November’s OwlCrate, a reveal and review by Cat

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Owlcrate – A Box of Bookish Goodies

OwlCrate is one of many book boxes currently available for all the bibliophiles of the world. OwlCrate’s focus is on Young Adult, and each monthly box includes a new young adult book and several bookish goodies. Included in the goodies will always be a pin.

Best of all (in my opinion, at least) each month has a special theme for the entire box.

November’s theme for Owlcrate was Growing Wild.

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*In case it wasn’t obvious, don’t look too closely at the rest of this post, if you’re hoping to avoid spoilers!

Book – Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston. Among the Beasts & Briars is one of those novels that has been on my radar for a bit now, so I’m pretty pleased with its arrival (though I’ll confess that I also suspected this would be the book for this month, so I held off on buying it). It’s a Young Adult Fantasy, which infuses plenty of lore and fairy tale elements in the process. Like all OwlCrate books, Among the Beasts & Briars comes with an exclusive version for subscribers. This is one of the most drastic changes I’ve seen! Instead of a predominantly white cover, with bright accents, the cover is a dark black. It also comes with a reverse cover image, and a rich purple/plum spray edge design. In short, I love it! Click HERE to read Cat’s review!

Bookish Goodies – Opinions are objective, and thus what works for one person’s favorite book box won’t work for somebody else. That being said, I sincerely couldn’t be happier with the items that arrived in this month’s box. My only regret is that this whole theme (Growing Wild) is happening as we go into winter. Maybe it’ll help keep away the winter blues? Anyway, as per usual there’s a collectible pin (designed to match Among the Beasts & Briars). I think this pin might be one of my favorites so far, but then again, I like the theme. So that’s no surprise. Also included is a sneak peek for Tales From the Hinterland.

Reading Planner – So, this is probably the biggest item in the box. Not literally, that is. Every November OwlCrate makes a point of including a Reading Planner, so this is something that fans have been waiting for, and expecting. At first, I was a bit nonplussed by the design. It took my flipping open the cover to catch on that the design is cacti and succulents, which is actually pretty cool. While this cover isn’t the prettiest out there, I love that they kept the page layouts and designs from previous years. Though they did change one thing (that I can spot) – they added more review pages. As somebody who immediately ran out of those, I think this was a good call!

Stickers – Okay, so it makes total sense that stickers would also get thrown into this box. After all, we all want to make our planners pretty, right? It’s one double-sided sheet of stickers. The front contains a bunch of colorfully designed stickers, all of which match this month’s theme. The other side has stickers that are all in black and white – but they are all book-oriented. Fitting, really. Also, I didn’t know this, but apparently, you can now subscribe to just get stickers from OwlCrate.

Wooden Flower Press Kit – This is the wooden/papercraft item that OwlCrate had been hinting towards. Personally, this is exactly the item that I was hoping to find inside. I know I’ll get a ton of use out of it, and absolutely adore the design on the cover. Major bonus points for having the design be inspired by V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. My only regret is again, we’re heading into winter here, so I’ll have to wait until Spring to get much of a chance to play with it. Still, I think it’ll be worth the wait!

Dandelion Pendant Necklace – I feel like it’s been a hot minute since OwlCrate included any jewelry, and apparently, they agreed! I’ve always adored the look of dandelion and resin necklaces, so this little beauty did succeed in making me happy. That being said, I can also see why it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

Lord of the Rings Postcards – This month’s box also came with five Lord of the Rings inspired postcards. Each card depicts a different bit of flora from the world that J.R.R. Tolkien created. This was another hit in my mind – though I have no intention of using them as postcards. Instead, I plan on framing them and lining them up over my kitchen doorway, as that seems thematically appropriate.

Next up is December’s theme: Love Is A Battlefield! The hint promises an item from Fiction Bath Company, so clearly we’re meant to treat ourselves this holiday season.


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