Back at YALC this summer, I met the lovely Libby and Kate, who run Book Box Club, a UK-based YA book subscription box, and signed up on the day.
Book Box Club sends you one new YA release each month along with 4 -6 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme. Every box comes with an invitation to the online Book Box Club book group, which hosts a monthly chat with the author of the selected book.
The September box was their one year anniversary box and the theme was Outlaws – let’s get into it!
- Inej lipbalm by Oriandle
- Outlaw socks designed by Book Box Club
- Robin Hood magnetic bookmark by Marked By Hephaestus
- Birthday biscuit by Nilla Holden
Look at these cute socks! Don’t they look like they can carry your feet through outlaw adventure? TOTALLY. I am wearing them right now and they are super comfy and just the right amount of warm.
Also included: this adorable little Robin Hood bookmark, which I will now be imagining in the place of all Robin Hood adaptations. Especially the BBC version. It will now be Richard Armitage playing opposite this cartoon bookmark in my mind.
The Inej inspired lipbalm is super pretty too, if a bit sweet-smelling for me to wear very often, but YES PLEASE more Inej items. I… really should reread Six of Crows. IT’S BEEN A WHILE, OKAY, A GIRL HAS NEEDS.
And a little birthday biscuit! Perfect for a cup of tea with the book from this box. I haven’t eaten it yet but it LOOKS so cute. Thank you, biscuit, I will make a biscuit wish on you.
- Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling (arc)
- John Green pencils (a bonus item)
As this box was Book Box Club’s one year anniversary box, each box included an arc of an upcoming release. There were a few different arcs available, as far as I know, and I got Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling, which came with this cool book sleeve to provide the cover art over the top of the arc cover. The cover frankly looks like an autumn witch hunt exploded on it, which I’m presuming is fitting, given that the book is historical fantasy about witches, rivalry, and politics, set around the same time as Reign (yes, this is how I work out historical time periods). YES PLEASE AND ALSO THANK YOU.
The pencils are super cute too – they each have a title of one of John Green’s books written in gold on the end, and would make a great gift for a big John Green fan. I’ve only read one John Green book (The Fault in Our Stars – PRO TIP don’t read this on the way back from a family funeral MAKE BETTER CHOICES THAN I DID) but the pencils are cute and colourful regardless 😀
- Marauders art postcards by The Imaginative Illustrator
I am ARSE OVER TIT IN LOVE WITH THESE. They are so freaking beautiful. I have been a Marauders girl for pretty much as long as I’ve been into Harry Potter (let us briefly reminisce about the days I spent at 15 curled up in a desk chair manically consuming the whole of the Shoebox Project without really pausing to sleep) and these were hands down my favourite item in the whole box. There were two of each postcard, so you could hypothetically give one to someone and still have one to clutch to your chest and weep into whenever you were overcome by ALL THE LOVE THEY HAD AND HOPE THEY GAVE AND THINGS THEY NEVER GOT. Ahem. You know. Or just to look at like a regular human. Whatever.
- A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe
First of all, LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT THE COLOURS. I hadn’t heard of A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars before receiving this box so it was a great surprise! It promises ghosts, magical circuses, and found families, while also exploring refugee stories, human trafficking, and West African folklore. And I just noticed that the cover has the same image of a dancer on horseback as the socks included in the box! My observational powers are clearly on the blink. I’m looking forward to bunking down with this book this autumn and getting stuck in ❤
For various reasons, my September box took a bit longer than usual to get sent out, but Libby and Kate were absolutely wonderful about it and super super helpful the whole time. They’ve been nothing but friendly and warm and their social media presence is just as welcoming – go check them out on Instagram!
Also, while I was editing this post, my October box arrived and it is possibly one of my favourite book boxes I’ve received so like I AM EXCITED TO SHOW YOU ALL THAT LATER!
November’s box is available now and the theme is Haunted Minds, which, let’s be real, sounds VERY MUCH LIKE MY CUP OF JAM. If you’d like to try Book Box Club out for yourself, you can sign up here and right now you can get 5% off a month to month subscription by using the code NOVEMBERNEWBIE at checkout 😀
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