My First OwlCrate Unboxing & Review

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Confession time first: before I joined Bookstagram, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as book subscription boxes. Or such a wide variety of them, all super tempting to booklovers such as myself. But Bookstagram can be blamed for a whole set of problems, which I won’t go into right now. Another confession: I find it extremely difficult to make decisions, especially decisions that require any form of commitment. So how on earth would I choose between the dizzying array of book boxes out there?

Enter OwlCrate, who won me over with the March theme of Writer’s Block (something I know quite a bit about), and the option of buying a one month nonrecurring gift subscription. (A handy option to keep in mind if you’re anything like me and want to take a little stress out of purchasing.) I was super excited to open my box when it arrived and now I’m super excited to share the contents with you!

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First off, every OwlCrate includes one of these cute little cards, which details the contents on its back. But I think it’s really attractive enough to be used as decoration itself.

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Next were these awesome little pins from Bookworm Boutique, who makes some really cool designs that I’ve seen all over Bookstagram. This does make me think I may need to start a pin collection, though.

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Possibly the coolest thing in this box were these banned book socks from Out of Print. I consider them a useful item as well, since I really don’t own a lot of socks.

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My personal favorite items were this ‘quill’ pen and book of writing prompts. It’s kind of like a journal/writing aid, and I’m doubting whether I’ll actually be able to bring myself to write in it!

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Also included was a quote from the book, printed on heavy card stock paper, and a letter from the author, which I think is a thoughtful touch.

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And now we come to the centerpiece of the box: the book. The Serpent King is about a teenager in small-town Tennessee and his two best friends, on the eve of their graduation. I have mixed feelings about this book, mostly because contemporary YA is way out of my comfort zone. But I’ve heard really good things about it, so I’m going to keep an open mind and possibly put it on my tbr next month.

So that’s it for my first-ever OwlCrate. I think I might keep shopping around before I decide whether I want to commit to permanently joining a subscription box. I just really have a problem with other people picking out my books, I’m a little controlling that way. But I’d definitely recommend OwlCrate, especially if you’re a young adult fan, they do a good job picking out the items, and the books they include are ones people rave over.

Did you order the OwlCrate this month? I’d love to hear what your favorite things were, and any thoughts you have about this book!

 

Flesh-Eating Zombies Are People Too

rot and ruin editing.jpg  Thursdays on Instagram I like to share thriller recommendations, and today I thought I’d take a little different approach to the subject. Because a zombie novel totally counts as a thriller, in my opinion.

I’m not sure when I became so interested in zombies (when I was a teenager I was all about the vampires), but in the past few years I’ve read my share of novels featuring the living dead. And I can say unequivocally that the Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry is my favorite. They have twists and turns, interesting characters, and a lot of action. I devoured the first three books, but have yet to read the last one, simply because I don’t want it to be over! They’re also YA, so if you’re a little squeamish about the whole zombie thing, you don’t have to worry about them being too graphic.

At its core, this is a story about a teenager trying to find his place in the world. It just happens to be a zombie-infested world. Fifteen year old Benny Imura reluctantly joins his older half-brother Tom in the zombie-killing business because he can’t hold any other job. Tom, by the way, is a badass with a katana, but he teaches Benny more than just how to kill zoms. Throughout the series Benny learns what it really means to be human, and confronts the reality that sometimes the living are more terrible monsters than the dead. If you find that hard to believe, just wait ’til they get to Gameland.

Do you enjoy zombie stories? If so, leave your recommendations in the comments, I’d love to check them out!

Welcome and New Book Releases

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Hello, and happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Here I’ll be sharing my thoughts and opinions on books, writing, movies based on books and….well, pretty much anything bookish. I’d love to hear your thoughts as well, so don’t be afraid to comment or contact me by email.

The first topic I actually wanted to post yesterday, but didn’t get around to it. So today I’m talking about new releases that will be added to my TBR. (As if it wasn’t long enough already!)

  1. The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver – This is the newest in the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs series, which you may know was brought to the big screen a few years ago in The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. If you’ve never read the series, the book the movie was based on is a good place to start, or my particular favorite, The Vanishing Man. This newest installment apparently starts off with a chase through a department store and a man getting mangled by an escalator. Nice.
  2. Clawback by J.A. Jance – I went through a period where I was reading Jance’s novels nonstop, but it’s been awhile since I picked one up. Her novels feature strong female leads, which is always a plus, and this one is in the Ali Reynolds series, about a Ponzi scheme that leads to murder.
  3. Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi – If you read my about page, you know I like watching cooking competitions, and Top Chef is one of my favorites. I can’t count the times I’ve coveted Padma’s job! This memoir from the host and former model chronicles her path from immigrant childhood to life in front of the camera. I will definitely be picking this one up!
Those are my top choices out of this weeks new releases, what books are you looking forward to?