Tuesday, September 22, 2015

OwlCrate September 2015 "Leading Ladies" Book Subscription Review

OwlCrate is one of the top YA book subscriptions available. I think they do a great job with book choices and have excellent taste when it comes to bookish goodies. I really enjoy reading and it's something I do every day. I love the YA genre and I think some YA books are better than a large portion of the adult books out there. But part of that is because I really, really enjoy Fantasy/Adventure, etc. I read for fun, to get away from my own world and immerse myself in someone elses.
I think OwlCrate would be a great idea as a gift for an older teen and for yourself if you're looking to add to your physical library. I have to admit that my Kindle has really taken over my life when it comes to books. I have shelf after shelf of books that I've read and re-read, laughed and cried over. Some are so old they're falling apart and when I look at them I can remember the time of my life when I first read it. That's the fun part of physical books. You can't do that on a Kindle but the convenience can't be denied.

The Cost: $36.98/month to the US (OwlCrate also ships within Canada and Internationally).

What You Get: Every single crate comes equipped with a top notch, newly released YA novel alone with lots of goodies geared towards bookworms. Goodies consist of jewelry, bookmarks, stickers, prints, toys, accessories, and all sorts of wonderful randomness!

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy- I have never heard of this book or author but I'm excited to dig in. I love female protagonists. I don't know much about pageants but this should be interesting.

From Amazon:

"Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.  

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all."

Value: $12.40 on Amazon
Whoviandrea Divergent-inspired Tote Bag- Totes seem to be de rigueur for book boxes. I'm getting quite a collection. I don't mind though because I live in a city that banned plastic bags and you have to pay if you want a paper one. Sure, I love the planet but ugh, what an awful rule. Especially for people who are passing through and don't realize it. It does mean that I have a large (and growing) collection of tote bags.
Also, totally check out Whoviandrea because they have some cute stuff. I want the pillow that says "Why sleep when you can Read?"
Value: $17.50
Hermione Photo Print by Megan Lara- I put the photo in a frame for this picture. It's printed on photo paper and I love it. It's going somewhere prominent. I just have to figure out where. You can get a much bigger print for $8 if you want one, she's selling them on DeviantArt.
Value: $4
Funko Pop! Pocket Keychain Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen- I had to rescue this from the jaws of my dog. I have no idea why he wanted to nom Daenerys so much but I am so glad I noticed what he was doing before he ruined her! The box is toast however. Well, I suppose Daenerys is a leading lady and shes definitely full of personality but... she's not really my favorite person. However, I say that not having ever watched the show and only having read the first three GoT books. Which I quit reading because they were so so so depressing and I was tired of crying when people and animals died. Things never got better! And I get really emotionally invested in my reading material so I had to stop.
Value: $8.99
Crystal Compass Arrow Necklace- This is a bronze arrow almost two inches in length with a 16" chain. It's pretty cute!
Value: $9.50

VERDICT: If you're looking to save some money but still discover new books, you should definitely subscribe to the OwlCrate newsletter and follow them on your favorite form of social media. That way you'll see what they've been choosing each month and you can purchase the book yourself or get it from the library.
However, doing it that way means you miss out on the fun collectibles. OwlCrate really excels in curating the bookish goodies, I have to admit. I think they might be the best. The other box I like is Uppercase box. They're both pricey (in my opinion) but their book selections are great. Sign up for both their newsletters and get double the book recs!

If you would like to sign up for OwlCrate, guess what!? They are moving everyone off the waitlist for next month. Which means you probably won't have to wait! They charge on the first of the month. The September box is sold out so you'll be in for the October one, if all goes smoothly.

Sign up here!

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  1. Oh, how ironic! I had a friend, well, really, my best friend from middle school through mid- college years who was a beauty pageant queen ( a real pro) whose mother, Willowdean, pushed her into all of the pageants. AND Willowdean, while not being a former beauty queen per se ( as she might hit the 5'0'' mark but not above) was " famous" as a young woman for having her own TV show in the area TV market where I think she sang, played piano, and possibly tap danced. RME.
    Then, when I was in middle school, she was my piano and vocal coach.

    Oh, and her daughter's name? Starts with a " D" and I can just hear Willowdean calling her " D_______ Dumplin'". And big hair? Oh yeah. :) You couldn't even make it as a local contestant at the County Fair without having big teased up hair back then. Fun times!

    I think I really am going to Amazon to get this book now. :)

    1. Ok, that is REALLY strange!! What a coincidence! Ah, yes! My dads side of the family is from Texas and some of them STILL have the big hair!!

