I’m back with an unboxing, as promised in my wrap up post! I know I’m a bit late in posting this, but I really liked how my posts were scheduled before I got this and didn’t want to mess with that (sorry not sorry). My previous (and first) unboxing was done all the way back in May, since, as I mentioned in that post, I decided to skip the June box because contemporary typically isn’t my cup of tea. (Please tell that to the 3 contemporaries I read last month.) Still, I know that was the right decision for me, and I’m very happy to have received this box, with the added bonus that I will now be receiving the August box! Here’s what I thought of the July box as a whole!
OwlCrate July 2018: STRANGE AND UNUSUAL
Here is everything that was included in the July box! Overall, I was very happy with it, although there are a few things I wasn’t ecstatic about. Still, I love the excitement of getting the box and the surprise when I crack it open.
Let’s get started on the non-book items:
- Raven Cycle-inspired wallet designed by Reverie and Ink
- I absolutely love this. The more I think about The Raven Cycle, the more I want to reread it, and this just gives me another excuse to. I love this quote, and the design is absolutely stunning. I’ll definitely be using this in the future.
- “Stay Peculiar” wall pennant by Risa Rodil
- I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here, but I absolutely adore Miss Peregrine’s and pretty much everything Ransom Riggs says and does. Now, I’m also slightly biased, because I go to the college he did and will always have an affinity for writers who went there, but he’s phenomenal regardless. I cannot wait for A Map of Days, and I really hope he does a signing or event at my school when it releases like he’s done in the past.
- Adorable Luna Lovegood “You’re just as sane as I am” sticker designed by TJ Lubrano
- Stickers like these make me wish I had saved room on my laptop and water bottle for new ones. It’s the cutest and the design is incredible and basically I love everything about it.
- Ouija board mints
- This is one of the things I was slightly unimpressed by. They’re not really my style, even if they definitely fit the theme of strange and unusual. They taste good though, so I guess that’s what really counts.
- OwlCrate monthly pin
- I love how the pins are never just related to the book that they are only a reference to that. This skull on what I would describe as a witching table is so fun and creepy, and I will definitely take it off my backpack to wear around on Halloween.
- Dustin Funko Pop keychain
- This is another thing I could’ve done without. I have absolutely nothing against Stranger Things (I loved the first season and just haven’t gotten around to watching the second), but I’m not a huge keychain (or really Funko?) person in general, so I guess it’s the kind of thing I’d pass on if given the choice. It’s definitely a cute little addition, but just not for me.
- Skull push pins
- Again, these just aren’t really my cup of tea. I bought way too many pins when I bought my bulletin board for school and will never need more. Also, these really do not match the aesthetic I have going on with the board, so I doubt I’ll use them. I do like the design of them a lot, though. I love the pop of green in the eyes and it matches the exclusive cover of the book, which was a nice touch.
- Art print by Aun-Juli Riddle
- Okay, so this is my new favorite thing ever. I love whales. I love tea. I love books. I love space. This print has literally everything for me, and I am in love (if you couldn’t tell). I want this print on everything I own.
And, last but certainly not least, the book:
- My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows with an exclusive OwlCrate cover
- Unlike I said with the May box, this book was a complete surprise to me. I didn’t have a single guess as to what book would be included, and honestly would never have thought of this one. I have not read My Lady Jane, which is the first book by these three authors in this collection (series? idk how to classify The Lady Janies). I also have not read Jane Eyre, so I’m not sure how much I’ll understand in terms of the literary connections to the original. I’m not sure how much of an impact not having read these will have on my enjoyment of this, but I’m probably going to give it a shot (I may also wait until next summer to see if I end up reading Jane Eyre for class at some point). I also really dig the exlusive cover. The purple and neon green work really well together (and give me some mad Scooby-Doo vibes), and I think the contrast is way more eye-catching than the blue and yellow of the regular cover, so A+ job with that OwlCrate.
So, as I said above, there were a couple of items I’m pretty impartial about but a couple that I adore. I really lucked out with how much I loved the May box and everything in it, so it’s really not surprising to me that I had high hopes that weren’t quite met. I still love getting these and am pretty sure I know what book will be included this month, and I am really excited to see what’s in store for the August RUTHLESS ROYALS box!
Did you get July’s OwlCrate? What did you think? Have you read either book in the The Lady Janies collection? Should I read Jane Eyre before diving into My Plain Jane?