It’s the end of the May, so it’s high time I post my unboxing from April. In April, I was subscribed to three book(ish) subscription boxes: Owl Crate,* Uppercase, and Nerdy Post. I know, I know…Nerdy Post is a fandom based subscription box and isn’t limited to the printed word, but most of the fandoms they feature are at least book-adjacent!
Let’s start with my newest subscription! April was only my second month subscribing to Owl Crate, but so far I’ve been loving the books and bookish merch featured in each month’s box. April’s box was curated with Becky Albertalli’s new book The Upside of Unrequited as its centerpiece, and it was spectacularly done. This box included:
- A hardcover copy of The Upside of Unrequited
- A signed bookplate
- A letter from the author
- An awesome emoji sticker
- A key chain (designed by Bookworm Boutique), featuring a quote from Albertalli’s first novel: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
- A Pride and Prejudice headband (created by Storiarts)
- A beautiful art print inspired by the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (created by Evie Bookish)
- One of three exclusive Rainbow Rowell inspired candles (I got Baz & Simon) created by Novelly Yours. It smells amazing!
- A delicious dessert tea blend inspired by Anna and the French Kiss from The Tea Spot
Everything in this box was so awesome, but I definitely think my favorite is the emoji sticker. I could’ve definitely used the cringe-y heart-eyes emoji when I was in high school (and while at university!).
Next was the Uppercase subscription box. I’ve been subscribed to Uppercase box the longest out of my three subscriptions, but I recently cancelled it (for financial reasons), so May will be my last box (probably not forever, though). April’s box included:
- A signed copy of Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
- A Defy the Stars magnet
- A Tolkien inspired woodmark (created by Ink & Wonder)
- A Harry Potter Notebook
- The usual bookmark that gives members exclusive access to the Uppercase “reading experience.”
I was pretty happy with the contents of April’s Uppercase box. All of the products were high quality, and the “reading experience” is something that I haven’t seen with other boxes. I think my favorite from this month’s box is the Harry Potter journal, which was completely unexpected. Although I had to give up this box for financial reasons, I hope to re-subscribe one day!
Last, but certainly, not least, was April’s Nerdy Post box. Alexis Lampley, the creator of Nerdy Post, outdid herself with this Middle-Earth inspired box. I am a huge Tolkien fan, and I love to see beautiful art inspired by his works, so this box was a dream come true! It included:
- a poster featuring one of Gandalf’s many inspiring quotes,
- a mini-print featuring another Gandalf quote and a beautifully-rendered picture of Frodo as he embarks on his journey (drawn by the the lovely TJ Lubrano),
- a double-sided bookmark featuring Treebeard and a Tom Bombadil quote on one side and the Riddle of Strider on the other (which is the side you can see in my photo),
- washi tape featuring the script from the One Ring,
- a fat bookmark featuring a quote from The Hobbit on one side and a quote from The Lord of the Rings on the other,
- a penny from Gondor (created by Shire Post Mint),
- a sticker featuring the eye of Sauron and a quote from The Silmarillion,
- a one-sided bookmark featuring one of my favorite Bilbo sayings (the other side is an advertisement for Nerdwicks),
- and a color-able postcard featuring an extremely detailed picture of Smaug (which I am nervous to color).
It’s tough to say what my favorite part about this Middle Earth box is because everything is so wonderful. But, if I had to choose, it would probably be the bookmark with the Tom Bombadil quote and drawing of Treebeard. Two of my favorite minor characters in The Lord of the Rings! The Gondor penny is also super cool, though! And, I wish I were better at coloring…I’m nervous about how my Smaug postcard will turn out (I know it’s possible for it to turn out ridiculously awesome because Alexis shared another subscriber’s completed postcard and it was f***ing fantastic!).
Overall, April’s subscriptions were awesome, and I would recommend any of the three boxes to someone who is looking to get great products for a great price! Do you have any suggestions for other subscription boxes I should try? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
*The Owl Crate link is a referral link, so if you click on it and then end up subscribing to Owl Crate, I will receive points that may eventually lead me to receiving a free box.