Guys. Yesterday the mailman dropped off my September OwlCrate box right as I was about to leave for a wedding, and I honestly questioned if my appearance at the ceremony was truly necessary. I mean, you can’t just give me a mystery box full of reading-related goodies and expect me not to drop all my plans for the day just so I can tear that package apart. Luckily my boyfriend is a better person than I am, and he dragged me out the door before I could even kiss my OwlCrate goodbye. Who does he think he is.
I’ve been an OwlCrate member for about 6 months now, and this month’s box is my absolute favorite so far. Seriously. Just wait and see.
OH SHIT, SON. This month’s theme was Mystery. I fucking love mysteries. I like to hide things from myself when I’m drinking just so when I wake up there’s a mystery to solve. Mysteries = everything. Sidenote: that white, frilly packaging shit is currently all over my floor, compliments of my two asshole roommates, Ninja and Opie. Cats, man. Fucking cats.
One of my goals of this past year was to start using more bookmarks instead of my trademark receipt paper, string, or basically anything within a three-foot radius of me and my book. This bookmark is based on the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo. Although I have yet to start the series, I’ve heard wonderful things about it and it’s currently sitting on my TBR List. The front says “No Mourners, No Funerals” and the back says “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” I’m a genuinely happy individual with entirely too much optimism, but for some reason I’ve always loved anything excessively morbid. Blame it on the Dementors.
Calaena is the main character in the Throne of Glass fantasy novel series written by Sarah J. Maas. Again, sitting on my TBR List. The story’s teenage heroine, Celaena Sardothien, is first introduced to readers as an orphan, raised and trained by an assassin. She’s largely characterized as skilled, arrogant, and witty. Kind of like myself. While shaping her protagonist, Maas was inspired by the heroism of Arwen from The Lord of the Rings, and by the characterization of Velma Kelly from Chicago (one of my favorite musical theatre icons). Maas has stated that the latter’s “arrogance and fierceness made me want to write about a woman like her—about a woman who never once said sorry for being talented and determined and utterly in love with herself.” Girl fucking power. ‘Rattle the stars” is part of a quote in the book. The full quote: “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” I have this weird, literary quote-tattoo fetish and you can bet your bottom dollar ‘Rattle the stars” will be inked on this squishy bod some day soon. Also, this candle smells like cake. Need I say more?
I fucking love bath bombs. Anything that requires me sitting in a steaming tub of water while making me smell like fairy princess is something I will never not enjoy. 1) This sucker is composed of my two favorite colors, teal and purple. 2) There’s a “yes” or “no” answer hidden inside the bomb, so you can ask it a question and when it’s dissolved BOOM there’s the answer. “Will I ever get out of this bathtub?” or “Am I probably calling in to work again today?” are two of my top runners right now. If only all of life’s questions could be answered like this. I guarantee there would be no more wars.
Look at this little guy! As an avid hoarder of school supplies, I’m constantly looking for different pencil cases to help organize my purse. Everywhere I go I steal pens; I am Bic’s worst nightmare. However, when you reach inside your purse and realize you can’t find your wallet beneath the 20-30 pens you’ve collected throughout the past week, you need to 1) organize your shit and 2) probably see a psychiatrist. So you can imagine my elation when I received this kick-ass canvas bag adorned with a quote from Miss Pereguine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I read this trilogy last summer and I highly recommend it to all of you. They’re turning it into a movie currently so read them before it’s released! And thank you, OwlCrate. I managed to find my car keys in my purse today in 3 seconds flat, because my new pencil case was filled with all of my stolen pens.
This is really neat. Basically, this is a book that’s been broken up into 10-16 parts, and each section is released a week apart. So you have to “subscribe” to the website for $21.99 for a whole season or $1.99 per episode, and then each book section is sent wirelessly to your ereader or kindle. The website is called Serial Box and they’re a newer company focused on changing the way people read. This is the first I’ve heard about it, so here’s their description off of their website because I can tell I’m about to fuck this up already.
While technology has rapidly evolved, the way publishers and writers bring books to readers really hasn’t. Storytelling in TV has become more sophisticated and multilayered, podcasts have risen to mainstream media status—but ebooks are just books on digital devices, not easier, more fun, or more social than they were before.
Serial Box is here to change all of that: artfully blending together the best of series television and the convenience of ebooks and audiobooks to bring readers a new form of story telling. Releasing fiction serials over the course of 10-16 week seasons, Serial Box is about delivering addictive episodes straight to the user’s digital device to be read or listened to anytime, anywhere.
Taking a few pages from the world of television, Serial Box hires a team of a talented and award-winning writers to collaborate on each serial, pulling the best ideas to develop great characters and craft a narrative that captivates readers over the course of the season. A new ensemble of writers works on each series, so each will vary in genre and length, but they’ll always be entertaining page-turners that keep you wondering what will happen in next week’s episode.
I’m definitely going to be checking this out. It’s cheap, and I like the idea of supporting a business that promotes new ideas to peak intrest in reading. I think it would be fun to wait week by week to find out where the story is going to go.
Last but not least, the main attraction. September’s Book of the Month is Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. The back of the book: “Thee dark queens are born in a glen, sweet little triplets will never be friends. Three dark sisters all fair to be seen, two to devor and one to be Queen.” Intrigued yet? ‘Cause I sure as fuck am. The description is as follows:
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born- three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a feirve elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose… it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
There is nothing in this world I love more than books based off of magic and murder. Harry Potter started me on it at a young age, and I’m constantly looking for a book of similiar themes that will capitivate me the way Rowling did and does. I’m beyond excited for this read. Also, I have three little sisters and most days I’d like to watch them fight eachother to the death, so I already have a strong connection to this book.
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