I saw that Christine from @weereader made this lovely blog post based off a photo that @pollyandbooks  shared on her bookstagram, listing out her must read books for the rest of 2016.

I thought it was such a good idea to hone in on, and narrow down the seemingly endless amounts of books that I own – and ones that I am sure to buy between now and December 31st.  As we are going into the final stretch of 2016, I wanted to pull aside some books that I have bought throughout the year that I SWORE I would get to soonish but just haven’t yet.

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My Lady Jane 

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Published June 2016

Standalone

22840421When the dedication page reads:

“For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.

And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”

You know you are in for a good time.

I had seen My Lady Jane floating around bookstagram and the book blogging universe for a few months. It was the featured book in both the June OwlCrate and Uppercase boxes, as well as receiving pretty raving reviews from all that read it. I waited much longer than I should have to read this because honestly, I had no idea what to expect. Everyone says it is hilarious, and I suppose that I was wary to pick it up because the few ‘funny’ books that I have read before came up a little short of what I find humorous.

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August Haul!

Don’t you all just love a good book haul? I may have gone a little overboard this month with my book buying, but I say that every month I decide to place an order with Book Outlet. (By the way, if you have never shopped at Book Outlet, you need to change this immediately. It is a fantastic way to build up your library for relatively cheap.)

Also, I buy books whenever I am sad, and this month had a few downs. But since there is nothing sad about book hauls, let’s get to the goods! Continue reading “August Haul!”

August OwlCrate Unboxing!

I cannot believe how fast my August OwlCrate got here this month!  I got my shipping notification while I was at the gym on a Tuesday night, and then Thursday at lunch I was retrieving it from the apartment rental office… IT WAS LIKE MAGIC GUYS.
 And you know what else is like magic?  Me posting this unboxing on time! Unlike my serious procrastination on the July Unboxing.  (Also, maybe I only received one subscription box this month so there was no reason to delay…..maybe.) August’s theme was “Fast Times at YA High” which I thought was a really cute take and turn on the “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” which good god, a ton of people probably didn’t even catch because we’re old.

When I heard what the theme was, honestly, I wasn’t initially excited.  I do love OwlCrate, and the way that they put together their boxes, but romance contemporaries aren’t really my cup of tea.  Especially because the older I get, the more I really, really dislike reading about immature teenagers and high school settings.  Anyways, enough reminding me how ancient I am, and let’s get to the exciting stuff, the unboxing!


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July OwlCrate Unboxing!

img_4322Good Lord, I know, this is incredibly late.  I was going to write a paragraph long excuse as to why, but then I decided to just cut straight to the point and say that I am a unique and special snowflake, and didn’t want to post my unboxing when everyone else was.  One thing leads to another and two weeks pass and well, here we are.

The theme for the July box was “Good vs. Evil”.  This is one of the more ambitious and unique boxes that OwlCrate has put together, and in my personal opinion, it really paid off.  There were two separate boxes that were sent out, one themed good, and the other with evil type items.  No one knew what box they were receiving, which made the anticipation so much more fun.  Even with checking out all of the spoilers on Instagram I still didn’t know exactly WHAT I was going to get, which is always fun and stressful for people with anxiety… like myself.

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This Savage Song

Victoria Schwab

Published July 2016

Monsters of Verity #1

23299512I was extremely excited to receive This Savage Song in the July OwlCrate box!  I had seen some really great reviews about the book already floating around on Goodreads, and thought this would be a perfect book to get me out of my book subscription box slump.  You see, I have a horrible pattern of opening up my book sub boxes, squealing and fangirling, taking pictures of my brand new shiny things, and then throwing the featured book in my endless TBR pile and not actually reading it.  Whoops.

So, I have decided to break the cycle.  I picked up This Savage Song last week (which is also my first Victoria Schwab book, forgive me!),  and other than a few minor things, I really enjoyed it!

I liked it even more when I discovered this is actually a duology, I have a weird and unexplainable soft spot for a two book series.

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June OwlCrate Unboxing!

I swear, every month the latest OwlCrate box becomes my new favorite, and June’s Royalty box is no exception.  I also feel like they are shipping out the boxes earlier and earlier, and this makes me a happy bookworm, because I am not good at waiting.

If you have ever read my subscription box reviews, I assign a monetary value to the items that are included in international boxes, since it is harder to decide if the value of the box will outweigh the shipping costs.  However, in the case of my OwlCrate reviews,  I don’t feel that is necessary as the box is already reasonably priced and I find value in the experience of the unboxing and the bookstagram community.  So, without further ado, I present the June OwlCrate box: Royalty!

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