I’m at least a week late posting this, but better late than never! (Apparently this is my motto lately!) I absolutely loved this month’s OwlCrate theme: Wanderlust! Having just gotten back from my family’s summer vacation, this box couldn’t have come at a better time! I loved so many of the items in this box that I can’t wait to jump into the actual unboxing portion of this post!
On top of the box was the spoiler card included in each month’s box. This postcard inspired card definitely captures a millennial on vacation these days: selfie! Something that I found very interesting about this card were that the letters in OwlCrate actually include part of the graphics from previous spoiler cards! Also included in this picture is the pin included in each box. This time they have taken the airplane from the card to use! I love adding the pins to my tote bag!
The first item I saw upon removing the spoiler card was this adorable keychain version of Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Newt is an absolute cinnamon roll, and I was so excited to find him in my box! This item was alluded to in a sneak peak of this months box, but I was still pleasantly surprised! Rather than put in on my keychain and risk losing him or messing him up, I’ve decided to add him to my Harry Potter shelves where he looks absolutely adorable next to my full sized Funko of Newt!
Next up, I pulled out this red pouch with a mirror inspired by the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. Having recently finished A Darker Shade of Magic, I was thrilled to have this item made by Miss Phi. I love the attention to detail in this mirror! Splattered across the “As Travars” is a bit a what looks like blood, which makes sense because Antari blood is the payment for traveling between the different Londons. What better to include in a Wanderlust box than an item inspired by such a fantastic method of travel!
Next I pulled out this adorable bag tag made by Mud Puppy! The bright coloring and large size of this tag will make it perfect for spotting your bag at the airport (or wherever you are traveling)! I wish I’d had this tag in time to use for my vacation! Ah well, I guess that means I’ll have to travel again soon to have an excuse to use it!
This notebook was the next item I found among the crinkle paper! Not only is it adorable, but its tiny size makes it perfect for dropping in your bag, pocket, or whatever to carry around and write in. This was one of 8 designs by Ooly that were sent out in this months box. I would love to know what some of the others looked like as well, but am very pleased with the one I received! I think this would be great to take on a trip because you could easily drop it in your bag and pull it out to jot down any travel thoughts about what you’re seeing and doing!
This bag was one of my favorite things in this months box. This canvas backpack was made by OwlCrate exclusively for this box! I love drawstring bags, but have yet to come across one that is so sturdy and well made. This will definitely hold up under the weight of books! Because this is inspired by the Lord of the Rings, its making me want to re-watch the movies or actually read the books! It’s been ages since I’ve watched the movies, and if I’m being honest I wasn’t paying enough attention, so I was very confused by most of it. I’d say a rematch is definitely called for. And after that, maybe I’ll actually read the books!
We are down to the last item apart from the book itself! This art print by Shailey-Ann Designs was inspired by Looking for Alaska by John Green, as can be inferred by the map of Alaska in the background! I love this print so much that I’ve already added it to my fandom wall! I love this quote, and it fits perfectly with the Wanderlust theme! (Sorry about the quality of this picture-the print blends in with my bedspread too well and I didn’t realize it until after I’d already hung it up on the wall.)
Are we ready to see the book?? This month the book choice was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Once again, OwlCrate was able to include an exclusive cover with the coloring changed up a bit. I love the blue that the publisher chose to include on these covers, it’s my favorite! Of course included with the book was a signed bookplate (already in the book!) and a letter from the author. I love the doodles that Mackenzi included- I don’t think I’ve seen a cuter author letter before! As an added bonus, The Gentleman’s Guide to Europe map was included, and I love the illustrations on this as well!.
Here is the Goodreads summary of Gentlemen’s Guide:
“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”
I actually just finished this book a few minutes ago, and I absolutely loved it! I also highly recommend the audiobook (It’s narrated by Christian Coulson-young Voldy from Chamber of Secrets!)
We’ve come to the end of the unboxing! I can’t wait for next month’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” themed box! We’ve already had a couple sneak peeks, which have made me even more excited: two books and bookish socks! What more could I ask for??
That’s it for now. Until next time, happy reading!