Is there any better mail than bookmail?
I didn’t think so.
My January 2017 Novel Tea Club subscription box came in the mail a few weeks ago and though I haven’t had a chance to make a video, I really wanted to share it with all you lovely people.
I’m not a rep for Novel Tea Club, I’m just super excited to have been gifted a subscription for Christmas and I want to help out by doing unboxings for two reasons.
First, I know it can be super tough to choose between all of the bookish subscription boxes out there. They can be pricey and you’re not sure what you’re going to get. The surprise of it is both wonderful (for those of us who like surprises) and anxiety-inducing (for those who don’t like surprises or who want to be really careful with their money). By unboxing here on my blog for you, I hope to help make the decision easier for you.
And secondly, I want to help out Kristan and Lindsay, book lovers working their butts off to build their small business. It is often much easier (and often cheaper) to go with bigger, more established business. But, buying from small businesses makes a huge impact on the owners and their communities (go ahead, Google it). So, I’m going to tell you what my experience is with them to help you decide if this is a business you want to support.
Sound like a plan?
What was in my January 2017 Novel Tea Club box?
My sweet husband subscribed me to the YA box (he’s been paying attention to what I’ve been reading lately!). Novel Tea Club promises a perfect night in. Each box contains a book, a beverage (tea, coffee or hot chocolate), and a few other goodies to go along with the other items.
The book: Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan
I’d never heard of this book. But, that is one of the reasons I love subscription boxes – a way to discover new books and authors.
The description for Blue Tide is:
“An award-winning YA adventure-packed romance steeped in Middle Eastern culture and set in the Asian Pacific amongst dangerous oceans and tropical islands.
Seventeen-year-old refugee Lux plots her escape from the island where her family is stranded, denying that her home was lost in the Floods. Lux is determined to get her old life back by any means possible. But before her feet even leave the sand, she’s taken hostage by a vengeance-driven pirate nearly as young as she is.
Her capture is the key to his freedom…
Captain Draven’s scarf veils more than his face. Underneath, he struggles between morality and survival. When Lux sees deeper into his motivations, she’s torn. She can commit mutiny to escape to a home that may no longer exist, or she can try to help Draven escape the clutches of the person responsible for the deaths of half the world. Staying would mean entrusting her life to a pirate. Helping Draven would mean losing her heart to one.“
Sounds fun, right? I’m loving the diversity in the books I’ve received from Novel Tea Club so far. First a book with LGTBQ+ themes and now one with Middle Eastern culture. I appreciate the help finding books to expand my knowledge and understanding. I’m excited to read this book.
The goodies: A signed bookplate and bookmark
Along with a copy of Jenna-Lynne Duncan’s newest book, Novel Tea Club included a signed bookplate for it and a signed, Blue Tide bookmark!
The tea: Winter Wonderland by Cozy Leaf Tea
The description of this tea is mouthwatering.
“Walkin in a winter wonderland of cinnamon spice and soft chamomile with a hint of clove, orange, and elderberry.“
Cozy Leaf Tea is a family-owned business based in Kansas, USA.
This box also included a Drop the ball New Years tea strainer. You can definitely never have too many of these!
More goodies: post cards, pencils and more!
It also included some cute pencils, they read Bibliophile and Read more books. The February Teaser is an adorable Be My Honey post card calendar, which is now on my fridge. And last, but not least, the box included a neat New Beginnings print (January’s theme). I’m not sure what I’ll do with it…but it’s an interesting print to decipher.
Did you get a bookish subscription box in January? What was inside?