  2. "I really enjoy reading and it's something I do every day. I love the YA genre and I think some YA books are better than a large portion of the adult books out there. But part of that is because I really, really enjoy Fantasy/Adventure, etc. I read for fun, to get away from my own world and immerse myself in someone else's." Wow, I could have written that myself! Something else we have in common! (Along with our love of mint scents...)
    I actually stopped reading GoT after the first book for the exact same reasons that you stopped after the 3rd! (Depressing & sad, but add in anger. I get really invested also!) I'm impressed you got so far!
    As much as I love paper books, I really am loving using my iPad mini to read books on the Kindle app! I can basically have 10+ books with me but not have to worry about carrying all of them. I'm a library girl myself because I read too much to buy books plus I used to be very thrifty. So I just switched from physical library to eLibrary.

    1. I should have added in anger. I was SO mad. Mad that they were killing my friends and mad that the author was so mean to us readers!
      Have you read Sarah J. Maas? The Throne of Glass series I think it is. Or Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)? Or Shelley Adina has a great series. Or Kristin Cashore? Jodi Meadows has two great series. Karen Miller's Kingmaker series riveted me. Gail Carriger writes some cute, fun reads. I love Kristin Britain, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Margaret Weiss, Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Sherwood Smith, Sharon Shinn, Robin Hobb, Catherine Fischer, that Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy, Katherine Kerr, and Anne Bishop.

      Okay, now tell me your favorites because I'm always looking for new authors. :D My elibrary is out of control. I have to use a program called Calibre to manage it!

  3. I use Goodreads to manage my lists!
    Yes, I love the Throne of Glass series and can't wait for the last book to come out! I'm also about to start the first book in Maas' new series! Yep, read the My Fair Assassin books - loved them! Love Cashore's Graceling books!! I'll have to check out some of the other authors you mention since the don't sound too familiar.

    I of course love Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter, Martched... Did you read the Uglies books by Scot Westefield? Or Daughter if Smoke & Bone trilogy? I really like Rachel Vincent, Amy Plum (Revenants), Lissa Price, Laurell K. Hamilton (not YA), Chloe Neill (you'll start to notice a vampire theme - not all YA but easy reads), Charlaine Harris!! Kim Harrison. If you haven't read the Delerium trilogy... don't, the 3rd book sucked and ruined it all for me. Michelle Read - I like all of her books, I've read the first Shatter Me book and I'm working on Lauren DeStefano Internment books, Katie Kacvinsky Awaken trilogy, what about Lois Lowry's The Giver books? So good! I'm enjoying all the I Am Number Four books... Rachel Hawkins Hex Hall books are fun. Kiera Cass - The Selection books are pretty good. I have other favorite authors who aren't YA or Fantasy like Janet Evanovich, a lot of Nora Roberts, Karen Marie Moning (that is Fantasy!), I went through an Anne Rice phase, James Patterson, Stephen King.... Werewolves: did I mention Kelly Armstrong & Patricia Briggs? Yes, I enjoyed Twilight but really loved Stephanie Meyer's The Host!!

    1. Yaaas, Divergent! I didn't like the Selection series but mainly because it was a tad too young for me. I did read Smoke & Bone but I couldn't get past the DUMB decisions that were made in order to progress the plot. I rolled my eyes way too often so I didn't read the next two. I haven't read any Uglies, I put those on my list. Are they like the Cruel Beauty ones by Rosamund Hodge? I'll find out. I liked those Cruel Beauty ones. I tend not to like toooo vamipirey ones (so no twilight tyvm) but I did like Gail Carriger so I've been branching out. Omg YES the I Am Number 4!! I started those and then was waiting for the next book to come out and forgot about them! I have to go write all your authors down and get reading!! I'm so glad you commented!

  4. I almost forgot a couple other newer trilogies/series I've started and on the waiting list for the next books: Red Rising by Pierce Brown; Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - both had really strong first books so I can't wait for the next. :)

    1. The Red Queen and subsequent books have been amazing. I read the novellas, too. Oh and then the Legend books by Marie Lu, so good. Kate Elliot has fantastic books. Elizabeth Moon has written a billion books and they're all good. Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen... so so good and the first in a series. :D If you research my authors you'll see I love fantasy, magic and elves and dragons and strong female leads. :D

  5. I liked the Legend books too! I LOVE strong female leads!!! And magic. I can't wait to check out Cruel Beauty and so many of your other suggestions! Thank you!

    1. omg... what has taken me so long to use Goodreads... I have enough book suggestions to last me a year now!

    2. Sarah, you know that at Goodreads, you can enter thousands of book giveaways, right? I get 5-8 in the mail per month, just out of the blue. Usually signed by the author. It's an Amazon.com company, too, so it's not like they are going to spam you for jeggings or something.

    3. How do you do that?! I apparently need to fiddle around more! I have like 600 books in my "want to read" section, I've been going through and adding them to my library wishlist. My library has some kind of deal with Amazon where I can check out ebooks via Amazon. It's pretty wonderful and a big money saver. And I always something to read :D

      And found the giveaways section! *flexes fingers*

    4. Okay, I will find you! I deleted your comment so you dont get spammed :D