Tuesday, August 9, 2016

JULY LITJOY CRATE BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOX - REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I think it's beyond time I share the June LitJoy Crate's contents! In case you don't know, LitJoy Crate is a book subscription service that offers 3 types of book boxes: board books (ages 0-2), picture books (ages 3-7), and young adult books (ages 14+). Each of their boxes come curated with 2-4 book themed products that go along with a book.

The wonderful ladies over at LitJoy Crate were awesome enough to send me a third box, the July young adult box, for review!



The July YA box was themed 'Magic and Madness,' and it included:

  • Riverkeep by Martin Stewart, with a signed bookplate and little note from the author.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz designed by Rock Paper Books, I have been drooling over these gorgeous editions of classics, especially the Shakespeare collection, and I am so excited to have one to start my collection.
  • A Moby Dick inspired temporary tattoo from Litographs, I actually DIY-ed this into a cute wall hanging piece, but I love the ties to an exciting high-seas adventure.
  • A button with a quote from Riverkeep, "Come on, little boat" designed by Evie Seo, who you may have seen on Instagram via her spectacular designs.
  • A fish hook leather bracelet, with the word HOPE engraved on it.
  • And finally, the map from Riverkeep that the ladies all burned individually, by hand. Not only are maps in books amazing, but the dedication, to burn the edges of each one by itself, no two alike, is amazing.



The book that is in each box has a new release of the month, so July's box has a July new release, that way you don't have to worry about getting a book you already have.

I haven't really heard too much about the 'main' book included, Riverkeep but I'm excited to read it, it sounds really interesting and unique! Here is the synopsis:


With the book there were some really awesome goodies. Each box typically comes with 2-4 and this box had a beautiful bracelet, a button, a temporary tattoo, a second book, and the burned map!

All of these items were picked because they related to the book and you can tell that they weren't just thrown together. The boxes were curated by someone who read the book and picked up on the little details. I love how they actually relate to the book included!

I think a lot of times, some of these types of boxes are filled with bookish things, but they aren't necessarily related to the book included, or they aren't the highest quality. I was beyond impressed with this box and its contents!

Here is a close up of the leather fish hook bracelet. It's stunning and I love how no matter how big or small your wrist is, it will still fit (I have pretty big wrists lol)! 



And to make the reading experience even more special, the ladies mark their favourite page in the book with a sticky note. I love this interactive experience, it feels like I am reading the book right alongside everyone else!


In addition to the amazing boxes these ladies put together, for every box sold, they donate a book to people who don't have access to books or to local libraries! The boxes have such amazing products and the one-for-one initiative makes splurging on a subscription box worth it!

LitJoy Crate has 4 different subscription options, 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions. The month to month subscription starts at $29.99 + shipping a box, and if you select a longer-term, you save more money per box!

They are currently shipping to the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Ireland for anywhere from $14.99 - $24.99, depending on the location! These ladies are super kind and address a bunch of other questions on their FAQ page.

Every month, the boxes are shipped out around the 20th. I'm in Canada (so international for them) and I got it within a week!

If you don't want to commit to a subscription, or you want to give a fellow book nerd a subscription gift, you can do a one month gift subscription, or send a gift card with a value of $50+ to put towards a box of their choosing! I know I would love to get a subscription to LitJoy Crate for my birthday or other holiday!


I cannot recommend this box enough! If you are thinking about subscribing to a book box, LitJoy Crate is the one to get! Check them out on Instagram to see some more photos of their gorgeous boxes and their website for more info!

Overall, if you are looking for a great book box, of the ones I've seen, LitJoy Crate takes the cake in terms of coordination and quality!

The lovely ladies at LitJoy Crate have announced on Instgram that the August YA box is themed Gothic Murder Mystery and I believe they still have some spots left but trust me, they will sell out quick! Make sure you subscribe, you DO NOT want to miss out on this box!