OwlCrate October: Lost in the Bookstore

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It’s been awhile since my last OwlCrate unboxing, I know! When I heard that the October box would feature two books and the items would be themed around fall coziness, rather than based on fandoms, I was SOLD. SIGN ME UP! This was a great box for the price and I can’t wait to reveal the box’s contents below!

Choco Mint Truffle Tea - The Tea Spot

This tea smells so yummy! I prefer fruity teas, but I really liked this one because of the mint flavor that comes through. This sampler also comes with a promo code to The Tea Spot.

Tea Strainer - Team OwlCrate

Team OwlCrate partnered with designer Michelle Gray to create this super cute tea strainer! Now, I have tons of strainers like this and I will confess that I don’t actually like using them with loose leaf teas because they are a hassle to rinse out.

Art Print - Michelle Gray

The only paper item in this box is this Mirror of Erised art print. I am all for more Harry Potter merchandise, but this isn’t one of my favorite art prints. shrugs

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Book Nerd Socks - Out of Print and Underlined

These socks are super cute and functional- I know I’ll wear them both indoors and out!

Canvas Clutch Purse - Bookworm Boutique

This is one of the bigger ticket items in the box and to be honest, I’m a little flummoxed by it! I don’t use clutches when I go out normally because I need to have my hands free, but the design is lovely. I think I might be able to use it as a pouch for planner items and other accessories to throw into my purse.

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Pride, Ibi Zoboi

All right, now onto the two books featured in this OwlCrate box! Both books are actually signed by the author, have OwlCrate-exclusive covers, and come with an author note. I am so excited to add a book like Pride to my shelf! It’s received some stellar reviews as a contemporary remix of the beloved classic.

Goodreads Summary

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic. 

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Shadow of the Fox, Julie Kagawa

I have been waiting for Shadow of the Fox to release and almost nearly pre-ordered it until I found out that it was likely to be one of OwlCrate’s October books! You already know that I love books inspired by Asian mythology, and I love reading how authors reimagine and reinterpret Asian folklore and worlds.

Goodreads Summary

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

This OwlCrate box paid for itself because it included two brand new hardback books! I’m stoked that I managed to get an October box and I’m really looking forward to utilizing these goodies in this chilly fall weather.

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