Here we are, yet again, showing off the books that we got through our subscription boxes in November. Are you excited to see?
I hope so, otherwise, why are you reading this? Anyways, onto the books!
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.
PageHabit – Mystery + Horror Add-on
This is the last month you guys will see me with the horror add-on. It was a bit too pricey for me, plus I found a subscription box that I’m going to try in December to see if I like it more and then I might change some other things up. But, who knows!
This month, PageHabit donated books to Liberia through Saclepea-Mah Development Association.
The first thing I noticed in this box was the nice tote bag.
I’ve been meaning to get one, so having it included in this box is even better!
Next, the other swag that I got from them:
The usual short story and bookmark, as you can see on the left. Then I got a book magnifying glass. You know, just in case I need to see better. The last thing is a “book”. Aka, it’s a hollow book where you can store shit in there. I already have a big one my friend got me for a birthday a long time ago that I keep coins in, so I’ll be interested to see what I decide to store in this new one.
Now, the books!
Little Broken Things was the book chosen for the mystery. Thanks to the cover, I thought for a second that they sent me the wrong book and it was romance or literary fiction. But, no. It’s mystery. And it looks pretty interesting.
Blackbird is definitely horror. Again, it’s one of those that looks pretty interesting and I’m excited to read it. I love horror, after all.
Book of the Month
Okay, so this is the other one that I got in November, which was a real treat for me.
For one, I got two books that I love and BotM had as add-ons. And Then There Were None was the first foray I had into mystery, actually. At least, the first book that can be solidly labeled as a mystery. I’ve told the story before, but not on here. In eighth grade, for Honors English 8, we had to read this. To this day, I don’t know why we read this, but it was a really good book and I totally didn’t guess the ending for it. My second add-on was The Heart’s Invisible Furies. That one was definitely a favorite that I’ve read this year. I mean, it’s an epic look at a man’s life as he navigates sexuality in Ireland.
As for my actual choice for the book box, I went with Future Home of the Living God. First, the cover got my attention. Next, the title did. And lastly, when I read the description they provided, I knew that I had to get it. It’s dystopian yet also seems heartfelt and then still seems genuinely interesting without being pretentious.
Plus whenever I read the title, Foreigner’s God by Hozier gets stuck in my head.
And, those are the books that I got this month for my subscriptions!
Hey there, ho there!
In November, I also got two subscription boxes. However, this month I decided to skip Owlcrate because of money. I hate having to skip a month, but I’ll survive.
Owlcrate – Castles, Courts, and Kingdoms
I have to admit, after last month’s Owlcrate I was a bit disappointed with this one. It wasn’t bad, but last month was just so good that it was hard to top.
Here are all the goodies!
Included in the box was a beanie that says Expecto Patronum, so naturally, I love it.
There is a thing of soap in the shape of elven bread from LoTR from Fizzy Fairy Apothecary.
There is a Game of Thrones-themed lip balm from Geek Fire Labs.
A notebook with an ACOMAF quote on it from Stella’s Bookish Art.
A wooden broach which is related to the Grishaverse from Juniper and Ivy designs.
The book in the Owlcrate was The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStephano which is a King Midas retelling where the main character can turn people into gemstones, as always the book comes with a signed bookplate and a note from the author. This month it also came with a set of temporary tattoos.
My favorite things in this box were the Expecto Patronum beanie and the spoiler card. The art is gorgeous and it’s always my favorite part of Owlcrate.
Book of the Month
Like Caidyn, I also got Book of the Month in November. I love it, honestly. I thought knowing which books you are getting would take away the fun, but it doesn’t. It’s incredibly exciting to get 1-3 books a month that are critically acclaimed and includes new releases. You cannot get a new release for 15 bucks, not anywhere except maybe Amazon.
I picked Artemis by Andy Weir and added on The Power by Naomi Alderman. I haven’t read The Martian, but I’ve seen the movie and I got the gist. Artemis has a female as the MC and it takes place on the moon, that’s all I needed to know really.
The Power, on the other hand, reminded me so much of Sense8 when I read the premise. I love Sense8, btw and was heartbroken when they canceled it.
Ahem, anyway…moving on. Basically, I was drawn to The Power because it takes place all over the world and includes powerful females. Say no more, I’m in.
That was it for November! I look forward to what is coming up in December.