Now that it’s August I’ve decided that enough time has passed that I can post my unboxing of the OwlCrate July box and not spoil anyone. The theme for this month was “Wanderlust” and it is the first OwlCrate box but I have bought the month it actually came out (usually I end up buying them the month after or later on in the year). Each months box contains a cute little pin which matches the art card (which can be seen in the main picture up top).
The first two items are a art print by Shailey Ann Designs and a grovvy little pocket journal from Ooly (There were eight different ones sent out, which did you get?). The art print features a quote from Francois Rabelais and is also inspired by John Green’s Looking for Alaska.
Why is it that anytime I get a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them item in a book box I want to go and watch the movie again? This awesome little Newt keychain from Funko is no exception so naturally I am watching the movie as I write this.
For someone who doesn’t use pocket mirrors a lot, I own quite a few. This A Darker Shade of Magic inspired mirror was designed by Miss Phi and might just be the prettiest one I own. The phrase on the design says “As Travars” which means “to travel.”
I am a huge huGE HUGE fan of Lord of the Rings so you can imagine my excitement when I got this backpack. The writing on the front says “Home is behind the word ahead, and there are many paths to tread through shadows to the edge of night until the stars are all alight.” It is from a poem called A Walking Song that was in the first Lord of the Rings book, The Fellowship of the Ring, and was also featured in the Return of the King movie as a song that Pippin sings called The Edge of Night.
I find it kind of ironic (I think anyway) that as I begin lamenting the fact that this time last year I had just come back from Europe and now I’m back in Australia dying at university, I get a luggage tag in my OwlCrate box. This gorgeous tag was made by Mudpuppy and is absolutely the cutest tag I own.
I have now begun guessing what books are going to show up in each of my subscription boxes and this month I was guessing (and kind of hoping) that the book in this box was A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and guess what?… I WAS RIGHT! This cover is an OwlCrate exclusive (Blue instead of green) and I think it’s awesome. I definitely think that I will end up buying the original version because the cover on that is beautiful as well.
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
With the book comes a signed book plate, an absolutely gorgeous letter from the author (It’s covered with drawings!), and an awesome European map art print.
Next months theme is “SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES” and my guess for the book is The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones. Augusts box will also include an exclusive extra book just so you know. If you have decided that you super like what is in an OwlCrate box here is the link so that you can order one of your own!