Read-A-Thon Update: Hour 18 – January Owlcrate Unboxing!

Hello everyone! I’m having a very bookish weekend. I received my very first Owlcrate book box today! I am so excited to open this box and check out the loot.

If you have not yet received your January box and do not want to be spoiled, stop right here!


I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited for a box to arrive in the mail! I’ve watched about one hundred unboxing videos, but as I was holding this box on my lap, it was like I’d never seen one of these before. I can’t cut into it fast enough.

January’s Owlcrate theme is “Magic” and according to the sneak preview posted by Owlcrate, there will be a Funko Pop figure inside this box! Since the theme is magic, I’m betting it’ll be a character from Harry Potter. Maybe not…it could be any other magical character. Hmm…


Left: Oh my gosh, I don’t think I am prepared for what’s about to happen. If the card is this beautiful, I can’t even imagine what’s in store!

Right: Ron! Ron! Ron WEASLEY! He’s even got a bit of Spello-tape on his wand! He is going to make a fantastic addition to my bookshelf. I might even battle him with Voldemort. Muahaha!


Both: Ooh, this is a pretty bookmark. I haven’t yet read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, but it’s in my plans for the very near future as part of the #SIXSQUAREDCHALLENGE. I really like the light side of this bookmark. It is gorgeous. I really like the artwork in general for this bookmark.


Left: Ooh, this is pretty! What is it? ….Throne of Glass! I really like the color scheme of this print and the choice of quote. This is definitely going to be on my wall. I’m not all that fond of the font, but only because I’ve seen this font (or a very similar one) EVERYWHERE, from blogs to videos to commercials on television to a brand of fruit juice. I still really like this print! The bookmark and this print are both from Evie Bookish.

Right: Chapstick! It’s called Patronus…oh my gosh it’s chocolate. That’s perfect. It does have mint in it, though, which will give me an asthma attack…but my sister will very much enjoy this lip balm. It’s from Geek Fire Labs.


Last, but certainly not least…

The BookWorlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley – This edition was released by HarperCollins Canada on January 5, 2016.

I know nothing about this novel. I see that it was very recently released, so it will qualify for the #SIXSQUAREDCHALLENGE to read 6 New Releases of 2016. Excellent! I wonder if this was on anyone’s most anticipated releases videos/blogs…I’ll have to check on that.

After reading the synopsis in the dust jacket, I am to understand that this is a historical fiction novel based on the Brontë sisters and their childhood writings, imaginations, and the worlds they created and in which they played. This sounds so interesting! The cover is beautiful and the finish on the dust jacket feels so great to touch. I hope to read this one sooner rather than later.

Overall thoughts: For my first Owlcrate, I am ecstatic! I picked a great time to gift myself a 3-month subscription. I bought this as a birthday present to myself…maybe in three months, my elementary school will hire me for a full time position (mine is until the end of the school year) and I can gift myself more months! I’m loving this service already.


Now, for the read-a-thon update portion of this post.

My brother showed up today to help my father move some things out of the attic. I rarely see him so I spent a lot of my time today catching up with him. Then, dad enlisted the two of us to help clean out the attic. Yuck. I’m also responsible for cooking dinner for the family this evening. I might need to make this a late night to catch up on reading.

Hour 18 Stats:

Books finishedShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Time read: 4:54

Currently readingRoom by Emma Donoghue


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