My Owl Crate for May 2019

I know, I’m about a week late in posting my OwlCrate, but I’m so glad it’s here! It did not arrive late, my crazy schedule just has me exhausted, and this month has been pretty busy for me! I’m happy to show you all my OwlCrate items for May!



Beautiful sleeping mask, inspired by A Court of Mist and Fury. Created by Bookworm Boutique
Passport wallet, featuring a quote from ‘The Hobbit’! Designed by Kit Cronk Studio
Enamel Pin, created by IceyDesigns

Pillowcase designed by Stella Bookish Art, featuring a quote from V.E. Schwab’s ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’
Water Bottle featuring a quote from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Stardust’. Created by KDP Letters.
Hafsah Faizal’s debut novel ‘We Hunt the Flame’, signed by the author!
Special booklet included in OwlCrate

Receiving ‘We Hunt the Flame’ was a pleasant surprise, since I pre-ordered a copy of Faizal’s debut novel last month. So I ow have two copies of her debut novel! This is a wonderful addition to my list for Asian Readathon, as it will be the novel I will take on as May comes to a close. I’m very much looking forward to diving in!

May 2019 Book of the Month Unboxing

My Book of the Month selection for May arrived today! I’m not sponsored by Book of the Month, but I love receiving their boxes each month. They always have captivating titles, and their service covers many book genres.

This month I chose The Buried: An Archeology of the Egyptian Revolution, by Peter Hessler. It is a book that talks about the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of a journalist who moved to Cairo with his family when things were beginning to change in a monumental way!

Brief Summary (from Goodreads):

Drawn by a fascination with Egypt’s rich history and culture, Peter Hessler moved with his wife and twin daughters to Cairo in 2011. He wanted to learn Arabic, explore Cairo’s neighborhoods, and visit the legendary archaeological digs of Upper Egypt. After his years of covering China for The New Yorker, friends warned him Egypt would be a much quieter place. But not long before he arrived, the Egyptian Arab Spring had begun, and now the country was in chaos.

In the midst of the revolution, Hessler often traveled to digs at Amarna and Abydos, where locals live beside the tombs of kings and courtiers, a landscape that they call simply al-Madfuna “the Buried.” He and his wife set out to master Arabic, striking up a friendship with their instructor, a cynical political sophisticate. They also befriended Peter’s translator, a gay man struggling to find happiness in Egypt’s homophobic culture. A different kind of friendship was formed with the neighborhood garbage collector, an illiterate but highly perceptive man named Sayyid, whose access to the trash of Cairo would be its own kind of archaeological excavation. Hessler also met a family of Chinese small-business owners in the lingerie trade; their view of the country proved a bracing counterpoint to the West’s conventional wisdom.

April OwlCrate Unboxing: The Dark Side

I’m so excited to receive my OwlCrate for the month of April! I received some special treats in this particular box, and I’m happy about the book I received!

Spoiler card for ‘The Dark Side’ Owl Crate
On right: Phone holder designed by Hey Atlas Creative

Center: Six of Crows socks, designed by Out of Print

Left: Enamel pin designed by Hey Atlas Creative
Scarf inspired by the Grishaverse, created by Bookmark’d Tattoos
‘Wicked Saints’ fabric book map

Hardcover notebook, inspired by Stella Bookish Art

Excerpt from ‘Finale’, by Stephanie Garber
Signed copy of ‘Wicked Saints’ by Emily A. Duncan

Letter from the author

My OwlCrate for March

I’m so excited to receive my OwlCrate for this month! This month’s theme is Murder and Mayhem:

–Travel mug inspired by Nevernight and designed by Catarina Book Designs
–Canvas drawstring backpack designed by Michelle Gray
–Exclusive pencil designed for OwlCrate
Sunai candle inspired by the monsters from The Savage Song, designed by In The Wick of Time
–Compass pin designed by Iron and Ink Designs
–Sticker inspired by Three Dark Crowns, illustrated by Jamila Mehio
–Wooden bookmark designed by Ink and Wonder Designs
–Signed copy of Four Dead Queens
by Astrid Scholte, along with character art print. Letter from the author is in the next photo

February 20, 2019: My February OwlCrate

***Spoilers are contained in this post***

I’m so excited that my OwlCrate for February came in this week! The theme for this month is Whimsical Beasts. I can’t wait to begin reading my book this month!

All the item descriptions will be paired with the photos below.

–Green gem soap, created by Leeloo Soaps
–Exclusive purple beanie, designed by Michelle Gray
–Travel umbrella, designed by Anne Lambelet
–Haku keychain, inspired by Spirited Away. Designed by Four Seasons Fox.
–Enamel pin by Ink an Wonder Designs. Inspired by Crown of Feathers, this month’s OwlCrate reading selection!
–Graphic novel The Tea Garden Society, by Katie O’Neill
–Signed copy of Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pan Preto, paired with a letter from the author and feather bookmark
–The letter also contains an illustrated map, shown below.
Thank you OwlCrate for a wonderful collection!

February 12, 2019: Book Of The Month unboxing

I recently received my Book Of The Month selection for February: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum. It’s a story set in Pakistan and Brooklyn, NY, spanning three generations of women dealing with strife and traditional constructs.

Synopsis:

Palestine, 1990. Seventeen-year-old Isra prefers reading books to entertaining the suitors her father has chosen for her. Over the course of a week, the naïve and dreamy girl finds herself quickly betrothed and married, and is soon living in Brooklyn. There Isra struggles to adapt to the expectations of her oppressive mother-in-law Fareeda and strange new husband Adam, a pressure that intensifies as she begins to have children—four daughters instead of the sons Fareeda tells Isra she must bear.

Brooklyn, 2008. Eighteen-year-old Deya, Isra’s oldest daughter, must meet with potential husbands at her grandmother Fareeda’s insistence, though her only desire is to go to college. Deya can’t help but wonder if her options would have been different had her parents survived the car crash that killed them when Deya was only eight. But her grandmother is firm on the matter: the only way to secure a worthy future for Deya is through marriage to the right man.

But fate has a will of its own, and soon Deya will find herself on an unexpected path that leads her to shocking truths about her family—knowledge that will force her to question everything she thought she knew about her parents, the past, and her own future.

I love that each package comes wrapped. It really was a lifesaver a couple months back, when my package was left out in the rain for two days, and I had no clue!