Unplugged Book Box: XL Horror Fandoms Box

Unplugged Book Box is a subscription box focusing on self care with a bookish twist. They have both Adult and Young Adult monthly book boxes and specialty boxes. I have been wanting to try out Unplugged for a while now and when I heard about them doing a horror box that would arrive before Halloween I had to try it. The box I bought was the XL Horror Fandoms box which had a few more items than the Large Horror Fandoms box. This box is just a goodies box so no book was included.IMG_0540

The bookish items included were:

  • An Edgar Allen Poe Blanket
  • An Edgar Allen Poe Book Sleeve
  • A Ninth House Headband
  • The Exorcist pillow case
  • A Pan’s Labyrinth mug
  • It perfume
  • HP Lovecraft Bookends
  • Midsommar Tea with a skull spoon
  • A plague doctor enamel pin
  • The Shining soap
  • Trick R Treat Bath bomb
  • Friday the 13th lotion
  • A Bates Motel candle
  • The Blob candle

I generally don’t love just goodies boxes as I worry that I won’t love the items and won’t use them. However, this box is amazing. It combines practical long use items such as blankets and mugs with items that can be used up like candles and soaps. I would recommend Unplugged Book Box and their fandoms boxes for anyone looking to a unique box and experience.

July 2020 Fairyloot

IMG_0512For July I decided to try out a book box that I had hear about but had never received before. Fairyloot is a Young Adult book subscription box focusing on fantasy based out of the UK. Each month you receive a new Young Adult hardback book and 5-6 bookish goodies. Like most book boxes the hardback are special editions and the items are a combination of both practical things and more decorative items. July’s theme is Resilient Royals.IMG_0496

The bookish items included this month are a food/cake tray inspired by the Lunar Chronicles, a card holder, a set of magnetic bookmarks from the book Woven in Moonlight, and a candle inspired by Ash Princess. The candle smells like black currant with a hint of tea. The last two items are a Crescent City cushion cover and an art print with characters from The Bear and the Nightingale.

All Fairyloot books come with exclusive covers and are signed by the author. The box also includes and author letter for each book. This months book is Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders and also has black sprayed edges. In a world with a kingdom destroyed  war the princess might just be the key to its survival.IMG_0498

August’s theme is Let the Games Begin.

I liked this box from Fairyloot but I didn’t love it. I do plan to order a few more boxes before deciding if this is a good book box for me or not.

July 2020 Wrap Up

So this post and several others are going up late because I got very sick at the end of July and through the beginning of August. I don’t know about anyone else but when I’m sick I have a tendency to watch a lot of TV and YouTube and not do much else. However, before I got sick I did read 5 books which is always a good reading month.


50715800._SY475_Fangs by Sarah Anderson is a short graphic novel/comic book that follows the story of a vampire and a werewolf falling in love. I received an ARC of the book through Netgalley. This is a very short story that is just events in this couples life but its very cute. Good for fans of vampires and werewolfs and a way to introduce others to the graphic novel format.

34275232._SY475_The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is a YA fantasy novel. The story follows Alice and her mother who often have to runaway from bad luck. After the death of Alice’s grandmother, who is famous for writing fairy tales, their luck seems to be getting better. However, one day Alice come home to find her mother missing taken by those from the Hazel Wood which means that the fairy tales might actually be real. I love the twist later on in the story and the focus on how one an change fate.

563772The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey is a morbid and funny take on a children’s alphabet book. Though this is not for children but those who have a more sick sense of humor. Not much else to say about this book.

36538817._SX318_Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa is the second volume in the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series. This is one of my favorite manga series and I’m rereading each volume as I collect these editions. Whats great about rereading this series is that I’m pick up hints about where the overarching story will go in the later volumes that I never caught before.

18505836The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor is a historical fiction novel about the sinking of the Titanic. The story follows Irish immigrant and third class passenger Maggie Murphy as she sails on the Titanic and survives the sinking. Maggie’s story is also connected to that of her family and Granddaughter in more modern times. Good for those who like reading both historical and historical fiction about the Titanic. This story is loosely based on the true story of the Addergoole 14.

July 2020 OwlCrate

Owl Crate is a young adult book subscription box where every month you receive one new hardcover book and an assortment of bookish goodies connected to the monthly theme. Some of these items are very practical and some are better suited as decor or for a pin/builtin board. June’s theme is Date with Destiny.IMG_0484

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include the next Harry Potter inspired mug from Cara Kozik, an apron inspired by the Raven Cycle, Sour Cherry Scones tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe, a paper clip set, and a Star Wars inspired wooden bookmark.

Every month Owl Crate has a new young adult hardback book that has an exclusive cover, is signed and comes with a letter from the author. The enamel pin that is in every box is also inspired by that months book. This months book is Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson. This scifi adventure follows Andra who wakes up in the year 3102 after sleeping for a thousand years. She was only supposed to sleep for a hundred years but now that she is awake the society that she finds herself in calls her a Goddess but she will play along to find a way back to Earth. She must team up with an exiled prince to find out why she slept so long and try to survive.IMG_0485

August’s theme is Written in the Stars.