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Book Subscription Box Review: My Bookish Crate

My Bookish Crate: September Box ‘Glamour & Secrets’

Okay, so if you don’t know what a book subscription box then;

  1. Where have you been?
  2. Check out my blog post about them HERE.

I’ve seen this subscription service a bit around bookstagram but I haven’t seen any themes I really like (since I discovered the box) until the September theme was announced.  I knew immediately what the book was and decided that I simply MUST have the box.  So I ordered it.  It was well timed since all the other subscription services were doing spooky Halloween themed boxes which I’m not for at all so even though I’m restricting what I can buy due to saving for Christmas I could still afford to get this box.  So enough of the blabbing, lets get into this unboxing review.

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Okay, so lets start with the box (and the packaging).  Unfortunately my box was a bit banged up from the long trek it took to get to me.  So that was initially very disappointing. because I really like keeping the sturdy boxes for storage (and to make it look like there are more presents under the tree).  So I’d say they need to invest in sturdier boxes; but that’s just me being pedantic. The packaging inside was excellent.  I’ve said it time and time again, but good presentation shows dedication to creating an excellent product.  I loved the colour of the packaging worms and the book was wrapped to keep it a surprise.

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The Introduction/Information Card is clear and everything is explained really well as to why it was included in the box and how it relates to the book.  Which I thought was an amazing touch. The picture they used looks a lot like Gigi Hadid though, so that’s kind of weird?

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The first actual product is this awesome soap by Geeky Clean which is scented with hints of vanilla and raspberries.  Not only does it smell amazing but it looks incredible.  Similarly to the Rhysand soap from Behind The Pages (REVIEW HERE) the creator has incorporated colours and glitter to reflect the book in a manner.  I’ll be sure to do a product review of this when I get around to using it.

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Next up we have some wax melts by Book & Nook (which is a store I cannot find anywhere?).  They’re nature, gardenia and tree scented, it’s supposed to be the aromas of the last standing tree in the Central Park from the book included in this box.  Unfortunately the floral scent gives me a headache so I’ll be gifting this at Christmas time to a friend.

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Before I get into this gorgeous print let me just say that it was super hard to take this photo.  Trying to get the poster print to stay flat and not roll up, and not to bend it at the top so it was all straight?  So hard.  Now the print itself; it’s gorgeous.  I can’t wait to pop it up onto my door with the other bookish prints I have! It was made by the team at My Bookish Crate.

Up here on the roof so close to the stars, she felt young and alive.

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Next up we have these STUNNING druzy earrings.  They’re by Pretty Drastic and the photo doesn’t show you how amazing they are.  They’re a mix of blues, purples and golds to look like the night sky and the stars. They really are beautiful and I can’t wait to wear them out.

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I’ve been getting so many pins lately I’m thinking of making my book bag a little more interesting.  Anyway;  these bookish pins are by the team at My Bookish Crate and each say something bookish.

I tried to beat my reading addiction… Worst two minutes of my life.

A book is a dream you hold in your hands.

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Second to last we have this mirror to ‘let your glamour shine through’ as the Info card says. It’s by a creator called TJ Lubrano.  I don’t really like this mirror and probably won’t use it in all honesty. The mirror side is fine, I’m just not all that fond of the art.

 

And this month’s book is….

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee.  I saw this book a little while ago and I was instantly intrigued.  I’ve never heard of or read anything like this by the sounds of it.  I’m excited to jump in and see what it’s like. It’s a YA Sci-Fi Dystopian/Utopia that’s been described as the Gossip Girl of the future (think The Lunar Chronicles and The 100).

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

 

And can we just talk about this book it’s seriously #CoverLust.  It’s beautiful and what sold me on the book before I had even read the premise.

This box also came with a letter from the author.  It isn’t handwritten (then photocopied) but word processed which is okay.  I’m not going to write it out but it just explains that back in 2014 when the dystopian craze was in it’s hype she wondered what it means that our generations view of the future was so bleak?  Why were there no utopia’s being written.  So she decided to write one. Based on all my education and novel analysis’ I can easily say there are no ‘optimistic’ or utopia like novels because it’s only a utopia to those who benefit.  And those who benefit are usually ‘problem free’ leaving all the good plot opportunities to those who are of a lower class. Whatever the case I can’t wait to read this book!

 

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed this box, I probably wouldn’t order it again simply because I have other boxes I prefer.  Maybe if it was a theme I was really interested in, or I knew what the novel was and it was one I had been looking forward to then I’d order it.  But I wouldn’t call myself a subscriber.  More of a ‘Single Purchase’ kind of gal.  I’m excited for the soap and the earrings.  To put the poster up and read the book.  But there were some objects in this box that just don’t interest me as much.  And I know it’s difficult but I’d have really loved a hand-written note over a word processed one.  It makes it feel more personal and connected.  As I said I did enjoy this box, but it didn’t excite me the way some do.  I was only really excited to get my hands on a copy of this book.  While I like the contents they didn’t stir much in me.  I’m not sure if I’m explaining that right… Anyway, this really is a good box.  All the objects included are of a high quality and the letter explains how the book came to be really well.  It just didn’t fit for me as much as I’d been hoping/anticipating I suppose.

 

You can order your My Bookish Crate box HERE for £28 GBP (not including shipping). If you want to check out past boxes you can click HERE and HERE.

 

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Becca

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The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.  This post is not sponsored I paid for the box myself.

 

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