This month I received my very first box from The Stationery Geekette’s Bookclub Box. I should point out that I am on Emma’s team but it will not effect my views of this box.
I received mine a little earlier than subscribers. I love it, I knew I would because I believed in the product from the word go. You may wonder why I have only just decided to write this blog. Truth is I have been super busy this month and any free time has either gone into creative journal work or simply enjoying the book. I’ve even sat having my evening meal reading the book!
If anything, it shows how good it is. I’m making and snatching time to read.
I also want to film my feedback on the box. However, I’d rather finish the book before I set up the camera, I’m only half way through and it’s picking up. I won’t be giving away any spoilers in my video. Again I’m also enjoying it too much to stop and film!
So what did subscribers receive?
This months box was a fantasy theme. As it is the point of the box, I’ll start with the book. This month’s book is Alice by Christina Henry. The book’s blurb reads:
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.
In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…
Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.
Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.
And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
If it’s not already glaringly obvious, it’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice is now older, imprisoned in a hospital. I hate the idea of giving any spoilers but as the blurb explains, she escapes and a new adventure lies waiting for her. It’s very dark, this book is no Disney film. It’s not exactly what you expect and there are many twists and turns. Like I say, I am only halfway through and I’m gripped. At this point that is all I want to say. If you like dark fantasy and are a fan of Alice, you’ll most likely enjoy this book.
As well as the book, the box contained other goodies. What I loved about this box is that it felt like a real pick me up, if dark fantasy is your kind of pick me up. Luckily for me it is haha. But even outside of theme, the whole idea of the box uplifts me. When I FINALLY get 5 minutes to myself, this box is there waiting for me and only me.
A lot of the items in this months box have been created by other shops or business owners. Supporting small businesses is something I really believe in. These stayed with the fantasy theme working around Alice and Harry Potter. The items included:
- Stickers by Ugly Bug Does
These contain quotes, images and words. I think these will be fab for creative journal work. Or I’m hoping to soon start a Bullet Journal. One of the pages will be a book log, I may save the stickers for decorating this page.
- Charm by Ali Marina Craft
This can be used in many different ways, personally I plan to attach this to the outside elastic on my travellers notebook. I received the Deathly Hallows charm. There was also a snitch, lightning bolt, Owl and Stag with Patronus Orb.
- Bookmarks by Quirky Arts Here
This is already in my book. I love the sketches on these and was lucky enough to see a sneak peek. The designs feature both Alice and Harry Potter. Every single bookmark is beautiful. I received ‘The Burrow‘ bookmark and I’m delighted with it. I know a few people have visited the shop since getting their boxes and I think I’ll be joining them!
- Postcard by Gowen Illustration
Like the bookmarks, these featured a few different designs, these were all Harry Potter themed. I received a Gryffindor Lion wearing the house colours scarf on mine. The illustration is very bold, the colours are rich and they whole design screams Gryffindor. If I didn’t already have one, I would have happily used this as a bookmark.
I’m debating where to put this. I may have it on my desk as I love looking at it. If not, it will either go into my planner or creative journal.
There were a few other items in the box, an Alice themed ribbon wrapped around the challenge scroll* (I keep everything!) and doily and a Mad Hatter ‘Time for Tea!’ page marker. I can feel these things will be great for a creative journal Alice/TSG box spread!
The very last item was a pen, can’t go wrong with a pen. It’s my favourite type of pen, very tiny nib and it’s already in use.
Lastly, each box had a sticker inside assigning each subscriber to a team. My box told me I was apart of team ‘Orion’. *Each box also has a scroll listing daily photo challenges for the month revolving around the book, e.g. ‘take a shelfie’. At the end of the month, the team with the most points will get a little extra in their boxes next month.
FYI I don’t win anything as I’m on the TSG team (wouldn’t be fair) but I wanted to participate anyway as I love challenges!
So that’s everything from this months box. The feedback has been fantastic, everyone has loved the box and a lot of new people are showing interest. Again I am so thrilled to be on the team because as I said in my original post, I genuinely believe in this product. The first night when I had received it, I cancelled all plans, got myself a glass of wine and read. I haven’t done that for ages! It was therapeutic, getting lost in a book.
Of course I know what is in the next box. A few teasers have been posted in the group. Trust me, it’s going to be a good one!
Thanks for reading,